Third Time is a Charm! For the third consecutive year, Charleston has been named #1 U.S. City/Condé Nast Traveler/ Reader's Choice Awards.
City Market. Hundreds of vendors line this famous market that stretches from Meeting Street to East Bay Street. Watch women weaving incredibly ornate sweetgrass baskets. Browse handmade art, jewelry and gifts created by local artisans. You can also pick up some local rice, beans, sauces and other local tasty treats to take home.
Historic Home Tours. The Aiken-Rhett house, circa 1818, is one of several incredible houses to tour in Charleston. Virtually unaltered since 1858, the Aiken-Rhett property is a townhouse collection that demonstrates what life was like in antebellum Charleston. Our tour guides have vast knowledge on the history of the homes and share some fascinating facts about those who called them home.
Historic Recipes. Not only will our chefs fill your belly with classic Southern fare, some of them will even teach you how to whip up your own shrimp â€˜n grits and other dazzling dishes that are staples in local kitchens. Bring your appetite and your passion for all things food.
Thrill Rides. Like magic, a horse and carriage ride transports you to another place and time. It's a fun, relaxing and entertaining way to soak up the storied past of Charleston. Listen as our guides steer you past some of the most famous sights in Charleston, such as Rainbow Row, The Battery, Charleston Market, The French Quarter and more.
The Battery. Bordering the Charleston Harbor, flanked by some of the cities most majestic homes, lies The Battery. This is also where you'll find White Point Gardens, an expansive park with a wealth of ancient oaks, ornate iron benches that look out over the harbor, historic cannons and parked in the middle you'll see a gorgeous, historic bandstand.
Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676, Magnolia Plantation is the oldest public gardens in America, opening their doors to the public in 1870. Thousands of beautiful flowers and plants fill the plantation. Along with touring the gardens, you can visit the plantation house and walk the boardwalk that winds through the Audubon Swamp Garden. Magnolia is one of several plantations open for tours.
Hidden Gems. Charleston has so many small treasures to track down. Narrow alleyways, quaint courtyards, fountains, sculptures and more. Pictured above is Philadelphia Alley, a pretty little path in the French Quarter. Walking tours pass through many of these secret little spots.
On The Water. Cobblestone streets are not the only way to see Charleston. Hop in a kayak and paddle through our rivers and creeks for a chance at up close encounters with egrets, dolphins, great herons and many other beautiful creatures. The waterways present a whole new perspective of how you see Charleston.
Drayton Hall. What makes Drayton Hall such an impressive sight is the fact that this Georgian-Palladian style home remains virtually untouched. Rather than restore the home to what it may have looked like back in the day, the decision was made to maintain how it looked when the Drayton Family turned it over. This house has survived wars, hurricanes and earthquakes. It is truly an amazing spectacle.
Tons of Fun. Talk about epic fun, the USS Yorktown, a 30,000 ton, 888 foot long aircraft carrier is an amazing, action packed, hands-on adventure for kids of all ages. Climb aboard and tour virtually the entire ship, from the engine room clear up to the flight deck and bridge. Get a realistic look at what life was like on this legendary, battle-tested ship.
Walking Tours. Sometimes the best way to see the beauty and awe of Charleston is on foot, so you can get an up close, unhurried look at our storied past. Walking tours are available throughout Charleston and take you through gardens, cemeteries, inside houses and through charming alleyways.
Southern Staples. Enjoy a plate of fresh, locally grown, perfectly prepared fried green tomatoes and other local delicacies. Our backyard boasts a bounty of fresh ingredients. Our chefs are magicians, working with secret family recipes and inventing a few delicious tricks of their own.
Shem Creek. Mount Pleasant's Shem Creek is quaint, cozy collection of festive creek-side restaurants that serve the fresh catch brought in by the commercial fishing boats docked right next door. Most of the restaurants have excellent views to go with their great fare. Shem Creek is also a popular spot to launch kayaks.
Pick a Tour. Pack Accordingly. How easy is that?
To enhance your visit and make planning your trip to Charleston a breeze, we have designed a fun mix of exciting Charleston tours. Allowing us to do the planning is a perfect way to ensure you experience the places and attractions on your "must see" list. Get that camera ready.
Charleston Restaurant Week
The next installment of Charleston Restaurant Week is set for September 3-14, 2014! Plantation Days at Middleton Place
Middleton Place invites visitors to see what life on a Low Country plantation was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. On Nov. 15 and 16, the National Historic Landmark will welcome visitors to immerse themselves in Plantation Days, an annual event reflec Kiawah Beverage Series
This series of collective beverage dinners will be spread over the course of the year, featuring seven participating outlets that will be highlighting their seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages.