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Contents 10 BARBECUE IS A BEST BET FOR CHARLESTON DINING
DEPARTMENTS 6 14 38 46 56 61 62 69
Welcome to Charleston See + Do Shop + Savor Eat + Drink Calendar of Events Web Extras Maps Directory of Advertisers
ALL ABOUT ART
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Touring the streets of Charleston Barbecue is a best best for Charleston dining Visit Charles Towne Landing Summerville: Tastes like sweet tea All about art Shopping Guide Landmarks of Charleston Have dinner on the harbor Itâ€™s oyster season in Charleston Barbecue sauce recipes Things to love about the Lowcounty Tee it up in Charleston Shop locally for jewelry selection
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From the Publisher WELCOME TO CHARLESTON! In the last decade, Charleston’s arts community has exploded with new galleries, theaters and events all focused on building the city’s reputation as a destination for art lovers. Read about Charleston’s arts scene and plan your visit to one of our many theaters, museums, performances and galleries. To experience some of the best in Southern dining, you need to have a big platter of barbecue with all the trimmings. We have the scoop on what makes South Carolina barbecue unique, how to distinguish among the various sauces, and we’ve highlighted a few great spots for a memorable barbecue meal. Let us know what barbecue joint you liked best; use hashtag #bestchsbbq on social media. Charleston’s festival season kicks off in February with the Southeastern Wildlife Expo and continues on with events like Charleston Fashion Week and the BBT Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Check our calendar for all the details. During your visit, spend a day exploring the town of Summerville with its gardens, public sculpture and historic town square. Be sure to connect with us on Facebook (travelermag), Twitter (@traveler_mag) and Instagram (travelerofcharleston) if you have questions during your visit and to share your photos and experiences.
Member of: Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charleston Restaurant Association; Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.
Contributors Keith Simmons has an extensive publishing, marketing and advertising background and founded Traveler Magazine in 2005. His purpose was to develop an affordable and effective visitor medium where businesses could advertise their service. Traveler is now one of the leading visitor resources in the city. Keith lives in Mount Pleasant with his wife and sons. He enjoys fishing, kayaking and spending time with his family.
Holly Fisher is a long-time writer and editor with a love of telling stories. She has lived in Charleston more than a decade and enjoys sharing the tales of the Holy City with visitors and newcomers to the area. Holly lives in the Mount Pleasant area with her husband, daughter and two Labrador retrievers. When she isn’t at her computer writing for work and for fun, you can find her reading, doing CrossFit and piddling in her flower beds.
Sally Heineman honed her knack for graphic design at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA where she received a BFA in Graphic Design. Drawn to the South and the love of everything Lowcountry, Sally opened the doors of her graphic design business, Heineman Design, in 1992.
Publisher/Founder.................... Keith Simmons Editor........................................... Holly Fisher Graphic Designer...................... Heineman Design Distribution................................ Mike Derrick Distribution................................ Brian Bean Distribution................................ Debbi Farrell Cover Artist................................ Paula Pindroh Nelson
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Touring the streets of downtown Charleston
For 40 years, Palmetto Carriage Works has been delighting visitors with stories of Charleston history mixed with just the right amount of entertaining lore and laughter.
Housed in its signature Big Red Barn just off Market Street, Palmetto Carriage Works uses mules rather than horses to pull its carriages. In fact, mules have been pulling loads around the South for centuries, starting with their work on 18th-century cotton plantations. The most popular tour is the carriage tour through Charleston’s residential district. On this one-hour tour, visitors experience 25-30 blocks of Charleston's historic downtown district, seeing houses, gardens, mansions, churches and parks. Experienced tour guides provide information on buildings, history, architecture, flora and the people that make up the Holy City.
For a different view of Charleston, try one of these Palmetto Carriage Works tours: ■ Carriage Tour/Harbor Tour Combo: Tour the city on a carriage before boarding the 80-foot Carolina Belle for a tour around the historic Charleston Harbor. ■ Haunted History Tour: Learn about local figures that lived, died and now haunt the streets and buildings of Charleston. Tour guides blend knowledge, wit, humor, folklore and Charleston’s haunting history for a deeper dive into Charleston’s haunted past. ■ Trot & Walk Combo Tour: Take a one-hour carriage tour of the city followed up by a 90-minute walking tour. You’ll have the same tour guide throughout to ensure no repetitive information and the most comprehensive overview of the sites and history of the city.
Tours start at the Big Red Barn, 8 Guignard St. in downtown Charleston. The barn also has a restroom and a spot to purchase snacks and drinks. Purchase tour tickets online at palmettocarriage.com. january-march 2014 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com 9
Barbecue is a best bet for Charleston dining BY HOLLY FISHER
religion and football, folks in the South are passionate about their barbecue. “I equate it to college football teams. Everybody feels strongly about their favorite barbecue and everybody else is the enemy,” said Aaron Siegel, owner/pitmaster at Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ. “In general, it’s the type of thing people feel really strongly about. When you ask somebody about barbecue (restaurants), they are going to tell you one, maybe two, and that’s their place.”
There are four types of sauces, all of which you’ll find in the state: mustard, vinegar and pepper, light tomato and heavy tomato. Case in point when Traveler of Charleston recently polled its Facebook fans about their favorite barbecue spots and dozens of folks commented and shared the post with a shout out to their barbecue of choice. (Share your favorite barbecue restaurant: facebook.com/travelermag.) Siegel suggests barbecue is so popular because it’s the “common people’s food. Everybody grew up eating some type of barbecue – whether it’s a place you went every Saturday with your family or a place you went on a trip or whether people in your family cooked it,” he said. So visitors to Charleston need to understand the passion behind barbecue
Photo Angie Mosier
A BIT LIKE POLITICS,
– among those who eat it and those who cook it. And don’t mistake barbecue for anything but pork that is cooked low and slow in a smoky pit. Siegel said visitors should look for that authenticity when seeking out a barbecue restaurant. Find those restaurants that specialize in barbecue – evidenced by their cooker out back and a menu that lets the meat stand alone as the culinary centerpiece. And, Siegel said, doesn’t discount those places off the beaten path. “Some of the most Podunk places have fantastic barbecue,” he said. Another subject of debate here in South Carolina is barbecue sauce: what kind, how much and whether to put it on while the meat is cooking. There are four types of sauces, all of which you’ll find in the state: mustard, vinegar and pepper, light tomato and heavy tomato. Mustard sauce is unique to South Carolina and originated from German immigrants who settled in the middle of the state, combining their love of mustard with a love of pork, according to the S.C. Department of Parks, Recreation & Tourism. The department of tourism also notes on its official barbecue website that vinegar and pepper sauce are popular along the coast and add some heat to the barbecue. “The acidity of the vinegar works magic with the pork. It’s also the oldest sauce, perhaps the oldest in the nation, and has been traced back hundreds of years.” The light tomato sauce is basically a vinegar and pepper sauce with ketchup added for a little sweetness. The heavy tomato is also sweet and is mostly commonly found around the United States.
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TASTY BBQ EATS
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Try some of these local barbecue favorites:
Bessinger's Barbeque 1602 Savannah Highway Charleston, SC 29407 843-556-1354 | bessingersbbq.com Fiery Ron’s Home Team BBQ 1205 Ashley River Road Charleston, SC 29407 843-225-7427 2209 Middle St. Sullivan’s Island, SC 29482 843-883-3131 www.hometeambbq.com JB's Smokeshack 3406 Maybank Highway Johns Island, SC 29455 843-557-0426 | jbssmokeshack.com Jim 'N Nick's Bar-B-Q 288 King St., Charleston, SC 29401 843-577-0406 4964 Center Pointe Drive, North Charleston, SC 29406 843-747-3800 jimnnicks.com Melvin's Legendary Bar-B-Que 925 Houston Northcutt Blvd. Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464 843-881-0549 538 Folly Road, Charleston, SC 29412 843-762-0511 melvinsbbq.com 12 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com january-march 2014
A little off the beaten path: Dukes Bar-B-Q 118 N. Railroad Ave. Ridgeville, SC 29472 843-871-6507 Scott's Bar-B-Que 2734 Hemingway Highway Hemingway, SC 29554 843-558-0134 | thescottsbbq.com Head to bbq.discoversouthcarolina.com for more about barbecue and to download the South Carolina BBQ Trail map.
