Exploring Historic Charleston

Ranked the #1 city in the United States by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston is the oldest (and easily the most romantic) city in South Carolina. Cobblestone alleys and stunning private gardens create a beautiful backdrop for year-round exploring, captivating visitors who love history, art and antiques, and Lowcountry cuisine.

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History Buffs

Historic Charleston City Market

188 Meeting St. | .2 mi. | (843) 937-0920

Located just a few blocks from the hotel, this open-air Meeting Street landmark was built in 1841 and is home to Charleston’s sweetgrass basket industry.

Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum

40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant | 5.3 mi. | (843) 884-2727

Highlights include the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, destroyer USS Laffey, and sub USS Clamagore (SS-343), as well as the Medal of Honor Museum.

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Beach Lovers

Morris Island

8.3 mi. 

Accessible only by boat, this 840-acre uninhabited barrier island and its historic lighthouse sit six miles out in Charleston Harbor.

Sullivan’s Island

9.4 mi. 

Located at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, Sullivan’s Island delights beach-lovers with its wide beaches and watersports.

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Circa 1886

Voted #9 Best Fine Dining Restaurant in the U.S. by TripAdvisor.
149 Wentworth St. | .7 mi. | (843) 853-7828

Tucked in a former carriage house, award-winning Circa 1886 is one of the city’s most romantic settings for modern Lowcountry cuisine.

Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream

501 King St. | 1.1 mi. | (843) 212-5113

Flavors like Brambleberry Crisp and Middle West Whiskey and Pecans have ice cream lovers lining up for a taste of Jeni’s ice-cold creativity.

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Ghost Hunters

Ghost and Graveyard walking tour

18 Anson St. | .5 mi. | (843) 722-8687

Offered by Bulldog Tours, this popular, nighttime tour takes visitors inside the gates of one of Charleston’s oldest graveyards for spooky stories.

The Haunted Jail tour

18 Anson St. | .5 mi. | (843) 722-8687

Pirates, Civil War prisoners, and garden variety criminals all called the Old City Jail home. Get a glimpse inside this landmark, which is now considered the city’s most haunted building.

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Christophe Artisan Chocolatier

90 Society St. | .8 mi. | (843) 297-8674

The sweet-scented domain of a third-generation French chocolatier from Toulouse, this charming Society Street shop sells hand-painted chocolates, cookies, and other confections.

Mac & Murphy

74 1/2 Cannon St. | 1.5 mi. | (843) 576-4394

Tucked in an old refurbished storefront, this is Charleston’s go-to retailer for curated paper goods, accessories and stylish wedding essentials.

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Intercoastal Adventurers

Sunset sail on the Schooner Pride

360 Concord St. | 1.3 mi. | (843) 722-1112

The Schooner Pride, a replica of an 18th century coastal trading schooner offering sunset sail excursions, is Charleston’s only three-mast tall ship.

Kayaking tours

514 Mill St., Mount Pleasant | 5.7 mi. | (843) 884-7684

Charleston’s saltwater estuaries are best explored on kayak tours with an ACA-certified naturalist guide.

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