When it comes to planning a Mother’s Day in Charleston, two of our star concierges Susu and Catherine suggest keeping it simple. Because really, Charleston itself is a city any mother could love. Add in some shopping, food and other fun ‘Charlestonly’ activities and there’s no going wrong.
Susu has been a concierge on King Street for over five years, expertly navigating Moms, daughters and families around town. Catherine and her sisters are in the midst of planning a celebratory weekend for their own mother, so we picked her brain for some recommendations. She said, “Basically, girls will always want to splurge, get pampered, and eat good food!” Here are a few of Catherine’s suggestions, sure to make any mother proud (and happy) on her special day.
Catherine + Susu say…
Take Mom shopping.
The Fulton Lane Inn is in the center of Charleston’s shopping district. King Street is the perfect place to shop ’til you drop. Catherine says the women’s boutique Willy Jay’s is a must, as there is “a little something for everyone.” Willy Jays is just one of many clothing stores on King Street – there’s also some great local boutiques like Bob Ellis Shoes and Bits of Lace for swimsuits, comfy robes and pajamas, and Worthwhile, Susu’s favorite. Worthwhile is dedicated to creating “a shopping experience that is one of sensory and aesthetic delight.” Susu loves this tried and true shop – for its beautiful relaxed linens, especially.
For fun little surcees like jewelery, lotion, cards and ‘etcetera’, visit our next door neighbors Lily, and Dixie Dunbar. If Mom likes art, bring her to experience the super-cool Atlelier Gallery and peek into Julia Santen Gallery for fun, splashy vintage prints.
For a marathon mother-daughter shopping trip, Catherine suggests visiting the outlets at Tanger in North Charleston. You’ll find the outlets for J. Crew, Lucky Brand Jeans, Nike, Nine West – there’s even a few great restaurants in the area.
Relax. Plan a spa day.
Does Mom likes facials and massages? We can help you set up an appointment at the cozy, rustic Spa at the Wentworth Mansion, our sister property in a darling little residential neighborhood. For manicures and pedicures, there’s no shortage of cute nail salons downtown. Try East Bay Nails for cushy chairs and great service, or walk a few blocks down King Street and visit the big and bright Aqua Day Spa and Nails.
Take a cooking class.
If Mom loves to cook, bring her to Charleston Cooks! Maverick Kitchen on East Bay Street. The folks here offer cooking classes daily, so both you and Mom can learn some Charleston culinary secrets. Charleston Cooks! Store has some of the most fun kitchen utensils we’ve ever seen. Be sure to stock Mom up with cooking paraphernalia and souvenirs to bring home for a fun memory.
Treat Mom to brunch.
Mimosas, sunshine, shrimp and grits. A Sunday morning brunch in Charleston is something Mom will cherish forever. A few of Catherine and Susu’s favorite brunch spots are in walking distance of the inn.
Their concierge recommendations include Poogan’s Porch, where you’ll feel like you’re being served a meal inside a historic Charleston home (because, you are!) Arrive early and claim a seat on the porch of this ‘Charleston single’ home-turned-restaurant. They also recommend Fleet Landing, a seafood restaurant on the Charleston Harbor. You might even see a few dolphins splashing beside their waterside tables.
Walk in the opposite direction down Broad Street – you’ll discover classic brunch items and a hidden courtyard at Blind Tiger. Venture further down King Street, past Marion Square, and discover 39 Rue de Jean. This French restaurant has an amazing breezy patio. Sit outside and you’ll swear you’re in a Parisian cafe. Mom can sip on champagne and feast on croque madame with a side of frites. But Susu’s very favorite? Go for a beautiful day on the beach at Sullivan’s Island, then treat Mom to a burger and beer on the porch at Poe’s. Mother’s Day perfection.