By travel editor Tracey Minkin
Greetings from Charleston, South Carolina! I’m here at Charleston Insiders’ Weekend, enjoying this glorious coastal city with hundreds of guests at events all weekend. At tonight’s Coastal Living dinner at Charleston Grill, I shared my tips on how to travel like an insider no matter where you go, which begins with a personal list of the types of finds I crave when on the road. Here are my must-find categories, along with spots in Charleston that are my favorite discoveries.
Independent Bookstore: Blue Bicycle Books. Don’t let the 10 feet of storefront fool you; 50,000 new, used, and rare books. The best collection on and about Charleston in the city. 420 King Street, bluebicyclebooks.com
Great Gallery: Rebekah Jacob Gallery. Impeccably curated contemporary fine art and photography of the American South. Simultaneously sophisticated and accessible. 54 Broad Street, 2nd level, www.rebekahjacobgallery.com
Breakfast Dive: Marina Variety Store. No frills, great food, and drop-dead views of Charleston Marina. Try the Fried Green Tomatoes & Pimento Cheese Benedict. 17 Lockwood Drive, www.varietystorerestaurant.com
Restaurant: Charleston Grill. Chef Michelle Weaver’s refined touch in four menu categories: Pure, Lush, Southern, and Cosmopolitan. Elegant setting and extraordinary service. 224 King Street, www.charlestongrill.com
Cool Tour: Gullah Tours. An inside look at the rich culture borne of the region’s first black inhabitants. Guide Alphonso Brown is simply amazing. Book online or by phone: 843-763-7551 or gullahtours.com