Madison Headrick travels the world for work, but before she started modeling, she spent her childhood in Charleston, South Carolina. Below, Headrick shows you around her charming Southern hometown and highlights all the city’s can’t-miss spots.
8 a.m. Start your day with a scenic hike on the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. From the top of the bridge, take in the spectacular views of Sullivan’s Island, Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. If You’re lucky, you might also spot some dolphins in the Cooper River.
11 a.m. You’ll probably be hungry after your hike – it’s five miles round trip – so head to Blend for a green juice or Collective Coffee Co. for an amazing breakfast.
12 p.m. Afetr you’ve refueled, head Sullivan’s Island and take a kiteboarding lesson from Ocean Fitness. Sullivan’s Island is known as one of the country’s best spots for kiteboarding, and it’s a lovely area to spend an afternoon.
1 p.m. After your lesson, reward yourself by going to Home Team BBQ for a frozen drink and the best wings and nachos in town. The Painkiller, a mix of rum, orange juice, pineapple juice and cream of coconut, is a favorite among locals.
2 p.m. Time to head back to you hotel to freshen up. I recommend The Restoration, a luxury boutique hotel that’s full of Southern charm and all the amenities you’ll need for a comfortable stay.
3 p.m. Take a walk around downtown Charleston, and head to King Street to experience some of the best shopping in the Southeast. Don’t forget to stop by nearby City Market, where you’ll find local vendors and artists selling food, clothing, jewelry, artwork and more.
5 p.m. Give your feet a rest and take a horse-drawn carriage ride through Charleston’s cobblestone streets ans immerse yourself in the amazing history and culture of the city.
6 p.m. Next, take a stroll along the Battery and stop at Pineapple Fountain – the focal point of Waterfront Park – to watch the sun set.
7 p.m. Husk is my go-to spot for dinner. the menu is constantly changing based on what’s in season, and I love to get a table on the porch. You might even see Bill Murray here, as he is a frequent customer.
8 p.m. Post-dinner, take in a show at Charleston Music Hall. Or, sign up for one of the city’s many ghost tours if you’re feeling adventurous.
10 p.m. Wrap up the night at The Alley, where you can bowl, grab a drink, play skee ball and catch a game on TV.
The Darling Oyster Bar, the Grocery Charleston and Halls Chophouse are all also great dining option, and I love getting drinks at The Dewberry.
Pic © Rowan Papier
Blend Juice Bar
320 W Coleman Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
Collective Coffee Co.
766 S Shelmore Blvd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464
50 41st Ave, Isle of Palms, SC 29451
Home Team BBQ
2209 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482
75 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401
188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401
Waterfront Park, Concord Street, Charleston, SC, 29401
76 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401
Charleston Music Hall
37 John St, Charleston, SC 29403
131 Columbus St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Darling Oyster Bar
513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
The Grocery Charleston
4 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403
434 King St, Charleston, SC 29403
334 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403