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What to do, what to do…in Charleston.

February 16, 2011

We are very excited for our week long vacation to Charleston, SC this November! Although one day will be taken up by Amanda’s wedding, that leaves several more for exploring the city and surrounding areas.  Sick of this cold, rainy/snowy weather, we thought we’d tell you about some fun warm weather activities we’re looking to do so you can day dream yourself away to sunny Charleston!

Old City Market

This series of covered pavillions stretches for blocks and houses tons of independent vendors. Here you will find all things characteristically Charleston; woven Sweetgrass baskets, Benno wafers (sesame seed cookies), low country cookbooks, pirate gear, boiled peanuts, and lots of other touristy items like shot glasses and t-shirts. Definitely the place to go if you need to bring home some souvenirs.

Photos from Historic Charleston City Market


Charleston Photo Tours

Great for the creative types, or just someone who want to see bits and pieces of the history of Charleston. This two hour tour takes you to private gardens, cemeteries, churches, mansions, Civil War sites, and through iconic Rainbow Row and the Huguenot Quarter. The tour not only tells you about the history of Charleston but helps you figure out how to capture its beauty in photos.  From the online reviews we read, it looks like the owner runs the tours herself and is a fantastic teacher.

Photos taken from Wikipedia

Upper King Street Shopping District

Interior design firms and furniture shops dominate this stretch of King Street. From widely known companies like Pottery Barn to uniquely Charleston boutiques, there is something for every style.

Firefly Distillery & Irvin-House Vineyards

30 miles south of Charleston on Wadmalaw Island lies Firefly Distillery, the creators of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodkas, and Irvin-House Vineyards, South Carolina’s only domestic winery.   They offer tours of the vineyards, a tasting room and a whole lot of story telling.  Even if we are visiting in November, we have no problem sippin’ on some sweet tea and imagining that it’s August.  Cheers!

Pub Tour of Charleston

A two hour walking tour visiting three to five historic Charleston pubs.  According to their site it’s a fun and unique tour which includes pubs with rooftop views of the historic city, old taverns frequented by pirates, breweries haunted by ghosts, a dose of history, and a chance to sample some of the area’s micro-brews on tap.

These are just a few of the things we have listed so far, but it’ll probably grow in the months leading up until we go.  Do you have recommendations of things to do/see/eat/drink/etc., in Charleston?  We’d love to hear it!  Leave us a comment.

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