Where history & culture abounds.
Charleston, South Carolina is the oldest and largest city in state of South Carolina. It’s richness in history and culture is unparalleled. Many do not know that Charleston was original named Charles Town honoring King Charles II of England in 1670. After a century, the city formally incorporated and changed its name to the present day Charleston. As the principal city in the metropolitan area, otherwise called “The Lowcountry”, Charleston is located on the Charleston Harbor, but consists of six distinct areas. These areas include Downtown Charleston, West Ashley or the area “West of the Ashley River”, Johns Island, James Island, Daniel Island and the Cainhoy Peninsula.
These areas of Charleston all have beautiful weather, beaches and friendly people. With mild winters, humid summers full of beach days and significant rainfall throughout the year, Charleston, SC is considered a humid, subtropical climate area. As a popular tourist and wedding destination, Charleston has received a number of accolades, including “America’s Most Friendly City” by Travel & Leisure in 2011 and 2013. Conde Nast Traveler rated Charleston, SC as “the most polite and hospitable city in America” in 2014. In 2016, Charleston ranked in the “World’s Best City” as well by Travel & Leisure.
Charleston, SC is well known for unique culture, festivals, art and fashion. Spoleto Festival USA is held every spring and has become one of the world’s major performing arts festivals. Piccolo Spoleto festival occuras annually as well and features local performers throughout the city. Annually Charleston boasts a fashion week in Marion Square that bring designers, journalists and clients from across the nation. Other festivals include Historic Charleston Foundation’s Festival of Houses and Gardens and Charleston Antiques Show, the Taste of Charleston, The Lowcountry Oyster Festival, the Cooper River Bridge Run, Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE), Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Charleston Fashion Week, the MOJA Arts Festival, and the Charleston International Film Festival. Charleston was also named in the Top 25 for art in the American Style Magazine.
Foodies will love Charleston’s fresh local seafood, which plays a key role in the city’s renowned cuisine, comprising staple dishes such as gumbo, she-crab soup, fried oysters, Lowcountry boil, deviled crab cakes, red rice, and shrimp and grits. Rice is the staple in many dishes, reflecting the rice culture of the Low Country. The cuisine in Charleston is also strongly influenced by British and French elements as well.
Charleston is a destination you love! Just ask the residents. Many of us relocated here after an incredible visit to the “Holy City” and it’s culture, history, cuisine and artistic flair made it impossible to leave!