Southern Living Editor in Chief Sid Evans visits Charleston, South Carolina.


My favorite thing about Charleston is that you're walking on streets that are hundreds of years old but you feel the city's vibrancy in everything that's happening. Charleston is bustling. There is so much change and creativity pouring into the city with new restaurants, new shops, new hotels, new businesses opening up and bringing something special to the mix. To really understand the beauty and history of the Holy City, you must start with a trip to Magnolia Plantations and Gardens. Explore sixty acres of picturesque English-style gardens. The stars of these gardens are the Southern camellias and magnolias. There are beautiful surprises around every corner, from wild and untamed blooms to captivating views. For a little shopping, stop into Croghan's Jewel Box, located in the heart of King Street. The 100 year old shop is run by third and fourth generation family members, and is the best place for finding unique gems and holiday gifts. Finally, don't make a trip to Charleston without having barbecue. And in the middle of one of the best food cities in the South, you'll find Rodney Scott serving unbeatable barbecue. Craft beer is even becoming a thing in the city with its own brewery district. There's really so much to experience in Charleston, and with so much changing it has managed to maintain the charm, character, and personality that makes it a favorite.