Did you have some delicious barbecue while in Charleston? Share a photo and your experience with us via Facebook (facebook.com/travelermag), Twitter (@traveler_mag) or Instagram (@travelerofcharleston). Use hashtag #bestchsbbq
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How to use this magazine: You’ll find each type of tour and attraction categorized for easy reference. Many listings include a map grid locator. Find the grid location, then reference the maps on pages 62 through 67.
Charleston is known for its beauty, history and fantastic harbor. Many experienced touring companies are ready to show you a great time. WHETHER YOU’RE A HISTORY BUFF, WATER ENTHUSIAST OR SIMPLY ENJOY STROLLING THE COBBLESTONE STREETS OF CHARLESTON YOU’LL FIND PLENTY OF WAYS TO EXPLORE THE HOLY CITY. Tour historic plantation homes, learn about the city’s spooky side with a ghost tour or see Charleston from the water.
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ART & THEATER ACTIVITIES Theatre Charleston 843-813-8578 • theatrecharleston.com Theatre Charleston, a nonprofit organization comprised of the area’s leading local theaters, is dedicated to helping you easily find out what’s playing when and where. Check the website for a calendar of this season’s live productions.
The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre & Shoppe 164 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7/8) 843-WE SMILE (937-6453) charlestonmysteries.com • Featuring Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery, the family oriented Pirate Mystery Show, and the classic whodunit Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery. Live entertainment most evenings and some “beat-the-heat” matinees. Audience participation. Appetizers, desserts, beer/wine. Mystery books/gifts.
The Sound of Charleston 150 Meeting St. at Circular Congregational Church • (Map H:7) • 843-270-4903 soundofcharleston.com Come experience the unique sounds that define Charleston’s rich musical heritage -gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics & jazz -- all presented by professional artists in a live, unforgettable 75-minute concert.
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CARRIAGE TOURS Palmetto Carriage Works 8 Guignard St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-723-8145 palmettocarriage.com • Departs from The Big Red Barn every 15 to 20 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. Tours are one hour long, covering about 25 blocks of residential and historic districts. Guides are city licensed. See our ad on the inside front cover.
COMBO TOURS Carriage & Harbor Combo Tour Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: J:5/6) Palmetto Carriage • 8 Guignard St. 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 charlestonharbortours • Harbor tours depart from the Maritime Center three times daily with a 90minute live narrated sightseeing cruise aboard the 1920s style Bay Steamer – Carolina Belle. Palmetto Carriage tour departs from the Big Red Barn every 20-30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m.
Charleston is one hip city! In 2013, Travel + Leisure magazine ranked Charleston No. 7 on its list of America’s Best Cities for Hipsters. Charleston made the list for, as the magazine noted, “walking the line between old-fashioned and old-school.”
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MUSEUMS AND PARKS 42nd Annual Summerville Family YMCA Flowertown Festival April 4-6, 2014 • flowertownfestival.org 843-871-9622 • Each year the Summerville Family YMCA celebrates the passing of winter with more than 200,000 visitors and natives within the Town of Summerville’s Azalea Park. Artists, crafters, businesses, a taste of the Lowcountry’s best restaurants, a children’s jubilee, and musical performances—the festival offers something for everyone to enjoy.
Audubon Center at Beidler Forest 843-462-2150 • beidlerforest.com Francis Beidler Forest contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left in the world. See 1,000-year-old trees and native wildlife; walk the 1.75-mile boardwalk into the swamp. Tues.-Sun. 9 a.m-5 p.m. Harleyville, S.C.
Children's Museum of the Lowcountry 25 Ann St. • Charleston (Map: G:4) 843-853-8962 • explorecml.org • Nine interactive exhibits, including a two-story Medieval Castle, a pirate ship and a dedicated art room, allow your children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities through their own hands-on experiences. Tues.-Sat. 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun. Noon-5 p.m.; closed Mon.
Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Road • Charleston • (area map) • 843-852-4200 • Hours: daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m. • charlestownelanding.travel Established in the 1670, this is the birthplace of Charleston. Experiences include a museum, outdoor exhibits along the History Trail with an accompanying audio tour, cannon demonstrations and special events, an Animal Forest zoo and the “Adventure,” a reproduction 17th-century trading vessel.
Edmondston-Alston House 21 East Battery • Charleston • (Map: H:9) 843-722-7171 • middletonplace.org Built in 1825, the house is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family silver, furniture, books and paintings. Look seaward from the second floor piazza, where Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter.
Fort Sumter Tours Departs from two locations: Liberty Square, Charleston • (Map: J:5) or Patriots Point Mount Pleasant (Map: P:1) • 843-722-2628 spiritlinecruises.com • Charleston is full of history and one of its most famous claims to fame is Fort Sumter National Monument, the site where the Civil War began. The only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter. Tours include a 30-minute narrated cruise through Charleston Harbor and back plus an hour to tour the fort and its on-site museum.
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MUSEUMS AND PARKS Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: O:2) • 843-884-2727 • patriotspoint.org Home to the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, WWII's Fighting Lady. Museum includes the destroyer USS Laffey, the submarine USS Clamagore, a re-creation of a Vietnam Naval Support Base, 28 historic military aircraft, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s Museum. Free map for self-guided tours.
Town of Summerville Visitor Center • 402 N. Main St. • Summerville (Map: BB:3) • 843-873-8535 visitsummerville.com • Just 24 miles from Charleston, experience Summerville’s Southern hospitality for yourself. But please take your time and enjoy all this charming, historic town has to offer. You’ll soon find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated...this is exactly how life should be.
Sculpture in the South Summerville, SC • (843) 851.7800 www.sculptureinthesouth.info • Promoting the arts through education and a public sculpture collection. An annual event that hosts worldclass sculptors in historic Azalea Park for a weekend of sculpture displays, demonstrations, refreshments and student sculpture displays, all accompanied by local musicians takes place on May 17-18.
South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston 843-720-1990 • scaquarium.org The South Carolina Aquarium is home to more than 5,000 animals found across the state. Explore 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank or enjoy a movie in the interactive 4-D movie theater. Journey from the mountains to the sea and find family fun around every corner.
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Boone Hall Plantation
1235 Long Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: L:4) • 843-884-4371 boonehallplantation.com • One of America’s oldest plantations with more than 320 years of history. Located 8 miles north of Charleston. The “Avenue of Oaks,” nine original slave cabins, house tours and shows included in admission. Mon.-Sat. 8:30 a.m.-6:30p.m.; Sun. 1-5 p.m.
National Historic Landmark • 4300 Ashley River Road (Highway 61) • Charleston • (area map) • 843-556-6020 • middletonplace.org An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. House Museum highlights family collections; craftspeople in the stable yards re-create plantation activities. African-American focus tours, carriage rides, garden market and nursery. Open daily 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Charleston Tea Plantation 6617 Maybank Highway • Wadmalaw Island (area map) • 843-559-0383 charlestonteaplantation.com • Located on beautiful Wadmalaw Island 25 miles from downtown Charleston. Visitors can experience how tea is planted, grown, nurtured and harvested from the raw leaf to finished black tea – made possible by the farm’s thousands of historic tea bushes.
For the third year in a row, Charleston was named the best U.S. city by Condé Nast Traveler readers in 2013. Readers highlighted nearby beaches and impressive architecture as reasons for Charleston to top the list. Charleston came in at No. 5 on the list of 25 best cities in the world.
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Pineapple fountain is located at Charleston's Waterfront Park.
