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DEPARTMENTS 8 14 28 36 42 46 50 54 61 62

Welcome to Charleston Fun & Recreation Shopping & Retail Dining & Entertainment Art & Antiques Featured Events Calendar of Events Maps Visitor 411 Directory of Advertisers

FEATURES 9 10 20 24 31 41 44 60


Things to Love about the Lowcountry Food for the Soul America’s Only Tea Garden Experience Charleston from the Water Nice Ice Fine Jewelry Recipe: Lowcountry Boil Get Out and Explore Charleston Bloomers

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Unlike Any Other. “Boone Hall is a must see stop on any trip to Charleston.” ~ NBC Daytime Television

As seen on American Idol • Wheel of Fortune and in The Notebook • North & South

BOONE HALL PLANTATION & GARDENS America’s Most Photographed Plantation

NEW ATTRACTION! Take a journey through

BLACK HISTORY IN AMERICA Visit our website for details.

843.884.4371 1235 Long Point Road Mt. Pleasant, SC Open Every day (except Thanksgiving & Christmas)

www.boonehallplantation.com Stroll the world famous Avenue of the Oaks Explore the Gullah Culture Tour the Plantation Home Take the Plantation Coach Tour



One Regular Adult Admission


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From the Publisher...



With Charleston Restaurant Week, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival and the Charleston Wine + Food Festival coming up, we have food on our minds. I could quite possibly try a different restaurant every night of the year and still not experience all the deliciousness Charleston has to offer. So in this issue we take a look at our city’s growing reputation as a food town. While the world is now discovering all Charleston cuisine has to offer, it’s something we’ve known for quite some time because our recipe is perfect: amazing chefs, a spectacular atmosphere and a culinary history built on southern goodness.

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 they welcomed their first child last July. He enjoys fishing, kayaking, spending time with his family and is working toward earning his private pilot license.

Our official tourist season kicks off in February with the annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and runs full speed into the Cooper River Bridge Run. Spring comes early here in the Holy City so get ready for a flower show and the sweet scent of Confederate jasmine as you stroll downtown. It really is just about the perfect time of year here so you’ve picked the perfect time to visit! All the best,



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Member of: Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau; Charleston Restaurant Association; Summerville/Dorchester Chamber of Commerce.

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 Mt. 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 Heineman Design in 1992. She lives on James Island with three dogs and three cats. She loves the outdoors; is an avid golfer, cyclist and cook.

Publisher/Founder.................... Keith Simmons Editor........................................... Holly Fisher Graphic Designer...................... Heineman Design Distribution................................ Mike Derrick Distribution................................ Brian Bean Distribution................................ Debbi Farrell Cover Photo.............................. Helen Venesky

info@travelerofcharleston.com | 843-580-9054 | www.travelerofcharleston.com TRAVELER of Charleston is produced by the Traveler Communications Group, LLC, and is published four times yearly and distributed to various locations throughout the Charleston area, including all visitors centers, hotels, beach rentals, grocery stores, high-traffic areas, advertiser locations and many other points throughout the surrounding area. Concept, design and contents of TRAVELER of Charleston are copyrighted and may not be reproduced. www.travelerofcharleston.com.

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Things to Love about the Lowcountry 1. Pluff mud: That dark soft soil found in our many marshes. It sticks to your shoes and your soul. 2. Waterfront Park: Snag a spot on one of the pier swings and keep your eyes open for a dolphin sighting. 3. Azaleas: These shrubs pop with pinks and white in the spring. Sunsets on the Charleston Harbor. 4. Boiled peanuts straight out of a paper bag. 5. 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.

8. 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. 9. Sunsets on the Charleston Harbor. 10. Charleston Green: A color seen often in historic properties but looks more like black at first glance.

6. Shrimp and grits: Delicious. ‘Nuf said. 7. Morris Island Lighthouse on Folly Beach: This iconic lighthouse began operating in 1876. Save the Light is a nonprofit dedicated to preserving the lighthouse and saving it from erosion.

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Food for the Soul: Charleston a Culinary Destination Like No Other BY HOLLY FISHER


t wouldn’t be hard to eat your way through Charleston. Downtown is crammed with award-winning restaurants and chefs, top-notch Lowcountry cuisine and imaginative cocktails. If you’re visiting Charleston, buy stretchy pants.

In the last few years, the Holy City’s secret has gotten out: Charleston is a foodie town. The city is home to three James Beard award-winning chefs and just this year Husk was named the best new restaurant in the country by Bon Appétit. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival grows each year, attracting food and wine lovers, media attention and an opportunity for attendees to sample world-class cuisine. “Charleston is considered outstanding. It’s mentioned in the same sentence as San Francisco and New York,” said Holly Herrick, a Charleston food writer and author. 10

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Charleston is riding a wave of Southern cooking and heirloom food with the likes of Chef Mike Lata (FIG), Chef Sean Brock (McCrady’s and Husk) and Chef Craig Deihl (Cypress). They are combining old world and new world traditions and it’s so exciting, Herrick said. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival, going into its seventh year this March, has contributed to putting Charleston on the food map. Last year the festival attracted 19,000 people – about 40 percent of those from out of town. The festival is all about showcasing Charleston – not just the food but the city and all its attributes. “The number of food festivals continues to grow across the country. There are new ones every year. We’ve tried to find a niche for ourselves,” said Ashley Zink, director of communications. “Our biggest asset in bringing people to our festival is Charleston – you can’t find that at any other festival.”

The Charleston Wine + Food Festival is going into its seventh year this March.

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The 2012 festival is putting the spotlight on even more of Charleston’s attractions and culture. While a majority of festival events have been at Marion Square – a large park in the heart of downtown – this year’s festival is expanding to other sites, such as Fort Sumter National Monument, the South Carolina Aquarium, Lowndes Grove Plantation, several restaurants and art galleries. “It’s a great way for people to experience some of the incredible historic sites they might not otherwise see,” Zink said. Beyond the festival, visitors are coming year-round to Charleston for its cuisine and to try as many different restaurants as they can. About four years ago, Bulldog Tours owner John LaVerne expanded his history and ghost tours to add culinary tours: Savor the Flavors of Charleston Tour that focuses on Lowcountry cuisine history and how local food has evolved over the years and a Charleston Chef’s Kitchen Tour with a behind-the-scenes look into some of Charleston’s best restaurants. 12

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By the Numbers: Charleston Wine + Food Festival Top non-local states for visitation: South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Georgia, Washington, D.C., Virginia, Pennsylvania and New York. As a nonprofit organization, the festival raised $250,000 in its first six years for area charities and scholarships. Total economic impact of the 2011 festival: $7.29 million ($2 million more than 2010). In 2011, the festival recycled 5,600 pounds of cardboard, 16,000 pounds of glass, 80 pounds of cork and 380 pounds of paper. The festival has diverted 11 tons of trash from the landfill – making it Charleston’s leader in event recycling efforts. Source: Charleston Wine + Food Festival Study by the College of Charleston’s Office of Tourism Analysis

“When we first started the culinary tours four years ago, Charleston regionally was popular with foodies,” LaVerne said. “In the last couple of years, it has become a culinary destination for people all over the country.” People are coming to Charleston just because of the food, he said. “Even people who grew up in the South or Charleston are fascinated to hear what makes our cuisine so unique,” LaVerne said.

