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Trip Guide to the "New" Charleston, SC

Zubin Shroff History remembered in an antebellum portrait at Charleston's Old Slave Mart Museum

Photo: Zubin Shroff

Many of Charleston's old guard trace their heritage to the early English colonists, who laid out a series of broad, elegant boulevards according to a British Grand Modell plan, creating a city that came to be called Little London. Today, in a city where sharing the past is often synonymous with making a living, everyone caters to the tourist trade in one way or another.

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Destinations: Charleston

Inspired by: The New Charleston, SC — by Tom Austin, Published Jan. 2006

Hotels (5)

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    Wentworth Mansion

    The ornate 21-room Second Empire–style mansion turned hotel dresses in subdued Victorian finery for the holidays with magnolia wreaths, old-world S

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    Palmer Home Bed & Breakfast

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    Inn at Middleton Place

    The Inn at Middleton Place is located along the banks of the Ashley River near the historic, 1755 Middleton Place Plantation in Charleston, South C

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    Battery Carriage House Inn

    Dating back to 1843, the Battery Carriage House Inn is located along the city's famous area known as The Battery and offers views of Charleston Har

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    Belmond Charleston Place

    Grand hotel with Georgian staircases and a 1-to-1 staff-to-guest ratio, in the heart of Charleston's commercial district. It's a family-friendly sp

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Restaurants (6)

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    Slightly North of Broad

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    Hominy Grill

    Chef Robert Stehling may not be a Lowcountry local, but his "highrise" biscuits and breakfast shrimp are as authentic as Nana used to make, and the

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    FIG (Food Is Good)

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    Circa 1886

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    Charleston Grill

    Housed inside the Charleston Place Hotel in downtown the Charleston Grill offers diners a unique blend of southern, French, and contemporary cuisin

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    Peninsula Grill

    The Peninsula Grill, which opened in N. Market Street’s Planters Inn in 1997, transports diners into the state’s historic past with its southern-in

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Activities (15)

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    Middleton Place

    This 1741 historic plantation has an exquisite formal garden.

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    Torch Velvet Lounge

    This hangout is all about atmosphere—a martini bar with velvet curtains, hookah pipes, and bed-sized couches.

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    Raval

    A Barcelona-inspired wine-and-tapas bar: the back room has DJ's and a throbbing young crowd on weekends.

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    Preservation Society of Charleston

    The society runs several historic properties and conducts tours of private homes in the fall. Also has a great book and gift shop for all things Ch

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    Old Slave Mart Museum

    An intelligent museum in a former slave-trade sales room.

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    Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

    This 1676 spread has welcomed visitors since shortly after the end of the Civil War.

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    Historic Charleston Foundation

    Operates the Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett houses and sponsors the Festival of Houses & Gardens every spring. Advance tickets available.

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    Edmondston-Alston House

    The Greek Revival Edmondston-Alston House, which is open for public tours throughout the year.

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    Drayton Hall

    A 1742 plantation on the Ashley River run by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

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    Moo Roo

    Local designer Mary Norton's scarves, brooches, and handbags have attracted the likes of Sharon Stone and Oprah Winfrey.

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    Magar Hatworks

    The fantastic creations of couture milliner Leigh Magar have inspired a devoted cult following.

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    Historic Charleston Reproductions Shop

    Shop for distinctive local items such as linens inspired by the houses of Rainbow Row.

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    Grady Ervin & Co.

    A classic men's store with its own line of seersucker suits.

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    B'zar

    Edgy King Street outpost for trendy clothes and gear.

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    Elizabeth Stuart Design

    For furniture, handmade jewelry, vintage lighting fixtures, and regional cookbooks.

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Similar Trips (1)

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  • Charleston for Christmas

    Charleston

    At Christmastime, Charleston celebrates with magnolia wreaths, old-world Santas, choirs singing spirituals, pecans roasting on an open fire and eggnog laced with bourbon.

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