December 2018

Explore SC: Destination Charleston..Part II

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

In our continuing series, Explore S.C., our creative team traveled to Charleston for a few days of sightseeing. Charleston: Part 1 can be found in the November 2018 issues of CH2 & CB2.

To kick-off Part II of our Holy City adventures, we made our way to Patriot’s Point in Charleston Harbor. As you make your approach over the Cooper River Bridge, you will see the massive World War II aircraft carrier, the USS Yorktown, from a distance. This ship is home to the Medal of Honor Museum, and the surrounding area boasts the only Vietnam Exhibit in the United States. The USS Yorktown was the tenth aircraft carrier to serve in the United States Navy. It was built in 16 months in Newport News, Virginia and was commissioned on April 15, 1943.

Fun Fact:
The presence of an incoming AH-1 Cobra helicopter is an awe-inspiring or frightening sight, depending on your friend or foe perspective. Developed in the 1960s, modified Cobras continue to be flown by the United States Marines as its narrow footprint is ideal for shipboard use.

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Fun Fact:
Just one block over from Upper King Street, you’ll find Madison Row, a destination for brides looking to say yes to the dress. This bridal boutique is open by appointment only, and gowns start at $3,000.

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The College of Charleston has been featured in numerous films. To see this school from your couch, just rent The Patriot, Cold Mountain, The Notebook (who doesn’t love this one?), or Dear John. Another fun fact about the College of Charleston? It was established before the United States, in 1770, and five of the campus buildings are designated as national historic landmarks.

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One of the premier landmarks in Charleston is the United States Custom House, situated between East Bay Street and the Cooper River. The building is almost identical from each side with imposing columns and a massive stone steps. This architectural masterpiece took over 30 years to complete. Construction began in 1849 but was not completed until 1879 due to a slight interruption by a well-known event: the Civil War. It is a federally owned building, and the lower level is open to the public Monday-Friday.

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For Sunday brunch and a little shopping, head over to the Palmetto Café, located in the Belmond’s Charleston Place. The hotel is well-appointed with a spa, several dining options, and well-known luxury brand stores.

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Need a little sugar rush to keep you moving? We suggest swinging by Cupcake Downsouth at 433 King Street for a frosting-covered delight and some java. This sweet shop is cheerful in bright white tones accented by pink; vegan and gluten-free options are available.

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The Gibbes Museum of Art is located at 135 Meeting Street, in the heart of downtown Charleston. The building, completed in 1905, looks almost identical to the way it looked over 100 years ago. The first floor features a creative education center that engages the public through classrooms, artist studios, lecture spaces, a café and a museum store. The rear reception area opens to the garden, part of Charleston’s historic Gateway Walk founded by the Garden Club of Charleston. Serving as a creative gathering place for the community, the entire ground floor of the museum is admission-free. The upper floors feature art on exhibit, and tickets can be purchased for access by visiting their website at This stunning building is also available for private events and weddings.

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Fun Fact:
The benefactor, James Shoolbred Gibbes, donated $100,000 to the Carolina Arts Association upon his death in 1899 for the “erection of a suitable building for the exhibitions of paintings.” Receipt of the money by the city, however, was delayed by a will contest filed by nieces and nephews of Gibbes. Their case was heard in the state court of New York during 1900 and 1901. On December 6, 1901, the New York Supreme Court issued an opinion declaring that the gift to Charleston was valid.

The Charleston Rickshaw Co. has been transporting visitors around the city on three wheels for over two decades. You can call from anywhere on the peninsula and be picked up within a few minutes. Drivers are friendly and knowledgeable about the city—a sort of mobile concierge as you take the scenic route from point A to point B. Be sure to catch a ride at least once on your visit to Charleston!

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When the sun goes down, the night is just getting started in a city full of college students and vacationers. The restaurant scene is unmatched in Charleston, and clubs and bars run the gamut from casual to decadent. Craft beer, curious cocktails and unique atmospheres abound. In Charleston, you can literally just step outside and start walking and come upon too many hot spots to hit in one night of revelry.

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