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LUXURIOUS GETAWAYDay One

Check into Market Pavilion Hotel, an enclave of dark wood-paneled walls and chandeliers. Here, the 70 lavish guest rooms are decked out with French-style chaises, toile wallpaper, goldframed mirrors, and black granite countertops in the Hermès toiletries-stocked bathrooms.

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  • ENJOY ELEVATED SOUTHERN CUISINE

    For lunch, head to Husk, the acclaimed restaurant housed in a meticulously restored 19th century house on Queen Street, where Chef Sean Brock has helped turn Southern ingredients into a national culinary obsession.

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  • PEER INTO AN ANTEBELLUM MANSION

    Charleston is home to an eye-popping array of historic mansions. Although most are privately owned, the Nathaniel Russell House, which was built in 1808 and is widely recognized as one of America’s more important neoclassical dwellings, has been converted into a public museum.

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  • DON’T FORGET SOUVENIRS

    Pick up a set of Sacred Bird & Butterfly porcelain teacups. The original setting of the handsome 17th century porcelain is on display at the Nathaniel Russell House. Reproductions of this dinnerware and other noted antiques are found at the Historic Charleston Foundation City Market Shop.

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  • DINE AT A HIGH-END CHOPHOUSE

    Head to Grill 225, the dark wood-paneled, white tablecloth restaurant that commands the ground floor of the Market Pavilion Hotel. Celebrate your first night in town with a sumptuous dinner that includes 50-day wet-aged cuts at Charleston’s first 100% USDA Prime steak house

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LUXURIOUS GETAWAYDay Two

Take a trip back in time and savor in the present.

  • WAKE WITH DELICIOUS BREAKFAST

    Do yourself a favor and start the day with a glass of fresh cold-pressed juice at The Daily, the popular grab-and-go provisions staple located on upper King Street.

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  • EXPERIENCE 18TH CENTURY PLANTATION LIFE

    Venture to Drayton Hall, which is widely considered the finest example of Georgian Palladian architecture in North America. Untouched by fad or fashion, the house museum stands as an example of meticulous preservation and has neither running water nor electricity.

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  • TASTE REINVENTED SOUTHERN CUISINE

    “See and be seen” at Slightly North of Broad, Charleston’s version of the power broker’s lunch spot famously referred to by the acronym SNOB. Chef Frank Lee is one of the area’s seasoned stars known for his southern fare.

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LUXURIOUS GETAWAYDay Three

Embark on an active outing and an easy-going evening on your last day.

  • POLISH YOUR GOLF SWING

    Not all of the Charleston area’s treasures are found in the Historic District. Behold The Ocean Course, a wind-swept, Scottish-flavored masterpiece at the 5-star Kiawah Island Golf Resort, located 25 miles south of the city and rated the No. 1 most difficult golf course in the country.

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  • CONTINUE YOUR CULINARY EXPLORATION

    Head to Cypress, where the menu is a reflection of local, seasonal ingredients as well as Chef Deihl’s partnership with the American Livestock Breeds Conservancy and Carolina Heritage Farm. A little known fact: Deihl is the first chef in more than 100 years, and currently the only chef in the nation, to cook the rare American Guinea Hog.

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  • ENJOY YOUR LAST NIGHT OUT

    After dinner, head one block south to Pearlz and nab a sidewalk table for prime people watching. Linger as long as you like—the hotel is only two blocks away.

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