CHARLESTON, SOUTH CAROLINA
A city rooted in a dark and tangled past has an undeniablely magical quality to it. The Lowcountry is home to salt marshes, tropical thickets and live oaks that transport you to a time when dinosaurs roamed the planet. A true American city, Charleston has seen the highs and lows of our nation which is what makes it such a beautiful place to visit.
Tip: Summer in The South can be extremely hot and humid. It's not uncommon for it to be upwards of 107° with sporadic rain showers. You'll want to bring a couple bottles of bug spray as well.
Roam South of Broad area and the French Quarter. Wake up early and get out before the rest of the city is up and about.
Favorite streets: Tradd, Church and Legare.
Visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, doing all of the available tours can take up to 7 hours.
White Point Garden for sunrise or sunset.
Morning jog/bike ride in Hampton Park.
Tour the Nathaniel Russell House (guided tour) and the Aiken-Rhett House (self-guided).
Walk by Rainbow Row, a series of houses painted in different pastel colors.
E A T & D R I N K
The Daily and Black Tap for coffee.
Brunch at Cannon Green (Carolina Fig, Avocado Toast & Heirloom Tomatoes). They make an incredible cocktail called Flying Squirrel which has Striped Pig Gin, Pineapple, Aperol, Lime and Orgeat.
Leon's Oyster Bar for their grilled mahi sandwich.
Callie's Hot Biscuit, blackberry was a personal favorite.
Hominy Grill for the best grits in Charleston, shrimp & grits are a must try.
Husk is an institution in Charleston and The South, plan on making your reservation at least one month in advance. Their menu changes on a regular basis but the Broadbent took the cake for me, which had: Country Ham, Buttermilk Biscuits, Dijonnaise and House Made Pickles.
Lewis BBQ, everything is delicious but particularly the burnt ends and cornbread.
Blind Tiger Pub has a beautiful outdoor space with great drinks and food.
Sugar Bakeshop for dessert (peanut butter chocolate, apricot almond cupcakes and a peach bourbon popsicle).
Aperol Spritz at Henrietta's at The Dewberry.
Moscow Mule and Dark & Stormy at The Rarebit.
The Vendue Rooftop has a spectacular view of Charleston, head there for sunset.
The Belmont for some unique and refined cocktails.