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Top Choice Plantation in Charleston County Sea Islands

McLeod Plantation

Opened to the public in 2015, this James Island plantation offers an honest and frankly devastating account of the lives of the enslaved and later (theoretically) emancipated African Americans who lived and worked h…
Top Choice Distillery in Charleston County Sea Islands

Firefly Distillery

The world’s first hand-crafted sweet-tea-flavored vodka came from this gem of a distillery, tucked into the forest on Wadmalaw Island. Sampling this classic, which is made with tea grown on the nearby Charleston Tea…
Top Choice Fort in Charleston County Sea Islands

Fort Moultrie

This layered fort encapsulates the history of US coastal defense spanning nearly 200 years and four wars. Aspects of the fort have been restored to help visitors understand the evolution of architecture, weaponry an…
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston County Sea Islands

Angel Oak Tree

Some folks reckon this Southern live oak tree is 1500 years old (others says it's 400 to 500 years old). Whatever the case, it's one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi, standing 66.5ft tall and m…
Top Choice American in Charleston County Sea Islands

Obstinate Daughter

Sullivan's Island wasn't on the region's culinary map till this place showed up and made serious waves. The chef/owner, who also received high praise for Wild Olive, has demonstrated considerable range here, refocus…
Top Choice Seafood in Charleston County Sea Islands

Bowens Island Restaurant

Down a long dirt road through Lowcountry marshland near Folly Beach, this unpainted wooden shack is one of the South's most venerable seafood dives – grab an oyster knife and start shucking! A half/full tray runs $1…
Southern US in Charleston County Sea Islands

Jasmine Porch

Kiawah Island is a private island, mostly for fancy golfers and other well-off folks. But tell 'em at the gate you're headed to Jasmine Porch and, boom, you're in. The charming Southern kitchen is ensconced in the S…
Plantation in Charleston County Sea Islands

Charleston Tea Plantation

There's only one large-scale, working tea plantation in the US, folks, and this is it. A trolley tour takes visitors around the property, offering plenty of information on the history and process of growing tea plan…
Italian in Charleston County Sea Islands

Wild Olive

This cozy Italian kitchen on Johns Island is whipping up some of the best homemade pastas and ambitious mains outside of Tuscany. The carne crudo is light and artful, and the lamb-sausage lasagna is a gooey delight …
Beach in Charleston County Sea Islands

Kiawah Beachwater Park

This idyllic stretch of sun-toasted sand at the southern end of Kiawah Island has been called one of the top 10 beaches in the USA and is the only publicly accessible beach on Kiawah. Take a bike – the compact sand …