FRESH & SEASONAL: Charleston embraced “farm to table” long before the popular term was coined by modern “foodies” – come taste our flavors!
FARMERS MARKET LOVE: Whenever there is a thriving restaurant scene serving fresh, local, seasonal foods, there is bound to be a vibrant farmers market (or multiple markets) nearby. That is the case in Charleston, where more than a half dozen different markets take place across the region.
PIMENTO CHEESE: Called the caviar of the South, pimento cheese is a staple of restaurant menus and cocktail parties alike! We are especially fond of this version, which is served by the good folks at Butcher & Bee.
SOUTHERN ALLURE: Soak up the city’s charm on two wheels, savor the shrimp and grits, then take in the seaside view from a rooftop bar.
DID YOU KNOW the only tea garden in America that cultivates tea for public sale is found in Charleston? We love the scenic arrival at the Charleston Tea Plantation.
AT THE SANCTUARY, a high polish walnut-plank floor and plush carpet in soothing marsh tones lead to sister staircases, the grandeur of which can make even the most jaded Scarlett swoon.
Welcome to Charlestonly: Welcome to Charlestonly, a weekly dispatch written by native Charlestonians who have an abiding passion for the city and are quick to share an Insider’s point of view.
Charlestonly Ambiance in April
EVERY SPRING: Visitors and locals alike are invited to take a peak behind garden gates and piazza doors during this venerable annual tour of 150 privately-owned homes sponsored by Historic Charleston Foundation.
STROLL THROUGH SPLENDOR: When colonists settled Charleston in 1680, an urban development plan called the Grand Model established an orderly grid of streets. It is fun to wander and discover but difficult to get lost in the historic district.
CHARMED BY CHARLESTON: Come. Discover what you find most charming. Fall in love with Charleston. Call it your own.
HOLY CITY IDENTITY: Lulled by perfumed air and a languid pace, Charleston is an unexpectedly seductive place. The city gazes at the Atlantic Ocean amid a saltmarsh palate rich in straw-ruffled and cerulean hues. Church bells and cheerful sea island accents compose a timeless score. A heady aroma of secret gardens coquettishly winks at briny sea breezes. Locals lovingly call it the Lowcountry, an idyllic place that etches its imprint on visitors.
CHARLESTONLY STATE OF MIND: It has fixed coordinates like every other city. You may locate it on a map, as it has appeared for the past 343 years. But Charleston truly exists somewhere else entirely—it abides in the hearts and minds of those who visit. A poetic place, Charleston is where charms dwell.
A floral enveloped steeple as seen from Marion Square.
A COLORFUL, OLD SOUL: Charleston’s cocoon of gentility is a visual feast for anyone who enjoys curious details, secret alleyways, and an unexpected pop of blue.
WARM AND WELCOMING: Originally conceived as an enclave of tolerance, Charleston is a genteel place where latitudinarian sensibility prevails.
BLUSH, NOT BASHFUL: A botanical wonderland described as “a city set in a garden,” Charleston has a rich horticultural history that spans three centuries, and contemporary floral designers find inspiration daily.
GRACE AMID GRANDEUR: One of America’s most architecturally significant destinations, Charleston’s chronology is evident at every turn. Cobblestone streets and copper carriage lanterns wear the polish of several centuries, a burnished roadmap through time.
PEEK INSIDE: Festooned with wrought iron gates, Charleston gardens invite a peek within.
At Dixie Supply, the tomato pie is bursting with Lowcountry flavors. From ripe tomatoes to a pie crust rolled with love, this dish is one of our favorites!
DID YOU KNOW that one of the oldest public markets in America is located in Charleston? Be sure to visit the more than 300 vendors who sell their wares daily at the Charleston City Market!
A CITY SET IN A GARDEN: Charleston is a cocoon of gentility cloaked in an alluring subtropical aromas of tea olive, honeysuckle, Jessamine, Lady Banksia rose, forsythia, and wisteria.
THE JOURNEY TO KIAWAH ISLAND unfolds beneath a canopy of moss-laden oak trees, past a private airport tucked amid fields of wildflowers, farmland, and roadside vegetable stands. Allow yourself to transition to a carefree “island time” mentality over the course of the 30-minute drive. After all, Coastal Living magazine recently named Kiawah the Happiest Seaside Town in America.
