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The Perfect Weekend in Charleston

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Between rapturous meals in Charleston—from just-caught oysters to Chinese food (you may not connect South Carolina with Chinese food yet, but you will after you eat at Xiao Bao Biscuit) to James Beard Award-winning farm-to-table fare at Husk—you may want to partake in other delights the town has to offer. Take a walking tour to see the city's architectural gems from Rainbow Row to the churches that give Charleston the nickname Holy City to the grand houses along Waterfront Park. Stop and browse the local crafts and food at the Charleston City Market. And learn about the city's history: from its colonial beginnings to modern times, with a visit to the Edmondston-Alston House, and one of the local plantations, and Fort Sumter, as well as the thriving history taking place at College of Charleston.
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1081 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This cavernous brewpub has a wide-open kitchen, a long bar, tall communal tables, and a patio shaded by live oaks. If you can, grab a seat at the chef’s counter and watch the team spread creamy aïoli on locally made rye...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Waterfront Park runs a picturesque half-mile along the Cooper River, from an exuberant fountain at its north end (near the cruise ship terminal), to North Adgers Wharf at its southern border. There is much to recommend a stop in this small...
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224 Rutledge Ave, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
XBB, as locals call it, occupies a remodeled and brightly furnished former gas station in the Elliotborough neighborhood. Catering to its surfer clientele with Nicaraguan beer, the spot also offers a constantly changing menu of authentic Asian...
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
After you’ve drawn up your shopping list, head to the Charleston City Market (pictured), one of the nation’s oldest public markets. The sprawling four-block retail venue, which dates to 1804, is home to more than 300 vendors as well as...
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142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
St. Philip's Church, home of Charleston's oldest congregation, is a beautiful stuccoed brick building with memorable porticoes and an elegant spire. The graveyard is full of Charleston history, including the tomb of Carolina politician John C....
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232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
When most people think southern food, vegetables aren't the first thing that comes to mind. But the vegetable-heavy menu at FIG is one of the best in town and the first place I recommend to visitors. This place was great when it opened in 2003 and...
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698 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Opened in the Spring of 2014, this local Charleston spot is one of this town's hottest tickets. Leon's has a cozy warm atmosphere, amazing local and regional oysters, and homey classic Southern standards. Owner Brooks Reitz is the guy - tell him...
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1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464, USA
A sunny day for a visit to one of South Carolina's eminent plantations that dates back to pre Revolutionary War days. Spring is the ideal time to visit for flowers, emerging greenery and plentiful wildlife.
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133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Queen Street Grocery is a quintessentially Charleston spot, set in a residential neighborhood and open since 1922. It has served as the surrounding neighborhood's corner grocery store for decades, but in recent years it's acted as a café as...
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66 George St, Charleston, SC 29424, USA
With its Spanish moss-draped oak trees and beautiful stucco buildings, the College of Charleston's campus is long on atmosphere and makes a great place for a stroll.  Randolph Hall, a magnificent edifice built in 1828 and one of the six...
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135 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
The Gibbes isn't just Charleston's oldest art museum: it's one of the oldest art museums in the country, with a history that stretches back to the 1850s. The museum's gorgeous Beaux Arts building reopened in 2016 after a two-year renovation. It's...
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Fort Sumter is located in Charleston Harbor...like in the middle of Charleston Harbor, so you have to take a ferry out to it. It's best known as the spot where the first shots of the American Civil War were fired at the Battle of Fort Sumter on...
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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...
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21 E Battery, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Merchant Charles Edmondston built the house in the early 18th century, and eventually sold his property off to Charles Alston and his family, who still have ownership of the home today. Visitors can go to the house and learn about its history and...
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston Grill’s dining room is elegant, wood-paneled and quiet; the menu has a range of options to suit any palate, divided into four sections like “Lush” and “Cosmopolitan;” and there’s live jazz every...
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0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Zero George Street is a boutique hotel in the Ansonborough neighborhood of downtown Charleston. It's equidistance between the historical Market and the young, hip bars and restaurants found on Upper King Street. The hotel has their own cafe on...