About this time last year, we were back home in Macon, GA for my little brother’s high school graduation, and I was 25 weeks pregnant. Since we were close by, we decided to make the trip into a babymoon, and one of our stops was Charleston, South Carolina. It’s at the peak of its beauty in spring and summer, with blooms abounding. We went in May when we were really starting to feel the effects of the southern humidity, but in early spring, the weather is almost perfect!
Some of my favorite childhood memories were made strolling the cobbled streets of historic Charleston on little family vacations and church trips, taking in the charm of the pastel-hued facades while licking sour sugar off my sticky fingers from a bag of sweets from the olde Savannah’s Candy Kitchen that my mom would always treat me to. I absolutely love being in the thick of the historic quarter, sinking into the slower pace of life while relaxing on the porch with a cold glass of fresh lemonade.
Hotel Zero George turned out to be the absolute perfect choice for a hotel that felt like staying in our very own historic Charleston home and nothing like staying in a “hotel”, unless you count the incredible service and thoughtful touches which abounded at every turn. We stayed in a Veranda King room on the second floor with a shared Veranda, and it was an absolute joy. Strolling out onto our porch and enjoying an alfresco breakfast while chatting with our neighbors made it feel as if we were staying at the home of old friends for the weekend. I can’t think of a more lovely way to experience Charleston than from Zero George as a home base! The complimentary bicycles make it even easier to navigate the city, although we took a pass since my belly made it difficult for me to walk, let alone bike. (I was really out of shape and got a big belly pretty early on!)
Over the course of a couple days, we lounged around our home away from home and took leisurely strolls around town. Since the hotel is so close to the historic district, it was easy to go back and forth without having to worry about transportation.
Some of the streets where we found the prettiest houses are:
- Rainbow Row
- The ‘Wharfs’: Boyce’s Wharf and N and S Adgers Wharf
- Legare Street (lots of beautiful, old homes)
- White Point Garden & South Battery
- Price’s Alley
- King Street: the lower part of the street has beautiful homes, and the upper part of the street is a main shopping thoroughfare which was so fun to stroll along!
Pretty much any of the little streets in the southernmost peninsula of the historic district starting at White Point Garden and moving northward is full of beautiful historic charm. We found that the best way to discover beautiful gems was just to wander around and explore the area – but if you’re pressed for time and can only get to a few places, I’d definitely recommend checking out the streets listed above! For food recs, we found this guide so helpful!
xx Georgia Grace
Hotel Zero George is comprised of a complex of several different buildings, each a historic property that was moved and fully renovated to contemporary standards of luxury while still retaining every last drop of historic charm. Our room was on the second floor of this building:
Waking up in the morning, we would sleepily saunter through the antique double doors out onto our veranda and eat a leisurely breakfast washed down with OJ and milk from the comfort of our rattan chairs:
Our room, a Veranda King, was fully modernized and incredibly comfortable, yet it blended seamlessly with the historic origins of the Zero George property.
The most romantic restaurant courtyard in Charleston can be found at Hotel Zero George! It feels like stepping into a hidden garden.
Indeed “hidden garden” is a term which I think most accurately describes the entirety of Hotel Zero George…every aspect of property feels like a little hidden gem that is a joy to discover and experience.
From our home base at Hotel Zero George, we were able to stroll easily to the heart of the historic district and back to our home away from home without breaking a sweat. Although being 25 weeks pregnant, I did find myself needing to stop for a rest every 30 minutes or so! My feet were so sore even from walking in flats…I ended up just wearing sneakers with my pretty dress. Maybe not the cutest look, but at that point looking cute was the last thing on my mind! It was all so worth it though. Charleston is such a beautiful city. I can’t wait to go back and explore some more with our little Paloma Rose in tow one day soon!