Step back in time with a visit to Charles Towne Landing Pay homage to the people who helped Charleston get its start with a visit to Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site, a marshy point on the Ashley River where English settlers came in 1670 and established the Carolinas colony. With interpretive demonstrations, a self-guided history tour and interactive museum, visitors get a feel for life in the 17th century. The park – comprised of more than 660 acres – is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The park is a great spot for visitors of all ages and will satisfy a variety of interests – history, animals and the outdoors. Park highlights: ■ Adventure, a 17th-century replica trading vessel, docked at the park and available for tours. ■ Animal Forest, a 22-acre natural habitat zoo that is home to the species of animals those original settlers would have encountered in their new homeland such as bison, puma and black bear. ■ More than 80 acres of gardens and 6 miles of nature trails. ■ Interactive museum and gift shop in the Visitors Center. ■ Walking self-guided history trail, using the audio tour as your guide. Charles Towne Landing hosts a number of regular events and period demonstrations for guests to get a more intimate look at life in Colonial Charleston. Visit on the first Saturday of the month for 17th-century musket demonstrations and on the third
Saturday of the month for 17thcentury cannon demonstrations (except January). The second Saturday is a monthly theme (January is Life of a Colonist; February is Exploration & Discovery; March is Archaeology; April is Founders’ Day). Visitor 411: ■ Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. ■ Admission: $7.50 for adults; $3.75 for S.C. seniors; $3.50 ages 6-15; free for children 5 and younger. (See ad on page 18 for $2.50 off adult admission.) ■ Audio tours are available for rent for $5 per person. ■ The trails are open to bikes (bring you own; bike rentals not available). Bikes are not allowed in the Animal Forest. ■ Pets are allowed in most outdoor areas as long as they are kept under physical restraint or on a leash not longer than 6 feet. Pets are not permitted in the Animal Forest.
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40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-722-TOUR • bulldogtours.com As seen on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” this walking tour company will have you exhilarated and entertained. Choose from four tours: Ghost & Graveyard, The Dark Side of Charleston, Ghost Dungeon and Haunted Jail Tour.
Charleston Strolls Walk With History Departs from Mills House Hotel (corner of Meeting & Queen) • 843-766-2080 charlestonstrolls.com • Featured in The New York Times, this two-hour tour is the best way to see Charleston’s Historic District. Famous landmarks, historic highlights, antebellum mansions, quaint alleys and hidden gardens. Everyday at 10 a.m. Requires reservation.
Culinary Tours Of Charleston 40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-727-1100 • culinarytoursofcharleston.com Walk, talk and taste your way through Charleston while experiencing history through Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great restaurants. Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops.
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8 Guignard St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-628-3053 palmettotours.com • Explore Charleston’s history and beauty. Four tours: Slave History, Charleston and the Civil War, Historic Charleston and Historic Homes & Architecture. All tours include entry into famous historical sites. Receive four hours of parking with any tour.
Yorktown Ghost Tours 40 Patriots Point Road • Mount Pleasant (Map: O:2) • 843-277-0577 yorktownghosttours.com • Guided tour explores the unexplained mysteries of this WWII aircraft carrier. Hear stories of sacrifice and devastation as this tour ventures into areas normally restricted to the public. Learn of the strange activity that has been documented by Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters.”
The movie "The Patriot" (2000) was ﬁlmed in Charleston. A portion of the movie, starring Mel Gibson, was ﬁlmed at Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner. Additional movies have used the swamp and gardens as a backdrop, including "Cold Mountain," "Swamp Thing" and "The Notebook."
Grab your camera for a stroll along Charleston's Battery where beautiful, historic homes line the street.
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WATER TOURS Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms Marina • (Map: N:6) 843-886-5000 • nature-tours.com • Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve. Travel the salt marsh creeks, see dolphins and wildlife up close, explore the “boneyard beach” and walk inland trails. Morning and sunset eco-tours, creek fishing, crabbing, kayaking or beach-side cookouts.
Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Maritime Center. • 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map: J:5/6) • 888-224-5037 or 843-722-1112 • charlestonharbortours.com Board the Carolina Belle for Charleston’s only live narrated harbor history tour. Relax and enjoy a beverage from the snack bar as the captain details the forts and landmarks that shaped Charleston’s historic harbor. Private charters and group dinner cruises available.
Dolphins of Charleston 1 Shrimp Boat Lane • Mount Pleasant (Pick-up at RB’s Restaurant on Shem Creek) • (Map: O:2) 843-608-4303 • dolphinsofcharleston.com Experience dolphins up close and personal in the historic Charleston Harbor and rivers. Watch as they play in their natural environment in beautiful estuaries where huge pods of them feed off the local shrimp boats. $30 per person with close up action guaranteed or your trip is free.
Schooner Pride – Charleston’s Tall Ship 360 Concord St. • Charleston • (Map: J:5) 888-245-9206 or 843-722-1112 schoonerpride.com • Marvel at the Holy City skyline while sailing by the forts where history was made. See dolphins playing and experience a Charleston sunset. Take an afternoon dolphin sail or a sunset sail; available for private charters. Combo tour available.
SpiritLine Charleston Harbor Tour Departs from two locations: Aquarium Wharf, Charleston • (Map: J:5) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant • (Map: O:2) • 843-722-2628 spiritlinecruises.com • The 90-minute cruise passes by Charleston’s famous Battery, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie.
In between visits to Charleston, stay connected to the Holy City through our social media. Find us on Facebook (facebook.com/travelermag), on Twitter (twitter.com/traveler_mag) and on Pinterest (pinterest.com/travelermag).
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Summerville: Tastes like sweet tea BY HOLLY FISHER
IT DOESN’T GET MUCH more Southern than a glass of iced tea. But what you might not realize is that the very glass of tea you love has its roots right here in the Charleston area – in the town of Summerville, to be precise. Now the town is celebrating its tea history with the Sweet Tea Trail. The tea plant (Camellia Sinensis) arrived in Summerville in the late 1700s imported by Andre Michaux, a French explorer and botanist. In 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard was the first to successfully propagate and produce tea for consumption when he acquired 600 acres in Summerville and established the Pinehurst Tea Plantation. Dr. Shepard produced award-winning teas until his death in 1915. His plantation was then closed until 1963 when Lipton paid to have the surviving tea plants at Pinehurst relocated to its experimental tea farm on Wadmalaw Island. That experimental tea farm – owned by Bigelow and run by professional tea maker William Barclay Hall – is now the Charleston Tea Plantation. Every Camellia Sinensis plant growing at the Charleston Tea Plantation is a direct descendant of Shepard’s 1888 crop. 28 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com january-march 2014
Learn more about Summerville’s tea roots ... Sweet Tea Trolley Tour: Visitors can board a trolley for a 90-minute guided tour through the back roads of Summerville to see historic homes and a glimpse of where tea first started. Guests also tour Historic Linwood Gardens, named one of the Top 10 Garden Inns in the world by BedandBreakfast.com. For tour times and tickets, visit lowcountryloop.com. Good Eats on the Sweet Tea Trail: Summerville resident and nationally known storyteller Tim Lowry takes guests on an entertaining tour of Summerville with stops at restaurants and bakeries for such Southern delicacies as sweet tea cupcakes and sweet tea pecan pie. For tour times and tickets, visit lowcountryloop.com.
Tina Zimmerman, coordinator of tourism in Summerville, said she’s trying to give visitors a truly unique experience. She’s established a variety of tours and opportunities for visitors to explore Summerville’s historic and shopping districts as well as a garden district with a self-guided walking tour and a stop at Azalea Park with its original sculptures and early spring blooms. Visitors headed to Charleston can stop off in Summerville, spend the day exploring the quaint town square, dining in local restaurants and taking a tour of the town’s historic spots before heading down Highway 61 past the plantations and into Charleston.
