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Girls Just Want to Have Fun: Plan the Ultimate Girls Weekend in Charleston

Is there anything more fun than a vacation with your best friends? Plan the ultimate girls weekend in Charleston and experience the best of the Holy City’s nightlife, shopping, dining, and more! Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or planning a getaway just because, you’ll find countless opportunities to spend quality time with your girlfriends! Continue reading for some great ideas to include in your weekend itinerary. Then, take some time to look at our free Destination Guide for even more restaurants and attractions you won’t want to miss!


1. King Street Shopping Is the Best Shopping

The famous King Street runs down the Charleston peninsula, parallel to Meeting. It boasts an exciting array of shops that appeal to a wide range of interests! From name brand stores to one-of-a-kind boutiques, you and the girls will find just about anything on your wishlist! 

Local Tip: For a more refined experience, consider shopping on Kiawah Island! The Freshfields Village is a charming town center with shops such as Beija Flor, a South Carolina-based eco-friendly denim brand, and other stores including Vineyard Vines and Lilly Pulitzer. 

2. The Food Is Absolutely Amazing 

The city of Charleston often comes up in conversations regarding food-centered travel destinations. Maybe you’d like to indulge in sweet southern comforts such as shrimp and grits. Perhaps you’d prefer something more upscale at a fine-dining, authentic Italian restaurant. You might even want to grab a sweet treat from Jeni’s, Kaminsky’s or Carmella’s! 

3. The Laughs Last Longer Over Crafty Cocktails 

Spend an evening out on the town with your best girlfriends. Sip creative concoctions at some of the city’s swankiest rooftop bars. Seek out unusual beverages such as the Market Pavilion Bar’s Nitrotini. If you’re feeling curious, then head to the Gin Joint. If you give the bartender just two adjectives, they will create a surprise drink made just for you! 

Local Tip: If you’re staying on Kiawah Island, the Porch Bar at Andell Inn serves delicious cocktails that you can even enjoy by their saltwater pool

4. There’s No Better Destination for a Bachelorette Party 

Is your best friend tying the knot? We can’t think of a better place to celebrate such a special occasion than in Charleston, SC. Spend your mornings on the beach. Plan a spa day or shopping in the afternoon. Then, once you’re all dolled up, end your nights at some of the South’s hottest restaurants and bars. 

Local Tip: Kiawah Island is home to an array of bachelorette party-worthy spas, shops, restaurants, bars, and more! 


Your girls weekend in Charleston doesn’t have to stop on the peninsula. You will find plenty of peace and quiet, as well as fun and adventure on Kiawah Island. Return to Andell Inn between adventures for a refreshing dip in the pool, relaxation on the southern porch and cabana, or a nap in your plush sleeping quarters. In addition to a delightful breakfast each morning, you will find a wide variety of luxurious amenities that will ensure an unforgettable experience. What are you waiting for? Start planning the getaway of your dreams!