Charleston is definitely one of those places you fall in love with quickly. It has so much to offer guests and residents: a rich history, great restaurants and dining, dynamic culture, wonderful outdoors life, breathtaking scenery, and the list goes on. As if you needed more reasons to visit, here is a great excerpt from Forbes on “Why You Should Visit Charleston Now“:
“Even the name Charleston evokes easy living and a genteel spirit. The city is small and the very picture of Southern hospitality, but with cosmopolitan restaurants and beautiful beaches a short drive away. A great weekend here combines revisiting the classics like a sunset sail on the Schooner Pride and a Palmetto Carriage Tour, but also discovering the new, with restaurants earning the highest praise from critics, and world-class art exhibits.
When you’re planning your trip, plan to wander the gracious, stately homes South of Broad street and to take a boat to Fort Sumter. Perhaps schedule a “Taste of the Lowcountry” cooking class with the lively teachers at the Charleston Cooks! kitchen shop. The renowned Spoleto Festival has come and gone this year but there is always great live music and events in Charleston.”
If you are looking to make a visit to Charleston in the near future, be sure to take advantage of as much as possible. Here is a brief list of things to do and see while you are in Charleston:
- Visit a Plantation – Middleton Place Plantation or Boone Hall Plantation
- Tour the Gibbes Art Museum
- Take a carriage tour through downtown. There’s truly no better way to see the city and learn about its history.
- Walk to the battery. It is only a short distance from the inn, and you’ll have a chance to see many of Charleston’s famous historic homes.
- Stroll through the market – The downtown market was recently renovated, and now a large portion is air conditioned. You can find authentic arts and crafts in addition to jewelry, clothing, accessories, and more.
- Visit the beaches. There is no shortage of oceanfront in the Lowcountry. You can visit one of the many beaches surrounding the area: Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach.
- Take in some live music or visit the Dock Street Theater
- Visit a few of the art galleries downtown
- Try as many of the restaurants as possible. You won’t have a chance to try them all, but make sure you book your reservations early.
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