Greatest Destinations 2020 – Charleston

(Husk, Charleston)

Charleston’s Most Charming: The Holy City couldn’t make for a better weekend trip with world-class dining, dignified accommodations, sophisticated shopping and plenty of room for adventure.

 

(Husk, Charleston)

HUSK Executive Chef Travis Grimes leads Husk’s transformation of Southern cuisine. Husk built its reputation on using local, heritage ingredients and heirloom produce to redefine the essence of Lowcountry cooking and dining. 843-577-2500 | 76 Queen St, Charleston | huskrestaurant.com

 

(The Darling Oyster Bar)

THE DARLING OYSTER BAR Enjoy a fresh seafood selection and artisanal cocktails in The Darling Oyster Bar’s 115-year-old storefront located on King Street. The impeccable raw bar brings the best sample of local and greater East Coast shellfish. 843-641-0821 | 513 King St, Charleston | thedarling.com

 

(Wild Olive Restaurant)

WILD OLIVE Founded in 2009 on John’s Island, Wild Olive has been an Italian staple in the Charleston community. With classic favorites and hearty dishes like braised pork shoulder, this old-world dining spot transports you to an Italian table. 843-737-4177 | 2867 Maybank Hwy, Johns Island | wildoliverestaurant.com

 

(The Dewberry Charleston)

THE DEWBERRY CHARLESTON Located in the former Mendell Rivers Federal Building, this mid-century masterpiece offers stunning rooms outfitted with Irish linens, marble-bedecked bathrooms, and hand-painted wallpaper. Grab a civilized glass of wine in Henrietta’s, the hotels French-bistro style eatery. 843-558-8000 | 334 Meeting St, Charleston | thedewberrycharleston.com

 

(HarbourView Inn)

HARBOURVIEW INN Just steps from the City Market and Battery waterfront, this inn was once a cotton warehouse back in the 1930s. Take in the view from the rooftop bar or stop for daily wine and cheese hour. 843-853-8439 | 2 Vendue Range, Charleston | harbourviewcharleston.com

 

(Zero George Street)

ZERO GEORGE STREET Imagine your fanciest friend opened an inn — that’s Zero George Street in a nutshell. The circa-1804 property offers 16 guest rooms with original charm. Take advantage of complimentary bikes and exquisite dining at the Zero Restaurant + bar with an on-site cooking school. 843-817-7900 | Right Side, 0 George St, Charleston | zerogeorge.com

 

(Bulldog Tours)

BULLDOG TOURS Explore Charleston by strolling sites and landmarks on a historic tour, or enjoy Bulldog Tour’s more adventurous “Ghost and Cemetery Tour” and “The Darkside of Charleston Tour (Rated R)” options. 843-722-8687 | 18 Anson St, Charleston | bulldogtours.com

 

(Cypress Gardens)

CYPRESS GARDENS Cypress Gardens’ 170 verdant acres provide a respite from the streets of the Holy City. Explore the preserve, gardens and cypress swamp on foot or by boat and get lost in nature. cypressgardens.berkeleycountysc.gov

 

(Charleston Sailing Adventures)

CHARLESTON SAILING ADVENTURES Known simply as “Captain Brian,” this seasoned sailor started Charleston Sailing Adventures in 2014 when he decided to share his love of sailing with the world. Explore the sights and sounds of Charleston Harbor aboard one of his catamarans. 843-277-9019 | 10 Wharfside St, Charleston | charlestonsailingadventures.com

 

(Charleston City Market)

CHARLESTON CITY MARKET  Find Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets at this open-air market in the heart of downtown. Constructed between 1804 and 1830, it was once a bustling meat, seafood and produce market. After multimillion-dollar renovations in 2011, it’s now Charleston’s favorite place to find unique Charlestonian keepsakes. 843-937-0920 | 88 Meeting St, Charleston | thecharlestoncitymarket.com

 

(House of Sage)

HOUSE OF SAGE  This funky boutique carries bohemian clothing and stylish accessories, housewares, jewelry and gifts. Check out this downtown shop for edgy styles and unique looks at reasonable boutique prices. 843-573-7256 | 51B George St, Charleston | houseofsage.com

 

(Blue Bicycle Books)

BLUE BICYCLE BOOKS  Specializing in “used, rare, and local” books, Blue Bicycle Books is Charleston’s only downtown used bookstore. The quaint, vintage store holds an astounding 50,000 volumes and serves as a center for literary happenings in the city. 843-722-2666 | 420 King St, Charleston | bluebicyclebooks.com

 

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