Easy Escapes | Lots to do in beautiful Charleston

For The Sun NewsAugust 24, 2013 

  • Upcoming events

    For more information about these and other events and attractions, visit http://www.explorecharleston.com/ .

    • 2013 SOUTHERN LIVING TASTE OF CHARLESTON, BOONE HALL PLANTATION, SEPT. 29

    Historic Boone Hall Plantation is transformed into a sea of culinary enchantment! 50 of the Lowcountry’s favorite casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions + beer and wine. Specialty and imported beer tasting tent, live entertainment, the legendary “Waiters’ Race” and the children’s area. For more information, visit www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com .

    • 37TH ANNUAL FALL TOUR OF HOMES & GARDENS, OCT. 3-27

    During this four-week event, visit intimate gardens and architecturally significant private homes, churches and public buildings as you stroll through our historic streets. For more information, visit www.preservationsociety.org .

    • SOUTHERN GROUND MUSIC & FOOD FESTIVAL, BLACKBAUD STADIUM, DANIEL ISLAND, OCT. 19-20

    Zac Brown Band’s ultimate sensory experience, the third annual Southern Ground Music & Food Festival in Charleston. Look forward to nightly performances by Zac Brown Band with special sit-in guests, Kenny Rogers and from the Hit ABC show, Nashville, Clare Bowen. For more information, visit www.Charleston.southerngroundfestival.com.

    • HOLIDAY FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS, JAMES ISLAND COUNTY PARK, NOV. 8-DEC. 31

    This three-mile driving tour delivers more every year, with over 750 shining displays. The Holiday Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour. Park the car and experience exciting attractions custom-designed for holiday cheer. There are many celebrated attractions to see and do, including: marshmallow roasting, festival train rides, gingerbread house displays and more! For more information, visit www.ccprc.com.

    • GARDEN & GUN JUBILEE MADE IN THE SOUTH WEEKEND, CHARLES TOWNE LANDING, DEC. 6-8

    The first ever Made in the South Weekend celebrating the best of Garden & Gun in one place. Jubilee will be a lively mix of sporting, shopping, food, music and art as well as special dinners and live entertainment on the grounds of the historic state park, Charles Towne Landing. For more information, visit www.gardenandgunjubilee.com .

    • LOWCOUNTRY OYSTER FESTIVAL, BOONE HALL PLANTATION, JAN. 26, 2014

    The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the legendary Oyster Shucking and Oyster Eating contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a food court showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste. For more information, visit www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.

Spending time in Charleston is like passing through sliding doors between the city’s remarkable history and the excitement of a modern city with a dynamic culinary, cultural and arts scene.

As hospitable as it is beautiful, this famous city offers a host of opportunities to learn about all its assets and attractions, including historical sites that teach about pivotal points in the course of the nation’s development, museums and performing-arts venues.

The amazing surroundings have the Charleston Harbor and some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, including Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island and Folly Beach.

Visiting period homes provides insight into city life in bygone eras. A fine example is the Nathaniel Russell House. Built in 1808, this home is widely recognized as one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. The interior is adorned with elaborate plaster ornamentation and a stunning free-flying staircase. Be sure to check out the joggling board in the formal gardens. This is a uniquely Charleston invention.

Downtown Charleston is brimming with fine hotels and inns, many of them historic. The Mills House Hotel was opened in 1853 and hosted Robert E. Lee and Theodore Roosevelt. Completely renovated, the hotel offers a quintessential Charleston experience.

The lovely King Charles Inn, originally named The Pavilion Hotel (circa 1830), was a gathering spot of area artists, including Edgar Allen Poe.

John Rutledge, a signer of the U. S. Constitution, built a house in 1763. It is now the John Rutledge House Inn.

Check out Charleston’s Museum Mile on Meeting Street where six museums, nine historic sites and a dozen historic places of worship can be found in an easy, one-mile walk.

The Charleston City Market is a must see. Erected in 1804, the Market exists as one of the oldest public markets in the United States. It is home to 285 local vendors, including 56 artisans who weave sweetgrass baskets, one of the region’s prized indigenous crafts.

Opportunities for fine Lowcountry cuisine abound in Charleston. Three Charleston chefs have been awarded the esteemed James Beard Foundation Best Chef Southeast Award in recent years. Many of Charleston’s restaurants have a locavore, farm-to-table, philosophy.

Take in a play at the Dock Street Theatre or a performance of “The Sound of Charleston.”

Speed up your learning curve with one or two of Charleston’s city tours. Choose between walking, hailing a pedicab (bicycle) or indulging in a carriage ride.

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