ATD8E8 Aerial view of rows of victorian houses found along the Battery in historic Charleston South Carolina at sunset
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With its antebellum charms, picturesque waterfront, and spectacular restaurant scene, it’s no wonder Travel + Leisure readers have ranked Charleston as the nation’s top city in our annual World’s Best Awards for the last two years. That’s why I’m thrilled that from May 1 to 3, we at T+L are heading down to this alluring city, along with a few fellow Time Inc. editors at Food & Wine, Southern Living, Coastal Living, and Departures, for a fun-packed weekend filled with only-in-Charleston experiences. And we’re hoping you’ll join in on the fun.

Our first-ever Charleston Insiders' Weekend is a series of curated events that highlight the best the city has to offer: maybe you’ll stop by our lively Gospel Brunch at Hall’s Chophouse, or hop aboard a T+L-hosted harbor cruise where Rod Weaver, bartender extraordinaire of Husk restaurant, will serve his signature cocktails. Amateur shutterbugs will also love our photography tour, where expert shooter Olivia Rae James will take guests through the historic, tree-lined South of Broad neighborhood while offering her insider tips on lighting, composition, and more.

Check out the full itinerary here, and follow the event on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, and #ExploreCharleston. Hope to see you there!

Jennifer Flowers is the Hotels & Food Editor at Travel + Leisure. Find her on Twitter at @JennFlowers.