A port city founded in 1670, Charleston is the oldest and largest city in the state of South Carolina. It is a destination for weekend trips as well as family vacations and romantic getaways. With its cobblestone streets and horse-drawn carriages, Charleston has a distinct and inviting charm. The French Quarter and Battery districts are elegant with pastel antebellum homes that offer a draw to the city. Situated on the Charleston Harbor, both Battery Promenade, as well as Waterfront Park, overlook the harbor. In addition to this elegantly charming historical area, peering across the water yields a view of Fort Sumter where the shots rang during the Civil War. More than history, more than charm, Charleston has much to offer the visitor.
A Vacation for Everyone
When you’re traveling with your entire family, keeping everyone happy can be a challenge. Charleston is a vacation destination that will keep everyone happy. For a family-friendly vacation, you can opt for a resort with a wide range of activities including sports like tennis and golf. You might also look for recreation programs for the kids and a spa and gym for the adults. Shops and restaurants as well as gorgeous beaches will keep the whole crew happy. If you’d rather be out exploring the city, you’ll find much to see and do. From a Charleston Harbor Tours cruise in the harbor to a horse-drawn carriage ride through downtown, you’ll learn that there is history around every corner. Follow it up with a beach day and the entire family will be smiling.
A Couples Retreat
Maybe you’re the laid back couple who just wants to visit Charleston to relax, unwind, and escape your hectic lives. Perhaps you would describe yourself as the romantic couple who wants to reconnect and spend some quality time together. You might also be a couple who appreciates southern charm with a modern or trendy twist. Either way, Charleston is an ideal spot for you and your special someone. Our favorite pick for a stay is a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of Charleston.
The Restoration is comprised of five buildings, all of which have been updated and modernized to bring Charleston’s dynamic history to life and celebrate the New South. This community-minded, mixed-use design of centuries past has been recreated in The Restoration today.
Dining from Casual to Fine
No visit to the south is complete without some heaping helpings of southern food. Charleston not only has a wealth of traditional southern restaurants, but they also have fine dining establishments that put a modern twist on southern food. You will also find almost every other type of cuisine you might crave during your visit. When you’re out on the go, we recommend a stop by the Rebel Taqueria food truck – especially if you can hit them on Taco Tuesday. They work to fulfill their mission to bring the best tacos to Charleston.
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For a more upscale evening, we’d suggest booking a table at Husk. You will find it located in the center of Charleston’s historic downtown district in an old Victorian home. Their menu changes frequently and consists of locally-sourced ingredients used to create some of the best southern food you’ll ever try.
Husk, from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and the Neighborhood Dining Group, transforms the essence of Southern food. Led by Brock and Executive Chef Travis Grimes, a Lowcountry native, the kitchen reinterprets the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston.
In a city filled with history, charm, and broad appeal, it’s difficult to summarize everything they have to offer. Suffice it to say that regardless of what you need from your vacation, Charleston, South Carolina is a destination that will make you want to visit over and over again. Be sure to visit the Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau and request a visitors guide for even more information about this amazing American gem of a city. Traveling in the fall? Try our picks for the most picturesque places to travel.