What to do:
Charleston is full of history and beautiful colonial architecture, and right now is prime blooming season for camelias, azaleas, and roses. (According to my book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die... but I'm wondering if it might have been a little earlier this year with all this warm weather!)
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In fact, the city is in the midst of its annual Festival of Houses and Gardens which offers tours giving visitors access to more than 150 beautiful private homes and gardens that date as far back as the 18th century. Check out the festival's "Morning History Walks" to start the day exploring the Old & Historic District.
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If you love shopping, check out the Charleston City Market for handmade and unique items to take home, or check out the upscale shops and boutiques along King Street between Calhoun and Market.
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This photo of Isle of Palms is courtesy of TripAdvisor
What to eat:
Located downtown on Meeting Street, Jestine's Kitchen offers traditional southern food like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, and green tomatoes and comes highly recommended by my Mom!
The last time I visited, we ate lunch at Hominy Grill which serves classic, made-from-scratch southern dishes as well. All of their ingredients are fresh and sourced locally, and just looking at the brunch menu is making me hungry!
For something a little more upscale, check out Husk which was voted Bon Appetit's 2011 Best New Restaurant in America among numerous other awards and praises. Their menu changes daily and they use only the best Southern suppliers for their ingredients.
Where to stay:
And just for fun, I found a place to stay on Jetsetter:
The Harbourview Inn is one of the few hotels in (downtown) Charleston that faces the water. It offers historic charm along with a laid back atmosphere and beautiful views. It's close to the hustle and bustle of the historic district but just far away enough for some relaxation too!
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