On the South Eastern coast of the US, it’s hard to find a place more charming than Charleston, SC. The preservation of its facades, sites, and history brings it an uncommon vibrancy. In 2016, it was voted the number one city in the US and the world! If you want to take advantage of a visit this spring, March through May is the best time to visit Charleston while the temperatures are still moderate. Since this is a more popular time to visit, you can opt for a mid-week stay to avoid the weekend traffic.
Charleston’s contemporary art scene, acclaimed Southern cuisine, shopping, live performances, and stunning nature make it a soulful experience. Two upcoming events you can enjoy this spring are the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens until May 21 and the Spoleto Festival from May 28 to June 13 which are some of the year’s best festivities!
For no-reservation excellence, you can dine at 167 Raw. It’s a New England style oyster bar with a hint of Southern flare, and is one of the more popular attractions on King street. There are times when there’s a line out of the door, so going right after peak lunch or before peak dinner hours will help alleviate the wait for this spot. Their menu is simple but strong, focused on oysters, tacos, po’ boys, and tequila libations.
If you want to immerse yourself in Charleston’s rich history, look no further than Husk. Set inside a late 1800s home, the exterior was restored to its original colonial beauty and the interiors bring it to the present with minimalist, modern decor. Husk is the epitome of delectable Southern cooking. Chef Travis Grimes wants you to experience the reality of Southern fare rather than trying to reinvent the classics. Their menus rotate consistently based on the region’s producers, but you can find dishes of complex flavors like confit duck leg with fried cabbage, sweet peppers, and a dash of curry and cilantro.
The Black Tulip was built in 1865 and has since been completely restored on the interior and exterior with a full smart home system. This four bed five bath is within walking distance to restaurants, yacht clubs, shops, parks, and the Charleston Battery. If you don’t feel like walking, there’s a parking spot for your golf cart plus four other vehicles. There’s a full backyard with a gas fire pit for evening conversations, and a unique roof deck perfect for a relaxing sunrise.