Top 10 Tips for Visiting Charleston from Nat’l Geographic Travel

“Discover the Best of Charleston” National Geographic TRAVEL

On May 11th, 2018 National Geographic TRAVEL posted “Discover the Best of Charleston: Make the most of your trip with these top ten tips for the “Holy City.” Nancy Gupton wrote:

One of the United States’ oldest cities, Charleston—nicknamed the Holy City for its abundance of churches—offers visitors plenty to experience and explore. Don’t be overwhelmed: These are our top ten tips for making the most of your time…”

Examples:

1 – SEE THE BIRDS

2- WANDER THE GARDENS

Read the article for the other eight hints and to read her elaboration on each.

Very useful!

“Holy City How To” article from Southpark Magazine

Holy City How To

The lovely photo above is only one of the many photos of Charleston in this great article – hint: you will LOVE the one of the Charleston Fountain!

Here is the intro to the article:

Whether you’ve lived in Charlotte for 10 years or just moved into town, Charleston should be top on your list of weekend getaway locales. It is, after all, consistently named the top city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure and is oft considered one of the best culinary destinations in the country.

So how does one do Charleston when there’s either so much to cover in a first-time visit, or you’ve been there what feels like countless times? Heed this advice and experience the Holy City with a fresh set of eyes.”

Read the rest of the article for great advice for your Charleston visit!

ONE Very BUSY Weekend! Bridge Run, Volvo Finals & Flowertown Festival

Cooper River Bridge - home of the famous Bridge Run (source: Wikimedia.com)
Cooper River Bridge – home of the famous Bridge Run (source: Wikimedia.com)

The Post and Courier published “Bridge Run, Volvo Finals, Flowertown Festival: A user’s guide to Charleston’s busiest weekend

A couple interesting stats out of many listed in the Post’s User Guide:

  • “95 – percent hotel occupancy expected locally this weekend, according to the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau”
  • “40,000 – Number of entrants in a sold-out Bridge Run”

‘100 Things To Do In Charleston Before You Die’ – Book

Lynn and Cele Seldon, popular authors of travel books, have written a new book, ‘100 Things To Do In Charleston Before You Die’.  Here is the intro on Amazon:

“Locals, veteran visitors, and first-timers are equally delighted when they hear the story of a wealthy old Charlestonian woman who was once asked why she so seldom traveled. Puzzled, she replied, ”My dear, why should I travel when I’m already here?” Charleston has become the darling of the Southeast United States, thanks to the city’s blend of grace, beauty, history, and oh-so-Southern dining and hospitality. Charleston has a way of charming visitors with its lush Lowcountry landscape, Civil War history, antebellum plantations, cultural and artistic opportunities, James Beard Foundation award-winning chefs and restaurants, shopping, and the gracious and welcome reception from residents. 100 Things to Do in Charleston Before You Die is filled with easy-to-follow suggestions of where to go, what to see, can’t-miss dining, outdoor recreation, events and entertainment, and where to shop ’til you drop-along with seasonal activities, suggested itineraries, and lots of insider tips.

Order the book and while you are waiting for the book  in, you can learn about 25 of the things by scrolling through the photos on the Charleston Convention and Vistors Bureau Website. Click here and look for this photo then click on the ‘right arrow’.

Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces 25 of the 100 Things to do...
Charleston Convention and Visitors Bureau introduces 25 of the 100 Things to do…

Spoleto Festival USA is coming…May 25-June 10

Spoleto_festival_2008 (Wikipedia)
Spoleto_festival_2008 (Wikipedia)

Spoleto Festival USA is consistently named the South’s Best Festival.  The festival is an exciting 17 days of live performances – a “spellbinding array of world-class artistry”. (source:  Southern Living)

The festival was founded in 1977 and features talented artists and performers from around the world.

Visit the Spoleto Festival Website for more information.

Spoleto_Opening_2013 -Wikipedia
Spoleto_Opening_2013 -Wikipedia

Give the gift of Museums for Christmas!

Charleston's Museum Mile - CharlestonMuseumMile.org
Charleston’s Museum Mile – CharlestonMuseumMile.org

“During the month of January 2018, enjoy access to participating Museum Mile sites with the purchase of one low ticket price! With the Museum Mile Month pass, you can spend an entire month learning about Charleston’s rich history and culture while visiting sites in the order that best fits your schedule.

Participating sites include:

Tickets ordered in advance can be mailed to your door or you may request to have them held for pick up at The Charleston Museum, the Heyward-Washington House or the Joseph Manigault House.

PLEASE NOTE: Purchases can be made in advance online until 12/31/2017. During January 2018, ticket purchases must be made in person at a Charleston Visitor Center downtown, in North Charleston or in Mount Pleasant. “

Source:  CharlestonMuseum.org

Weather is right for Charleston Water Taxi!

Beginning in Mid March the Charleston Water Taxi’s schedule expanded to daily from 9 am to 8 pm. Prior to that they were mostly open on Saturdays.

There are four departure points with different departing times.  The four points are:

  • Aquarium Wharf/MaritimeCenter
  • Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
  • Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
  • Waterfront Park/Market St/Historic District

Visit their Website  |   Visit their Facebook page

Click here to see their excellent TripAdvisor reviews.

Good news! Bitty & Beau’s Coffee is coming to Charleston!!


“It is more than just a place to grab a cup of coffee – it’s an experience. While the shop is run by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities and the customers love the products, they really come in for the unique customer service experience.”
https://www.bittyandbeauscoffee.com/


Media Coverage – WRAL (Raleigh) – “Wilmington coffee shop known for celebrating people with disabilities expands to Charleston”

Charleston Place Hotel – Charleston, S.C.

Charleston Place Hotel - Charleston, S.C.

Source – Charleston Place Hotel Facebook

205 Meeting St,
Charleston, SC  29401

843-722-4900

www.charlestonplace.com

‘One of the grandest properties in the Orient-Express Hotels collection, Charleston Place is consistently ranked among the best hotels by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler and Travel and Leisure magazines.

Charleston Place evokes the feeling of a grand, 17th century residence, from lush personal suites to the Italian marble lobby with signature Georgian Open Arm staircase and 12-foot crystal chandelier.

The staff of Charleston Place is dedicated to indulging its guests with the finest in Southern hospitality, and has become the choice of celebrities, princes and politicians.

Charleston Place is centrally located, surrounded by historic homes and buildings, and within strolling distance of the citys delightful shops, galleries and restaurants.’

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