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About Charleston

Situated in South Carolina’s bucolic Lowcountry, the Charleston area is a veritable living museum, thanks to lovingly preserved antebellum buildings, mansions, and plantations, lamp-lit cobblestone streets, the restored Historic Charleston City Market, and renowned restaurants serving farm- and sea-to-table southern cuisine the way it was prepared in the Lowcountry centuries earlier. Originally settled by British colonists as “Charles Town” in the 1670s, the peninsula – and beyond – that is now Charleston quickly grew into a bustling seaport, with many wharves along East Bay Street (now lined with award-winning restaurants). Ships bearing deer skins, rice, indigo, and cotton sailed for England and they returned with European staples and luxury items to give the growing town a cosmopolitan air it still retains today. Many places of worship were also built, earning Charleston the nickname “The Holy City.” Today, Charleston’s rich history and hospitality spanning more than three centuries are still very much in evidence as one of America’s most beautifully preserved architectural and historical destinations – featuring a very warm welcome. For first-timers and even veteran visitors, a great way to get a welcoming overview of Charleston’s many charms is to take a carriage tour around downtown. Museums, historic houses, plantations, and restaurants take center stage in Charleston today. Depending on your interests, museum possibilities must include: the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum (specializing in southern art and the Charleston Renaissance period); historic USS Yorktown and more at Patriots Point and the Civil War’s Fort Sumter National Monument– reached by various tour boat offerings. Though there are many possibilities open to the public, two of Charleston’s best historic houses (the Aiken-Rhett and Nathaniel Russell houses) can be visited through the Historic Charleston Foundation. And, don’t miss the Foundation’s two great shops at 108 Meeting Street and in the historic Charleston City Market, which is also the place to buy locally-made sweetgrass baskets. The many plantations surrounding Charleston are truly living history, with options including: Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, Boone Hall Plantation, Middleton Place, Drayton Hall, McCleod Plantation Historic Site, and Charleston Tea Plantation, North America’s only tea plantation. Charleston has also made modern history by becoming one of America’s premier dining destinations. For chef-driven restaurants that feature the bounty of nearby farms and waters, make sure to make reservations at one or more of the following: Amen Street, Fish & Raw Bar Charleston Grill ,Circa 1886, FIG (“Food is Good”), Husk Magnolias, McCrady’s Restaurant, Pawpaw, Slightly North of Broad, (“SNOB” to locals), Juliet, and The Macintosh. Yep, Charleston first-timers should plan on staying several nights and making many lunch and dinner reservations in advance.

Stars Grill Room and Rooftop is located on Upper King Street, Charleston’s new downtown dining and entertainment district. It is housed in a restored…

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I work for Charleston Heritage Real Estate, a local boutique brokerage with a focus on quality over quantity. I am an award-winning agent in the…

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The Ups Store is located in historic downtown Charleston. We specialize in white glove treatment for all of your shipping needs. Fine Art, Antiques…

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Located in the heart of Downtown Charleston, South Carolina since 1975 in the Historic City Market. Visit our 300 square feet of unique Fine Jewelry…

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With dozens of olive oils and balsamic vinegars from around the world, hand-blended in Charleston, there's something to please everyone. Lowcountry…

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The South Carolina Aquarium inspires conservation of the natural world by exhibiting and caring for animals, by excelling in education and…

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Unique needlepoint shop with wide assortment of designer creations.  Located on Historic Broad Street

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Welcome, and thanks for visiting our scoop shop, the oasis of ice cream euphoria! Enjoy the latest scoop on all the yummy treats and fun events we're…

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Tried-and-true jewelry shop with individually handmade pieces at the heart of Downtown Charleston's design district.

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Family owned and operated since 1968, Burris Liquor Store believes in keeping our loyal customers happy by providing friendly, fast and courteous…

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We offer a one of a kind, hands on experience, that will change the way you buy flip flops. You are able to personalize, customize and get creative…

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Largest collection of beads in Charleston for making your own jewelry.

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Timeless elegance in jewelry and gifts for over 3 generations!

