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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 Seafood in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

167 Raw

There are no reservations at this tiny hole-in-the-wall that unassumingly serves up the city's best seafood. People wait in lines down the block for the delicious lobster roll, and the tuna burger and sea-scallop po…
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 Building in South of Broad & the French Quarter

Heyward-Washington House

As the name hints, this 1772 Georgian-style town house is kind of a big deal because George Washington rented it for a week, and visitors can stand in what was likely his bedroom. The owner, Thomas Heyward, Jr, was …
Top Choice Historic Building in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Aiken-Rhett House

The only surviving urban town-house complex, this 1820 abode gives a fascinating glimpse into antebellum life on a 45-minute self-guided audio tour. The role of slaves is emphasized and visitors wander into their do…
Top Choice Mexican in Hilton Head Island

Java Burrito

Like a sustainably tricked-out Chipotle, this family-owned, farm-to-table burrito Eden is impossible not to love, which is why in-the-know islanders are addicted to it. Choose your method (burrito, bowl, taco etc), …
Top Choice Pub Food in East Side, NoMo & Hampton Park

Edmund's Oast

Occupying a gutted former hardware store in gentrifying NoMo, Charleston's highest-brow brewpub got a fancy new executive chef, Bob Cook, in 2017. The new grub: Southern faves like salt chicken skins, hanger steaks …
Top Choice Historic Site in Charleston

Fort Sumter National Monument

The first shots of the Civil War rang out at Fort Sumter, on a pentagon-shaped island in the harbor. A Confederate stronghold, this fort was shelled to bits by Union forces from 1863 to 1865. A few original guns and…
Top Choice American in Beaufort

Ribaut Social Club

A refined yet homey Lowcountry restaurant, set in the refurbished mansion – Anchorage 1770 – that once belonged to Admiral Beardslee (and named after his boisterous gentleman's club). The executive chef brings a per…