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:
Vacations and margaritas go together like limes and tequila. Whether you like yours "blended & frozen," or "on the rocks," this classic cocktail is a popular staple of any beach vacation. Anyone who loves a good marg will tell you, there's simply nothing worse than a weak margarita, and oftentimes, using a top shelf tequila is key to getting it right. These longtime local favorite Mexican spots serve up the best margaritas in the Lowcountry.
We can all agree, brunch is a staple of any good vacation. The mid-morning combination of breakfast and lunch, with a tasty cocktail, is hard to beat. This is even more true in a foodie destination such as Charleston, where seemingly every restaurant serves up their own unique twist on southern breakfast favorites. From elevating humble grits to incorporating locally caught seafood into traditional egg dishes, or a dish of oysters plated over ice, Charleston knows how to do brunch. It wouldn't be a southern brunch without a cool, sippable cocktail, like the over-the-top Bloody Mary garnished with okra, pickles and even bacon, or the bottomless pitchers of bubbly mimosas. In no particular order, here are our top 7 "lesser-known," but still savory and scrumptious brunch spots in Charleston SC:
With a spring event season stretching from January all the way through to June, there's a lot to do and see in Charleston SC. Visitors flock to the area from around the world, not only to experience these top tier events for themselves, but to experience them in the unparalled setting that is uniquely The Holy City. This historic city makes for a unique backdrop with it's deep history, breathtaking and diverse architecture, and seemingly endless southern charm. Though the festivals draw crowds to the city, it's the city that keeps them coming back year after year. Here are some of Charleston's top festivals - so mark you calendar now!
Bright, colorful lights are a staple of the holiday season. A tradition dating back to the 18th century, the first holiday lights consisted of small candles or lanterns used to decorate Christmas trees. They've come a long way in the centuries since with the spread of electric lighting and new technologies. Modern light displays can include color changing LED bulbs, laser lights, and lighted inflatable characters. When it comes to "over the top" holiday light displays Charleston decks the halls like no other with long running traditions that are MUST-DO events if you're making a holiday visit to the Holy City.
As the popularity of Charleston has grown, so has the culinary scene. With SO many places to choose from, it is easy to get lost in the endless sea of restaurant options. Visitors often flock to the "Big 5:" Husk, Halls, Hominy, Hanks and High Cotton, but getting a taste of the unique and off-the-beaten path culinary experience is an absolute must. At the end of the day, it is always the places that are the hardest to find that are the BEST!
There are many well-known restaurants that come to mind when thinking about the culinary mecca that is Charleston, SC most of which are the award winning "destination restaurants" featured in the glossy food magazines every year. While Charleston is famous for its many fine dining establishments, what some fail to recognize are the cheap eats that are casual options for locals and visitors alike. To help you find these gems, we’ve put together a list of our favorite restaurants around Charleston that are both tasty and affordable – and often packed with local folks!
The best part of vacationing to Charleston SC is that not only can you be captivated by the history and charm of downtown, but you can completely relax on the sandy beaches and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of our favorite beach getaways around Charleston is Folly Beach SC. The eclectic surf town has recently become a top tourist destination for so many reasons. From Civil War-era history, to world-class surfers, and top-notch eateries a Folly Beach vacation is everything in one.
There is no doubt that Charleston SC is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities to explore - even for a local, it never gets old. Around every corner and back alleyway, there is likely something beautiful you haven't noticed (as many times as you've walked the city). The colonial architecture has successfully maintained its character and quite possibly become even more charming over time. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a month-long getaway, there is always something new to explore in Charleston SC. Here are 5 ways to jazz up your exploration methods and see the Holy City from all angles.
When it comes to just about any culinary cuisine, Charleston SC knows how to do it right. And for the quintessential American classic, Charleston restaurants and taverns have made it their mission to master the perfect burger. But you have to wonder, what is the "best of the best?" As a luxury vacation management concierge team, it's up to us to try out the top spots so when you visit and ask "Where can we get the best burger?" - we'll have the perfect recommendation! So, here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we took it upon ourselves to search for the best burger in Charleston! Fifteen burgers later, give or take a few, and a much needed visit to the gym, we've put our list of "tops" together and named the most mouthwatering burgers in the Holy City!