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 Charleston, South Carolina

A Short History

Foodie Charleston

Red Rice

Lady Baltimore Cake

Huguenot Torte

https://eatyourworld.com/destinations/united_states/south_carolina/charleston/what_to_eat/huguenot_torte

Hummingbird Cake

Boiled Peanuts

Drinking in Charleston

Proof

The place to get the Knuckleball, a cocktail with boiled peanuts.

http://www.charlestonproof.com/

437 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The Belmont

Upscale bar with nice cocktails.

https://www.thebelmontcharleston.com/

511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Grill 225 Pavilion Bar

Get the smokey Nitrotini made with liquid nitrogen.

https://www.marketpavilion.com/pavilionbar.cfm

225 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

Things to do in Charleston

Slave history

https://abcnews4.com/news/local/gadsdens-wharf-dig-in-charleston-reveals-layers-of-history-where-slaves-were-once-sold?fbclid=IwAR2QYN619uVKEfQqyJKOO_1F2S0e88231jNeDj0-Zr_bbWVxG2MlOb_5tGQ

Street Art

Ravenel Bridge

High, high above the Cooper River stretches one of the iconic symbols of Charleston, the Ravenel Bridge. Technically, it’s the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, named after the politician who spearheaded the movement to build a new bridge connecting Charleston to Mount Pleasant.

Besides the sheer size of the bridge, it’s 2.5 miles long with the diamond-shaped support towers rising 575 feet above the water, the bridge has two design features that make it especially attractive. First, the cables feathering out from the towers give the bridge a distinctive look. But, most importantly in my mind, is the pedestrian and bike path on the east side of the bridge.

All day long, walkers, joggers, and bikers travel across the span and enjoy the spectacular views of the city, Cooper River, and out to the Atlantic Ocean. Access to the bridge is easy. Park at Patriot’s Point and follow the path to the bridge entrance.

Day Trip

Georgetown

My favorite attraction in Georgetown is the tiny Gullah Museum. The Gullah people were the slaves brought from Africa to work the rice plantations of South Carolina and Georgia.

Curator Andrew Rodriges is likely to be sitting out front smoking a cigar and keeping his dog Harper (named after Harper Lee) company. Inside the one room museum, Mr. Rodriges can tell a story about every item in the Gullah Museum. He’ll guide you through the quilt his wife made that details Michelle Obama’s heritage (her grandfather was from the area) and was used in the inauguration celebrations of 2009.

Pawleys Island

Transportation

Entertainment

Boone Hall Plantation

Explore the history of slavery and the Gullah culture in Charleston.

https://www.boonehallplantation.com/

1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

Bulldog Tours

History, ghost, and culinary tours.

https://bulldogtours.com/

Charleston Culinary Tours

Several foodie tours to choose from including the Farm to Table Experience and Mixology Tour.

https://charlestonculinarytours.com/

Walks of Charleston

Walking tours of Chucktown.

https://walksofcharleston.com/

Lowcountry Walking Tours

Several tours to choose from.

https://lowcountrywalkingtours.com/

Tour Charleston

Offering multiple tours including a ghost tour.

http://www.tourcharleston.com/

Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge (aka the Cooper River Bridge)

Walk or bike across for spectacular views. Parking at Patriot’s Point.

Arthur Ravenel Jr Bridge, Charleston, SC 29403

Fort Sumter Tour

Boat ride to the fort with a guided tour.

https://fortsumtertours.com/

The Battery

Walk along the seawall and gaze at the stately homes.

Charleston, SC 29401

Second Sunday on King Street

Live music, vendors, food.

https://www.facebook.com/2ndSundayonKingSt/

H.L. Hunley Submarine

Confederate navy submarine museum.

https://www.hunley.org/

1250 Supply St, Warren Lasch Conservation Center, North Charleston, SC 29405-2219

The Commodore

Classy, cool jazz and funk club.

https://thecommodorechs.com/

504 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

Sullivan’s Island

Great beach, go to station 12 at sunrise or sunset and you might see dolphins.

Station 12 St., Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

Folly Beach

Nice beach south of the city.

Folly Beach, SC

Gullah Museum

Museum dedicated to the Gullah people with an emphasis on Michelle Obama’s Gullah heritage.

http://www.gullahmuseumsc.com/

123 King Street, Unit 7, Georgetown, SC 29440

Food and Drink

Bertha’s Kitchen

James Beard award winner. The place to get red rice.

