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Highlights – Charleston, SC

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Charleston Restaurants & Eateries

Bessinger’s or Melvin’s Barbecue (Both with a unique mustard based sauce)
Blossom & Magnolia’s (Both are Great Local Food and on East Bay Street)
Boathouse (Great Seafood Original at Breach Inlet)
Bowen’s Island (You Have to See this Place to Believe It!, Rustic For Sure)
Breck’s Place (Southern Food at Its Best)

California Dreaming (Casual Dining In a Replica of an Old Fort)
Charleston Crab House (Several in Town)
Charleston Grill at Charleston Place (In Former Orient Express Hotel, Check Out the Lobby & the Staircase!)
Circa 1886 (In the Wentworth Mansion)
Cypress (On East Bay Street, Upscale, $5 Burgers on some Monday nights is Super)

82 Queen (Nice Southern Setting Like You’re in The Chef’s Living Room)
225 Grill at the Pavilion (225 East Bay Street in Pavilion Hotel, Check Out the Rooftop Bar)
Fig (Food Is Good!, James Beard Winner, Outstanding)
Fleet Landing (In an Old Naval Store on the Cooper River)
Groucho’s Deli (On King Street and West Ashley)
Hank’s (Wonderful Seafood Cuisine on 10 Hayne Street Behind Market)

Hominy Grill (Great Traditional Food From the South on Rutledge Street)
Husk (Named Best New Restaurant in America a Few Years Ago)
Hyman’s Seafood/Deli (Very Touristy but Pretty Good Food at Reasonable Prices)

Jestine’s Ktchen (Down Home Southern Cooking, Try the Coca Cola Cake)
Jim n’ Nick’s BBQ (On King Street, Good Q, Veggies, and Beer)

McCrady’s (Downtown on Unity Alley)
Morgan Creek Grill (On the Intracoastal Waterway, near Isle of Palms)

Oak Steakhouse (17 Broad Street, Old Bank Vault Used for Wine Room)
Ocean Room at Kiawah (At the Sanctuary on the Ocean)

Old Towne Grill & Seafood (Catch Your Own Fish and They Will Cook It Greek Style)

Peninsula Grill (On the Market Next to Planters Inn)
Poogan’s Porch (Home to Some of Charleston’s Ghosts)

Sermet’s Corner Mediterranean (On King Street, Great Corner for People Watching)
Shem Creek (Right Next to the Fresh Fish Trawlers, Try Any of These Seafood Spots in Mount Pleasant)
SNOB (Slightly North of Broad and on East Bay Street)
Southend Brewery/Lagunitas Brewing Co. (Local Brews and Good Food in Casual Setting)
Sticky Fingers Ribs & BBQ (Favored by President Bush, Downtown One is on East Bay)

Vickery’s (Cuban Flavor and Fun Food, Shem Creek)

Other Faves

Charleston Sports

  • Baseball – Charleston Riverdogs Owned by Comedian Bill Murray & Mike Veeck (Don’t Miss the Friday Fireworks)
  • Golf – Kiawah’s Ocean Course/Cassique, Daniel Island Ralston Course, & Wild Dunes
  • Hockey – Who Would Have Thought It, Hockey in the South (Our Stingrays Draw About 5-6,000 a game)
  • Soccer – Minor League Soccer in Beautiful Setting (We Hold Our Own against the MLS Teams)
  • Tennis – Volvo Tourney (Ladies Compete in April at Daniel Island, Charleston Named Favorite American Tennis City)

Charleston Attractions

Architecture (Downtown Churches and Historic Buildings, Preserved not Rebuilt)
Art (City Art Gallery and Many Local Artists)
Battery & White Point Gardens (The Lights are Brighter Here, Beautiful Homes)
Boone Hall Plantation (Were These Stairs Used on Gone With the Wind?)
Bridges (Cooper River is Third Largest/Longest Cable-Stayed Bridge in North America)

Cabbage Row (See Where Gershwin Found His Porgy & Bess in the Summertime)
Cemetery & Graveyard Walks (One is With a Church and the Other Stand Alone)
Charleston Tea Plantation (Only Tea Still Grown in North America – Near Firefly Distillery)
The Citadel (Check Out the Friday Dress Parades During School Sessions)
City Market (Look for the Peanut Man and the 13 Bean Soup, T-Shirts & Carrybacks)

College of Charleston Campus (Check Out the Cistern on Site of Oldest Municipal College)
Customs House (East Bay Street, Great View of Cooper River)
Dock Street Theater (Oldest Continuing Theater in America, Recently Renovated)
Folly Beach (The Edge of America, Unique Family Eccentric Beach – Planet Follywood)
Forts Moultrie and Sumter (More Than Just the Civil War)

Four Corners of Law (Broad at Meeting Streets)
Gardens (Oldest in America, Middleton & Magnolia)
Hunley Submarine (First of Underwater Vessel, On Old Naval Base)
Houses (Drayton Hall, Nathaniel Russell, Edmondson Alston, etc.)
Kiawah Island (Sanctuary Hotel & Golf/Ocean Course)

King Street Antiques (Take a Stroll to Find Some Good Buys, Second Sunday Street Festivals)
Marion Square (Original Site of the Citadel Military College, Good for People Watching)
Moja Festival (Usually Held in Late September)
Mount Pleasant Town Center Shopping (Tara Lipinski’s Favorite Shopping Area)
Old Exchange and Dungeon (Listen for the Town Criers News Around Lunchtime Each Day)

Other Attractions (Boeing Plant, City Art Gallery, Gibbes Art, Old City Jail/Another Ghost Spot, etc.)

Charleston Trinkets & Treasures

Benne Cookies & Wafers – Sweets to Bring You Good Luck
Pineapple Souvenirs – The Symbol of Hospitality in America’s Friendliest City
Seafood & She Crab Soup – Do They Make The Crab Too?
Southern Caviar – Boiled Peanuts (Try the Cajun & Ham Flavored!)
Sweetgrass Baskets – Home Grown, Hand Sewn (See at The Market & Four Corners of Law w/Flower Ladies)