September 23, 2021

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Where to stay + what to eat, see and do near Charleston SC

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The Dewberry Charleston is in the heart of the city, and its rooftop Citrus Club offers panoramic views.

The Dewberry Charleston is in the heart of the city, and its rooftop Citrus Club offers panoramic views.

CharlotteFive is taking you on an adventure, highlighting the best places to stay, eat and play in destinations that are easy to access from Charlotte.

If you love exceptional food, centuries of history, breathtaking views, gorgeous churches, top-notch shopping and endless doses of Southern charm, program your GPS for Charleston, South Carolina.

Founded in 1670 and dubbed the Holy City because of its religious tolerance, Charleston is home to more than 400 churches, synagogues, temples and mosques. It is as much of a haven for history buffs as it is an epicurean adventure for foodies looking for an unforgettable meal.

From its award-winning beaches to its cobblestone streets, Charleston is an idyllic spot for family reunions, a girls weekend getaway or a quick retreat with friends. A straight shot down Interstate 26 from Charlotte, a mere three hours will land you right in the southern part of heaven.

Charleston hotels

20 South Battery

Location: 20 South Battery, Charleston SC 29401

Why you should stay here: Sleep in your own mansion. An 1843 private mansion turned boutique hotel, the recently restored 20 South Battery will have you never wanting to return to your own home. Featuring 11 rooms and suites and a private garden, the hotel recently won the Pro Merito Award from the Preservation Society of Charleston for excellence in renovation and preservation.

20 South Battery merged history with luxury in its recent renovation. Courtesy of 20 South Battery_.jpg
20 South Battery merged history with luxury in its recent renovation. Courtesy of 20 South Battery

Grand Bohemian Hotel Autograph Collection

Location: 55 Wentworth St., Charleston, SC 29401

Why you should stay here: Bold, playful vibe. Funky, vibrant art-inspired decor, a swanky rooftop restaurant and an on-site wine blending experience make the Grand Bohemian Hotel Autograph Collection a great choice for those living on the eclectic side.

The Dewberry Charleston

Location: 334 Meeting St., Charleston, SC 29403

Why you should stay here: Mid-century modern meets ultimate luxury. Once a federal office building commissioned by President John F. Kennedy, The Dewberry Charleston will leave you wanting for nothing. The swanky hotel features a rooftop bar and the Citrus Club, which provides a bird’s eye view of the city, as well as a James Beard Award-nominated cocktail lounge, The Living Room.

Grab a cocktail from the James Beard Award nominated The Living Room at The Dewberry Charleston. Photo credit Kris Tamburello_.jpg
Grab a cocktail from the James Beard Award nominated The Living Room at The Dewberry Charleston. Kris Tamburello

The Vendue

Location: 19 Vendue Range, Charleston, SC 29401

Why you should stay here: An art lover’s dream. With more than 300 pieces featured throughout the hotel, The Vendue is like an art gallery you can sleep in. Corridors and galleries are lined with art from both local talent and from artists around the globe. To top it off, The Vendue is home to the #1 rooftop bar in Charleston.

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Sleep in an art gallery: At The Vendue in Charleston, corridors and galleries are lined with local and international art. Courtesy of The Vendue

Zero George

Location: Right Side, 0 George St, Charleston, SC 29401

Why you should stay here: Understated elegance and complimentary bikes. Step back in time without giving up the comforts of the 21st century at Zero George. Named for its ideally located street address, the boutique hotel’s guest rooms, studios and carriage houses surround a private garden courtyard to create an enchanted experience.

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Zero George’s guest rooms, studios and carriage houses surround a private garden courtyard. Elisa Bricker

Where to eat

Butcher and Bee

Location: 1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: Farm-to-table

Eat here for: Out of this world brunch. In a tie too close to call, Butcher and Bee and The Obstinate Daughter (see below) have brunch menus that make you wish everyday was a Saturday or Sunday. You can’t go wrong with an Old Danger pizza at The Obstinate Daughter or the Whipped Feta and a Bloody Mary at Butcher and Bee — they are bloody delicious.

Chez Nous

Location: 6 Payne Ct, Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: French

Eat here for: Neighborhood feel.The self-proclaimed pint-sized Chez Nous is nestled in an alley in historic downtown and features a small but mighty French-inspired menu that is hand-written in perfectly elegant script each day. Très délicieux.