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Berthas-Kitchen/168600646485662

2332 Meeting Street Rd, Charleston, SC 29405-6114

Sugar Bakeshop

Makes Lady Baltimore Cake and Lady Baltimore cupcakes to order

http://www.sugarbake.com/

59 1/2 Cannon Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Middletown Place

One of the only places where you can get a Huguenot Torte

https://www.middletonplace.org/explore/restaurant/

4300 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29414

Carmella’s Cafe and Dessert Bar

The place to get Hummingbird Cake.

https://carmellasdessertbar.com/

198 E Bay St, Suite 100, Charleston, SC 29401-2612

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

Biscuits served plain or with all kinds of fillings.

https://calliesbiscuits.com/pages/hot-little-biscuit-landing/

1895 Avenue F, North Charleston, SC

Martha Lou’s Kitchen

Famous Soul Food restaurant.

http://www.marthalouskitchen.com/

1068 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403

82 Queen

Famous for She-Crab soup.

https://www.82queen.com/

82 Queen Street, Charleston, SC

Early Bird Diner

Shrimp and grits

https://earlybirddiner.com/

1644 Savannah Hwy, Charleston, SC 29407-7869

167 Raw

The place to get Charleston’s take on a Po’ Boy.

http://167raw.com/charleston/

289 East Bay Street, Charleston, SC

Glass Onion

Billed as “soulful food,” Glass Onion uses lots of locally sourced ingredients.

https://www.ilovetheglassonion.com/

1219 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC 29407

Nana's Seafood and Soul

Inexpensive, well-prepared Low Country classics

http://www.nanasseafoodsoul.com/

176 Line St, Charleston, SC 29403

Fig

One of Charleston’s most famous eateries

https://eatatfig.com/

232 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401

Hominy Grill

James Beard award winning chef prepares unique southern dishes.

https://hominygrill.com/

207 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403

Circa 1886

One of Charleston’s finest, and most expensive restaurants. Check out their happy hour for inexpensive wine and cocktails.

https://www.circa1886.com/

149 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401

Timbo’s Peanuts

Trailer serving boiled peanuts.

https://www.facebook.com/Timbos-Peanuts-310457123524/

2484 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC 29414-4603

Jack’s Cosmic Dogs

Retro futuristic space themed hot dog joint.

http://www.jackscosmicdogs.com/

2805 N Hwy 17, Mt Pleasant, SC 29466

The Rarebit

Best Moscow Mule in town.

https://therarebit.com/

474 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Grill 225 Pavilion Bar

The place to get a liquid nitrogen cooled Nitrotini.

https://www.marketpavilion.com/pavilionbar.cfm

The Belmont

Great bar for cocktails.

https://www.thebelmontcharleston.com/

511 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Proof

The place to get the Knuckleball cocktail (served with boiled peanuts).

http://www.charlestonproof.com/

437 King Street Charleston, SC 29403

Elliotborough Mini Bar

Great happy hour lasting until 10pm.

https://www.facebook.com/elliotboroughminibar/

18 Percy St., Charleston, SC

The Gin Joint

“Cocktail Hour” has some good bargains.

https://theginjoint.com

2169, 182 E Bay St, Charleston, SC 29401

McCrady’s Tavern

Historic bar dates to 1778

http://mccradystavern.com/

2 Unity Alley, Charleston, SC 29401

Moe’s Crosstown Tavern

Surprisingly good food and cheap beer.

https://moescrosstowntavern.com/

714 Rutledge Ave., Charleston, SC 29403

Recovery Room

Claims to be largest seller of PBR in the country. Craft beer, too.

https://www.recoveryroomtavern.com/

685 King St., Charleston, SC 29403

AC’s Bar and Grill

True dive bar in every way.

https://www.acsbar.com/

467 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

The Royal American

Great dive bar.

https://www.theroyalamerican.com/

970 Morrison Dr., Charleston, SC 29403

Gene’s Haufbrau

Huge selection of beers of tap.

http://www.genes.beer/

817 Savannah Highway, Charleston SC 29407

Poe’s Tavern

Tavern dedicated to Edgar Allen with all kinds of Poe kitsch.

http://www.poestavern.com/

2210 Middle St, Sullivan's Island, SC 29482

On Forty-One

Happy hour features $5 mules. Over the bridge in Mount Pleasant.

http://www.onfortyone.com/

1055 SC Highway 41 #600, Mt. Pleasant, SC, 29466

Shopping

Charleston Farmers Market

Award winning farmers market.

http://www.charlestonfarmersmarket.com/about/

Marion Square, 329 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC

Johns Island Farmers Market

Saturday farmers market on the campus of Charleston Collegiate School.

http://johnsislandfarmersmarket.com/

2024 Academy Rd, Johns Island, SC 29455

Accommodations