A great time to sample as many restaurants as possible – without maxing out the credit card – is during the annual Charleston Restaurant Week. Dozens of restaurants offer three-course prix fixe meals for $40, $30 and $20, depending on the caliber of the establishment. This year’s Restaurant Week is Jan. 11-22. For more information on the events mentioned in this article, check out our Featured Events and Calendar of Events listings beginning on page 46.

Much of the focus these days is on local food and the farm-to-table concept.

Photos: Charleston Wine + Food Festival

Chefs are putting their own spin and interpretation on using local foods, said Marion Sullivan, food writer and culinary program specialist at the Culinary Institute of Charleston. She also points to a new focus on craft beers and local breweries as well as spots like The Gin Joint, Social Restaurant + Wine Bar and Belmount Lounge mixing up unique selections of cocktails and wine. january-march 2012 travelerofcharleston.com


Fun & Recreation Charleston is known for its beauty, history and fantastic harbor. Many experienced touring companies are ready to show you a great time.

WHATEVER YOUR INTEREST, YOU’LL FIND PLENTY TO DO IN CHARLESTON. Learn about our aquatic life, the ghosts lurking in old buildings or explore a historic home. Put on your walking shoes, strap on your camera and get ready to experience all Charleston has to offer. The city has activities and attractions great for families, and, of course, you can’t go wrong with a walk on the beach.

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 54 through 58.


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Accomodations....................................... 16 Aquarium................................................. 16 Carriage Tours......................................... 16 Combo Tours............................................ 16 Museums & Parks.................................... 18 Plantations............................................... 21 Walking Tours.......................................... 22 Water Tours............................................... 22




Vintage Escapes of Charleston

Palmetto Carriage Works

877-346-1029 • www.vintageofchs.com Specializing in Vacation Rentals on the Isle of Palms! Let Vintage Escapes of Charleston take care of your vacation rental needs! One to seven bedroom properties are awaiting your arrival, and we look forward to hearing from you and making your next vacation a memorable experience. Mention this ad when you book with us and get a $25.00 gift certificate to one of the grocery stores near the island for your stay. Limit one card per rental party.

40 N. Market St. • (Map: H/I-5) • 843-723-8145 www.palmettocarriage.com • Charleston’s premier carriage company! We leave 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 25-30 blocks of the residential and historic district. All of our guides are citylicensed, entertaining and informative. See our ad on the inside front cover.

AQUARIUMS South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston • (Map: K-3) 843-720-1990 • www.scaquarium.org Discover jaw-dropping creatures and eye-opening exhibits at Charleston's #1 family attraction! Get up-close to a rare albino alligator; feel as if you are kayaking among the sand dwellers of a saltmarsh; try your hand at feeding stingrays; see several toothy shark species of the great ocean; touch coastal creatures in the Touch Tank; or go behind-the-scenes in the state's only Sea Turtle Hospital. Enjoy daily shows, educational programs, hands-on fun and much more for the whole family!


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COMBO TOURS Harbor & Carriage Combination Tour Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: K-4) Palmetto Carriage • 40 N. Market St. • (Map: I-5) 843-723-8145 • For tickets: www.charlestonharbortours.com • 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112. Adults $35.50, Chidren 4-11 $24 • Charleston Harbor Tours departs from the Maritime Center three times daily with a 90-minute 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 9am. The one-hour tour covers 25-30 blocks of the Historic District.

Market Hall was built in the 1830s and houses the Museum of the Confederacy.


MUSEUMS AND PARKS Audubon Center At Beidler Forest 843-462-2150 • www.beidlerforest.com The Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience! The Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left in the world. 1,000-year old trees, native wildlife abound in this untouched sanctuary. 1.75-mile boardwalk allows the chance to venture deep into the heart of the swamp. Tues-Sun, 9 a.m-5 p.m. Harleyville, S.C., I-26 W to exit 187, follow “Beidler Forest” signs.

Children’s Museum Of The Lowcountry 25 Ann St. • Charleston • (Map: G-2) 843-853-8962 • www.explorecml.org Downtown Charleston’s #1 destination for children and their families - Race boats down rapids, climb aboard our Lowcountry Pirate Ship or explore the towers of our Medieval Castle. These are experiences found only at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Eight interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and programming for children 3 months to 10 years. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 9 a.m-5 p.m and Sundays, 1 p.m-5 p.m. Closed Mondays - Admission $7 and children under 1 are free.


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Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

Fort Sumter Tours

1500 Old Towne Rd. • Charleston • (area map) 843-852-4200 • Hours: daily 9am-5pm. Web: www.charlestownelanding.travel • Charles Towne Landing is the birthplace of Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1670, this is where your visit to historic Charleston begins. Today, Charles Towne Landing SHS experiences include a museum, outdoor exhibits along the History Trail with an accompanying audio tour, cannon demonstrations and special events, the Adventure, a reproduction 17th century trading vessel, and the Animal Forest zoo. Visit their events page and website for more information.

Edmondston-Alston House 21 East Battery • Charleston • (Map: G-9) 843-722-7171 • www.middletonplace.org The stately Edmondston-Alston House was built in 1825 on Charleston’s High Battery. A witness to many dramatic events in Charleston’s history, the house is a classic example of the city’s changing and sophisticated taste in architecture and decorative arts. The house is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family silver, furniture, books and paintings that remain in place much as they have been for over a century and a half. Look seaward from the second floor piazza, where Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Departs from two locations: Liberty Square, Charleston • (Map K:3) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant (Map P:1) • 843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com • Charleston is full of history at every turn, and one of its most famous claims to fame is Fort Sumter National Monument, the site where the Civil War began. We provide the only commercial boat transportation to Fort Sumter, departing from both Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston. Tours include a 30-minute narrated cruise through Charleston Harbor and back, as well as an hour to tour the fort and its on-site museum.

Town of Summerville Visitor Center • 402 N. Main St. • Summerville (Map CC:3) • 843-873-8535 www.visitsummerville.com • It's true. Southern hospitality began in Summerville, South Carolina - just 24 miles from Charleston. We invite you to experience our original Southern hospitality for yourself. But please take your time - and enjoy all that this charming, historic town has to offer. You'll soon find yourself feeling relaxed, rejuvenated and thinking this is exactly how life should be.

