How To Travel Like an Insider: Charleston, South Carolina

May 1, 2015 | By | Comments (9)

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.

Photo courtesy of Charleston Area CVB

Photo courtesy of Charleston Area CVB

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

Coffeehouse: Black Tap Coffee. The roast their own on nearby James Island; the coffeehouse is sunlit and has a stand-up bar for espresso fiends. 70 ½ Beaufrain Street, www.blacktapcoffee.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

Cocktail: The Red Wedding, Edmund’s Oast. One of the hippest bars in town reinvents a classic Southern pairing of bourbon and sweet tea. 1081 Morrison Drive, edmundsoast.com

Photo courtesy of Edmund’s Oast

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

Live Music: The Mezz/Charleston Jazz Bar. Local and national jazz talent in a dressy spot. 276 King Street, www.mezzdowntown.com

Photo courtesy of Charleston Area CVB

Photo courtesy Charleston Area CVB

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

Man Pleaser: Ben Silver. Classic haberdasher, including Charleston’s penchant for ebullient neckwear. Take home a tie. 149 King Street, www.bensilver.com

Stylish Souvenir: Croghan’s Jewel Box. The oldest family-owned jewelry store in Charleston. Incredible inventory, including estate and antique finds. 308 King Street, www.croghansjewelbox.com

COMMENTS

  1. Donna Frasca

    So glad I found this! Planning a trip there this summer.

    May 12, 2015 at 2:47 pm
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