More Summerville Highlights: Flowertown Festival – Put on by the Summerville YMCA, this annual festival is set for April 4-6 in Summerville’s Azalea Park. Consistently ranked one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society, the three-day festival features more than 200 juried artists displaying their works, food from local restaurants, children’s activities and more. Admission and parking are free. Plus, this time of year Azalea Park is awash in color thanks to the pink azaleas, purple wisteria and white dogwoods. Info: flowertownfestival.org Sculpture in the South: Founded in 1998, this organization promotes the arts through education and creation of an accessible public sculpturecollection. Look for its sculptures all over the town of Summerville and throughout Azalea Park, which hosts an annual weekend event with worldclass sculptors, demonstrations, student sculpture displays and more. Info: sculptureinthesouth.info january-march 2014 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com 29
All About Art From stage to sculpture, Charleston has thriving arts community BY HOLLY FISHER
THANKS TO THE ANNUAL Spoleto Festival USA, Charleston has long been on the radar for tourists interested in taking in world-class performances. But in the last decade, Charleston has experienced a surge in its arts community, making it a yearround arts destination. “There’s no excuse why if someone visits Charleston they can’t do something artsy while they’re here,” said Maggie Hendricks, executive director of the Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts, a network of 61 nonprofit visual, literary and performing arts organizations in the greater Charleston area. The alliance is a resource for its member organizations while also promoting arts in Charleston. In the fall it hosts the OPEN Arts Expo showcasing a number of local artists and kicking off the fall arts season. Hendricks, who grew up in Charleston, said there have always been arts opportunities but now there are so many it’s hard to keep up. The alliance recently conducted an internal study to gauge the artistic vitality of the region and discovered about half of all the organizations that exist now started in the last decade. “It has just grown tremendously,” she said. And much of that growth has been in the way of smaller theaters and galleries, giving visitors plenty of great “off the beaten path options.”
Emily Wilhoit, executive director of League of Charleston Theatres, said about half of her organization’s 14 theater members started in the last few years. The growth has been diverse and each theater tends to have a specialty area whether it’s comedy, drama or musicals as well as children’s theater and murder mysteries. “We pretty much have everything,” Wilhoit said. Lese Corrigan, owner of Corrigan Gallery, has been running galleries in Charleston for more than 25 years. She’s approached almost weekly by someone wanting to open a gallery in Charleston or by artists who want to show their work here. She credits the Charleston Fine Art Dealers’ Association with bringing more attention to Charleston’s artistic community. Founded 15 years ago, gallery owners founded the organization as a way to promote Charleston as a fine art destination. It hosts large events in the summer and fall while also raising money for school art programs. january-march 2014 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com 33
STOP AND SEE This is just a sampling of some of the great places to visit while in town:
Charleston Artist Guild 160 East Bay St., Charleston 843-722-2454 charlestonartistguild.com About 600 different artists rotate through this gallery. They also take turns working in the gallery so it’s a great opportunity to interact with artists and talk about their work. City Gallery at Waterfront Park 34 Prioleau St., Unit A, Charleston 843-958-6484 citygalleryatwaterfrontpark.com A collection of contemporary art from local, regional, national and international artists; free admission. The Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art at the College of Charleston (free admission) 161 Calhoun St., Charleston 843-953-4422 | halsey.cofc.edu Hosts between five and seven exhibitions per year, highlighting adventurous contemporary art by emerging and mid-career artists of national stature. Gibbes Museum of Art 135 Meeting St., Charleston 843-722-2706 | gibbesmuseum.org Changing exhibits, special events and tours. The Black Fedora 161 Church St., Charleston 843-937-6453 |charlestonmysteries.com Comedy mystery theater and family friendly shows. Charleston Symphony Orchestra 843-723-7528 | charlestonsymphony.com Charleston Stage 135 Church St. | 843-577-7183| charlestonstage.com Charleston Stage produces more than 120 performances each season and plays to more than 40,000 patrons annually. Performances are in the historic Dock Street Theatre. 34 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com january-march 2014
Flowertown Players 133 South Main St., Summerville 843-875-9251 | flowertownplayers.org Community theater performed in the heart of downtown Summerville. Footlight Players 20 Queen St., Charleston 843-722-4487 |footlightplayers.net Community theater performed in an old cotton warehouse. Midtown Productions 915 Folly Road, Suite F, Charleston 843-795-2223 midtownproductions.org Live theater plus classes for adults and children. Opening in February, the new Midtown Cabaret Theatre, Charleston’s first “green theatre,” on Azalea Drive in North Charleston. PURE Theatre 477 King St., Charleston 843-723-4444 | puretheatre.org Contemporary theater featuring professional actors. South of Broadway Theatre Co. 1080 E. Montague Ave., North Charleston | 843-745-0317 southofbroadway.com Broadway-quality theater in North Charleston’s Park Circle area. The Village Repertory Co. 34 Woolfe St, Charleston | 843-856-1579 woolfestreetplayhouse.com Nonprofit professional theatre company, producing drama, comedy and musicals with a special emphasis on the finest plays of the 20th century.
Resources for shows, exhibitions and more: ■ Charleston Regional Alliance for the Arts | artscharleston.org ■ City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs | charlestonarts.org ■ League of Charleston Theatres | theatrecharleston.com ■ S.C. Arts Commission | scartshub.com
NOTABLE ARTISTS FROM CHARLESTON Elizabeth O'Neill Verner achieved an international reputation for her etchings and pastels, many of which are drawings of South Carolina residences, churches and street-life portraits. (southcarolinaarts.com) Marjory Wentworth is the poet laureate of South Carolina. Her poems have appeared in numerous books, magazines, and anthologies. (marjorywentworth.net) Master blacksmith Philip Simmons was the most celebrated of Charleston ironworkers of the 20th century. Simmons fashioned more than 500 pieces of ornamental wrought iron, including gates, fences, balconies and window grills. Look for his handiwork all over Charleston. (philipsimmons.us)
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Charleston was founded in the late 1600s as a port city, and it has remained a thriving place to buy goods ever since! Buy local and enjoy the rewards.
About Charleston On the second Sunday of each month, King Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Queen Street North to Calhoun Street for 2nd Sunday on King. Enjoy shopping and restaurant specials.
WHETHER YOU’RE SHOPPING FOR SOUVENIRS, A DRESS FOR DINNER OR A BOX OF BENNE WAFERS, YOU’LL FIND JUST WHAT YOU WANT IN THE CITY’S MANY RETAIL OUTLETS. The Charleston peninsula has boutiques, national retailers and a market full of Southern charm.
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SHOPPING Charleston Winery 63 S. Market St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-576-4772 charlestonwines.com • Daily wine tastings, unique gifts and accessories. Citrus and berry wines are made from 100% pure Florida citrus fruits and berries and natural ingredients. Wines have won 200+ medals at national and international wine competitions. See coupon in ad.
Citadel Mall West Ashley on Sam Rittenberg & I-526 (area map) • 843-766-8511 • citadelmall.net Home to favorite stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, Target and JCPenney, as well as American Eagle, The Limited, King Street Grille, LOFT, Palmetto Moon, Victoria’s Secret, Sesame Burgers and Beer, Citadel Stadium 16 IMAX Theater and an indoor play area.
Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 84 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7/8) 843-853-0103 • dacubasjewelry.citymax.com Nestled in the heart of Charleston, Dacuba’s is a unique fine jewelry store with a wonderful selection of sterling silver and 14kt gold jewelry. Its classic Charleston “Southern Gate” collection is fashioned after the wrought-iron work seen throughout this historical city.
Northwoods Mall North Charleston on Ashley Phosphate & I-26 (Map: R:3) • 843-797-3060 shopnorthwoodsmall.com • Home to favorite stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, and the Lowcountry’s only Sephora, Hollister Co. and Hot Topic. Also 20 eateries, including King Street Grille, Jason’s Deli, Olive Garden, O’Charleys, an indoor play area and a 13-screen stadium theater.
Nice Ice Fine Jewelry 145 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) 843-577-7029 • Exclusive boutique to such renowned designers as Slane & Slane, Charriol, Jude Frances, Philip Stein Watches, Marco Bicego, Dominique Cohen and Bellarri. Offers an extensive and unique collection of fine jewelry, engagement rings and pearls. See ad inside back cover.
Palmettoville 51 S. Market St. Shops at French Quarter (Map: H:7) • Assortment of sunglasses, postcards, handmade soaps and lotions, shot glasses, hand-painted tee towels, slap watches, local images, hats and wide selection of Charleston T-shirts for adults and children, produced locally by our family for more than 30 years.
