Get to Charleston early on Friday, so you’ll have a day to explore the city before the book fair on Saturday. You can choose to stay at either the Meeting Street Inn
or Zero George
The Meeting Street Inn is in the heart of the historic district, meaning that all the sites you’ll likely want to visit are easily reached on foot. The 56 rooms in the 19th
-century building exude historic charm, with four-poster beds and other period details. The 18-suite Zero George is also in the historic district, if not quite as central, in several 19th
-century buildings that share a common courtyard. Both hotels are about a 15-minute walk to the Charleston Music Hall, where many of the YALLFest events take place.
After a quick lunch at a nearby restaurant, you’ll depart for an afternoon carriage tour of Charleston. You’ll get an overview of the peninsula—the mansions along the Battery, the atmospheric alleys, and the old warehouses along the water.
For dinner, head five minutes on foot to Queology BBQ
, one of Charleston’s most popular casual barbecue restaurants. Choose from pulled pork, spicy chicken wings, and sides including standards like corn on the cob and mac and cheese. After a long day traveling, the comfort food served here should satisfy everyone in the family.