Two Fork Safari Guide: The tantalizing sweetness of blue crab, collards seasoned with tradition, and an oyster’s kiss from the sea—a sampler of Charleston’s celebrated flavors.
For 17 days each spring, Charleston hosts the internationally renowned Spoleto Festival USA.
Croghan’s Jewel Box: A Charleston Institution for Four Generations
Charlestonly Spring Style Guide: It is said Charleston is the last bastion of seersucker, a sartorial holdout where bon viveurs pair the puckered fabric with straw hats, foppish bowties, and white buckskin shoes. And while our tradition-steeped Southern finery may seem strange to outsiders, the simple fact is Charlestonians revel in self-expression. Kilts, tutus, and boat shoes all co-exists harmoniously—even at the same dinner party!
HAVE YOU SEEN Charleston’s amazing wrought iron gates? This one is found on Legare Street.
AS COLORFUL AS THEY ARE SWEET & DELICIOUS: Vine-ripened tomatoes grown in Charleston
GRACE IN THE HOLY CITY: We don’t have skyscrapers. We have steeples. The Charleston peninsula’s skyline is speckled with church spires, a beautiful illustration of the city’s nickname: the Holy City.
Biscuits and gravy… barbecue and mustard sauce — we love Saturdays in Charleston!
EXQUISITE DETAILS abound and reveal themselves when Charleston is explored on foot.
FLOWER FANTASIA: The Saturday morning Farmers Market in Marion Square is a great place to pick up fresh cut flowers.
TROT BACK IN TIME at Middleton Place, where visitors may explore the sprawling grounds from the gentle pace of a horse-drawn carriage.
GREEN SCENE: Lulled by perfumed air and a languid pace, Charleston is an unexpectedly seductive place.
Sorghum syrup, molasses or honey… what’s your favorite biscuit topper?
Exquisitely preserved Antebellum wonders and soul-stirring landscapes await…
BLOOMS FOR DAYS… literally, thanks to Charleston’s subtropical climate.
FOUR CORNERS OF LAW: Divine law was the first to establish a foundation at the city’s crossroads of rectitude. In 1752, the cornerstone of St. Michael’s, the city’s oldest church, was laid at the southeast corner of Broad and Meeting streets.
ONE OF THE OLDEST public markets in America is found in the very heart of Charleston’s Historic District. With more than 300 vendors, the Charleston City Market is the best place to find locally made arts, crafts, and souvenirs.
WHITE HOUSE SOUTH is located on Wentworth Street.
CREATURES GREAT AND SMALL roam the charming streets of Charleston.
PRETTY IN PINK: The appropriately named Magnolia Plantation boasts seemingly endless groves of camellias.
Girlfriend Getaway: Waltz through unrivaled 18th century Charlestonian grandeur at the Nathaniel Russell House, where the exuberant wall colors are startling—particularly when you remember the home is more than two hundred years old. Love the unexpected peacock-esque pageantry? The oval dining room’s bright turquoise hue can go home with you. It’s part of the Colors of Historic Charleston Paint Palette. Be sure to visit the museum’s lovely garden and take a moment to discover the joggling board (hint: it’s a long plank suspended between two rockers).
Like attracts like and Charleston is a classic!
CHARLESTON: “a city set in a garden,” where beautiful blooms abound.
THE SANCTUARY POOL is where the best of two worlds collide: the panoramic view of the ocean paired with the comfort of umbrella-shaded chaises and cheerful servers who deliver fresh fruit smoothies to thirsty guests. Time, baked by the sun, slows down and the harried world seems far, far away.
HEAD DIRECTLY TO THE LAWN of The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort and have a seat on an ocean-facing Adirondack chair. Feel the sun on your face, hear the waves in your ear, and breathe in fresh air. Ahhhh…. Total relaxation has begun.
FROM THE OUTSIDE, The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort resembles an oversized seaside mansion, the sort of hushed estate that would fit right in with Newport’s storied turn-of-the-19th-century summer residences. Thanks to a gentle rise in the land on which the hotel sits, a sweeping, unobstructed ocean view greets everyone who walks through the front door.
THE FOLLY PIER, the self-proclaimed “Edge of America.”
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