One can't help but slow down in Charleston. Gracing the cobblestone streets are stately mansions, ancient trees draped with moss, and people who welcome you with a smile. Its history is one of the longest and most diverse in the country, and still, the Holy City surprises you with every visit. A seductive blend of old and new, it's no wonder that dear friends of ours chose Charleston for their honeymoon.
With only a few days in Charleston, our friends asked us how they should spend their time. Naturally, we jumped at the challenge. The Compass & Key itinerary for wandering Charleston is a full day packed with ideas to discover the architectural and natural beauty of the city, including tasty stops along the way. Our mini-guide also features curated destinations for lodging, dining and attractions. This is Southern charm at its best.
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CHECK FLIGHTS TO CHARLESTON
Two curated properties, ideally situated for experiencing the best of Charleston.
DINING & DRINKING
Deli delights at Butcher & Bee
Fried chicken, champagne & oysters by the dozen at Leon’s Oyster Shop
Live music and cozy seating at Elliotborough Mini Bar
Asian soul food at Xiao Bao Biscuit
Fresh bread and flaky croissants at Brown's Court Bakery
House-made charcuterie and fresh seafood at The Grocery
Considered by many to be the best restaurant in Charleston, The Ordinary
Sophisticated cocktails in The Living Room, the lobby bar at The Dewberry
Dinner at James Beard award-winning restaurant FIG
Brunch in a church-turned-diner at 5Church Charleston
Artisan iced coffee at Black Tap Coffee
Sample artisan-crafted spirits with a tour and tasting at High Wire Distilling
Get lost in America's oldest landscaped gardens at historic plantation Middleton Place
See Civil War burial sites among 92 acres at Magnolia Cemetery
Tour local art galleries through Canvas Charleston
Stand in awe of the USS Yorktown battleship
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