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Your guide to shopping in and around Charleston DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON Spend the day walking King Street with its clothing boutiques, shoe stores, gift shops and more. Start near Charleston Place Hotel and head toward Calhoun Street for a wide selection of local boutiques, gift shops and national retailers. If you’re in the market for rare finds, make your way down Lower King Street (south of Market Street), the city’s antique district. The City Market stretches from Meeting Street to East Bay Street and is home to more than 100 vendors – plus dozens of businesses and restaurants line Market Street on either side of the City Market shed. This is a great spot to pick up souvenirs, sweetgrass baskets, artwork and jewelry. SUMMERVILLE Summerville’s Town Square is filled with local boutiques and shops, including 12 antique stores, a children’s book store and one of the top 10 quilt shops in the country. MOUNT PLEASANT ■ Towne Centre on U.S. Highway 17 is home to national retailers plus several local boutiques, including Palmetto Moon, Hairy Winston Pet Boutique, Teal, Francesca’s Collection and Chucktown Chicks. mtpleasanttownecentre.com
■ Belle Hall Shopping Center is located on Long Point Road ( just off Interstate 526). Stop by Wonder Works for a large selection of children’s toys and gifts or visit Princess of Tides for costumes and tutus. Carolina Girls carries gift items, jewelry and stationery. The Coastal Cupboard has a large selection of specialty food items and cookware. shopbellehall.com WEST ASHLEY Citadel Mall, located off Interstate 526 and Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, includes mostly national retailers like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, Target and JCPenney plus an IMAX Theater. citadelmall.net NORTH CHARLESTON ■ Northwoods Mall on Rivers Avenue has more than 120 stores, including Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, Palmetto Moon, Books-a-Million and Bath & Body Works. shopnorthwoodsmall.com ■ Tanger Outlets has dozens of nationally known retailers offering apparel for adults and children, shoes, accessories, housewares and jewelry. Tanger is easily accessible from both Interstates 526 and 26. tangeroutlet.com/charleston
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SHOPPING Summerville, South Carolina 402 N. Main St. • Summerville • (Map: BB:3) 843-873-8535 • visitsummerville.com Summerville is just 24 miles outside Charleston, making it the perfect day trip. Great shopping and dining establishments add to Summerville’s character. Variety of accommodations available (including bed and breakfasts and inns). Follow the “Sweet Tea Trail.”
Tom’s Toys LLC 125 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) Kapla is a unique wooden building toy composed of identical blocks. Children put one block on top of the other and let their imagination run free, creating all kinds of animals, buildings, vehicles and bridges. Suitable for children of all ages.
Terrace Oaks Antique Mall 2037 Maybank Highway • James Island (area map) • 843-795-9689 • Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. terraceoaksantiques.com A leader in the Charleston area for multidealer antique shops since 1988. The 10,000-squarefoot, climate-controlled shop houses 90+ booths with all different tastes and styles. When it comes to antiques, they have just about anything your heart desires.
Town of Mount Pleasant Mount Pleasant is not your average place to visit. Filled with an array of restaurants, taverns, activities and accommodations, the vacation you’re anticipating will be more than just a trip from home; it will be an experience of indescribable magic and warmth.
Charleston’s French Quarter is home to some 30 art galleries – all within walking distance of each other. The designated area is bordered by South Market, Tradd and Meeting streets and the waterfront. frenchquarterarts.com
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Landmarks of Charleston Charleston has so many incredible sights to see, places to visit and beauty to behold, it can be downright overwhelming for visitors who want to soak up as much as possible during their vacation. So, we’ve put together a list of five famous landmarks. This is just a sampling, so for even more Charleston landmarks, head to our website at travelerofcharleston.com/landmarks.
1. Angel Oak Park – For centuries, the Angel Oak on Johns Island has grown up to 65 feet and its canopy of branches spans 17,000 square feet. The tree is located in a public park owned by the City of Charleston.
3. Fort Sumter – Learn about the pivotal role of Fort Sumter during the Civil War at an on-site museum with exhibits and artifacts. The North and South erupted in civil war on April 12, 1861, when Confederate artillery opened fire on this Federal fort in Charleston Harbor. SpirtLine Cruises provides boat rides to and from Fort Sumter.
2. Dock Street Theater – This theater at 135 Church St. in downtown Charleston opened on Feb. 12, 1736, with a performance of “The Recruiting Officer.” It was the first building in America built exclusively to be used for theatrical performances. The theater underwent a $19 million renovation by the City of Charleston, reopening in March 2010.
4. H.L. Hunley – Lt. George Dixon and his crew boarded an experimental vessel that was to become the first successful submarine in world history, with a mission to sink an enemy ship, the USS Housatonic. The mission was successful but the submarine sank. The Hunley was recovered from the ocean floor in August 2000. 5. Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon Located at 122 East Bay St., this historic structure has been a customs house, mercantile exchange, military prison and post office. In 1790, the State Legislature met here to ratify the new state Constitution.
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Eat + Drink
Charlestonâ€™s diverse culinary scene is amazing. Innovative chefs and their dishes will dazzle the taste buds and warm the heart. Charleston has great taste!
About Charleston Don't miss the Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 6-9 at venues and restaurants all around the city.
TRUST US, YOU WONâ€™T LEAVE CHARLESTON HUNGRY. In fact you might spend half your vacation simply deciding which delectable restaurant to try next. Our city has world-class chefs cooking up plates filled with Southern goodness. Our desserts are claiming national recognition.
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FINE DINING Burwell’s Stone Fire Grill 14 N. Market St • Charleston • (Map: I:7) 843-737-8700 • burwellscharleston.com A cut above everything you expect: cleaner, leaner cuts served with generous sides; sustainability and humane standards; premium proteins sourced by “our” standards; locally driven fish and seafood program; and local, seasonal sides and farm fresh salads.
Cru Cafe´ 18 Pinckney St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-534-2434 • crucafe.com • In an 18th-century home on Pinckney Street, Charlestonians sip mint julep tea on the porch and dine on upscale comfort food at John Zucker’s Cru Cafe. “Do it right and use the best possible ingredients” is his mantra. Lunch and dinner.
SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Departs from 40 Patriots Point Road Mount Pleasant • (Map: O:2) • 843-722-2628 spiritlinecruises.com • The SpiritLine Dinner Cruise aboard the Spirit of Carolina features fine cuisine prepared to order onboard, entertainment, dancing, fully stocked bar and a magnificent cruise on Charleston Harbor. Call for reservations.
Middleton Place Restaurant 4300 Ashley River Road • Charleston (area map) • 843-556-6020 • middletonplace.org Savor Lowcountry cuisine while taking in views of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. For lunch, visitors enjoy a three-course, prix fixe menu. Lunch served daily. Dinner guests pay no admission after 5:30 p.m. and can stroll through the gardens prior to dinner.
Seafood Season: What’s Available in Winter ■ Vermilion snapper ■ Clams ■ Oysters ■ Blue crab ■ Triggerﬁsh ■ Swordﬁsh ■ Shad ■ Striped Bass ■ Black Sea Bass ■ King & Spanish Mackerel ■ Amerjack Source: scaquarium.org/ssi
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Have dinner on the harbor with SpiritLine Cruises Charleston has some incredible water views. Charleston has some delicious food. So combining the two is a perfect way to wrap up a day of touring plantations and strolling cobblestone streets.
Join SpiritLine Cruises for dinner on the Charleston Harbor. Guests board the Spirit of Carolina from Patriots Points in Mount Pleasant. The Spirit of Carolina has two large enclosed dining decks where guests have dinner before heading to the open-air observation deck for a cocktail and views of the Charleston skyline, USS Yorktown and the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River. Dinner cruise guests enjoy a threeor four-course meal, prepared to order. Plus, thereâ€™s live entertainment, a dance floor and full-service bars. Bring a group of friends or request a private table for two for a romantic night out. SpiritLine Cruises has been entertaining locals and visitors for more than 50 years. The family owned company has hosted more than 12 million passengers on more than 100,000 Charleston boat tours and events. So put on your dancing shoes, grab your camera and get ready for a memorable night on the water.
