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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...
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191 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This family business has been in operation since 1922. They sell 18th- and 19th-century antiques ranging from silver tea sets to intricate grandfather clocks, and also offer reproduction furniture made by UK-based cabinetmakers.
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Charleston, SC, USA
When it comes to the Angel Oak’s age, estimates range wildly from 300 to 2,000 years. What everyone can agree on, however, is the tree’s immense beauty—its sprawling canopy shades 17,000 square feet of ground, its trunk measures...
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340 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Visitors start their journey to this national monument at the education center on Liberty Square, where exhibits bring to life the first battle of the Civil War. They then take a ferry to the actual fort, located on an island at the mouth of the...
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476 1/2 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Callie’s Charleston Biscuits, a mail-order business selling from-scratch biscuits, opened up this counter-service restaurant in 2014. Naturally, biscuits make up a big portion of the menu, with sweet and savory options available...
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4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414, USA
Middleton Place exists because of slavery—a stark reality that’s acknowledged in exhibits throughout the sprawling plantation. Today, however, the site is a beautiful place to spend a day or a weekend. Just stroll through the 65 acres...
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90 Hasell St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Carolina was a colony that welcomed religious diversity, and so there are all kinds of religious denominations with historic buildings in Charleston. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim's congregation was formed in 1749 and has occupied this Greek Revival...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This beautiful Gothic Revival building hosts the United States' only independent Huguenot congregation. Try to get inside the sanctuary to see the elegant nave.
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6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Everyone seems to be talking about Chez Nous and, frankly, it’s easy to see why. A meal here feels like dining at your most fashionable friend’s place. The restaurant is tucked away from the main drag in a beautiful Charleston single...
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101 E Arctic Ave, Folly Beach, SC 29439, USA
Officially named the Edwin S. Taylor Folly Beach Fishing Pier, this landmark extends 1,045 feet into the Atlantic Ocean, making it the second-longest pier on the East Coast. It’s also 25 feet wide, allowing ample room for walkers, fishermen,...
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Charleston, SC, USA
A colonial classic, Charleston might initially come off as a little ye olde. But if you look more closely, this 340-year-old harbor city actually lives in the present. Bars reinvent Southern spirits, boutiques showcase new spins on cotton, and the...
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70 Cunnington Ave, Charleston, SC 29405, USA
Travelers visiting Charleston typically stick to the downtown area, but if you're interested in Civil War history, head up to "the Neck," the area between downtown and North Charleston, to Magnolia Cemetery. The marshside cemetery is where the...
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You don’t have to search hard to find the perfect spot to toast Charleston’s unique skyline with a moonlit cocktail. The Pavilion Bar atop the Market Pavilion Hotel in the middle of downtown boasts views of historic Charleston and a rare rooftop...
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547 King St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Prohibition serves great classic cocktails, like a Blood and Sand and a solid mint julep. The place also serves fancy comfort food (chorizo- and mushroom-studded mac and cheese, pork chop with a ginger-peach glaze), hosts live music and swing...
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39F John Street, Hutson Alley, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
This gorgeous, high-ceilinged lounge serves small plates and cocktails with a Cuban twist. You can buy cigars at the bar and take in live Latin jazz on certain nights. The spot also pays homage to Ernest Hemingway, with drinks named for his books...
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970 Morrison Dr, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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Come for the drinks and stay for the music at the The Royal American. This “hole-in-the-wall” bar along Morrison Drive gets you up close to hip bands while drinking a beer, a signature punch, or the house made cinnamon whiskey, and dining on pub...
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116 Broad St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
John Rutledge was an active player in early American politics, signing the Constitution and serving as South Carolina’s first governor. But his townhouse on Broad Street, now the John Rutledge Inn, was built before he even attended his first...
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75 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
After a multi-phase expansion completed in 2016, the former Restoration on King dropped "the King" from its name and gained a new restaurant, spa, coffee shop, and several dozen more suites. The sleek and modern rooms at the boutique Restoration...
