Southern Travel Guide: Charleston

From hotels to restaurants and everything in between, we're telling how to fill your Charleston visit with plenty of low country charm.


[MUSIC] There's no denying that Charleston is one of our favorite southern cities. With its casual elegance and historic charm this waterfront destination brings us back again and again. Here's our shortlist of can't miss spots in a city that's packed with things to experience. The best way to explore Charleston is on foot. Start by strolling along the Battery, taking in breath taking views of the water, and the state's namesake, palmetto trees. You can't miss the neighborhood south of Broad, admiring some of the finest residential architecture in the country. To get the inside scoop from the locals, we recommend Oyster Point Walking Tours. Their knowledgeable and friendly guides provide a lively introduction to the city. There's no shortage of amazing eats in Charleston. Try the pork scrapple sandwich at Two Boroughs Larder. When you're in the low country, you need to eat seafood and lots of eat. At the ordinary, ask for the local capers blade oysters on a half-shell, or get your fix with a fried oyster on Hawaiian roll, topped with pickles and house made sriracha. Then head straight to King Street. Stop by Ben Silver and be amazed by their bow-tie offerings. At Hampden, one of the best boutiques in the country, you can browse brands like Derek Lam and Kenzo. Nearby Bob Ellis Shoes is an institution mixing classics like Menolas and up and comers like Elizabeth and James, but put those heels in your bag, ladies. Charleston's cobblestone streets call for flats. Rest your head at boutique hotel Zero George, set in a private, landscaped courtyard. Your room will be in one of five historic buildings. Things, so you'll feel like a real Charlestonian as you sit on your piazza. Or for luxury Victorian style, be sure to check out the Wentworth. There's no better way to finish a day in Charleston than with a beverage. Stop by The Gin Joint for one of their craft cocktails. Or pull up a seat at the bar at Husk and order a bourbon barrel aged Manhattan. Share us the dreaming of your next trip to the holy city.
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