One cannot come to South Carolina
without visiting Charleston, the jewel of the Carolinas. For over 200 years,
Charleston has been called “the heart of the Old South”. Located on a peninsula
between the Ashley and Cooper rivers, flowing into Charleston harbor, this
beautifully preserved historic city delights and charms all who cross its
waters. Charleston mixes the best of the old and new – a totally cosmopolitan
city steeped in history and tradition.
Accolades for Charleston
Travel & Leisure magazine placed Charleston sixth in the list of 10 Best Cities in the United States and Canada in the magazine’s 10th annual World’s Best Poll.
History and art form a perfect blend of things to do in Charleston. Come and enjoy one of the plantations, the restored mansions along the Battery, Candlelight Tours at Christmastime, the Gibbes Museum of Art, famous evening ghost walks, a boat ride out to Ft. Sumter, the Fall Tour of Homes sponsored by the Preservation Society of Charleston, the Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens sponsored by the Historic Charleston Foundation, antiquing along King Street, a cruise of the harbor, the Hunley submarine exhibit, a play at The Dock Street Theatre, or performances by the Charleston Ballet Theatre and the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. For the kids, visit the South Carolina Aquarium, Patriots Point, the USS Yorktown, and the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. There's always plenty to do in Charleston.
Each spring, the annual Spoleto Festival USA presents a well-respected world-class, 17 day arts festival where international performers and artists present drama, opera, dance, music and art for all to enjoy. At the same time, the Piccolo Spoleto showcases the best of regional and local talent. Other festivals include the Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the Flowertown Festival (in Summerville) and the Moja Festival celebrating African and Caribbean cultures.
Home to the College of Charleston,
The Citadel, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC), and Trident
Technical College, ongoing education is available and enjoyed by many local
The College of Charleston, with its perennial Division I basketball powerhouse, and The Citadel offer ample outlets for collegiate sports fans. The Riverdogs, our minor league baseball team, the Stingrays, a professional hockey team, and the Battery, an A-League Division II pro soccer team, provide entertainment for the most seasoned and demanding sports fan. For tennis lovers, the Family Circle Cup Women's Tennis Tournament comes to Charleston every Spring. And then there is golf. The area has hosted both the Ryder Cup and the World Cup of Golf, and will host the 2012 PGA Tournament. With so many options for play, both public and private, the area is a mecca for golf enthusiasts.
Residents and visitors know that with such a variety of wonderful restaurants, the hardest part about dining out in Charleston is making a decision about where to go! In fact, food has become such an attraction in the Lowcountry that The “First Annual Distinctively Charleston Food and Wine Festival” will be held March 2 – 5, 2006. It’s sure to become an annual favorite culinary event.
The Charleston region’s semitropical climate offers residents excellent opportunities for year-round outdoor enjoyment.
Pat Polychron & Tom Peck