Located in the heart of historic Charleston, South Carolina, the College of Charleston is a nationally recognized public liberal arts and sciences university. Founded in 1770, the College is among the nation’s top universities for quality education. Students say this is the perfect place to call home - great weather, excellent food and amazing people. As a visitor, it's easy to fall in love with this elegant coastal town oozing with Southern hospitality, history, incredible antebellum architecture and creative cuisine.
Stay: Conveniently located; The Francis Marion Hotel is the closest to campus, just a quick five-minute walk. The Courtyard by Marriot Hotel Charleston, The Renaissance, and the Embassy Suites Charleston are also well situated for touring, all approximately 2 miles away. Why not make the trip a mini-vacation? Charleston has some wonderful properties such as The Belmond Charleston Place, Zero George Street, The Dewberry, and The Vendue, voted the No.1 hotel in Charleston by readers of Travel and Leisure Magazine this year.
Breakfast: Right on George Street across from the Cistern, Caviar and Bananas is a gourmet marketplace and café, good at any time of the day. Not far from the Citadel and Hampton Park many locals will tell you that Park Café is their favorite morning spot. It’s worth the short drive to The Daily, a neighborhood spot from the team behind popular Butcher & Bee.
Lunch: Satisfy your cravings for classic southern specialties at Hominy Grill where you’ll be hard-pressed to choose between the Nasty Biscuit and the shrimp and grits. The gourmet-grilled cheese paninis are topnotch at Persimmon. Little Jack’s Tavern might be known for their excellent beef burgers, but one student told us the shrimp burger is the way to go. It's worth standing in line to taste what some say is the best brisket in the south at Lewis BBQ or the rib eye sandwich at Rodney Scott's BBQ, from the legendary pitmaster famous for whole hog BBQ. Just down the block from Lewis save room for smoked wings at Home Team BBQ.
Casual: Everyone in town’s talking about Leon's Oyster Shop’s chargrilled oysters, Siam Salad, and fried chicken. Order the signature seafood pilau, Lowcountry’s version of paella--a glorious mix of Charleston Gold rice, field peas, clams shrimp and fried fish at The Grocery. For shrimp and grits, Poogan's Porch is your place, specializing in Southern cuisine served in a Victorian townhouse. Butcher & Bee is where Lowcountry meets Israeli inspired dishes served in a cool industrial space. (an excellent choice for breakfast and lunch as well. ) If you need a break from Southern food, family style Asian Xiao Bao Biscuit is your perfect timeout, housed in a former gas station.
A Step Up: If you have only one night in Charleston book well in advance to eat at Mike Lata’s seasonal Fig, hands down one of the best restaurants in the country. Chef Lata’s other restaurant, The Ordinary is a seafood lovers dream, known for having the best raw bar in town. Husk put Charleston on the culinary map thanks to Chef Sean Brock’s delicious interpretation of high-end Southern cuisine. (Husk is also one of the city’s top brunch spots.) Also helmed by Sean Brock, the newer McGrady’s Tavern is a hot ticket in town serving a daily changing menu of farm to table high concept tavern fare. Some say that the soul of the South lives in Magnolia's, a Charleston institution. Carnivores should not miss a steak dinner at elegant Hall's Chophouse.
Student Spotting: Snap a photo at The Cistern, a large, grassy area adjacent to Randolph Hall (Randolph Hall is one of the oldest college buildings still in use in the U.S., built in 1828.) “For more than 200 years, life at the College has been centered at its Cistern Yard. This is where generations of students have come to sit, paint, converse and study. This is where countless visitors have snapped pictures and thousands of graduates have skipped over a stage, donned in white dresses and white dinner jackets, their hands eagerly outstretched to accept hard-earned degrees.”
Local Attractions: First time in town? Play tourist with a Carriage Ride, a good introduction to the historic downtown. Afterwards, visit the Charleston City Market for a little shopping. Head south of Broad Street to see the postcard Charleston of stately homes, lush walled gardens,and cobblestoned streets. Explore the French Quarter, named after the Huguenots who settled here, now home to many art galleries. While in the Quarter stop by the Gibbes Museum of Art. Charleston is an ideal walking city - why not learn as you stroll! Take a tour with The Original Charleston Walks. Options include Slavery and Freedom, Civil War Walk or Ghosts and Legends. Visit the historic plantation, Middleton Place, with the oldest landscaped gardens in America. (Approximately a 30 min. drive from downtown.) They have a lovely restaurant there with solid fried chicken and shrimp and grits.
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