Savor the summer in Charleston, where the refreshing sea breeze wafts through the alleyways, the scent of Carolina Jessamine dances through the air, and the crash of the surf and sway of the marsh play as the soundtrack to the season. From the fashionista to the foodie, the artist to the adventurer, there’s something for everyone in Charleston. Pack your bags and round up your friends; Charleston is only a short flight or car ride away.
1. For The Foodie
Charleston’s acclaimed restaurant scene is reason itself to mark the destination on your map. Book your stay at the Grand Bohemian Hotel, where you and your foodie friends can take part in the Wine Blending & Tasting program. Learn the history of winemaking and create a personalized label and custom blend. For the beer aficionado, join us for the Craft Beer Dinner, taking place on June 16 at Circa 1886. We promise, your taste buds won’t be disappointed.
2. For The Artist
The fine arts community has thrived in Charleston since 1736 with the opening of the Dock Street Theatre, the nation’s first structure to be built for theatrical use. Charleston is also home to the nation’s first museum, demonstrating the destination’s longstanding role as a center for the arts and culture. Today, fine arts take shape in the area’s many noted galleries, many of which participate in the during the Charleston Gallery Association ArtWalk, and exhibit during the internationally acclaimed Spoleto Festival USA, an annual 17-day celebration of performing arts that illuminates every established and nontraditional performance space in the region. Mark your calendars for May 27 – June 12 to join in the festival fun and explore the roots and character of the Gullah culture through this year’s Spoleto highlight, George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess, inspired by Charleston businessman DuBose Heyward’s novel Porgy, the first major Southern novel to portray the lives of Charleston’s sea island culture.
3. For The Adventurer
Grab your camera, ditch the map, and get lost among the charming streets of Charleston with your most adventurous companion. Guests at The Restoration Hotel are invited to enjoy complimentary bicycles to discover the Holy City’s hidden charms. Head down Legare Street for a peek at secret gardens, or peddle past serene alleyways lit with flickering copper carriage lanterns on Tradd. Feeling really adventurous? Jam out during the Southern Living Biscuits & Jam waterfront concert as we celebrate the charm, beauty, and splendor of the South during Southern Living Live, June 10 – 12.
4. For The Fashionista
Recently named among the “Best Shopping Cities in the World” by Condé Nast Traveler, Charleston is a fashionista’s dream. Plan your girlfriend getaway at Zero George to score insider’s tips and discover beautiful boutiques and gems, including Candy Shop Vintage and Candlefish, alongside Charleston’s top fashionista Charleston Shop Curator.
5. For The Romantic
Set sail aboard The Schooner Pride and soak in watercolor scenes from the Charleston harbor during a sunset wine-tasting cruise. Retreat to Planters Inn, the 64-room Relais & Chateaux boutique property located in the very heart of Charleston’s historic district, and dine amid a botanical wonderland in the courtyard of Peninsula Grill, the Forbes Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond ranked restaurant that is home to Ultimate Coconut Cake.
What are you waiting for? Begin planning your sweet summer escape in Charleston.