Home Sweet Charleston
Collected by Caroline Eubanks, AFAR Local Expert
The Holy City, as it's called for the hundreds of houses of worship in the downtown area, is known for its beauty and charm. You've got award winning chefs, fashion designers and technology startups all residing in the city of less than 200,000 residents.
1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
The magnificent avenue of oak trees that greets visitors at Boone Hall Plantation is, on its own, a Charleston must-see. After taking it in, guests can walk through the plantation mansion or take a driving tour of the grounds, which cover 738...
467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
King Street has no loss for places to have a nice Sunday brunch. AC's is not one of those places. Known as the college students' hangout for their cheap beers, the mood shifts come Sunday mornings when the same hipsters show up to drink $1.50...
2210 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482, USA
Who knew that Edgar Allan Poe spent time in the army base on Sullivan's Island outside of Charleston? The folks behind Poe's Tavern have capitalized on this fact, creating one of the island's most beloved local haunts. Located a few blocks from...
832 State Hwy 171, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
While Charleston is known for Southern hospitality, there is a vibrant art community here. Famous street artist Shepard Fairey was born here and Doug "The Sheepman" Panzone is following his lead. Behind a run-down strip mall on the way to Folly...
329 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For many Charlestonians and tourists, every Saturday is spent in Marion Square at the farmers’ market. Students nursing hangovers wait in line for a crepe at Charleston Crepe Company while farmers from John's and Edisto islands sell their fresh...
229 St Philip St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
In the South, it's quite easy to eat bacon at every meal—it shows up in everything from the Bloody Marys to the brussels sprouts. After several days in Charleston, however, you might need a break from all that meat. Thankfully, the crew...
59 1/2 Cannon St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This bakery and coffee shop serves a lovely delight called the Hummingbird. It's a vanilla cupcake with walnuts, pineapple, and a cream-cheese icing: If banana-nut bread, a pineapple cake, and a carrot cake had a baby, it'd be the...
1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412, USA
Bowens Island Restaurant has existed in one form or another since 1946. The original building, covered in Sharpie messages scrawled by diners over the years, burned to the ground in 2006. Owner Robert Barber rebuilt it...
207 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
For those seeking a true taste of Charleston, it’s hard to recommend anywhere better than Hominy Grill. You’ll likely have to wait for a table, but just grab a drink in the front courtyard until it’s your turn to sit. Meals...
2 Center St, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
Folly Beach has Rita's Seaside Grille, an amazingly fun joint right on the main drag. Serving a menu that satisfies everyone, a fresh retro-themed dining room and patio, you’ll swear that you were in a Beach Boys song. Creative salads, burgers,...
78 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The salmon-colored stucco buildings comprising the Elliott House Inn have a long history that runs parallel with the city's. Built in the aftermath of a citywide fire, the property's main structure was then shaken in an 1886 earthquake (the...
510 Ridge Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
Westbrook Brewing Company wasn't the first craft brewery to come out Charleston, but has had quick success, already distributing throughout the Southeast. Husband and wife duo Edward and Morgan Westbrook started the brewery in 2010. Their IPA and...
Folly Beach, SC 20412, USA
Driving to Folly Beach, there is a road that heads down to this area for you to walk. A short walk later you emerge over the sand with a view of the lighthouse just off the islands. One of my favorite spots in the Charleston area.
3550 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
A visit to a Charleston historic plantation is typically on every traveler’s itinerary, but choosing which one can prove difficult. Magnolia Plantation & Gardens makes its case with Lowcountry wilderness rather than tamed rows and...
6812, 6775 Bears Bluff Rd, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
There may be imitators out there, but when it comes to sweet tea vodka, the best, and original, is Firefly. Located on a barrier island 45 minutes from Charleston, South Carolina, this vineyard started making their own muscadine vodka back in...
6617 Maybank Hwy, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487, USA
Charleston has a long plantation history, but the most unique attraction in the city is the Charleston Tea Plantation. Located on Wadmalaw Island, it's one of the few places where tea is still grown and produced in the United States. The tea...
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