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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This luxury hotel in the heart of Charleston, SC features the award-winning restaurant, meeting and conference facilities and beautiful rooms and suites.
Don’t let Charleston’s ‘old South’ reputation confuse you; Zero George hotel has no doilies or chintz. What it does have: restored colonial architecture, Architectural Digest-worthy interiors, an inventive local restaurant and plenty of shaded piazzas.
DINING & DRINKING
- Deli delights at Butcher & Bee
- DIY barbecue tasting at Home Team BBQ, Rodney Scott’s Bar-B-Que and Lewis Barbecue
- 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
- Cruise around town in a rented bike from the Bicycle Shoppe or Affordabikes
- 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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