As a Charleston area local, when was the last time you played tourist in your own town? Is it only when family comes to visit that you stroll on the beach, take in a show or dine at one of the area's culinary gems?
It's time you remember exactly what drew you to the Lowcountry in the first place. So, block off a weekend or take a couple days off work and spend 48 hours exploring Charleston. To help you get started, here are some suggestions of how to spend your time:
First, book a night's stay at The Inn at Middleton Place. With just 55 rooms, this cozy inn is secluded among the pines and live oaks and a short walk from the historic Middleton Place, home of America's oldest landscaped garden.
The next morning, enjoy breakfast in The Lakehouse before touring the grounds, the house museum and the plantation stableyards to experience life in the 18th and 19th centuries (included with your stay).
Then, head to downtown Charleston for some shopping:
Hampden Clothing, 314 King St., is one of the top boutiques in the country, combining fashion-forward designers and Southern charm. Pick up a new outfit for an evening out on the town, and be sure to browse the accessories store, James, next door. This cozy space has a highly curated selection of shoes, handbags, jewelry and gift items from coveted designers exclusively sold at James.
The Charleston City Market is lined with vendors selling everything from artwork to crafts and jewelry and sweetgrass baskets. It’s a great place to pick up some gifts for out-of-state friends and family who would love a little piece of Charleston. While you’re there, stop off at Gold Creations – a staple of the Charleston City Market for more than 40 years. This jewelry store has pieces inspired by the Angel Oak tree, sweetgrass baskets and iron gates of Charleston.
After you’ve shopped until you’re about to drop, book an early dinner at Charleston Harbor Fish House where your entrée automatically comes with a spectacular view of the Charleston harbor.
If possible, book your second night’s stay at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina – and enjoy a breath-taking sunset overlooking Charleston harbor.
Start your second day with an early tour of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and then spend some time on the water, paddleboarding or kayaking on Shem Creek.
Then, have lunch at Tavern & Table where the flatbreads, salads and burgers are all served with a view of Shem Creek. After you’ve had your fill, head out to the Center for the Birds of Prey and see some amazing creatures in flight.
As your 48 hours in Charleston winds down, toast to a fun-filled two days with drinks in the bar at Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms. Having successfully enjoyed your 48 hours, is it any wonder you have chosen to make this place your home?
The Charleston area’s incredible attractions, restaurants, bars, shopping and hotels aren’t just for the tourists. Locals, too, will enjoy escaping for a couple days to soak up the area’s charms in a totally new way – no plane ticket required.
To discover more of the amazing sights and experiences Charleston has to offer its' residents, visit the Home, Historic Home website at chslocals.com.