Summerville's nickname is "Flowertown in the Pines."

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America’s Only Tea Garden It wouldn’t be dinnertime in the South without a tall glass of sweet tea, but what you might not know is how deep tea’s roots run right here in Charleston. Located on Wadmalaw Island, the Charleston Tea Plantation is a 127-acre working tea farm producing the tea used for the American Classic Tea brand. The plantation makes tea from the Camellia Sinensis plant, which first arrived in the United States from China in the 1700s. Early on, South Carolina struggled to grow tea, but in 1888, Dr. Charles Shepard founded a tea plantation in Summerville, not far from Charleston. Shepard produced award-winning teas at Pinehurst Tea Plantation until he died in 1915. In 1963, Shepard’s tea plants were transplanted to a potato farm on Wadmalaw Island where research on the tea plants continued. In the late 1980s, third-generation tea taster William Barclay Hall purchased the land and converted it to a commercial tea farm. The Bigelow Family purchased the plantation in 2003 and formed a partnership with Hall to continue to make American Classic Tea on the Charleston Tea Plantation. Visitors can tour the factory, learning about the history of tea as well as the production and harvesting of tea on the plantation. Take a Trolley Ride through the tea fields and then browse the gift shop for teapots, accessories and souvenirs as well as some of the American Classic Tea.

CHARLESTON TEA PLANTATION 6617 Maybank Highway Wadmalaw Island, SC 843-559-0383 charlestonteaplantation.com Hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday; noon to 4 p.m. Sunday. Closed Jan. 1.


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Boone Hall Plantation

Magnolia Plantation And Gardens

1235 Long Point Rd. • Mount Pleasant (Map: M-4) • 843-884-4371 www.boonehallplantation.com • “One of America’s Oldest Plantations,” with more than 320 years of history and heritage, is located only eight miles north of Charleston on Hwy. 17. The famous “Avenue of Oaks,” nine original slave cabins, house tours and shows are all offered for one price. Mon-Sat: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m; Sun: 1-5 p.m.

3550 Ashley River Rd. (Hwy 61) • Charleston 843-571-1266 • www.magnoliaplantation.com Open daily 8am-5:30pm • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this plantation contains one of America’s oldest gardens (c. 1680). The gardens are planted for abundant color in every season and include one of this country’s largest collections of azaleas and camellias. The house contains museum-quality early American antiques. Other features include a petting zoo, guided tours, swamp garden, gift shop, Barbados tropical garden, nature train, café and much more.

Charleston Tea Plantation 6617 Maybank Hwy. • Wadmalaw Island • 843559-0383 www.charlestonteaplantation.com The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on quiet and beautiful Wadmalaw Island, just 25 miles outside downtown Charleston. Traveling through the tranquil beauty and endless sea of green, 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 several hundred thousand historic tea bushes.

In 1886, the city was nearly destroyed by an earthquake which damaged 2,000 buildings.

Middleton Place National Historic Landmark • 4300 Ashley River Rd. (Hwy 61) • Charleston • 843-556-6020 www.middletonplace.org • An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. A tour of the House Museum highlights family collections and the Middletons’ role in American history. Explore the stable yards, where craftspeople re-create the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. African-American focus tours, carriage rides, garden market & nursery. Open daily, 9 a.m-5 p.m.

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Bulldog Tours

Culinary Tours Of Charleston

40 North Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I-5) 843-722-TOUR • www.bulldogtours.com As seen on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” this premier walking tour company will have you exhilarated and entertained at the same time. There are four tours to choose from, such as the Ghost & Graveyard, The Dark Side of Charleston, Ghost Dungeon and Haunted Jail Tour.

40 N. Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I-5) • 843727-1100 • www.culinarytoursofcharleston.com Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston and experience the history through our Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great “food finds.” Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops.

Charleston Strolls Walk With History

Holy City Tours

843-766-2080 • Charleston www.charlestonstrolls.com • As featured in The New York Times, this-two hour walking tour is the best way to see Charleston’s Historic District. Discover famous landmarks, historic highlights, antebellum mansions, quaint alleys and hidden gardens. $18 per adult. Every day at 10 a.m. Departs from the Mills House Hotel (corner of Meeting & Queen). Reservations are recommended.

843-860-6808 • Charleston www.holycitytours.com • Stroll past antebellum mansions, live oaks, and cobblestone streets during our two-hour Walk Through History tour. Experienced guides will lead patrons through this charismatic historic district and regale tour goers with stories of Charleston’s captivating and sometimes notorious past. Later in the evening join the ghost tour as they venture to the different paranormal hotspots in town. Tours depart daily. Call for times and prices.

Gullah (also called Sea Island Creole English and Geechee) is a creole language spoken by the Gullah people (also called “Geechees”), an AfricanAmerican population living on the Sea Islands and the coastal region of the United States.


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WATER TOURS Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms Marina • (Map: P-5) 843-886-5000 • www.nature-tours.com Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve. Explore salt marsh creeks, see dolphins and wildlife up-close, 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 Cntr. • 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map: K-4) • 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112 • www.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 informs you about the forts and landmarks that shaped Charleston’s historic harbor. Private charters and group dinner cruises are available. $17.50 Adult, $16.50 senior and $13 child 4-11, under 4 are free.

Schooner Pride – Charleston's Tall Ship 360 Concord St • Charleston • (Map: K:3) 800-979-3370 or 843-722-1112 www.schoonerpride.com • Marvel at the Holy City’s unique skyline as we sail by the forts, going where history was made. Listen to the wind filling the sails, see dolphins frolicking, and experience the magnificent colors of a Charleston sunset. Sail aboard the “Pride” for an afternoon Dolphin Sail or a Sunset Sail. Available for private charter or event booking.

SpiritLine Charleston Harbor Tour Departs from two locations: Aquarium Wharf, Charleston • (Map K:3) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant • (Map P:1) • 843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com • Hour and 30 minutes. Cruise past the Charleston’s famous Battery, the Cooper River Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie.

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Experience Charleston from the Water Charleston’s skyline of church steeples, historic buildings and the majestic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge spanning the Cooper River are best viewed from the water. SpiritLine Cruises has taken more than 10 million passengers on thousands of boat tours around the Charleston Harbor. Learn about the city’s history while sailing past such famous attractions as the Battery, Patriots Point and Waterfront Park. For a special occasion or just a fun night out, try a dinner cruise. It’s a three-hour cruise on a yacht, the Spirit of Carolina, complete with multi-course meal, live music and views of the nighttime skyline. You might even catch one the city’s breathtaking sunsets. SpiritLine also offers tours to Fort Sumter National Monument for an up close look at where the Civil War started. Departing from both Mount Pleasant and downtown Charleston, the tours include a 30-minute narrated cruise through the Charleston Harbor and back plus an hour to tour the fort and on-site museum.