The Darling Oyster Bar

Location: 513 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: Seafood

Eat here for: Raw bar done right. Pull up a stool (if you can get one) at The Darling Oyster Bar. Packed with fresh gifts from the sea, the endless raw bar is a must for seafood lovers.

For some of the best seafood in town head to The Darling Oyster Bar. Courtesy of The Darling Oyster Bar_.jpg
For some of the best seafood in town head to The Darling Oyster Bar. Courtesy of The Darling Oyster Bar

Fleet Landing

Location: 186 Concord St, Charleston, SC 29401

Cuisine: Southern American

Eat here for: Water views. Harbor views and seafood-stuffed hushpuppies _ name a better combo. You can find both, along with a menu of Southern staples and playful cocktails at Fleet Landing.

Halls Chophouse

Location: 434 King St., Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: American steakhouse

Eat here for: Top-notch everything. From food and drinks to atmosphere and service — they’ve even been known to send hand-written thank you notes to guests — Halls Chophouse is not to be missed. For a true Southern experience for your mouth and your ears, check out the Sunday Gospel Brunch featuring the Gullah and spiritual acapella group the Plantation Singers.

Halls Chophouse sets the bar for Charleston dining experiences. Courtesy of Halls Management Group_.jpg
Halls Chophouse sets the bar for Charleston dining experiences. Courtesy of Halls Management Group

The Obstinate Daughter

Location: 2063 Middle St, Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482

Cuisine: Southern American

Eat here for: A delicious brunch. (See above).

Brunch is calling at The Obstinate Daughter. Courtesy of The Obstinate Daughter_.jpg
Brunch is calling at The Obstinate Daughter. Courtesy of The Obstinate Daughter

Republic Garden and Lounge

Location: 462 King St, Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: Small plates

Eat here for: The scene (and to be seen). For the ultimate Charleston day and night life experience, head to Republic Garden and Lounge, where you’ll find live entertainment each night and an extravagant outdoor garden that provides one of the most Instagrammable backdrops in the city.

Sugar Bake Shop

Location: 59 1/2 Cannon St., Charleston, SC 29403

Cuisine: Desserts

Eat here for: Sweet tooth satisfaction. An institution in Charleston, Sugar Bake Shop hits the sweet spot with its cupcakes, cookies, cakes and pastries. The lemon curd and red velvet cupcakes are not to be missed.

Things to do

Visit one of Charleston_s breathtaking beaches. Photo Credit Laurie Larsh @goexplauring_.jpg
Visit one of Charleston’s breathtaking beaches. Laurie Larsh CharlotteFive

Take a carriage tour through the Holy City. Photo Credit Laurie Larsh @goexplauring_.jpg
Take a carriage tour through the Holy City. Laurie Larsh CharlotteFive

  • Visit the expansive, 500-year-old Angel Oak Tree that covers more than 17,000 square feet.

The legendary Angel Oak Tree spans more than 17K square feet. Photo Credit Laurie Larsh @goexplauring_.jpg
The legendary Angel Oak Tree spans more than 17,000 square feet. Laurie Larsh CharlotteFive

Don’t leave before you…

One last “bite” of info if you are looking for a more off-the-beaten-path adventure in Charleston. Head out with Capt. Cris Miller, a 25-year decorated U.S. Navy veteran and diver, to hunt for shark teeth. Miller just launched her private boat excursion business, Burnt and Sandy, in May 2021 following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her work in the food and beverage industry (she even offered free boat rides to all those in the food and beverage industry her first month in business). Burnt and Sandy offers visitors customizable trips to discover marine life, shells, shark teeth and other Charleston-area treasures.

Hit the water with Captain Cris Miller to hunt for shark teeth. Courtesy of Rachel Sutherland_.jpg
Hit the water with Capt. Cris Miller to hunt for shark teeth. Courtesy of Rachel Sutherland


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Laurie Larsh is a freelance writer and travel junkie with an affinity for sunglasses, coffee and all things Tarheels. Relentless curiosity about people and places keep her wondering and wandering near and far and writing stories about it. Follow her travel adventures on Instagram @goexplauring or her website www.goexplauring.com.

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