Much of the music enjoyed today can trace its roots back to the South, some including the influences of Gullah culture. Spirituals and gospel hymns became the basis for the swing, jazz, and big band of the early twentieth century which grew into rock & roll and eventually hiphop, pop, and R&B music that's popular today. While bluegrass and country music grew up in the mountains of Tennessee, they've become a staple of the music scene in Charleston. It should come as no surprise that Charleston, a part of the Gullah Geechee Corridor, inspires musicians of all genres with its beauty and culture. Live music can be found just about anywhere you look in Charleston these days. And at these locally known Charleston venues, you might discover your next, new favorite artist or band performing.
Outdoor living is a signature of life in Charleston SC, dating back to the city's inception when Charleston Single homes were built with piazzas oriented to take advantage of the ocean breezes. Whether it's shopping at the market downtown, relaxing on the beach, biking the Battery, or attending festivals in Marion Square, we know that everything is better outside in the summer - dining and cocktails are no exception! The only thing better than a delicious, lowcountry meal is one served with a view! Enjoy the Charleston weather from any of these top Holy City rooftops and outdoor patios...
The reviews are IN and it's official... our guests LOVE Slightly Off Center! We knew when we began this ambitious project on Folly Beach that it had the potential to be something truly unique. After watching this project grow from an innovative idea on paper, into a life-sized project with all of our Luxury Simplified teams of Construction, Development and Luxury Simplified Retreats working collaboratively together ... to finally seeing guests enjoying them and making memories ... well that just makes all of our efforts worth while. Don't take our word for it though, hear what our guests have to say about our four brand new Folly Beach retreats!
Stretching from picturesque Waterfront Park all the way to Colonial Lake in Harleston Village, Queen Street intersects some of the most iconic streets in Charleston, a beautiful and beloved connector to the best of everything in downtown Charleston. Whether it's shopping on King Street, exploring restaurants on East Bay Street, or prowling around the antique stores and art galleries of the French Quarter, it's all just a short, beautiful walk. Queen Street itself is home to some of the areas most popular restaurants and is a part of the city's theater district. There's no better way to experience all that this part of historic, downtown Charleston has to offer than with a stay at The Queen's Studio, where you're surrounded by the best of the Holy City.
From an expansive coastline to winding waterways, Charleston offers countless ways to cool off on hot summer days. As a peninsula, downtown Charleston is surrounded by water and with miles of Atlantic beaches on the surrounding sea islands, a visit isn't complete without exploring on the water. Whether you are a sun seeker, adventurer, or workout enthusiast, Charleston’s waterways has activities for all levels of water lovers. With warm summer days right around the corner, here are the best ways to cool off from Folly Beach to Isle of Palms!
The Holy City is known for its deep history, natural beauty, and elevated Southern cuisine, among many other distinctions, and year after year Charleston tops national lists as one of the best cities to visit and live. Home to the South Carolina Aquarium and The Charleston Riverdogs baseball team, it's also a city full of fun for the whole family, with activities and attractions the little ones (and little ones at heart) are sure to enjoy.
What is your ideal day at the beach? A big umbrella and a good book? Boogie boarding and sand castles? Wading in the waves? Between Charleston's 4 public beaches, each with its own unique scene and amenities, Charleston truly has it all. Locals tend to visit the beach closest to their home (for obvious reasons), which means the beaches often mirror the communities that border them, but no matter where you are staying in Charleston, you're always just a few minutes from putting your toes in the sand.
Widely known for its history as an early American port city, strategic military post, and booming gem of the antebellum South, Charleston has long been a popular destination for history lovers. Among the many popular historic sites and landmarks, visitors rarely make a trip to Charleston without experiencing one of the beautiful and sprawling plantations throughout the lowcountry. Oak-lined alleyways. Expansive grounds and gardens. Historical significance. Not only are plantations some of the most picturesque areas of the Holy City, they offer a glimpse into Charleston life throughout the years. But which one should you visit?
Whether you're a longtime oyster aficionado or are falling in love with them for the first time, you'll notice right away that oysters from different regions have distinct flavors. Unlike most delicacies, oysters don't get their flavors from a sauce or seasoning, they develop their unique salty brine from their environment. The coastal waters surrounding Charleston SC have their own ecosystem and produce oysters with a flavor that you won't find anywhere else. For the freshest oysters, best variety, and enjoyable atmosphere, you'll want to visit these 5 local oyster bars when you're in the Holy City:
As a colonial era city able to trace its roots back to 1670, Charleston SC has long been a popular destination drawing history enthusiasts from around the world. Its rich history includes a role in the American Revolution, an Antebellum era boom, leading the charge in the Civil War, and surviving the post war era and desegregation which changed the fabric of the South and the face of the city. Thanks largely to a strong preservationist movement, much of this history has been preserved in the city's building, plantations, landmarks, and monuments. With a seemingly limitless number of historic attractions it can be tough to select a few to include in a visit to Charleston. We've taken the liberty of putting together an itinerary sure to please the history lover in your group.