CHARLESTON, SC

THE MOST BEAUTIFUL CITY IN THE USA, CHARLESTON, CONTINUES TO RECEIVE AWARDS FROM A VARIETY OF TRAVEL MAGAZINES INCLUDING CONDE NAST, AS WELL AS BE THE PREMIERE DESTINATION FOR WEDDINGS. FROM THE MAIN STREET TO THE BEACHES, YOU WILL IMMEDIATELY FEEL LIKE YOU’VE BEEN TRANSPORTED BACK INTO THE 1800’S WHILE STILL MAINTAINING A MODERN FEEL AND EXQUISITE CUISINE.

EXPLORE

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  • DOWNTOWN
    • STROLL THROUGH BATTERY PARK AND OOGLE OVER THE SOUTHERN MANSIONS & DRAPED OAK TREES WHILE YOU ENJOY A RIVER BREEZE & PHOTOS WITH OLD CANNONS
    • INDULDGE YOUR SOUVENIR SHOPPING AT THE MARKET, MAKE SURE YOU DON’T MISS THE HANDMADE WOVEN PALM LEAF BASKETS. ALSO, IF YOU’RE INTERESTED IN A CARRIAGE RIDE, THIS IS THE PLACE
    • WINDOW SHOP (OR ACTUAL SHOP) ALONG THE MANY STORES ON KING STREET. PERSONAL FAVORITES INCLUDE HAMPDEN’S FOR THE SAVVY CITY DWELLER, HOUSE OF SAGE FOR THE BOHEMIAN, & COPPER PENNY FOR THE SOUTHERN BELLE
    • TOUCH UP ON YOUR HISTORY IN MARION SQUARE OR WITH A TOUR OF THE OLD CITY JAIL
    • TAKE A WALK DOWN RAINBOW ROW, THEN WATCH THE SUNSET IN WATERFRONT PARK WITH GREAT VIEWS FROM THE PIER & PHOTO OPS WITH THE FAMOUS PINEAPPLE FOUNTAIN
    • SPEND SOME TIME IN THE “SHOES OF A STUDENT” EXPLORING THE COLLEGE OF CHARLESTON CAMPUS. HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE COUGAR MALL, THE CISTERN, & ADDLESTONE LIBRARY
  • HISTORY
    • TAKE A TOUR OF THE USS YORKTOWN
    • SPEND THE AFTERNOON EXPLORING CIVIL WAR BATTLEGROUNDS AT FORT SUMTER. ONLY A QUICK BOAT RIDE FROM DOWNTOWN
    • WALK OVER THE BEAUTIFUL RAVENEL BRIDGE
  • BEACHES
    • SPEND A DAY RELAXING BY THE LIGHTHOUSE ON SULLIVAN’S ISLAND. ALSO HOME TO A CIVIL WAR SITE, FORT MOULTRIE, & INCREDIBLE BURGERS AT POE’S TAVERN (YES, POE, AS IN “EDGAR ALLEN POE”)
    • IF YOU’RE LOOKING FOR A MORE BOHEMIAN CROWD, GRAB BLOODY MARY’S AT THE LOST DOG CAFE & THEN CATCH THE SURF AT THE WASHOUT ON FOLLY BEACH
    • CATCH A MORE “RESIDENTIAL FEEL” AT THE ISLE OF PALMS BEACH COMMUNITY
    • FOR A MORE EXCLUSIVE STAY, CHECK OUT THE SANCTUARY AT KIAWAH

