Charleston has strong seasonal tourism and a friendly local population that embody the South Carolina zeal, both of which love the city for its history, weather, food and variety of things to do. Also, the city has long maintained a passion for art and history, a love for the sea and a buzzing, independent shopping scene. For a handy guide to the best spots in Charleston, check out our list below and tell us what you want to do next time you’re in Charleston.
Charleston Music Hall
This iconic venue has hosted some of the great American musicians over the years from renowned bluegrass singer Ricky Skaggs (who actually recorded a live album at this venue almost 20 years ago) to pop-rock sensation David Byrne. Now the venue is multi-functional, hosting everything from indie film screenings to music acts and Christmas performances. Check out the local Charleston Jazz Orchestra to experience the city’s truest musical expression. This quaint venue is perfect for an evening out after sipping on a cocktail at one of Charleston’s bars or restaurants.
The Charleston Museum
Charleston is steeped in history, right back to its foundation in 1670, through the American Civil War, the Abolition of Slavery, and up to the present day as a vital port for trade and shipping. Whilst the city feels historic, the museum is fresh and engaging. The building itself is modern and refined with inner courtyards, perfect for a retreat from the Carolina heat. The first thing visitors meet upon arrival is the whale that swam into the city’s harbour in 1880, suspended from the lobby ceiling. Having been building its collection since 1773, the museum is a treasure trove of local pieces that tell a captivating tale of Charleston’s tumultuous past.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Kiawah Island is located about 21 miles or a 45-minute drive from Charleston’s city centre. The barrier island is known for its luxury real estate, many complete with private-access beachfront. Whilst this barrier island is a hop, skip and a jump from Charleston’s charming hub, Kiawah island feels secure and remote, private and serene. No wonder it has become home to a spa, golf resort and fine-dining escape. The Sanctuary, the island’s resort and hotel complex, is the state’s only 5-star luxury and AAA 5-Diamond hotel in South Carolina, offering a pristine golf-course that attracts players from all over the world to play next to the expanse of the Atlantic ocean.
Sullivan’s Island Beach
A short drive out of Charleston, continue across the Ravenel Bridge after which marshlands and grassy wetlands subside to reveal this stunning public beach, overlooked by a historic lighthouse. Loved for its expanses of white-sand, calm waves and the winding paths through the vegetation on the dunes, Sullivan’s has long been a favourite of Charleston locals. This beach is perfect for kiteboarding with many enthusiasts regularly showing off their tricks in the evening sun. The beach buzzes with people during low-tide in the summer so check the forecast before coming down to make sure there’s enough of the beach untroubled by the tide. For more of Charleston’s rich history, head down to Poe’s Tavern on Middle Street, named after the famous poet and one-time Sullivan’s Island local, Edgar Allen Poe.
Enjoy wandering the lanes around King Street, where shopping at independent stores is a favourite pastime of tourists in the summer months. With vintage and independent clothing shops galore, visit Hampden Clothing or Worthwhile. Try some handmade jewellery on at Joint Venture Estate Jewellers before heading to the antique shops of George C. Birlant for a decorative something for your mantlepiece at your new Charleston home. If shopping gets tiring and you have worked up an appetite and thirst, head to the Darling Oyster Bar for exquisite dining and drinking.
Enjoy an informative and relaxing sail around the coast off of Charleston in a replica 18th-century sailing boat. Designed in the style of the sailing yachts that once littered Charleston’s harbour, the tall triple-masted ship will give you undoubtedly one of the best views of the city from the water. There are no gimmicks here, no music on the yacht, no cheesy factoids, just the relaxing sound of the Atlantic waves hitting the hull and the murmuring of the city in the distance. The crew members are all highly informative and willing to answer any questions you may have about the city, its maritime history or the schooner itself. Enjoy an evening trip to witness the sunset and the dolphins in the harbour while getting to know your new city from its waters.
There’s so much more to see and do in Charleston, South Carolina. With family-friendly, adult and plenty of outdoor activities to get involved with, make Charleston your next home. Contact Propeterra today to find out what real estate opportunities are available in Charleston, South Carolina, and how we can help you realise your American dream.