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It’s oyster season in Charleston
Quick, check the calendar. If there’s an “R” in the month, then it’s time to grab your favorite oyster knife and head to a Charleston oyster roast. Whether it’s a birthday party, a fundraiser or just a Friday night, Charlestonians love to attend an oyster roast.
In the beginning … When the water temperature reaches 70 degrees or greater, oysters begin to spawn. In South Carolina, spawning is most intense in the summer but usually runs April to October. The sperm and eggs are released directly into the water and free-swimming larvae develop in about 24 hours. After about three weeks, the larvae settle on the bottom in search of a hard, clean surface for permanent attachment. They seem to prefer to settle on other oysters shells so often you’ll see where used oysters shells are purposely planted to attract oyster larvae. Storing oysters After three years, oysters are large enough for harvesting. Once harvested, live oysters should be stored in the refrigerator at 35-40 degrees and they will keep for several days. Shucked oysters should be light grey in color with clear liquid. If you store shucked oysters in their own liquid and packed on ice in a refrigerator, they will last for about a week. A bushel of oysters Individuals may harvest oysters for personal use, but only in authorized areas – usually private grounds or public oyster grounds maintained by the state Department of Natural Resources. Oysters may not be harvested between May 15 and Sept. 1, and a S.C. Marine Recreational Fisheries Stamp is required for recreational harvesting. There is a limit of two bushels of oysters per person, per day. A bushel is about 50 pounds. 50 TRAVELER ofCharleston.com january-march 2014
Oyster eatin’ – If you’ve been invited to an oyster roast, it’s customary to bring your own oyster knife to pry the shells apart. The Charleston Shucker Co. produces engraved, high quality oyster knives. Check them out at charlestonshuckerco.com. It’s also advised to bring oyster gloves (leather or heavy cotton work well) to protect your hands while using the sharp oyster knife. OK, now that you have your knife and gloves, you’re ready to scoop that oyster from its shell and eat up. Many people like their oysters with a cocktail sauce, lemon or saltine crackers.
Try out what you’ve learned at the world’s largest oyster festival. The 31st annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival is Jan. 26 at Boone Hall Plantation. Highlights include the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests as well as live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a food court showcasing a variety of local restaurants. charlestonrestaurantassociation.com 843-577-4030 Source: South Carolina Department of Natural Resources
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CASUAL DINING A.W. Shuck’s
FREE Appetizer w/ Purchase of 2 Entrees! up to $10.99 value Not Valid w/other Offers - Traveler Magazine
Great Italian Food Family Friendly Atmosphere 428 King Street & John Downtown Charleston 843-965-5252
35 South Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-723-1151 • a-w-shucks.com A.W. Shucks’ menu is inspired by classic Charleston Tradition with stuffed shrimp, the Lowcountry’s best she-crab soup, and seafood casserole that’s a legend among locals. Plus, an extensive selection of craft beers. Lunch and dinner served daily beginning at 11 a.m.
Bocci’s 158 Church St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-720-2121 boccis.com • USA Today mentioned Bocci’s as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the United States. Featuring full Italian fare at affordable prices, this family restaurant brings everything that is right about Italian food to the table. Open for dinner only.
Charleston Crab House 41 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: H:7) 843-853-2900 • 145 Wappoo Creek Drive James Island • 843-762-4507 charlestoncrabhouse.com • Serving lunch and dinner daily. Celebrating 20 years, the Charleston Crab House serves fresh local seafood including S.C. shrimp year-round. A favorite for locals and visitors with roof-top dining downtown.
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East Bay Deli
334 East Bay St. • Charleston • (Map: I:5) 843-216-5473 • 1120 Oakland Market Road Mount Pleasant • (Map: L:5) • 843-216-5473 9135 University Blvd. • North Charleston 843-553-7374 • 4405 Dorchester Road North Charleston • (Map: W:4) • 843-747-1235 New York-style deli using only quality products such as Thumann’s deli meats and Hebrew National deli dogs. The varied menu comes with many options: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds and desserts.
428 King St. (Corner of King & John streets) Charleston • (Map: F/G:4) • 843-965-5252 Menu features soups, salads, Parmesan sandwiches, pizza, pastas, desserts and a full liquor, wine and beer bar. The restaurant provides a laid-back and cozy atmosphere that is family friendly. See coupon in ad.
Hyman’s Seafood 215 Meeting St. • Charleston • (Map: G:7) 843-723-6000 • hymanseafood.com Voted No. 1 seafood restaurant in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine nine years in a row. Lunch and dinner served daily. Parking and back entrance from Charleston Place. No reservations; come early to avoid the wait. See coupon in ad.
Benne Wafers are a uniquely Lowcountry snack. Dating back to Colonial times, the wafers came to America from East Africa during the slave trade era. “Benne” is the Bantu word for “sesame.”
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Tommy Condon’s 160 Church St. • (Map: H:7) • 843-577-3818 tommycondons.com • Have you ever been in an authentic Irish pub and restaurant? Tucked away on Church Street, just a half block off Charleston’s historic Market, is Tommy Condon’s, a pub that will delight your soul. Serving lunch and dinner daily.
No Southern meal is complete without fried okra.
Recipe: BBQ Sauces
South Carolinians are passionate about their barbecue and almost equally as passionate about their sauce of choice. You’ll ﬁnd four barbecue sauces served around the state. And when you get back home, try making your own. Recipes courtesy of SavorSouthCarolina.com.
TOMATO BARBECUE SAUCE
MUSTARD BARBECUE SAUCE
INGREDIENTS: 2 tablespoons brown sugar 1 tablespoon dry mustard 1 tablespoon celery salt 1 tablespoon cayenne 1 tablespoon pepper 1 tablespoon paprika 2 tablespoon cornstarch ½ teaspoon allspice 4 cups tomato juice 1 /2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 cup white vinegar 1 tablespoon grated onion PREPARATION: Combine all ingredients in a small pot and stir until well mixed. Cook over low heat for 2 hours.
South Carolina mustard barbecue sauce can be traced to German settlers in the 18th century. INGREDIENTS: 4 cups yellow mustard (two 20-ounce bottles of French's mustard should do the trick) 8 ounces of beer (less for thicker sauce, more for thinner sauce) ½ cup apple cider vinegar 8 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 cup tomato puree 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce 1 tablespoon cayenne 1 tablespoon fresh cracked black pepper 2 teaspoons salt 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic powder PREPARATION: Heat all ingredients in a sauce pan over medium heat and mix well. Cook until sauce just begins to thicken. Serve cool or warm. The sauce will last in the refrigerator for a long time. Makes about 6 cups.
CAROLINA RED BARBECUE SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 1 ½ cup apple cider vinegar ½ cup ketchup 1 tablespoon (packed) brown sugar 1 teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon dried crushed red pepper PREPARATION: To diminish tartness, add additional ketchup and brown sugar to taste. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Stir until sugar and salt dissolve. This sauce can be prepared as many as 2-3 days in advance. Cover and refrigerate. Makes about 2 cups.
VINEGAR & PEPPER BARBECUE SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 3 cups apple cider vinegar 1/4 cup red pepper ﬂakes 1/4 cup ground black pepper 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup ketchup 2 tablespoon dark brown sugar PREPARATION: In a saucepan, stir together the vinegar, red pepper ﬂakes, pepper and salt. Bring to a boil. Stir in the ketchup and brown sugar. Reduce heat to low, and simmer for 30 minutes.