EAT | DOWNTOWN

  • SEAFOOD
    • THE ORDINARY $$$ | CHIC BAR & RESTAURANT WITH A LARGE SELECTION OF OYSTERS; THE SEAFOOD TOWER IS GREAT FOR LARGE PARTIES
    • AMEN STREET RAW BAR $$ | SMART CASUAL & RUSTIC ENVIRONMENT; GREAT FOR HAPPY HOUR ACCOMPANIED WITH A DELICIOUS SNACK
    • LEON’S OYSTER SHOP $$ | RELAXED DINING EXPERIENCE THAT HAS A SOUTHERN TWIST ON SEAFOOD
    • THE DARLING OYSTER BAR $$ | CHIC ATMOSPHERE WITH INCREDIBLE BRUNCH & HAPPY HOUR DEALS
    • HANK’S SEAFOOD $$$$ | A MORE TRADITIONAL FINE DINING ATMOSPHERE & MENU
    • COAST BAR & GRILL $$ | CASUAL HIDDEN RESTAURANT WITH A VARIETY OF RAW & COOKED OPTIONS
  • AMERICAN
    • CIRCA 1886 $$$$ | ROMANTIC FINE DINING IN THE BACK HOUSE OF THE WENTWORTH MANSION; ASK AHEAD FOR THE SOUFFLÉ
    • HALLS CHOPHOUSE $$$ | CLASSIC CHOPHOUSE KNOWN FOR ITS LOBSTER MAC & CHEESE & EXTENSIVE WINE LIST
    • MACINTOSH $$$ | LOCATED ON THE HEART OF KING STREET SERVING CREATIVE DISHES; MAKE SURE TO TRY THE BONE MARROW PUDDING
    • FIG $$$ | SERVING SEASONAL & LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS IN AN ELEVATED BISTRO SETTING
    • McCRADY’S $$$$ | LUXURIOUS INTIMATE DINING TUCKED AWAY ON A COBBLESTONE ALLEY
    • BUTCHER & THE BEE $ | BYOB WALK-IN HIP CAFE WITH EXQUISITE SANDWICHES
    • CAVIAR & BANANAS $ | UPSCALE DINE-IN GROCERY WITH AN ASSORTMENT OF DELICIOUS BITES RIGHT ON CAMPUS
    • PENINSULA GRILL $$$$ | RENOWNED DINING KNOWN FOR THEIR RICH FOIE GRAS & ULTIMATE COCONUT CAKE
  • ITALIAN
    • PANO E VINO $$$ | THIS QUAINT LITTLE FIND HAS AN INCREBILY AUTHENTIC FAMILY FEEL WITH BEAUTIFUL OUTDOOR SEATING
    • MONZA $$ | MAKE SURE TO PAIR A PIZZA WITH WINE AT THIS CASUAL YET MODERN DINING SPOT WITH A COZY BACKYARD
    • INDACO $$$ | LOCATED ON UPPER KING STREET, THIS RESTAURANT TAKES A MORE INNOVATIVE STYLE ON ITALIAN FARE & DRINK
    • FULTON FIVE $$$ | INTIMATE & TRADITIONAL FINE DINING ESTABLISHMENT ON LOWER KING STREET
    • DESANO PIZZA BAKERY $$ | HANDMADE NEAPOLITAN PIZZA SERVED IN A CASUAL SETTING OF PICNIC TABLES WITH BYOB OPTIONS; DON’T FORGET A CANNOLI FOR DESERT!
  • SOUTHERN 
    • HUSK $$$ | NATIONALLY KNOWN SEASONAL & LOCALLY SOURCED INGREDIENTS SERVED IN A TRADITIONAL CHARLESTONIAN HOME
    • HOMINY GRILL $$ | INCREDIBLE BRUNCH KNOWN FOR ITS ‘BIG NASTY BISCUIT’, BUT MAKE SURE TO BEAT THE CROWD
    • POOGAN’S PORCH $$$ | FAMILY-STYLE DINING WITH TRADITIONAL SOUTHERN EATS INCLUDING CHEDDAR BISCUITS & FRIED CHICKEN
    • THE ALLEY $ | FUN BOWLING ALLEY & ARCADE WITH SOUTHERN CUISINE PROVIDED BY HOME TEAM BBQ; MAKE SURE TO ORDER THE MAC & CHEESE
    • DIXIE SUPPLY $ | EXTREMELY CASUAL MOM & POP STYLE HOLE-IN-THE-WALL SERVING TRADITIONAL BREAKFAST FOODS FEATURED ON DINERS, DRIVE-INS, & DRIVES
    • MAGNOLIA’S $$$ | TRADITIONAL SETTING & ATMOSPHERE WITH A HEARTY MENU INCLUDING CLASSIC SHRIMP & GRITS
    • JESTINE’S KITCHEN $$ | TRUELY A HOME-COOKING KITCHEN WITH DELICIOUS FRIED CHICKEN & HOMEMADE DESSERTS; LINE FORMS OUTSIDE, BUT USUALLY MOVES QUICKLY

