June 1, 2020
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with travel dates on or after
Due to travel restrictions, plans are only available with effective start dates on or after
In 350 years, Charleston has witnessed the most momentous events in American history: the birth of religious freedom, the battles of the American Revolution, and the beginning of the Civil War. “Wandering through its streets can be dreamlike and otherworldly, its alleyways and shortcuts both fragrant and mysterious, yet as haunted as time turned in on itself,” wrote author Pat Conroy.
Today, Charleston is a favorite destination for visitors who love food, history, architecture and culture. But if you only have a few days to spend there, what should you do? Try our five-minute guide to the best of the Holy City.
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In a city as delightfully different as Charleston, why stay at a big-brand hotel? The Governor’s House Inn offers elegant accommodations in a 1760 Georgian mansion. Enjoy your own private porch, four-poster beds, and complimentary parking.
Fast-forward to the Jazz Age at the Spectator Hotel, in Charleston’s historic French Quarter. From the free cocktail served when you arrive to the personal butler who brings you a continental breakfast each morning, the Spectator spoils every guest. Valet parking and free cruiser bikes make it easy to get around.
If you like hotels with a sleek, modern feel, then check into The Dewberry. One of the best boutique hotels in Charleston, the Dewberry welcomes guests with sophisticated furnishings, Irish linens, seasonally inspired mini-bar selections and stunning city views. In the evenings, settle into the midcentury Living Room bar or head to the rooftop Citrus Club cocktail lounge.
Trying to pick the best restaurants in Charleston, a city internationally renowned for its Gullah and Lowcountry cuisine, is pretty much impossible. But we’ll suggest a few favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
First thing in the morning, head over to Virginia’s on King to load up on classic dishes like shrimp and grits, fried chicken and biscuits, and country ham. The weekend brunch offers even more savory options, including deviled eggs, fried green tomatoes, and fried-oyster salad.
Once you’ve walked off your breakfast, it’s time to experience Bertha’s Kitchen. This soul-food spot, honored with a James Beard Award in 2017, is deeply beloved for its family-style food: barbecue chicken, baked macaroni and cheese, collard greens, lima bean soup and cornbread.
And for dinner? FIG has long been acclaimed as one of the best restaurants in Charleston, serving creative yet approachable takes on Lowcountry classics. On the ever-changing menu, you can expect to find the best seasonal bounty of South Carolina: soft-shell crab, triggerfish, okra and Carolina Gold rice.
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