SPIRITLINE CRUISES AND FORT SUMTER TOURS To purchase tickets 843-722-2628 spiritlinecruises.com Charleston Harbor and Fort Sumter tours depart from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant and Liberty Square in downtown Charleston (next to the South Carolina Aquarium). Rates range from $10 to $17. Departure times vary by season. Dinner Cruises depart from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant Thursday through Sunday. Boarding is at 6:30 p.m. Rates for Sunday through Thursday are $48.53 per person; Friday and Saturday rates are $53.53 per person. Rates include tax but not dessert or gratuity.


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Charleston's Old and Historic district is designated a National Historic Landmark and includes many historic homes. The Charleston Heritage Federation – a collaboration of museums and preservation organizations – works to protect and preserve the many historic sites of Charleston. CharlestonHeritageFederation.com

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Shopping & Retail 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.

SOUTHERN GIFTS, JEWELRY, DESIGNER FASHIONS AND UNIQUE BOUTIQUES MAKE UP CHARLESTON’S DOWNTOWN SHOPPING CENTER. You can truly shop ‘til you drop on King, Broad or Market streets. For outlet shopping, check out Tanger Outlets in North Charleston with more than 80 stores. Mount Pleasant’s Towne Centre also offers a mix of national brands and locally owned boutiques. For that true Main Street shopping experience, head to Summerville’s downtown with its many antique, clothing and gift shops.

About Charleston South Carolina has two state mottoes: ‘Dum Spiro Spero’ (‘While I breathe I hope’) and ‘Animis Opibusque Parati (‘Ready in Soul and Resource’).


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SHOPPING Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 84 North Market St. • Charleston (Map: H-5) • 843-853-0103 www.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. Their featured “Southern Gate” collection is fashioned after the wrought-iron work seen throughout this historical city. Custom-made Charleston charms are just some of the many treasures you’ll find in their shop. They strive to bring beautiful custom quality jewelry to their customers! (See ads on pages 4-5 for more info).

Filthy Rich Of Charleston 61 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map I:5) 843-805-8488 • www.shopfilthyrich.com Open 7 Days a Week • Filthy Rich offers affordable reproductions of jewelry worn by the stars. The store carries a wide range of celebrities, including Princess Diana, Jacqueline Kennedy, Marilyn Monroe and many others. At Filthy Rich, you can SPARKLE like Monroe without spending the dough!

Nice Ice Fine Jewelry 145 Market St. • Charleston • (Map: G-4/5) 843-577-7029 • Exclusive boutique to such renowned designers: Slane & Slane, Charriol, Jude Frances, Philip Stein Watches, Marco Bicego, Dominique Cohen and Bellarri. We also offer an extensive and unique collection of fine jewelry, engagement rings and pearls. Custom designs are a specialty for this charming shop with a knowledgeable, friendly staff and extraordinary customer service. See their ad on the inside back cover.

Northwoods Mall 2150 Northwoods Blvd. • North Charleston www.shopnorthwoodsmall.com • Mon-Sat: 10am-9pm, Sun: Noon-6pm • Northwoods Mall is home to all your favorite stores like Belk, Dillard’s, Sears, JCPenney, and the Lowcountry’s only Sephora, Hollister Co and Hot Topic plus all of your favorites. A great shopping place with over 100 fabulous stores, 20 eateries including King Street Grille, Jason’s Deli, Olive Garden, O’Charleys, an indoor play area and a thirteen-screen stadium theater, making it truly a total experience.

Palmettoville 51 S. Market St. Shops at French Quarter Palmettoville has a large assortment of Sunglasses, postcards, handmade soaps and lotions, shot glasses, hand painted tee towels, slap watches, local images, hats and the best selection of Charleston tee shirts for both adults and children, produced locally by our family for over 30 years, at prices no one can match. Trust that you will only find the best selection and quality here at Palmettoville. Like us on Facebook!

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SHOPPING Spice & Tea Exchange 170-A Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H-5) (corner of S. Market & Church Sts.) 843-965-8300 • A truly unique sensory experience! Their cooking herbs, spice blends and rubs are hand-selected for your cooking needs, and gourmet teas are enjoyed by tea lovers across the nation. Combine traditional and exotic gourmet spices, cooking herbs and seasonings from around the globe in the preparation of our 60+ hand-mixed signature blends and rubs. Packaging by the ounce allows you to experiment as you journey through our vast selection of spices and seasonings.

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Upscale and Unique, Nice Ice Gives Tourists a Taste of Flair With an extensive inventory and a price point to fit all budgets, Nice Ice fine jewelry is the place to visit if something wonderful and unique is on your shopping list. A downtown Charleston fixture for the last 38 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. 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/dress-down 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.

NICE ICE FINE JEWERLY 145 Market (at the corner of King Street) Charleston, SC 843-577-7029 Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday

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Dining & Entertainment Charleston’s diverse culinary scene is amazing. Innovative chefs and their dishes will dazzle the taste buds and warm the heart. Charleston has great taste!

IF YOU LOVE GOOD FOOD, YOU’VE COME TO THE RIGHT CITY. Charleston is home to some of the country’s finest restaurants cooking up cuisine of all flavors – Southern, French, Italian, Gullah and everything in between. A majority of chefs pride themselves on using local ingredients from seafood to vegetables so your dish is sure to be fresh. Charleston also has several great places for a glass of wine or cocktail after a full day of sightseeing.

How to best utilize this section: For organizational purposes, the text listings are broken up into fine dining, casual dining and nightlife.


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FINE DINING Bocci’s 158 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H-5) 843-720-2121 • www.boccis.com • Located just off the historic Market area, a favorite among locals, Bocci’s is known for their fresh pastas, homemade sauces, veal, chicken and seafood. When combined with an excellent wine list, a variety of gourmet coffees, and desserts to die for, Bocci’s fresh creations deliver an Italian dining experience unique to downtown Charleston. Lunch and dinner served daily: Lunch 11am., Dinner 4:30 p.m.

Cru Cafe´ 18 Pinckney St. • Charleston • (Map: I-4/5) 843-534-2434 • www.crucafe.com • In an 18thcentury 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 posssible ingredients” is his mantra. Serving lunch Tues.-Sat., 11 a.m to 3 p.m and dinner Tues.-Sat., 5 p.m to 10 p.m.

SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Departs from two locations: Aquarium Wharf, Charleston • (Map K:3) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant • (Map P:1) • 843-722-2628 www.spiritlinecruises.com • There’s no better way to experience Charleston and her history than from the decks of a SpiritLine yacht. Join us for a non-stop, live narrated harbor tour that lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. Enjoy a leisurely cruise past the palatial homes of Charleston's famous Battery, the Cooper River Bridge, Waterfront Park, Patriots Point, Fort Sumter, Fort Moultrie and our bustling seaport.

