Uniquely Charleston Gifts for Friends and Family

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Giving the gift of Charleston has never been easier. Local boutiques, downtown markets and even the gift shops of museums and historic sites offer a wide selection of handcrafted and uniquely Charleston gifts. Check out these ideas for giving a little piece of the Holy City to everyone on your holiday shopping list.     Gifts for Her Gold Bug Shining Star Ring: The oldest family owned jewelry store in … Read More

Tall Ships, a Part of Charleston's Maritime History

Even a first-time visitor to Charleston can take a look around and see the city has deep maritime roots. The area's first inhabitants arrived via ship and settled into this southern city by the sea.The Cooper and Ashley Rivers, plus the nearby Atlantic Ocean turned Charleston into a wealthy seaport, exporting rice, indigo and cotton. By 1750, Charleston was a bustling trade center for the southern colonies and quite a … Read More

Locals Guide to 48 Hours in Charleston

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 … Read More

3 Charleston Day Trips Worth Your Time

There's more to life in Charleston carriage tours and beaches. This time of year, the crowds start bearing down on you and traffic begins to make your blood boil. Don't you wish that there was a way to get away from the rush? A way to experience a slower, more relaxed side of the Lowcountry?It's more than a dream - it's actually a reality. Just a few miles north of … Read More

Eating in Season Never Tasted so Good

Eating well in South Carolina has never been so easy. With restaurants sourcing local fruits, vegetables, seafood and meats, and farmers markets popping up in every community, it's not hard to have fresh, local food on your plate.Over the years, we've grown accustomed to getting whatever fruits and vegetables we want from the grocery store at any time of the year. Shoppers forgot produce has a season and that strawberries … Read More

Tucked Away Near King Street is an Alley Filled with Dining Options

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Both locals and visitors to Charleston are drawn to the picturesque alleyways tucked between commercial buildings and historic homes all around downtown. These shady spaces are a cool respite in the heat of the summer. They are a charming backdrop for a quick selfie or a professional photo shoot. They are Charleston's hidden gems.One such alley is not only a beautiful space, but also home to some of Charleston's best … Read More

Get to Know Three Tall Ships from Charleston and Beyond

Imagine life aboard a Tall Ship - the billowing sails, the creaking of timber, and the slap of the rigging as the magnificent vessel plows through the waves. Imagine the excitement of the crew when the words "Whales!" or "Land ho!" are shouted from the crow's nest by the lookout.Well, you don't have to just imagine. Experience it for yourself at the Tall Ships Festival where you can board nine … Read More

Perfect Mother's Day Ideas to Give Mom the Gift of You

What's the best thing you can give your mom for Mother's Day? Some quality time with her favorite child (shhh, don't tell your siblings).From Bluffton to Savannah, there are plenty of ways to treat your mom to a special day out or a full weekend of activities.Put the 39th annual Bluffton Village Festival - known to locals as Mayfest - on your calendar. This full-day festival on Saturday, May 13 … Read More

Pass the Chicken Wings at Annual Festival Fundraiser

Chicken wings are a bit like potato chips - you can't eat just one. And that's definitely the case at the annual Hilton Head Wingfest where attendees gobble up 6,000 pounds of chicken wings. For more than 20 years, local restaurants and bands have combined with kids' activities and some friendly competition for a springtime festival organized by the Hilton Head Island Recreation Association. Here's what you need to know … Read More

4 Natural Places to Get Fit in the Lowcountry

Technically the calendar hasn't turned to spring yet, but that doesn't matter here in the Lowcountry where sunshine and blue skies beckon residents to enjoy the natural beauty of the South Carolina coast. If your New Year's resolutions included exercise and fresh air or if you're just looking for a new spot to get in a hike or jog, you're in luck. Here are four spectacular places to get fit … Read More

Calling Them by Name: The Story of Freed Slaves' Transition to Freedom

The blistering sun and thick humid air hung over the sea island cotton fields as Pompey worked through the back breaking and tedious process of cultivating crops. The physical discomfort did little to discourage him. For the first time he was growing his own cotton, on his own land. People like Pompey Dawson, who became one of the leading cultivators of sea island cotton on James Island, and Isabella Pinckney, … Read More

Tie-dye and “Porching”—and Seven More Ways to Spend Easter

Perhaps nothing says a long Easter weekend like egg hunts and a sunrise service. At Montage at Palmetto Bluff they make Eastertide even more special by adding a truly Southern flair. Sure there are eggs to be found—twice on Sunday with three different offerings to include children twelve and under, adults, and dogs—but each Easter weekend reservation is invited to sit for a complimentary family photo.