Even on a short weekend getaway, you cannot escape the important stories of pirates, slave uprisings, and bloody battles that define this remarkable city. The year 2020 marks the 350th anniversary of the original English settlement at Charles Towne. Few cities can rival Charleston’s place in U.S. history; the city’s own history is full of violence and greed and intrigue, peppered with pirates and heroes and rebels.
Learn how to do the Charleston by following the locals’ lead. Master these easy steps to find out what makes the Holy City so charming. Charleston’s natives are friendly, the local cuisine is mind-blowing, and the weather’s divine. Figure out how Charleston got its groove by partaking in some immersive activities that are beloved by the locals.
Credit for much of Charleston’s celebrated cuisine goes to the enslaved Africans and downhome cooks of yore who found the tastiest ways to showcase the local bounty. Charleston’s culinary scene is known for its standout seafood and down-home country cooking, although today’s buzzed-about new restaurants are as likely to serve Indian fusion as shrimp and grits.
Okay, some of these restaurants are technically still in Charleston, but what they have in common is food that merits a trip outside the well-trodden tourist area. Get there however you can, but don't miss the extraordinary things—soul food, Chinese food, barbecue, French-accented local, whatever!
Can’t decide when to visit Charleston? Our month-by-month rundown of annual events—highlighting everything from jazz to oysters to dogs that like to leap off docks—can help you plan your perfect itinerary. Smaller events, though, like the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and Boone Hall Fright Nights, feel purely local and full of just-Charleston flavor.
Stoked in Revelstoke: An easy traverse from the top of the British Columbia resort’s highest lift yields a vast mountainside of fluffy snow bowls and inviting forested trails. I don’t fly in my dreams: I float through narrow trails of snow. My meditation is a clean S-curve carved into powder, weaving through white woods of hemlocks and firs.
Charleston’s nickname may be the Holy City, but these days, there’s more action on King Street on Saturday night than on Sunday morning. The city still balances the pious with the party— Sunday brunch features a colorful mix of seersucker-clad sophisticates and bleary-eyed frat boys nursing a breakfast stout.