Middleton Place Restaurant 4300 Ashley River Rd. • Charleston 843-556-6020 • www.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 11am-3pm. Dinner guests pay no admission after 5:30pm and can stroll through the gardens prior to an elegant, candlelit evening. Dinner served Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Cru Café www.crucafe.com

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CASUAL DINING Charleston Crab House 41 S. Market St. • Charleston • (Map H:6) 843-853-2900 • 145 Wappoo Creek Dr. James Island • 843-762-4507 www.charlestoncrabhouse.com • Serving Lunch & 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 and a waterfront patio in James Island.

Cupcake 433 King St. • Charleston • (Map: G-2) 843-853-8181 • 644 Long Point Rd., Belle Hall Shopping Center • Mount Pleasant (Map: M-3) • 843-856-7080 • www.freshcupcakes.com • Featured by USA Today, Martha Stewart and also by Ellen as “the best cupcakes in America!” Cupcakes: they’re sweet and delicious... tiny works of art that bring back the delights of childhood. Baked fresh daily, our cupcakes are concocted from the finest all-natural ingredients, like real vanilla beans, sweet cream butter, fresh fruit, and rich chocolate – finished off with homemade icing and an assortment of toppings, creating a fun, swanky update of a vintage favorite.

East Bay Deli 334 East Bay St. • Charleston • (Map: J-4) 843-216-5473 • 1120 Oakland Market Rd. Mount Pleasant • (Map: M-5) • 843-216-5473 9135 University Blvd. N. Charleston • 843-5537374 • 4405 Dorchester Rd. • N. Charleston (Map: X-4) • 843-747-1235 • Charleston’s real New York-style deli slices sandwich meats fresh every morning and uses only quality products such as Thumann’s deli meats and Hebrew National deli dogs. The varied menu comes with many options from which to choose: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds and desserts.

Hyman’s Seafood 215 Meeting St. • Charleston • (Map H:5) 843-723-6000 • hymanseafood.com Hyman’s Seafood is a must when visiting Charleston. Reviewed by over 30 national publications and voted No. 1 seafood restaurant in the Southeast by Southern Living magazine nine years in a row. Lunch and dinner served 7 days a week. Parking and back entrance from Charleston Place. No reservations, come early to avoid the wait. See coupon in ad for free crab dip or shrimp salad!

Joe Pasta 428 King (Corner of King & John St.) • Charleston (Map: E-5) • 843-965-5252 • Joe Pasta specializes in great Italian food at a great price for both lunch and dinner. Their menu features fantastic soups, salads, Parmesan sandwiches, pizza, superb pastas, exquisite 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! 36

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Great Italian Food Family Friendly Atmosphere 428 King Street & John Downtown Charleston 843-965-5252

35 South Market St. • Charleston • (Map: I-5) 843-723-1151 • www.a-w-shucks.com Charleston’s original raw bar and restaurant right on historic Market Street. A.W. Shucks has created a new menu inspired by classic Charleston tradition that includes award-winning stuffed shrimp, the Lowcountry’s best she-crab soup, and seafood casserole that’s a legend among locals! The only thing you’ll enjoy as much as the food is the company of friends and the extensive selection of craft beers from our bar. Lunch and dinner served daily beginning at 11 a.m.

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160 Church St. • Charleston • (Map: H-5/6) 843-577-3818 • www.tommycondons.com Located one block from the historic Market area, Tommy Condon’s is a longtime Charleston tradition. Here you’ll find an experience crafted after a true Irish pub, offering an atmosphere appropriate for families, couples and folks just looking to hoist a pint! Serving an innovative new pub menu daily beginning at 11 a.m. Dining is available in the pub or on our outdoor deck. Live Irish music Wednesday–Sunday nights.

Did you know that riding the downtown trolley or bus service is free? To see the available routes, refer to our downtown map page.


Charleston Crab House www.charlestoncrabhouse.com


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Charleston Recipe Lowcountry Boil Lowcountry Boil is considered a Lowcountry classic. Also known as frogmore stew, it's all about the shellfish. In our area, shrimp is a key ingredient. Ingredients: 6 quarts water 3/4 cup Old Bay Seasoning TM 2 pounds new red potatoes 2 pounds hot smoked sausage links, cut into 2 inch pieces 12 ears corn - husked, cleaned and quartered 4 pounds large fresh shrimp, unpeeled

Directions: Bring water and Old Bay Seasoning to boil in a large stockpot. Add potatoes and cook for 15 minutes. Add sausage and cook for 5 minutes more. Add corn and cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the shrimp and cook until shrimp are pink, about 5 minutes. Drain immediately and serve. Serves 15 and see our lovely cover.

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Art & Antiques Explore Charleston’s art scene and experience the city's culture. Charleston offers some of the finest selections of authentic 18th and 19th century antiques.

CHARLESTON’S ART AND MUSIC CALENDAR IS CONTINUALLY FULL. With dozens of galleries, live music venues and theaters, anyone with an interest in the performing or decorative arts won’t have a hard time finding events. Stroll the French Quarter for art galleries and browse the Antiques District on Lower King Street between Beaufain and Queen streets.

The city hosts a number of awardwinning art focused events and festivals, such as Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, MOJA, Art Walks, Fine Art Annual and the Palette & Palate Stroll. See the Calendar of Events sections to see what's on the schedule.


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ANTIQUES Terrace Oaks Antique Mall 2037 Maybank (Hwy. 700) • James Island 843-795-9689 • Mon-Sat. 10am-5:30pm www.terraceoaksantiques.com • Since 1988, Terrace Oaks Antique Mall has been the leader in the Charleston area for multi-dealer antique shops. Their 10,000-square-foot, 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. Located just one mile off of Folly Road on the way to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

PERFORMING ARTS Chamber Music Charleston www.ChamberMusicCharleston.org 843-763-4941 • Experience the excitement of live classical music performed in some of Charleston’s most captivating settings! From intimate House Concerts and rousing Memminger Concerts to the excitement of the annual Mozart In The South Festival, Chamber Music Charleston continually present concerts that spark the imagination and garner rave reviews. “This wasn’t just a concert; it was a happening! Bravo, tutti!”

