Recently voted the #1 city in the world, Charleston, South Carolina is a pretty port city founded in 1670, defined by its charming cobblestone streets, horse-drawn buggies and historic antebellum homes. Charleston is known for its unique mix of cultures, blending traditional Southern, English, and French elements. The elegant French Quarter and Battery districts reflect a rich and storied history through Colonial, Revolutionary and Civil War America. The stunning architecture, authentic food scene, artisanal cocktail culture, art & music festivals, and five star designer boutique hotels are just a few of the reasons to plan a fabulous fall weekend in the Holy City.
After you’ve hit the town, hit the beach! Explore the islands surrounding Charleston: James Island, Johns Island, Sullivans Island, Kiawah Island, and Isle of Palms. Each island boasts a beautifully distinctive beach town, varied in size and vibe, and offers award-winning restaurants and waterfront lodging options at every budget. Be sure to follow my Charleston cheat sheet, below…
EXPLORE: Middleton Place Plantation, 110 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. middletonplace.org
SHOP: Two Cumberland, this popular gem features the hippest selection in Charleston, offering one-of-a-kind goods made by local artisans and craftsmen. twocumberland.com
DRINK: A sexy upscale lounge is dedicated to the art of the craft cocktail, perfect for a first date or night out with friends who enjoy an inspired buzz!
STAY: Built in 1804, Zero George is Charleston’s premiere boutique hotel, boasting 16 suites designed to appeal to sophisticated travelers tucked into three Charleston residences and two brick carriage houses surrounded by a landscaped enclave. Zero Restaurant & Bar is led by Chef Vinson Petrillo and features local seasonal ingredients paired with small production boutique wines and craft cocktails. zerogeorge.com
EAT: HUSK restaurant, James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock transforms the essence of Southern food exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston. huskrestaurant.com