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Here at Circe's we just want to surround ourselves with good food and good people. Thats why we use fresh ingredients to create made to order…

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Founded by Benjamin Tillman Byrd in 1924, Byrd's Famous Cookies still bakes their traditional family recipes in small batches, with the highest…

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Our hand-tossed pizza is made fresh using family recipes and the freshest ingredients. We rely on our patrons' feedback in order to provide the food…

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Fashion is like a cocktail, mix it up!

Julep is a locally owned boutique on lower King St. in historic downtown Charleston. We specialize in…

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Burgers, Fries, Hot Dogs. 15 Free Toppings. Check our website for new locations: www.fiveguys.com Don't forget to follow us on Instagram: @FiveGuys

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View Charleston leisurely in hand crafted carriages drawn by award wining Percheron Draft Horses. Classic Carriage uses experienced drivers who make…

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Climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Charleston Harbor and learn the rich history of the Holy City. During the scenic and…

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Charleston's oldest craft cooperative features the work of lowcountry and statewide artists and artisans continuing the traditions of expert…

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We are very excited to announce that we have opened an extension of Under the Almond Trees right next door, at 173 King Street called Little Almond…

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All of our pottery is hand stamped and painted in Boleslawiec, Poland. We call it usable art not only because its beautiful, but because it can be…

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Custom Bead Jewelry, bracelets and charms in elegant Charleston Place Hotel.

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America's only Tea Garden. The home of American Classic Tea--the only tea grown in America. Located in pcituresque Wadmalaw Island. Tour, movie and…

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The Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar opened in 2009, reviving the former “Amen” name of Cumberland Street and restoring this historic corner. The new…

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Maia is a natural born psychic with strong clairvoyant abilities and 35 years of experience in the Charleston area. She makes energy connections with…

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So much more than a small grocery store.  Extensive Wine and Liquor selection too.

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As Charleston’s oldest Bicycle Shoppe, we take a certain pride in our work. The Bicycle Shoppe is family owned and has been providing Charleston in…

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As the sun falls in Charleston and the streets get dark another world emerges. Come join Charleston's premier ghost tour company.  Ghosts of the South…

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We are on a mission to give you a well prepared, thoughtful sandwich. One with the power to single handedly change the way you think of sandwiches…

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Experience the Tastes of Charleston! Culinary Tours of Charleston‘s mission is to promote South Carolina local artisan growers and producers, and to…

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Indigo is dedicated to selling work by local Charleston Artists as well as featuring other unique accessories and gifts!

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Charleston House of Jerky is a jerky shop that offers the best selection of jerky from 18 types of meat that come in several addicting flavors

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Downtown Charleston's new casual dessert and coffee cafe. Over thirty delicious unique gourmet cookies and premium locally-roasted coffee and…

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Our Story: In 2006, we founded YETI Coolers with a simple mission: build the cooler we’d use every day if it existed. One that was built for the…

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King Street—Charleston’s main artery of restaurants, bars, and boutiques—is home to our first scoop shop in South Carolina. Located in the heart of…

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The Jude Connally brand is inspired by real women. With a fit for all body types, every woman’s spirit will shine when wearing Jude Connally. Whether…

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At Café Framboise, you can get, healthy Breakfast, Lunch, French Patisserie and Baked Goods. Everything is made from scratch, no preservatives, no

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Our story begins in a mama's kitchen. Determination to find better alternatives to drug store products for family quickly turned in to a dream of…

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The Charleston Carriage Works team has been showing Charleston’s guests this beloved city for decades, and MyCharlestonCarriage.com is proud to be the…

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Welcome to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation has survived the centuries and witnessed the…

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The J represents my name, Jessica, and the K is in remembrance of my mother, Kathy. Designing jewelry has helped me reconnect with my strength…

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America's oldest provider of wine and spirits, serving Charleston since 1686, The Tavern is the original liquor store of the US. We host tastings…

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If one had to sum up Two Cumberland in only two words, it would probably be “uniquely southern”.  Located at 455 King Street in Downtown Charleston…

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We pride ourselves in offering great food with healthy benefits and amazing customer service. From the beginning, we have worked hard to make all of…

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Charleston's only all-access pass which includes all of the top tours, attractions, museums and historic sites...and even some restaurants. Save money…

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Centrally located in the Upper King Street area of Historic Downtown Charleston, the Charleston Music Hall is an outstanding venue for shows of all…

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Ladles Soups restaurants are owner operated and locally grown in Charleston, which is what makes them great. Everyone at Ladles prides themselves by…

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We are known for our take on traditional Cuban recipes with a nontraditional twist of Gypsy influence and Chef Will's travels to many Latin countries.