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Get Out and Explore the Greater Charleston Region Visitors can easily spend days exploring all Charleston has to offer, but if you feel like going beyond the Charleston peninsula, there are some incredible attractions within an hour’s drive or less of downtown Charleston. Cypress Gardens Cypress Gardens in Moncks Corner is a hidden gem of swamplands, history, plants and wildlife that give visitors a glimpse of the flora and fauna of the South Carolina Lowcountry. Walk the 3.5 miles of trails through the gardens and swamp or take a boat ride for a different view of the swamp with its cypress and tupelo trees. One of Cypress Gardens’ highlights is the Butterfly House, an expansive greenhouse filled with flowering plants, butterflies, a pond and an observation beehive. It’s a great place to learn about the different stages of the butterfly’s life cycle. Visitor 411: 3030 Cypress Garden Road, Moncks Corner, SC 29461 | 843-553-0515 | www.cypressgardens.info

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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. Among the park’s features is the Adventure, a 17thcentury replica trading vessel, docked at the park and available for tours. The Animal Forest is a natural habitat zoo that is home to the species of animals those original settlers would have encountered in their new homeland – bison, puma and black bear. Visitor 411: 1500 Old Towne Road, Charleston, SC 29407 | 843-852-4200 | www.southcarolinaparks.com/ctl

Angel Oak

Irvin-House Vineyard

The sole attraction at Angel Oak Park is the oak tree itself, but it’s a sight worth seeing. You can’t imagine how the branches of this live oak will dwarf even the tallest person. The Angel Oak is about 400 years old and locals label it as the oldest living thing east of the Mississippi River – not a bad title to claim. The tree stands 65 feet and offers 17,000 square feet of canopy shade. The tree’s circumference is 25 feet, and the largest limb is 89 feet. Live oaks don’t grow particularly tall, but do have far-reaching canopies. In old trees – like the Angel Oak – branches will often grow so large they rest on the ground. Visitor 411: 3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island, SC 29455 | 843-559-3496

Irvin-House Vineyard combines the physical beauty and tasteful flavor of the South as Charleston’s only domestic winery. They grow and harvest the grapes, make the wine and bottle it on property. The wine is made from muscadine grapes, a sweet grape with a fruity aroma that is prevalent in the South. Irvin-House produces five varieties of muscadine wine. Wine tastings are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. Sample all five wines and take home a souvenir glass for $4. Also, on Saturdays, Irvin-House Vineyards hosts Sippin’ Saturdays with food vendors, live music and free tours. Visitor 411: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 | 843-559-6867 | charlestonwine.com

English settlers came to the area in 1670, settling on what is now Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site.

Charleston Tea Plantation The Charleston Tea Plantation on Wadmalaw Island is a working tea farm producing the tea used for the American Classic Tea brand. It uses the Camellia Sinensis plant, which first arrived in the United States from China in the 1700s. Visitors can tour the factory, learning about the history of tea as well as the production and harvesting of tea on the plantation. Take a Trolley Ride through the tea fields and then relax with – what else – a cup of tea. Visitor 411: 6617 Maybank Highway, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487 843-559-0383 | www.charlestonteaplantation.com january-march 2012 travelerofcharleston.com


Featured Events Even in the winter season, Charleston doesn’t slow down! January – March 2012 These featured events highlight some of the major happenings in the Charleston region... Check it Out!

Lowcountry Oyster Roast

January 29 Since 1991 the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association has been shucking up a good time with the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on the grounds of Boone Hall Plantation. The festival is consistently ranked one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Some 65,000 pounds of oysters are trucked onto Boone Hall for Lowcountry locals and visitors. Also part of the festival is the oyster shucking and eating contest, a selection of domestic and imported beers, live entertainment and a kids’ corner with pony rides and a jump castle. Several local restaurants also provide food for those who don’t have a taste for oysters. The festival is 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Boone Hall, 1235 Long Point Road in Mount Pleasant. For more information or to buy tickets, visit boonehallplantation.com.

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

February 17-19 Kicking off Charleston’s tourism season, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the country, attracting more than 500 artists and exhibitors from around the world and welcoming 40,000 attendees. For three days, the focus is on nature – whether that comes in the form of art, programming, conservation research or environmental education. Regular festival highlights include dock dog and retriever competitions and birds of prey flight demonstrations as well as presentations from wildlife experts like Jack Hanna. General admission tickets are $20 for Friday and Saturday; $10 for Sunday; $40 for three days. No charge for children 10 and under. Tickets are available at www.sewe.com, by calling 843-723-1748 and at the Gaillard Municipal Auditorium and at various Charleston Area Visitor Centers. During the show, purchase tickets are the various event locations, including Marion Square, Brittlebank Park and Charleston Place Hotel.


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Charleston Wine + Food Festival www.charlestonwineandfood.com

Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 1-4 For its seventh year, festival organizers are adding new events and revamping past favorites with a keen focus on Charleston and all it has to offer – charm, architecture, food styles, innovative chefs and venues. Highlights include the Soul Food Shuffle featuring legendary Gullah restaurants; Perfect Pairings Dinners featuring 17 of Charleston’s topnotch chefs; a Shop, Sip, and Savor event with food and beverages along the King Street shopping district; and Taco Turf Wars in which six national chefs serve up the best TexMex tacos. Many events do sell out so check the website for availability. As the event approaches, tickets are usually still available for the Culinary Village in Marion Square with 90 food, wine and spirit stations serving samples. The festival – a nonprofit organization – benefits local culinary charities and scholarships. It has been hailed by Forbes Traveler as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the country. Tickets prices and event locations vary; visit www.charlestonwineandfood.com or call 843-727-9998.

Flowertown Festival www.flowertownfestival.org

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Annual House and Garden Tours www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org

Charleston Film Festival

March 1-4 This year’s third annual Charleston Film Festival will showcase some of the best dramas and documentaries as well as the Belle of the South, a retrospective of a great Southern actor. The local film festival contest will recognize the best regional feature film and best regional short film. The film festival takes place at Terrace Theater, 1956D Maybank Highway in Charleston, which shows cutting edge firstrun commercial films as well as independent films and documentaries. Tickets are $10 each. For more information and a schedule of film showings, visit www.terracetheater.org or call 843-762-4247.

Charleston Fashion Week

March 20-24 Since its start in 2007, Charleston Fashion Week has been showcasing emerging designer and model talent across the East Coast. It’s quickly becoming one of the country’s premier fashion events. Set in Marion Square in the heart of downtown Charleston, this five-night event features more than 30 runway shows, an Emerging Designer Competition, bridal show and a runway model competition. This event has helped launch the careers of up-and-coming fashion designers, and in 2011 attracted 7,000 people. Ticket options and pricing vary with packages and a la carte tickets. To purchase tickets or for more information, visit www.charlestonmag.com/fashionweek or call 843-971-9811. 48

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March 23-24 Take a peek into some of Charleston’s finest private homes and gardens during this annual event hosted by the Garden Club of Charleston. Tours are 2-5 p.m. and feature homes and gardens located in Charleston’s historic district. Tours are self-guided and usually include six homes and gardens. Tickets are $40; $70 for both days. Proceeds benefit the Garden Club and its many projects that visitors enjoy, such as the Heyward-Washington House garden, Joseph Manigault House garden and the Charleston Museum Courtyard. Purchase tickets at www.thegardenclubofcharleston.org; remaining tickets will be available 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 22-24 at the Charleston Visitor Center, 375 Meeting St. Wear comfortable walking shoes; strollers are not allowed. For more information, call 843-724-9349.