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Calendar of Events january – march 2014 Middleton Plantation Walks JANUARY Through 1/18
“Penelope” – On a sun-scorched island off the coast of Greece, beautiful Penelope awaits the return of her husband from war. Beneath her window, four Speedo-clad men camp in an empty swimming pool in a competition to win Penelope’s love. PURE Theatre. puretheatre.org | 843-723-4444
Photography and the American Civil War – More than 200 of the ﬁnest photographs of the American Civil War have been brought together for this landmark exhibition at the Gibbes Museum of the Art. gibbesmuseum.org 843-722-2706
Charleston Restaurant Week – Restaurants all over the Charleston area offer preﬁxe menus of three items for $20, $30 or $40. charlestonrestaurantassociation.com 843-577-4030
Oysters on the Point – Music and oysters from 2-6 p.m. at Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina in Mount Pleasant. charlestonharborresort.com
The Medal of Honor Bowl – All-star game featuring some of the nation's top draft eligible college football players at The Citadel’s Johnson Hagood Stadium. mohbowl.com
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“Shirley Valentine” – When her best friend wins a trip for two to Greece, Shirley Valentine she packs her bags, leaves a note on the cupboard and heads out for rest and relaxation. What she ﬁnds is a new awareness of who she is. Midtown Productions. midtownproductions.org | 843-795-2223
17, 18, “Rent” – Set in the East Village of New York City, “Rent” is about falling in love, 19, 23, ﬁnding your voice and living for today. Flowertown Players. ﬂowertownplayers.org 24, 25, 843-875-9251 26, 30, 31 and 2/1, 2 17-2/8
“Arcadia” – Hailed as one of the best plays of the last century and has been called the “perfect blend of brains and emotion, wit and heartache” by The New York Times. The Village Repertory Co. woolfestreetplayhouse.com | 843-856-1579
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“Piano Man and the Diva” – South of Broadway Theatre Co. features Mary Gould and pianist/singer/arranger William R. Lewis, who will bring a new look to “classical” musicians with their mayhem and magic. southofbroadway.com | 843-745-0317
31st annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival – Join in the world’s largest oyster festival at Boone Hall Plantation and has been named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society. Highlights include the oyster shucking and oyster eating contests as well as live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a food court showcasing a variety of local restaurants. charlestonrestaurantassociation.com | 843-577-4030
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4th annual Braise & Brew – Three-hour feast of six braised dishes paired with six winter seasonal brews from Holy City Brewery at Middleton Place Restaurant. middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020
31 and 2/1, 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16
“Deathtrap” – Dealing with the devious machinations of a writer of thrillers whose recent offerings have been ﬂops, and who is prepared to go to any lengths to improve his fortunes, it provides twists and turns and sudden shocks in such abundance that audiences will be held spellbound until the very last moment. Footlight Players. footlightplayers.net | 843-722-4487
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Gourmet & Grapes – A weekend-long culinary event at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort that brings together renowned chefs and winemakers to raise money for cancer research. gourmetandgrapes.com | 843-768-6000
“Russian Transport” – A comedy-turned-thriller about a rowdy Russian family in Sheepshead Bay, Brooklyn, that is on a daily hustle to achieve the American Dream. PURE Theatre. puretheatre.org | 843-723-4444
13, 14, “Betrayal” – With South of Broadway Theatre Co., take a look into the lives of two 15, 16, 17, couples through 11 years. southofbroadway.com | 843-745-0317 20, 21, 22 14-16
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition – Conservationists and nature enthusiasts come from all over the country for this three-day celebration of art, animal demonstrations, environmental education and culinary events featuring wild game. sewe.com | 843-723-1748
A 1790 Venetian Carnival – Children’s event complete with masks and Baroque music at Memminger Auditorium in downtown Charleston. chambermusiccharleston.org | 843-763-4941
Charleston Wine + Food Festival – Enjoy the ﬂavors of Charleston’s culinary scene and renowned culture at numerous events featuring outstanding chefs from around the country as well as pastry chefs, authors, beverage professionals and food writers. The event also beneﬁts scholarship programs for the culinary and hospitality workplace. The festival has been praised as one of the top ﬁve food and wine festivals in the U.S. by Forbes Traveler. charlestonwineandfood.com | 843-727-9998
Eighth annual Friendship Cup – A two-man tournament for male amateur players at the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. Guests may purchase a non-golfer package and attend all nightly activities. kiawahresortevents.com
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition
7, 8, 13 “The Sugar Bean Sisters” – An offbeat story of romance, murder and alien 14, 15, 16, abduction. Footlight Players. footlightplayers.net | 843-722-4487 20, 21, 22, 23 7-23
“The Foreigner” – When a mysterious foreigner arrives at a rural Georgia ﬁshing lodge, townspeople are soon gossiping and whispering. Charleston Stage. charlestonstage.com | 843-577-7183
“The Other Place” – Juliana Smithton is a successful neurologist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. Her husband has ﬁled for divorce, her daughter has eloped with a much older man and her own health is in jeopardy. But nothing is as it seems. The Village Repertory Co. woolfestreetplayhouse.com | 843-856-1579
Teddy Bear Picnic – Free afternoon event for children and families in Hampton Park with entertainment and children’s activities. charlestonparksconservancy.org.
Kiawah National Pro-Am – Teams of three amateurs and one PGA club professional compete in a four-man best ball format at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. kiawahresortevents.com | 800-654-2924
13, 14, “The Playboy of the Western World” – First produced in 1907, it is now considered 15, 16, 20, a masterpiece of poetic drama. southofbroadway.com | 843-745-0317 21, 22, 23, 24, 27, 28, 29 14-15
Charleston Tells Storytelling Festival – Gather round to hear from the best local, regional and national storytellers as they celebrate this art form and the Lowcountry’s storytelling heritage. Events are at Wragg Square on Meeting Street in downtown Charleston. ccpl.org/charlestontells | 843-805-6930
St. Patrick’s Day Celebration – Don your green and participate in a St. Patrick's Day parade, Irish ﬂag-raising, corned beef-cabbage feasts and live Irish entertainment in downtown Charleston. scirish.org | 843-556-3578
Charleston Fashion Week – Showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast, this annual event has become one of the premier fashion weeks in North America. Pack the tents in Marion Square in the heart of Charleston for more than 35 runway shows, the Emerging Designer Competition: East, the Spring Bridal Show, and the Rock the Runway Model Competition. charlestonmag.com/fashionweek | 843-971-9811
67th annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens – Explore the city’s old and historic district in a series of tours showcasing Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. historiccharleston.org | 843-722-3405
11th annual Charleston International Antiques Show – A must-see for collectors and enthusiasts interested in learning about incorporating antiques into modernday deco. The Antiques Show is a showcase of English, European and American period furnishings, decorative arts and ﬁne art, architectural elements, garden furniture, vintage jewelry and silver dating from the late 17th to 20th centuries. historiccharleston.org
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CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Charleston Wine + Food Festival
Second annual Spring Jam Music Fest – A full day live music presented by The Bridge at Brittlebank Park. springjammusicfest.com
Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament – A tournament featuring some of the top women’s professional tennis players at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. familycirclecup.com | 800-677-2293
ONGOING EVENTS 1/10, 24; 2/14, 28; 3/6, 12, 19, 25, 29 – The Sound of Charleston – Experience the unique sounds that deﬁne Charleston's rich musical heritage: gospel, Gershwin, music of the Civil War, light classics and jazz, all presented by professional artists in a live, 75-minute concert at Circular Congregational Church. soundofcharleston.com | 843-270-4903 Charles Towne Landing special events – The ﬁrst Saturday is musket demonstrations. The second Saturday is a monthly theme (January is Life of a Colonist; February is Exploration & Discovery; March is Archaeology; April is Founders’ Day). The third Saturday is cannon demonstrations (except January). charlestownelanding.travel | 843-852-4200 1/17 through July – Canvases for Conservation – A partnership between Guy Harvey and the South Carolina Aquarium. Embark on an artistic journey from the famous marine and wildlife artist Guy Harvey as he portrays the wildlife of South Carolina. scaquarium.org/guyharvey 2/13, 15, 18, 20, 22, 25, 27 and 3/1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, 18, 20, 22 Camellia Walks at Middleton Place – Camellia-focused guided tours begin at 11 a.m. at Garden Market & Nursery. middletonplace.org | 843-556-6020 Weekly Wine Strolls – Beginning March 12 from 6-8 p.m. each Wednesday at Middleton Place. Enjoy specially selected wines from around the world while exploring the plantation gardens. middletonplace.org | 832-556-6020 Sweet Tea Trail Trolley Tours – Begin with a history ﬁlm at Summerville Visitor's Center and then a local historian gives a one-hour guided tour on the trolley with a stop at the historic Linwood Gardens. lowcountrylooptrolley.com | 843-654-5199 Tuesdays and Thursdays Island Sip and See – Spend the day visiting Fireﬂy Distillery, Irvin~House Vineyards and the Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island via the Lowcountry Loop Trolley. Board the trolley at 9:30 a.m. at the Charleston Visitors Center or at hotels (reservations only). lowcountrylooptrolley.com | 843-654-5199 Beginning in February, the Ultimate Plantation Adventure at Boone Hall Plantation. Package includes trolley transportation, plantation tours and presentations and lunch at Boone Hall Farms. lowcountrylooptrolley.com | 843-654-5199 “Pirate Mystery Show,” a family comedy where the audience is the star at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. charlestonmysteries.com | 843-937-6453 “Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery,” a hauntingly historical, hysterical whodunit for fans of the Master Sleuth at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. charlestonmysteries.com | 843-937-6453 “Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery,” a classic comic whodunit at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. charlestonmysteries.com| 843-937-6453 2nd Sunday on King Street – On the second Sunday of each month. Street is closed to vehicular traffic from Queen Street North to Calhoun Street. 2ndsundayonkingstreet.com Third Thursdays – Head to historic downtown Summerville from 5-9 p.m. every third Thursday. Shops and restaurants will be open late and some have special promotions. summervilledream.org * Event details are subject to change. Please call ahead or check the listed website for conﬁrmation.
