A Weekend in Charleston
Named one of America’s Sexiest and Friendliest cities—what a combination!—Charleston is also one of America’s oldest cities, steeped in history yet keeping up with the times. A long weekend in Charleston is just enough time to get a taste its mixed charms, but we’re willing to bet you’ll want to stay longer. Here’s how to fill your time over three days in Charleston.
Discover the city’s colonial history with a horse-drawn carriage tour of the cobblestone lanes of the old city. See how many churches you can count—Charleston is nicknamed the “Holy City” for the numerous steeples that dot its skyline.
Browse the flea markets and antique shops on King Street to find a piece of Southern history to take home with you. Don’t miss Charles Towne Landing, where the original settlement sprung up more than 340 years ago, and where the original fortifications still stand today.
Visit one of the area’s historically renowned plantations, many of which are within thirty minutes’ drive from Charleston. You can tour the estates and watch historical reenactments of day-to-day life of the colonial and antebellum periods.
Spend a day in appreciation of the area’s remarkable natural beauty, with a visit to the sea islands, where the warm waters host ideal conditions for sailing and fishing. Or, tee off at one of Charleston’s best undiscovered golf courses, including some designed by the likes of Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player.
EAT & DRINK
Stop for a lunch of real lowcountry fare at 82 Queen, where you can taste she-crab soup or barbeque shrimp and grits.
For a wider variety of culinary choices, eat at Charleston Grill at Charleston Place Hotel, where Southern cuisine shares the menu with three other categories, all to the sultry sounds of live jazz.
FIG is a neighborhood eatery that infuses local and sustainable ingredients with a hip, unpretentious attitude and offers up mouthwatering dinner and dessert menus, plus an inventive list of cocktails.
Take a virtual stroll through Charleston with this interactive map from Charleston Place Hotel.
For more inside tips, head to their blog, where they offer up such valuable tips as how to keep cool during a Charleston summer and how how to fit in at a traditional southern oyster roast!