Flowertown Festival

March 30-April 1 More than 200,000 people fill the streets of downtown Summerville for this three-day arts and crafts festival. A fundraiser for the Summerville YMCA, the festival marks its 40th year and is consistently named among one of the Top 20 Events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. The crux of the festival is the more than 200 jury-selected artists from around the country who have their work for sale. But the festival also has business and organization exhibitors, food from local restaurants and activities and rides for children. The Flowertown Festival takes place in and around Azalea Park, a 12-acre park in the heart of the town. Entrance located at S. Main and West 5th South streets. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 30-31; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 1. Free admission. Visit flowertownfestival.org or call 843-871-9622.

Cooper River Bridge Run

March 31 Almost 40,000 runners and walkers gather each year for one of the world’s top 10k races, the Cooper River Bridge Run. In its 35th year, the race continues to grow each year, attracting top-notch runners from all over. Running from Mount Pleasant to Charleston, participants cross the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, which is 2.5 miles long, 200 feet high and has a 4 percent slope. In addition to the race itself, participants can join in a two-day expo, Taste of the Bridge Run and the 1-mile Kids Run on March 30 at Hampton Park. Starting line for the 10k is at 8 a.m. on Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant. For more information, visit bridgerun.com.

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77th Annual House and Garden Tours

Calendar of Events January – March 2012

Braise and Brew www.middletonplace.org

JANUARY 2012 4-7

“Chesapeake” – What If? Productions founding artistic director Kyle Barnette stars in this one-man show as a performance artist Kerr who becomes the target of a southern senator’s re-election campaign about removing government funding for the arts. Kerr devises a plan to kidnap the senator’s campaign tool, his Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Lucky. 8 p.m. Threshold Repertory Theatre, 84 ½ Society St. $12-$18. www.whatifproductions.org.


Sustainable Seafood Initiative Dinner at The Boathouse – Enjoy a sustainable seafood meal with wine pairings while learning about how seafood choices today can ensure healthy fish for the future. A portion of proceeds benefit the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. 6:30-9:30 p.m. The Boathouse at Breach Inlet. Reservations: 843-886-8000.


Charleston Restaurant Week – Dozens of Charleston restaurants offer prix fixe menus of three items for one price ($20, $30, $40). For a list of participating restaurants, visit www.charlestonrestaurantassociation.com.

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The Sound of Charleston – Live music from gospel to Gershwin. 7 p.m. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. $28; $25 seniors; free for children. 843-270-4903 or www.soundofcharleston.com.


Braise and Brew – Middleton Place Restaurant Chef Micah Garrison hosts an evening of braised meats and vegetables paired with seasonal bears and micro brews. 6-9 p.m. $55. Middleton Place Plantation. 843-556-6020 or www.middletonplace.org.


Chamber Music Charleston House Concert – Musicians of Chamber Music Charleston perform music for flutes, bassoon and harpsichord by Haydn, Bach and Villa Lobos in this historic home on the Battery. 3 p.m. The Palmer Home, 5 East Battery St. $35. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.


Chamber Music Charleston House Concert – Musicians of Chamber Music Charleston perform a candlelight concert of music for flutes, bassoon and harpsichord by Haydn, Bach and Villa Lobos in this historic home on the Battery. 7:30 p.m. Edmondston-Alston House, 21 East Battery St. $35. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.

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“The Cay” by the Flowertown Players. A young American boy living on a Caribbean island during World War II is shipwrecked and awakens on an island with a cat and an old West Indian deckhand. Blind from his injuries, the boy must learn to overcome his racial prejudice and blindness to survive. 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. on Jan. 22 & 29. $20 for adults. James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville. 843-875-9251 or www.flowertownplayers.org.


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Chamber Music Charleston Edisto Island Concert – Chamber Music Charleston brings the music of Bach, Haydn, Pergolesi and Villa Lobos to this historic Presbyterian Church. 7 p.m. The Presbyterian Church on Edisto, 2164 Highway 174 in Edisto. $20. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.


Symphonic Swing – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will perform some of the most recognizable works from traditional and orchestral repertoire of major composers. 7 and 10 p.m. (two sets). $30-$40. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. in Charleston. 843-641-0011 or jazzartistsofcharleston.org.


“Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad Day” – This musical for young audiences is based on the book by Judith Viorst about a kid who has a day where nothing goes right. 3 p.m. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. in Charleston. $22. 843-577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com.


Classical Kids Concert – This 45-minute concert is just for the younger audience. Each program opens with an introduction to the instruments and musicians followed by selections of familiar children’s songs arranged for chamber ensemble. 1 p.m. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. in Charleston. $10; $5 for children 3-16; free for children 3 and under. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.


Chamber Music Charleston Memminger Concert – In “A Celebration of France,” musicians perform the music of Ravel, Chabrier and Faure. Guests choose from premium VIP bistro table seating or general theater-style seating. 7:30 p.m. Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain St. in Charleston. $5-$35. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.

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The Sound of Charleston – Live music from gospel to Gershwin. 7 p.m. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. $28; $25 seniors; free for children. 843-270-4903 or www.soundofcharleston.com.


“Avenue Q” – This show follows the adventures and misadventures of a freshfaced college graduate named Princeton who sets out for the big city to find his purpose in life. But young Princeton still has lessons to learn, and the freaky, furry folks who live on Avenue Q are only too happy to guide him on his way. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. in Charleston. $22-$52. 843-577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com.

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“A Midsummer Night’s Dream” – The Charleston Ballet Theatre presents an evening of three ballets, including “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” “Poetry With a Splash of Red Blood” set to the music of Philip Glass, and “Allegro Brilliante” set to the music of Tchaikovsky. College of Charleston Sottile Theatre, 44 George St. $20-$45. 843-723-7334 or charlestonballet.org.

Chamber Music Charleston www.chambermusiccharleston.org

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A Midsummer Night’s Dream www.charlestonballet.org

MARCH 2012 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18

“Wait Until Dark” by the Flowertown Players. As Susy Hendrix learns to cope with her blindness, her life is changed as she is terrorized by a group of criminals who believe she has hidden a baby doll they used to smuggle heroin into the country. 8 p.m.; 2 p.m. March 4, 11 & 18. $20 for adults. James F. Dean Theatre, 133 S. Main St., Summerville. 843-875-9251 or www.flowertownplayers.org.

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The Sound of Charleston – Live music from gospel to Gershwin. 7 p.m. Circular Congregational Church, 150 Meeting St. $28; $25 seniors; free for children. 843-270-4903 or www.soundofcharleston.com.


