Your adventure begins the moment you land at the beautiful Charleston International Airport, which now offers a new direct route between the United Kingdom and Charleston via British Airways! Get ready to #ExploreCharleston.
This National Historic Landmark is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens and a lively stableyard that is home to free-grazing sheep, cashmere goats, Belgian draft horses, peacocks and more. Step back in time and envision the self-sustaining lifestyle of a bustling plantation with pottery, weaving, blacksmithing, candle-dipping and open fire cooking demonstrations.
Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, this exhibition is a showcase of nearly 30 of the nation’s most prominent antiques exhibitors. The Charleston Antiques Show features decorative and fine arts including rare maps, jewelry, prints and quilts of English, European and American periods.
They say you need to walk a mile in someone else's shoes to see where they are coming from. Take a stroll through Charleston's cobblestone streets and hear the stories they have to tell on a guided walking tour, including Bulldog Tours, featured in Southern Living and recommended by The New York Times.
Peek behind the garden gates and porch doors of the Charleston peninsula’s most intriguing private residences during these award-winning tours. The Festival of Houses and Gardens showcases Charleston’s distinctive history, architecture, gardens and culture.
Emporiums filled with antiques. Tradition-steeped, handcrafted items. Jewelry featuring gilded bugs. Save room in your luggage for souvenirs!
Croghan's Jewel Box
This sparkling nook is a treasure trove of heirloom silver, estate jewelry and classic gifts. Sisters Mariana Ramsay Hay and Rhett Ramsay Outten are the third generation owners of this gleaming boutique that has been in business for more than 100 years.
The Charleston City Market exists as one of the oldest public markets in the United States. Comprised of four historic buildings that span more than 30,000 square feet, the market is home to more than 300 local vendors, including many talented artisans who weave sweetgrass baskets, one of the region’s prized indigenous crafts.
The store name would be more accurate if called “and grandsons” since this self-described “Town & Country clothier” is now run by the third generation of Dumas men. In addition to sport coats and golf shirts, this store offers apparel embroidered with the state’s beloved Palmetto tree and crescent moon emblem.
Ready for your taste of Charleston's award-winning cuisine? Enjoy all of your favorite drinks and eats, but with a true Lowcountry twist!
Callie's Charleston Biscuit
There's British biscuits, and then there's Charleston biscuits. A visit to the Lowcountry means swapping the crunchy cookie for pillowy buttermilk bliss. Pop in to Callie's, featured in Saveur, The New York Times and Food & Wine, to sample a wide selection of both sweet and savory biscuits.
The first boatload of colonists imported the ritual of drinking tea, a touchstone to remind them of Mother England. And now, you can sip and sample a variety of tea flavors before enjoying an old-fashioned trolley ride at the 127-acre Charleston Tea Plantation, the only tea garden in North America!
Enjoy all of the fixings of a traditional full English breakfast (bacon: check! eggs: check! fried green tomatoes: check!) with a Southern twist at Poogan's Porch. This family-owned restaurant has been serving southern fare, including homemade buttermilk biscuits and She Crab Soup, since 1976.
Mix up your menu and savor Charleston's fresh-from-the-dock seafood at The Ordinary, a classic oyster and seafood hall. The Ordinary is housed in a former bank that was built in the 1920s with 22-foot ceilings and 16-foot windows. The bank’s vault door is on display behind the raw bar.