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A Ginger with Roots Stays in Charleston

Updated: Jan 29

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If you read my blog post on the gardens of Charleston, you know that we had the privilege of living in the Charleston area for several years. This city is where we raised our three daughters and made friends for life. Not to mention, we spent hours exploring the waterways by boat, dined in the finest establishments and discovered sites beyond the typical tourist attractions. Now that we live in the Upstate of South Carolina, we get to visit our youngest daughter who attends College of Charleston and stay in various locations in and around Charleston. I’m happy to share what we learned from putting down roots there and coming back as a guest!

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Hotels, Resorts and Rentals

We personally have stayed in a wide range of accommodations and have some wonderful suggestions as a result. I am only presenting places in which we have actually stayed and enjoyed. Bob is a loyal Marriott customer due to his work travel which allows us to travel with points and upgrades. That doesn’t mean we haven’t enjoyed other brands, but it is the hotel of choice for the majority of our stays. Therefore, let’s begin with the Marriott hotels.

We were intrigued by the distinctive decor and art gallery integrated into this hotel. The rooftop bar and restaurant includes an outdoor seating area with lovely views. If your budget allows, I highly recommend the Grand Bohemian.

Upon arrival, Olivia and I drove past this hotel the first time because it is snuggled in between two buildings and easy to miss! However, once you are inside, be prepared to be amazed. It is so unique and the staff is incredibly attentive. Check out Delaney Oyster House next door, if you’re hungry! Delicious!

This luxurious hotel is well appointed and eclectic in decor. It’s in a convenient location for downtown and has plenty of on-site amenities including a pool, darling coffee shop and fine restaurant.

A little easier on the wallet, The Charleston Marriott is an oldie, but goodie. It’s not in the center of the action, but it is on the peninsula and boasts some amazing views from the rooftop bar of the Ashley River. Its full size restaurant, coffee bar, pool and manageable self-parking (which is difficult to find in other downtown hotels) make this hotel a reliable choice when visiting Charleston.

Beyond Marriott

This hotel is right between King Street and Meeting Street near the Market. Think food, shopping and quintessential Charleston vibes. The hotel itself has its own restaurant and high-end store gallery on the main lobby level that opens out onto King Street on one side and Meeting Street on the other. If you really want to enjoy Charleston Place, come over the Christmas holidays. It’s stunning with all of the decorations!

We stayed here years ago for our anniversary and loved the historic Charleston charm at every turn. Each guest room has four poster beds and true southern decor. It is a lovely hotel and the staff is wonderful. Enjoy the courtyard garden, especially at night-gorgeous!

The Francis Marion is the hotel we stayed in when we visited Charleston for the very first time. It is stately and historic with access to King Street and College of Charleston. It has a restaurant and Starbucks on site. It's also located next to Marion Square which hosts the farmers' market and various festivities throughout the year. We had the pleasure of attending our dear friends' daughter's wedding at this hotel, and it was wonderful!

Beach Resorts Near Charleston

If you are searching for a beach vacation with access to the Historic District Charleston, consider the two following resorts. The day trips into town are roughly 30-45 minutes, depending upon traffic.

Wild Dunes is at the northern tip of Isle of Palms, a barrier island north of Charleston. If you are looking for a golf/beach vacation with a Lowcountry vibe, this is the place. Choose from a variety of rental vacation homes, condos, and hotels. We have stayed at both the Sweetgrass Inn and the Boardwalk Inn. They are luxurious, beach front and well appointed. There are several dining options on site and multiple pools. Enjoy golf, beach, spa, shopping and plenty of activities. Wild Dunes provides that get away feeling while maintaining a reasonable drive into Charleston.

Kiawah is a barrier island south of Charleston that also provides guests with vacation rentals, condos and a grand hotel. Although similar to Wild Dunes, Kiawah is more remote and exclusive. Their golf courses are world renowned, and their spa is beyond luxurious. We have stayed at the Sanctuary Hotel multiple times over the years, and it never disappoints. We have also rented several houses and condos that have always been spectacular. The beach is wide and clean. The marshes and creeks are filled with wildlife and natural beauty. It’s a pleasant drive to Charleston for a day excursion. I could write an entire blog post on Kiawah!

Olivia has another year of school left before graduating which means more visits from Mom and Dad. I will update this post the next time a Ginger with Roots stays in Charleston!

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23 nov. 2023

Lovely post! 💟



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