GoSouth / Charleston

Crowning the midpoint of the South Carolina coast, the very name Charleston is synonymous with class, style, and grandeur.

Photo / Emeline and Lindsey Shorter Photography

Crowning the midpoint of the South Carolina coast, the very name Charleston is synonymous with class, style, and grandeur. The state’s largest metropolis, Charleston is your gateway to a getaway filled with harbor views and schooner cruises, ArtWalks from museums to Gallery Row, and a culinary prestige that competes on a world stage. Even amidst the lush and lavish, your stay is steeped in soft and subtle southern hospitality – because this is, after all, still the South.


Emeline, nestled amongst the cobblestone streets and brightly colored houses in Charleston’s historic district, is steps away from Charleston’s most beloved attractions, making it the perfect place for a romantic getaway this cuffing season. An experienced team embodies the persona of a consummate host, always focused on vibrant hospitality. Emeline features a wood-fired eatery, café and coffee shop, courtyard, gallery of found objects, fitness center and more. The hotel’s charming accommodations provide a warm welcome with its 212 all-king-bed guest rooms. hotelemeline.com

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High Cotton 

Heart pine floors run through the antique brick dining room into the French Quarter Room where French doors lead to an open-air patio. As the name suggests, Lowcountry culinary traditions rate rich as High Cotton with famous favorites like buttermilk fried oysters and an exquisite Lowcountry boil. highcottoncharleston.com 

Charleston Grill

The restaurant in residence at the venerated Belmond Charleston Place Hotel is dripping in accolade (Forbes Four Star Award, AAA Four Diamond Award, James Beard Award). Not resting on the laurels of highly lauded dishes, the Grill goes full sensory experience with a jazz bar adjacent. charlestongrill.com

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Peninsula Grill

Also Four-Diamond and Four-Star, bask in the enchantment of a moonlit garden and rustling palmettos as Historic District carriage lanterns are lit by hand at twilight. Champagne Bar vintages pair well with oyster bar preparations, and the 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake® is so signature it’s registered. peninsulagrill.com

Photo / Brianna Yvette

Norton and Hodges

Created as a “socially conscious luxury brand,” their commitment to conservation, zero waste, and economic independence for women all rank as highly as their “luxury accessories inspired by Africa.” Their siren song is a line of eccentric and eclectic adornments “designed to empower you to feel beautiful and live boldly.” nortonandhodges.com

Photo / Jerry Philpot

Drayton Hall

Making headlines for 300 years, the estate was called a “Palace and Gardens” in a 1750s South Carolina Gazette. Today, it’s Condé Nast Traveler’s Best Place to See in South Carolina. Never restored, only preserved, it’s the earliest example of Palladian architecture in the US and “one of the most remarkable houses in North America.” draytonhall.org 

Words: Lisa Marie Carter / Photos: William Thornley

Barrier Island Eco Tours

Just up the South Carolina coast on the Isle of Palms, this tour company offers amazing excursions, however the private charter beachside cookout is the highlight of them all. Learn about the importance of the local ecosystem, and depending on the time of year the captain will even stop and pluck a few fresh oysters to savor (or take a few to roast) on the way to Capers Island. Once there the crew will start put together a Lowcountry boil and an oyster-roasting campfire while you explore the island. Upon your return enjoy the fabulous feast prepared just for your group. Relax and maybe make a s’more or two before the breathtaking sunset ride back to the marina. nature-tours.com


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