Charleston's Charms In 24 Hours

Peter Hanson

Morning stroll on High Battery

Charleston is home to one the largest and best preserved historic districts in America, and a sunrise stroll along the High Battery seawall offers one of the premier views of local architecture. Soak up the splendor of Charleston's ambiance before the city wakes up. You'll hear church bells, seagulls, and the occasional ship's horn, but that is about all. It's bliss.

Charleston's Charms In 24 Hours

Nathaniel Russell House

Rare and refined antiques abound at the Nathaniel Russell House, an Antebellum mansion-turned-house-museum that offers public tours and is managed by the Historic Charleston Foundation, a leading steward of the local preservation movement.

Brasserie Gigi

A casual, lively brasserie serving delicious food all day and into the night is the perfect lunch spot. Snag a window seat to enjoy the parade of people down Market Street and savor the delicious lobster salad or Salad Niçoise, all of which is served in Le Creuset cookware. It's utterly charming!

Charleston's Charms In 24 Hours

Charleston City Market

Charleston is home to one of the oldest public markets in America. The Charleston City Market stretches across four blocks and is home to more than 300 vendors and artists, including 50 sweetgrass basket weavers—a true Charleston specialty. This is the best spot to pick up authentic, local souvenirs. Look for the green tiles that indicate Certified Authentic 100% Handmade in Charleston!

Blue Bicycle Books

Charleston's evocative setting has been the muse for several great literary talents and this locally-owned bookshop stocks more regional interest titles than anyone else. Be sure to check out the selection of Lowcountry cookbooks near the front.

Hank's seafood restaurant

Locals love Hank's Seafood and have voted it Best Seafood Restaurant in Charleston for 15 consecutive years. Waitstaff wears white jackets, the seafood is the freshest available, and the atmosphere in the dining room is always convivial — this classic Charleston seafood restaurant is at the top of its game.

Dock Street Theatre

Tucked amid stately Antebellum era homes on Church Street, this handsome theatre has played a colorful role in Charleston's history. The original playhouse (the first permanent theater in America) was erected in 1736 but was lost to fire. In 1809, the Planter's Hotel was built on this site, and the building was returned to use as a theatre in 1935. Shows rotate monthly and Spoleto Festival USA uses this theatre for a variety of performances every year.

Peninsula Grill

The 12-layer Peninsula Grill Ultimate Coconut Cake is a must-taste dessert and the sweetest nightcap to be found in Charleston!

I would stay at: Planter's Inn

Planters Inn is located in the very heart of Charleston's famed Historic District, within walking distance of the best shopping, dining, and attractions. The 64-room Inn is the only Relais & Chateaux property in South Carolina, and the service is world class. Ambiance is European refinement with casual Charleston elegance. Every room is furnished with a four poster Baker Historic Charleston Collection bed and luxurious Italian linens. After a day spent exploring historic Charleston, there is no better sanctuary than Planters Inn.