Sustainable Seafood Initiative Dinner at Rue De Jean – Enjoy sustainable seafood dishes from a guest chef at Rue De Jean as part of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Learn how seafood choices today can ensure healthy fish for the future. A portion of proceeds benefit the South Carolina Aquarium’s Sustainable Seafood Initiative. 7-10 p.m. Rue De Jean. Reservations: 843-577-3474.


“Inga Binga” – In early 1942, Navy Ensign Jack Kennedy and his current fling, suspected Nazi spy, Inga Arvad, planned a clandestine tryst at the Fort Sumter House Hotel in Charleston. Reporters from Life Magazine were soon on the prowl, and FBI agents were listening in from next door. Based on true events, comic fire works explode in this highly imaginative and highly speculative comedy. Dock Street Theatre, 135 Church St. in Charleston. $22-$48. 843-577-7183 or www.charlestonstage.com.


Irish Tenor Anthony Kearns – Kearns and The Irish Tenors have produced 10 successful CDs. Hear Kearns at the Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. in Charleston. $25. 843-556-3578 or www.scirish.org.


Charleston Art & Antiques Forum – This year’s theme is “America’s Palette” and the schedule includes lectures and tours, including a tour of private gardens organized by the Charleston Horticultural Society. 800-926-2520 or www.charlestonantiquesforum.org.


St. Patrick’s Day Festivities – Celebrate with a full day of events beginning with 8 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, followed by a parade on King Street, Irish luncheon and entertainment at the Knights of Columbus (Calhoun Street at Marion Square). 843-556-3578 or www.scirish.org.


Swingin’ Soul – The Charleston Jazz Orchestra will perform some of the most recognizable works from traditional and orchestral repertoire of major composers. 7 and 10 p.m. (two sets). $30-$40. Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. in Charleston. 843-641-0011 or jazzartistsofcharleston.org.


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Chamber Music Charleston Edisto Island Concert – Chamber Music Charleston performs chamber music in this historic Presbyterian Church. 7 p.m. The Presbyterian Church on Edisto, 2164 Highway 174 in Edisto. $20. 843-763-4941 or www.chambermusiccharleston.org.


Charleston Horticultural Society 52nd Annual Symposium – In partnership with the American Boxwood Society, this event includes private garden tours and presentations. www.seecharlestonboxwood.com.


Ghost & Haunted Walking Tours; Culinary Tours – Four tours to choose from as well as history and culinary tours. Bulldog Tours, 843-722-8687 or www.bulldogtours.com.

Third Sat. in Feb. & Mar.

17th Century Cannon Demonstrations – Charles Towne Militia fires reproduction 17th-century cannon and living history demonstrators in period costume show what life was like for the English colonists living in fear of the Spanish who were just a three-day sale from St. Augustine. Charles Towne Landing. 843-852-4200 or www.charlestownelanding.travel.

Ghost Tours www.bulldogtours.com www.holycitytours.com

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Downtown Charleston Points Of Interest




To West Ashley, Plantations Charles Towne Landing Johns Island, Kiawah


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Calhoun Mansion . . . . . F/G:9






St. Philip’s Church. . . . . . . H:6



St. Michael’s Church . . . G:6/7

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Edmondston-Alston . . . G/H:9


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Charleston Bloomers Our winters are short-lived here in Charleston so spring comes early, bringing bursts of colors and fragrant scents. Here are just some of our prized bloomers sure to catch your eye and – and your nose – as you explore the city:

Daffodils are common in the South. Brittlebank Park on Lockwood Boulevard is a great place to see hundreds of daffodils in bloom.

Azalea shrubs flower in the spring with white and pink flowers. Stop by Azalea Park in Summerville to see these plants in bloom.

Confederate jasmine’s white flowers cluster on vines and put off an amazing scent.

Camellias are large, evergreen shrubs that bloom from winter to spring.


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Visitor 411 Population: Estimated to be 124,500 in 2009 – Charleston is the second largest city in the state. Population for the metro area estimates a total population of 664,607, the largest in the state. Climate:

Charleston’s subtropical climate is known for mild winters, warm temperatures in the spring and fall with hot and humid summer seasons. Hurricanes are a threat during summer and early fall. The last was Hugo in 1989, a category 4 storm.

Emergency Services: Dial 911

Area Information Visitor Centers:

DOWNTOWN CHARLESTON: 375 Meeting St. MOUNT PLEASANT: 99 Harry Hallman Jr. Blvd. NORTH CHARLESTON: 4975 Centre Point Dr. SUMMERVILLE: 402 N. Main St.


There are numerous parking garages in downtown Charleston which can be found on our downtown map. Metered street parking is an option throughout the city as well.

Public Transportation:

DOWNTOWN TROLLEY: Free transportation (see map for routes). Ridecarta.com CARTA: Bus system transports everywhere from the beach and beyond. Ridecarta.com AIRPORT: Charleston International, International Blvd (off of I-526), North Charleston AMTRAK: Gaynor Ave, North Charleston. amtrak.com WATER TAXI: Transports visitors from downtown to the USS Yorktown & Mount Pleasant. charlestonwatertaxi.com. 843-330-2989 Travel + Leisure named Charleston No. 2 city in its World’s Best Poll (2011) Outside magazine named Charleston No. 6 Best Town Ever (2011)

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Directory Of Advertisers FUN & RECREATION Audubon Center at Beidler Forest . . . . . . 18 Barrier Island Eco Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Boone Hall Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 Bulldog Walking Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 Charles Towne Landing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 21 Charleston Harbor Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Charleston Tea Plantation . . . . . . . . . . . . . 64 Children’s Museum . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Culinary Tours of Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Edmondston-Alston House . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Fort Sumter Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Magnolia Plantation & Gardens . . . . . . . . . 19 Middleton Place . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18 Palmetto Carriage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Schooner Pride Sailing Tour . . . . . . . . . . . 32 SC Aquarium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 SpiritLine Charleston Harbor Tour . . . . . . 25 Tour Video Network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 62 Town of Summerville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Vintage Escapes Beach Rentals . . . . . . . . 16 SHOPPING Citadel Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Dacuba’s Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Filthy Rich Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Nice Ice Jewelry . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Northwood Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Palmettoville . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 Spice & Tea Exchange . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29 The Brass Pirate . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 30 DINING & ENTERTAINMENT A.W. Shuck’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Bocci’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Charleston Crab House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Cru Cafe . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 Cupcake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35 East Bay Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 Hyman’s Seafood . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Joe Pasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 Middleton Place Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . 36 SpiritLine Dinner Cruise . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 39 Tommy Condon’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 ARTS & ANTIQUES Chamber Music Charleston . . . . . . . . . . . . 43 Terrace Oaks Antique Mall . . . . . . . . . . . . . 43


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