Spending a Weekend in Charleston

Spend a few days in Charleston, South Carolina and one can easily see how Conde’ Nast Traveler  voted Charleston  the top U.S. city two years in a row (2011-2012). Whether you are looking for  fabulous views, historical sites, fine cuisine, or “shop till you drop” experiences, Charleston is a  wonderful place to visit. In order to best experience the ambience, history, and charm Charleston has to offer, a  stay in the downtown historic district is a must! Your residence for the weekend is the Governor’s  House Inn located at 117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The inn is a historic Georgian double house, built in 1760, and eventually owned by … Continue reading

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Charleston Restaurants to Fit Any Budget

Charleston, SC is known around the world for its FOOD (among other things)! Fantastic eateries are everywhere and can accommodate any budget and any desired atmosphere. In fact, some folks come to the Lowcountry simply for its unique and titillating cuisine! Here are just a few suggestions for you to try during your stay on the peninsula, but the list is definitely much longer than this. Feel free to be adventurous as you visit our Charleston restaurants. Fine Dining: 82 Queen (located conveniently at 82 Queen Street) is the epitome of elegant atmosphere, dining in one of the restaurant’s three 300 year old buildings, or if the weather permits, one … Continue reading

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Visit Our Charleston Gardens

Charleston SC is well known for its lush and beautiful gardens! Some of the most impressive can be found at the plantations along Ashley River Road. Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and Drayton Hall are truly places you will not want to miss when you visit Charleston. These are located a short 30 minute drive from downtown and are well-worth the trip to come visit our Charleston Gardens. Middleton Place Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”.  Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas … Continue reading

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The Charleston City Market: A Brief History

In the 1700s in Charleston, there was no refrigeration, and so it was necessary to go to the market for food each day. In the 1790s, at the corner of Broad and Meeting Street, the first public market was established in Charleston. At first, beef was sold at Meeting and Broad Streets, fish at the East end of Queen Street, which is now Vendue Range, farm produce from the barrier island planters at the East end of Tradd Street, now South Adger’s Wharf, and butter was sold on the peninsula. After the American Revolution, city planners decided for many reasons to consolidate these markets into one Center Market at Broad … Continue reading

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Best Brunch Places in Charleston

Most of us love to eat. Whether you are a foodie or just enjoy a good meal, it’s hard to find bad food in Charleston. We have an abundance of good restaurants and wonderful chefs. From casual to upscale, there’s something to suit every taste and satisfy every craving. When you take a trip to Charleston, you might want to sleep late and enjoy brunch. Here are just a few of the places you won’t want to miss. In a random and unofficial poll, High Cotton , at 199 East Bay Street, was mentioned as a favorite of locals for brunch. It was also named the best brunch spot in … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in June

June is a great time to see Charleston! The weather is hot and sunny and perfect for visiting the area beaches, where there is always a breeze. There are also a number of annual events in Charleston in June that will give you a taste of the Lowcountry in this beautiful southern city. One of these is the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. These began May 24 but continue until the finale on June 9. You can check out the link for tickets to specific venues if you would like to enjoy the arts, music, theater, dance, and other events. The finale is not to be missed. It is … Continue reading

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Southern Hospitality in Charleston, South Carolina

When one first thinks of Charleston, the images that come to mind are graceful live oaks with delicate Spanish moss hanging from the branches, the clip-clop of horse hooves as they pull carriages full of tourists, antebellum homes with wide side porches and to top it all off, the welcoming spirit of southern hospitality. But what exactly does this southern hospitality mean? What can the newcomer or traveler expect when in Charleston? Charleston was voted the #1 city by Condé Nast Traveler readers the second year in a row – and for good reason: In addition to amazing restaurants (chefs are stars here), gorgeous scenery, and an abundance of history, … Continue reading

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Springtime at Charleston Plantations

Alleyways of majestic live oaks, grand estate houses and old-world gardens filled with bright azaleas, bulb flowers and camellias are part of any story about the gracious living, hospitality and elegance of plantation life in the Colonial and antebellum South. Some of the oldest gardens in America are found at Charleston’s plantation homes. History and beauty abound making springtime at Charleston plantations an excellent time to visit. A Little Plantation History Charleston’s wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries was derived, in large part, from the plantation system. In the early 1700s, planters began the arduous process of clearing and diking inland swamps to provide water for cultivation and began … Continue reading

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Shopping in Downtown Charleston

U.S. News & World Report chose King Street as one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the United States. Yes, we’re up there with Rodeo Drive, Michigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue! Best of all, shopping in downtown Charleston is just plain fun! Walking uptown, downtown, through boutiques or sidewalk markets, you’ll find designer fashions, vintage consignments — Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, or find great gifts. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in May

In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, which begins May 24th, Charleston always has a great variety of events to choose from. Gibbes on the Street – May 2, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1905 to considerable fanfare and has been an important vehicle for art in the Charleston area ever since. Join the fun in celebrating the museum at this benefit event. Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the fourth annual Street Party! Savories, Sweets, and Sips by: Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, … Continue reading

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Spoleto Festival USA 2013

It’s been 36 years since the first Spoleto Festival USA began in Charleston, South Carolina. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti was seeking an American counterpart to the Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. The city needed to be intimate, with plenty of performance venues, yet charming and easily accessible. Charleston was the perfect fit! With its stated goal of bringing the highest caliber performances for its 17-day run, the organizers have managed to keep the standard very high in all areas: classical and modern musical performances, theater, ballet, opera, and the spoken word. This year’s festival runs from May 24 through June 9, with a couple of preview performances on … Continue reading

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Popular Charleston Restaurants

Charleston has become synonymous with fine dining. Over the past 20 – 25 years its reputation has gained world-class status with award-winning chefs, and restaurants earning the moniker “best new restaurant in the United States.”  While it would take quite a while to visit all the top spots in Charleston, we’ve culled the list to some of the most popular spots. McCrady’s Restaurant Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, McCrady’s represents some of the best in new Southern fine dining. The menu, created by Chef Sean Brock, recipient of the 2010 James Beard Best Chef Southeast award, centers around inventive cuisine fresh from the farm and … Continue reading

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Carriage Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

There’s nothing like the sound of the clip clop of a horse-drawn carriage to take you right back in time! And there’s really no better way to begin your stay in Charleston than by taking a carriage tour through this beautiful, historic city. It will give you a great overview of the city as well as informative and enjoyable lessons in history and architecture. But not a dry, boring lesson – Charleston carriage tour guides are known for their unique combination of knowledge, wit and charm. You’ll be entertained as you ride, see and learn. But that’s not all; every carriage tour guide is licensed by the city. Testing for … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in April

Cooper River Bridge Run April 6, 2013, Mount Pleasant – Charleston The 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run is just around the corner. And you don’t have to be an avid runner to participate – walkers are welcome and you can walk or run for yourself or for charity. Started in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. Last year 36,652 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Meeting Street. The Cooper River Bridge Run is well organized and includes world-class competition in a beautiful setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. The … Continue reading

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The 66th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens by the Historic Charleston Foundation

At the height of Charleston’s blooming season, the 66th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 21 – April 20, is a great opportunity to get a rare look inside Charleston’s gracious homes and hidden gardens. Located in the Old and Historic districts, some of these private residences date to the 18th century and are filled with fascinating history, antiques and art. You’ll have the chance to see homes from the Colonial, Antebellum, Victorian and 20th century eras. Beautiful architecture and lavish gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Experience true southern hospitality by participating in a house and garden tour, which feature seven to 10 properties each … Continue reading

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