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3125, 166 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston's French Quarter didn't earn its title until the 1970s, when a group of preservationists started touting the area's historic concentration of French Huguenots to protect buildings in danger of demolition. Opened in 2002, the French...
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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...
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19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Reopened and rebranded in 2014, the Vendue (formerly known as the Vendue Inn) is all about the arts. With on-site docents ready to guide you around the property's exhibition spaces, an artist-in-residence whose studio is open to visitors, and...
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149 Wentworth St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
This Gilded Age residence, built for a cotton merchant and his bride in the 1880s, was renovated and opened as a hotel in 1998 after stints as a masonic meeting place and an insurance office. It's a testament to some serious preservation and...
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0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Zero George consists of five structures: the main building fronting George Street, built in the early 1800s as two separate structures; two additional examples of the “Charleston single house,” a long and narrow building with an...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
In Charleston, historic preservation is a way of life, and Planters Inn lives up to that reputation. The 1844 building, originally built as a dry good store and warehouse and converted to a hotel in the 1980s, was restored in 2008 and furnished...
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205 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Occupying a full block in the heart of downtown, Belmond Charleston Place is the largest luxury hotel in the city and has all the perks a seasoned traveler might require, from a saltwater pool with retractable glass roof to old-school shoe shine...
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360 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
If you are a fan of trinkets and ephemera, you'll have a blast at the Charleston Museum—America's very first museum, founded in 1773. Focused on South Carolina Lowcountry, the location is a part of the Museum Mile, a section of Meeting...
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112 N Market St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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Peninsula Grill is located right on often-boisterous Market Street, but the restaurant couldn't be more peaceful. Try their coconut cake, so beloved that it's shipped across the country. And when the weather's nice, make a reservation to eat in...
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Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Charleston's Waterfront Park has a great path along the river, ample benches both stationary and swinging, and fountains that are open for kids to splash around.
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224 King St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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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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251 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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If you head to Charleston looking for fried chicken, collard greens, and banana pudding, Jestine's Kitchen is a good place to get it. This isn't nouveau fancy southern food--no gourmet touches, just the classics done right.
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188 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Once the center of commerce in Charleston, the City Market is now the heart of tourism. Although its location near the cruise terminal can make it feel like a kitschy open-air market in the Caribbean, the tackiness is part of its charm. Yes,...
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18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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It's hard to believe that this spot is just beyond the tourist epicenter of the City Market: unpretentious and elegant, it's been serving up fresh sandwiches, oversized salads, and great fried green tomatoes since 2002.
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142 Church St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
Nicknamed the “Holy City,” Charleston is home to an abundance of churches, the most notable of which is St. Philip’s. The Anglican parish was constructed in 1680 and rebuilt in 1835 after a devastating fire. Since then,...
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133 Queen St, Charleston, SC 29401, USA
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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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Hampton Park, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
Located in the northern part of the city, Hampton Park is by far the biggest green space on the peninsula. It contains beautiful oak trees, a fitness trail, and lush flowers (including one of the city's best collection of roses).
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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 a great place to take a stroll. The beautiful Randolph Hall, which has appeared in movies from The Patriot to Dear John, is a particular...
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New Charleston hotel bars include the Spectator Hotel which offers a 1920s speakeasy feel. Similar to the bartenders of that era, the Spectator’s mixologists offer a friendly Southern smile and a rockin’ Southern spirit. Local products are part...
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701 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29403, USA
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What do you get when you mix bocce courts, shuffle board, the ‘80s arcade game “Defender”, and an old-fashioned jukebox with domestic whiskies, beer, wine, craft cocktails, and bar food? Why it’s Charleston’s newest American whiskey and beer bar,...
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In search of the perfect ale, porter or lager? Look no further than the booming brewery scene throughout the Charleston area. Palmetto Brewery operations in the 1850’s and was revived by local residents in 1993, becoming the first brewery to...