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East Bay Deli is a New York style deli with a distinctive southern flair that offers traditional deli favorites as well as a variety of salads…

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Orvis provides the knowledge and products that help customers find the adventure and wonder they seek in the outdoor world. Whether a fly fishing trip…

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Unique clothing and toys for children for all occasions.

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An authentic English style pub with good service, excellent food and great beer selection. Near Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston.

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At Off Track Ice Cream, found just off King Street in the heart of downtown Charleston, we create traditional and vegan ice cream in classic and…

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Historic King Street is Charleston at her best. Shoes on King, opened September 2012, offers the very best of ladies shoes and handbags by a variety…

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Family-owned and operated since 1974, specializing in New & Used Vinyl Records, CD’s, Turntables & Music Accessories. Record Stop began as a small…

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Nourish body, mind and spirit with spa services. Offering massage, facials, manicures and pedicures in a serene downtown setting.

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Inspired by classic Mexican cuisine, owner Brooke Warden, a Charleston native and certified sommelier, set forth to fill the gap in Charleston’s…

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This wonderful shop redefines honey with items of premier beeswax body care, bee gifts, and pure delicious honey.

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V2V is a lifestyle store, carrying products that nurture elegant simplicity. Every day we receive shipments of new clothes and products keeping the…

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The Spice and Tea Exchange is your culinary headquarters for salts, sugars, teas, peppers, custom blends, spices and herbs.

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We offer you genuine value in oil paints, brushes, sculpture materials, drafting supplies, acrylics, gouache, watercolors, pastels & pencils. In…

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Bistro A Vin is located in the quiet corner of Archdale and Market Street in Harleston Village, downtown Charleston.  Cozy and sleek, and set in a…

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Bulldog Tours, Charleston’s premier walking tour company, offers exclusive access to many of Charleston’s most infamous and haunted sites. Bulldog…

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In 2013, artists Mackenzie King and Kelly Wenner Grossman were sharing a small studio space on the old naval base, when they discovered their shared…

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Palmetto Carriage Works is the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston and has developed the greatest carriage experience in the city! A must on…

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Specializing in clothing from your favorite mail order catalogs. This unique shop offers great looking casual clothing for men, women, and kids at…

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier creates luxury chocolates and chocolate sculptures for all occasions. Our delectable collection of…

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Most complete collection anywhere of used, rare and new Charleston books.

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Carolina Antique Maps & Prints offers rare antiquarian prints. Whether you are just browsing or looking to start or expand your collection, stepping…

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In 2005, Cornerstone Minerals opened its doors in Asheville, NC after participating in conferences and trade shows for over a decade.  We pride…

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Adventure Sightseeing offers various daily tours in and around Charleston, including  The Original "See it All' with the best of Charleston. Fully…

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Jackson Davenport Vision Center has served Charleston, South Carolina for more than 60 years! We are proud to say we are family owned and operated…

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Under The Almond Trees offers a curated selection of baby accessories, gifts and nursery items for a modern and unique home. We specialize in…

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Buxton Books is Charleston's independent bookstore located at 160 King Street, next door to the Charleston Library Society: Great Books, Book Events…

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Great Sandwiches, Soups, and Salads, and a gourmet Hot Dog Menu.  Beautiful patio dining available in the back.

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Taxidermy is an upscale accessories line featuring exotic leather handbags, shoes, and moto jackets in statement-making colors. Founded in 2014 by…

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RedFin Charters was created around the love for fishing, living, and exploring. Life is too short not to appreciate what the world has to offer in…

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Opening in 1922, Queen Street Grocery has been a little bit of everything over the past hundred years. From an apothecary to a full-blown grocery…

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Want to see some dolphins? Want to witness some historic sites from the water or see some of Charleston’s beautiful attractions? Catch the…

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This hidden sushi gem on East Bay Street is open for lunch and dinner and also offers spicy noodle entrees and terryaki.

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