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Things to Love about the Lowcountry
■ Beaches in January: We’re letting you on a little secret: you can go to the beach in the winter. Yes, in the winter! Granted you might not want to wear your swimsuit, but taking a stroll on the beach on a cool morning with a cup of hot coffee is pretty great. ■ Winter blooms: Charleston plantation and gardens are blooming with winter ﬂowers like the camellia. This winter, see the Camellia japonica blooming at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens and at Middleton Place. ■ Wonder’s Way: Get a bird’s eye view of Charleston from the bike and pedestrian path on the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River. ■ Charleston Green: A color seen often on historic properties that looks more like black at ﬁrst glance. ■ Joggling boards: Spotted on historic homes throughout the area, legend goes that young couples would sit at either end and “joggle” toward each other for a special moment.
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Can’t get enough of Charleston? Check out these online extras for more Holy City happenings. Tea Plantation Learn more about the only working tea farm in America and plan your visit to this beautiful island site. http://budurl.com/2u4y
A Glass of Wine Irvin-House Vineyards produces five wines from the muscadine grapes grown on the property. Visitors can tour the vineyards and sample the wine. http://budurl.com/ysu2
Craft Beer Beer enthusiasts have more than a few places to taste a pint of beer made right here in the Holy City.
More to See & Do From oyster roasts and fashion shows and from food festivals to tennis tournaments, Charleston never slows down. Head to our website for an expanded calendar of events and then it’s the hard part: deciding which events to do.
Let’s Be Social We love connecting with Charleston visitors so join us on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. We’re here to answer questions during your visit and we’d love to hear about your favorite Charleston spots, what you did on your trip and see some of your photos.
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Charleston Area Map
Getting Around Some transportation options for getting around downtown Charleston and the surrounding areas. ■ WATER TAXI: Transports visitors from downtown Charleston (Aquarium Wharf, Waterfront Park) to Mount Pleasant (Patriots Point or Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina). Taxi runs each hour; $10 for all-day pass. No reservations needed. The Shem Creek route is available Friday and Saturday. It runs each hour from Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant to downtown Charleston. Cost is $20 round trip; call 843-330-2989 for pickup. charlestonwatertaxi.com ■ BUS: The CARTA bus system has regular routes that travel to major destinations. The DASH trolley service is available free of charge if you’re traveling around downtown Charleston. ridecarta.com | 843-724-7420 ■ LOWCOUNTRY
LOOP TROLLEY: Go from downtown Charleston to attractions in Mount Pleasant and the beaches using this hop-on/hop-off trolley. Cost is $15 for an individual roundtrip day pass. lowcountrylooptrolley.com 843-654-5199
AND PEDICABS: Available in downtown Charleston as are taxi cabs for transportation around the Lowcountry.
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Tee it up in Charleston
Charleston knows a thing or two about golf. In fact, Charleston lays claim to the ﬁrst golf club when Scottish merchants formed the S.C. Golf Club back in 1786.
Fast forward a couple hundred years and Charleston is still widely regarded as a great place to hit the links. Locals and visitors enjoy picturesque and challenging golf games on the area’s many courses. In 2012, Charleston hosted the 94th annual PGA Championship at the famed Ocean Course on Kiawah Island, making it only the fifth course to host each of The PGA of America's major championships – the Ryder Cup (1991), the Senior PGA Championship (2007) and the PGA Championship (2012). Located on the eastern-most end of Kiawah Island, The Ocean Course has more seaside holes than any other course in the Northern Hemisphere; 10 are right along the Atlantic Ocean. If golf is on your vacation agenda, check out one of these area courses: Wild Dunes on the Isle of Palms has two courses. The Wild Dunes Resort Links Course, a Tom Fazio course, has a finishing hole overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Also designed by Fazio, the Harbor Course is known for its
challenging design and views of lagoons, marshes and the Intracoastal Waterway. wilddunes.com. Located at the foot of the Cooper River Bridge in Mount Pleasant, Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor has views of Charleston, Fort Sumter, ships and Patriots Point. patriotspointlinks.com Surrounded by 300-year-old live oak trees and towering pines, Legends Oaks Golf Course in Summerville was named the 2010 South Carolina Golf Course of the Year by the Golf Course Owners Association. legendoaksgolf.com Charleston National Country Club, designed by Rees Jones and located in Mount Pleasant, is open to the public year round. It was rated by Golf Digest as the best non-resort course in the Charleston area. charlestonnationalgolf.com
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SEE + DO Audubon Center at Beidler Forest Barrier Island Eco Tours Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theater Boone Hall Plantation Bulldog Tours Charles Towne Landing Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Tea Plantation Children’s Museum Culinary Tours of Charleston Dolphins of Charleston Edmondston-Alston House Fort Sumter Tours Middleton Place Palmetto Carriage Palmetto Tours Patriots Point Maritime Museum SC Aquarium Schooner Pride Sculpture in the South SEE + DO SpiritLine Cruises Harbor Tour Summerville South Carolina Summerville YMCA Flowertown Fest The Sound of Charleston THEATRE Charleston USS Yorktown Ghost Tours
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SHOP + SAVOR Charleston Winery Citadel Mall Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry KAPLA – Tom’s Toys Nice Ice Jewelry Northwoods Mall Palmettoville SHOP + SAVOR Terrace Oaks Antique Mall The Brass Pirate Town of Mount Pleasant SC
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Nice Ice Gives has large, unique selection For Valentine’s Day, you can’t go wrong with jewelry. With an extensive inventory and a price point to fit all budgets, Nice Ice fine jewelry is the place to visit.
A downtown Charleston fixture for almost 40 years, Nice Ice offers excellent service with a smile. Owner Marilyn Hoffman travels extensively and hand picks jewelry items for the store. In addition to pearls, engagement rings and wedding bands, Nice Ice carries several unique collections. The Rudolf Friedman collection features jewelry crafted in 18-karat gold decorated by the highest quality of gemstones. Judith Ripka pieces are recognized for their distinctive 18-karat matte gold and unique interpretation of colored gemstones and rare diamonds. The Slane & Slane jewelry collection, although known for its signature sterling silver bee jewelry, they also have diamonds, freshwater pearls, colored gemstones and 18-karat gold mixed into its collection of dress-up/dressdown styles. Particularly unique is the Charriol collection. Developed by Phillippe Charriol, these pieces are a modern twist on the classic look of twisted cable designs of the ancient Celts. The pieces are made with stainless steel cable enhanced with 18-karat gold. “We carry such an in-depth inventory, anyone could find something to their liking,” Hoffman says.
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Visitor magazine for Charleston SC that features tours, attractions, shopping, dining, coupons and more.