STAY

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  • DOWNTOWN
    • ZERO GEORGE | LOCATED IN A COURTYARD, THIS UPSCALE BOUTIQUE HOTEL IS COVERED IN CHIC EUROPEAN-INSPIRED DECOR
    • WENTWORTH MANSION | LOCATED ON A HISTORIC STREET, THIS LUXURIOUS FAMILY-OWNED INN HAS INCREDIBLE DINING & A SPA
    • THE RESTORATION | LOCATED ON THE HEART OF KING STREET, CONDOMINIUM-STYLE HOTELS EQUIPPED WITH A FULL KITCHEN
    • ANDREW PICKNEY HOTEL | LOCATED NEAR CITY MARKET, THIS SOPHISTICATED HISTORIC HOTEL PROVIDES A QUAINT BOUTIQUE EXPERIENCE
    • THE DEWBERRY |LOCATED NEAR MARION SQUARE, A MODERN TAKE ON AN OLD’WORLD LUXURY
    • GRAND BOHEMIAN CHARLESTON | LOCATED IN THE HISTORIC DISTRICT, THIS NEW GEM HAS BECOME A HOT-SPOT FOR IT’S ROOFTOP BAR & FUNKY DECOR
    • BELMOND CHARLESTON PLACE | LOCATED ON LOWER KING STREET, THIS 5-STAR HOTEL HAS SHOPPING, DINING, & SPA SERVICES
  • KIAWAH
    • THE SANCTUARY | LOCATED ON THE BEACH, THIS UPSCALE HOTEL HAS A LIST OF AMENITIES INCLUDING GOLF, SHOPPING, DINING, & SPA SERVICES
  • FOLLY BEACH, SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, ISLE OF PALMS
    • AIRBNB & VRBO | CHECK THESE SITES FOR A VARIETY OF CONDOMINIUMS & HOUSES LOCATED ON SULLIVAN’S ISLAND, FOLLY BEACH, & ISLE OF PALMS

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  • DOWNTOWN BARS
    • COCKTAIL CLUB | LOCATED ABOVE MACINTOSH RESTAURANT, UPSCALE ‘COCKTAIL CLUB’ WITH SMALL GOURMET BITES & A LARGE ROOFTOP DECK
    • THE BELMONT | TRANSPORT INTO THE 1950S IN THIS INTIMATE SMALL BAR SERVING CREATIVE COCKTAILS & SMALL BITES; TRY THE SECRET NUTELLA POPTARTS IF YOU’RE CRAVING A LATE NIGHT SWEET
    • THE RAREBIT | SIP OUT OF A COPPER MUG ON ONE OF THEIR RENOWNED MOSCOW MULE’S AT THIS MID-CENTURY DECORATED DINER
    • WAREHOUSE | AN ELEVATED NEIGHBORHOOD BAR WITH CRAFT COCKTAILS & DELICIOUS BITES
    • BAY STREET BIERGARTEN |A CONTEMPORARY BIERGARTEN PROVIDING AN EXTENSIVE BEER LIST, BAVARIAN SNACKS, GAMES, & OUTDOOR PICNIC TABLES
    • REPUBLIC REIGN | A MODERN GARDEN & LOUNGE THAT ACCOMADATES ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE WITH OUTSIDE BANDS & INSIDE DJS
    • PROHIBITION | JUMP BACK INTO THE PROHIBITION DAYS IN THIS DARK RESTAURANT BAR WITH A LARGE OUTDOOR PATIO BAR (BONUS – THEIR BRUNCH IS KILLER)
    • AC’S | BLEND IN WITH THE LOCAL “HIPSTERS” WHILE DRINKING A PBR AT THIS ECLECTIC BAR ON THE HEART OF KING STREET
    • THE ALLEY | THERE’S NEVER A DULL MOMENT AT THIS ARCADE-BOWLING ALLEY COMBO. THEIR MOTTO IS “EAT. DRINK. BOWL.”
    • STARS ROOFTOP | ROOFTOP VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON PROVIDE THE PERFECT BACKDROP FOR A SUNSET HAPPY HOUR
  • DOWNTOWN CLUBS | TRIO, NV, REPUBLIC
  • SHEM CREEK| SHELTER, RED’S ICE HOUSE
  • FOLLY BEACH | SURF BAR, BLU
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