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Cross Country Coin – Charleston, South Carolina

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Roberto Coin has 10 boutiques throughout the US in amazing travel destinations – from the snowy peaks of Denver to the bright lights of Vegas.  So, we’re taking a cross country journey to spotlight each of our boutiques, giving you a glimpse of what each locale has to offer and why we think your next vacation should include a stop at a Roberto Coin.

By Christina Maxwell

 

Third Stop:  Charleston, South Carolina

We are captivated by the endless charms of coastal Charleston, South Carolina and we’re not alone.  This year, Travel and Leisure named Charleston the top city in the world.  Yes, the world.  With a ranking like that, how can you not go?  Charleston boasts top-notch restaurants, a leisurely seaside pace of life, some of the world’s highest rated hotels, unique shops and a captivating antebellum history.  Escape during the holiday hustle and bustle when temperatures are in the low seventies and the town is transformed by a magical display of lights and holiday festivities.  Read on to discover this Lowcountry Southern oasis (with some insider tips inspired by our Charleston boutique director, Meaghan!)

 

Load Up on Lowcountry Cuisine

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Photo Credit: 82Queen

With a food scene that rivals that of New York or Chicago, we guarantee you won’t leave Charleston hungry.  Start the day in your stretch pants and brunch at the Hominy Grill where you can order buttermilk pancakes, the Charleston Nasty Biscuit (with fried chicken and sausage gravy…) or even fried pickles if you’re feeling adventurous.  To warm up your winter afternoon, try a big bowl of the city’s signature dish for lunch…She Crab Soup.  (Wondering what a she crab is?  Check out the history!)  82 Queen, located right around the corner from our Roberto Coin boutique, has been voted as having the best in the city. For dinner, James Beard Award-winning chef Sean Brock’s Husk, is a must (if you can get a table, that is!)  His mean shrimp and grits with a top shelf bourbon perfectly highlights the southern culinary genius that makes Charleston’s food scene renowned.  For Italian food, try the laid back Trattoria Lucca where the pasta is handmade in house and the menu changes daily depending on what’s fresh out of the harbor.  For drinks, slide into the tucked-away Gin Joint serving unforgettable (and holiday-themed!) cocktails.  Try the Muletide or the Brazen Blitzen (Pine Liqueor?  Absolutely.) For a sweet treat, stop by Sugar Bakeshop, a small-batch neighborhood bakeshop opened up by architects turned bakers.  Enjoy a slice of buttermilk pie or a grapefruit cupcake. (And maybe grab a gingerbread cookie for the road!)

 

Deck the Halls…Charleston Style

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Photo Credit: Piwakawaka Photo

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas…especially in Charleston!  Don’t let the warm winter temperatures fool you.  This coastal town knows how to ring in the holidays.  Every year, Charleston hosts a Holiday Festival of Lights, featuring millions of multicolored lights reflecting on the water in an enchanting display.  Enjoy sand sculptures, a Victorian carousel and an up close look at the lights by a holiday train.  The display runs from November 11 through January 1 and was named by USA Today as one of the “10 Best Holiday Light Shows in America”.  On Saturdays and Sundays, Marion Square is abuzz with a holiday market where you can buy delectable baked goods and fresh greenery and admire the 60-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, a Chanukah Menorah and a Kwanzaa Kinara decorating the square.  Marion Square also hosts a holiday parade and a Parade of Boats in the Charleston harbor, where you can watch decked-out ships dance across the water.  Or, celebrate the holidays in true antebellum style.  Take a candlelight tour of the historical 19th century Nathaniel Russell House Museum or attend the Dickens Dinner to enjoy a lively retelling of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” as you enjoy a four-course feast inspired by the novel.

 

Stroll (And Shop!) Your Way through the Cobblestone Streets

Downtown Charleston
Downtown Charleston

Santa running a bit behind on the gift list this year?  We’re pretty sure that Charleston has a treasure for everyone on your list, especially in the shops on King Street.  On the second Sunday of every month, King Street closes for strolling and live music, food stands and sidewalk dining.  Our Roberto Coin boutique, located on Lower King Street, even has prosecco and bites to enjoy as your browse for the perfect gift!  Lower King also houses unique art galleries, antique shops and candle stores (where you can even learn how to make your own candle!), while Middle King has a plethora of mainstream stores.

Continue wandering down the cobblestone streets under a canopy of oaks as you snap an Insta of the colorful Rainbow Row or pretend you live in one of the grand old mansions.  Or, better yet, kick up your feet after all of that strolling and actually stay in one!  Snag a room at the John Rutledge House, the only home of a signer of the Constitution that also serves as a bed and breakfast.  Or stay in the Wentworth Mansion, an awe-inspiring inn designed with true Charleston grandeur.  Psst…our Charleston Roberto Coin Boutique offers $100 off of purchases for guests at both inns!

To experience Charleston in true style, opt for a tour of the city by horse drawn carriage.  Or even reserve a spot for the Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner in December, travelling by carriage to three different locations for hors d’oeuvres, a three-course dinner and coffee and dessert.

 

Visit our Charleston boutique!

200 King Street

Charleston, SC 29401

(843) 805-4000