Get to Know Charleston

Take a closer look at the must-see coastal city and site of our 2013 Showhouse on Daniel Island.

About Charleston

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About Charleston

An integral part of Charleston, Daniel Island enjoys a central location with close proximity to an extraordinary range of things to see and do. The City of Charleston is a jewel, combining a fascinating heritage with contemporary appeal. Meticulously-preserved historic architecture, an engaging cultural arts scene, world-class shopping and dining, Atlantic beaches and more are among the many attractions that Charleston has to offer.

With a temperate climate, the region sports year-round opportunities for outdoor activities like golf, tennis, boating and more. It’s no wonder the area has been named among the world’s top places to visit and live.

Dining and Shopping

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Dining and Shopping

From casual to five-star dining, Charleston has earned a growing reputation as one of the country’s top culinary destinations. Restaurants here are acclaimed for everything from fresh seafood and local produce, to artisan cocktails, fine wines and superb service. The city is currently home to three James Beard Award-winning chefs, and new restaurants of all kinds open regularly, providing never-ending options for enjoying Charleston’s culinary offerings.

Charleston’s historic streets also offer a range of shopping delights, from art galleries, eclectic boutiques and antique shops, to bargaining with local artisans for sweet grass baskets and other treasures. King Street is the city’s famous shopping destination, offering everything from the most popular designers and national boutiques to locally owned shops offering a diverse mix of merchandise.

Historic Attractions

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Historic Attractions

For more than 300 years, the “holy city” has survived fires and bombardment, earthquakes and hurricanes, building an enduring heritage that continues to fascinate residents and visitors alike. Overflowing with architectural gems, downtown Charleston is a walking museum.

Across the rivers, many antebellum plantations give visitors a glimpse of southern colonial life. Attractions like Fort Sumter and the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley also are popular historic destinations.

Arts and Culture

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Arts and Culture

Charleston has a long-standing romance with culture and the arts. A growing community of fine art galleries are located downtown, along with the century-old old Gibbes Museum of Art. Among the city’s theaters and concert halls is the recently renovated Dock Street Theater, the country’s oldest operating theater.

Arts lovers also enjoy the Charleston Ballet, the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and outstanding productions from several community theater groups. Each spring the entire city becomes a stage during the 16-day Spoleto Festival USA, an internationally-acclaimed arts festival that draws productions of theater, music, dance, opera and visual arts from around the world.

Recreation

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Recreation

Surrounded by rivers, tidal creeks and the Atlantic Ocean, water activities like boating, fishing and kayaking are a part of everyday life in Charleston. Some of the country’s most beautiful beaches stretch along the area’s coast, providing residents and visitors with a variety of options for enjoying the coastal lifestyle. The area is home to an outstanding collection of public, private and resort golf courses set amidst the scenic backdrop of the Charleston Lowcountry.

Accolades

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Accolades

With its unique mix of history and culture, coastal lifestyle and southern charm, Charleston has captured the attention of a national (and international) audience with a growing collection of accolades. In 2012, the city was named both the Number One City in the Country and the Top Destination in the World in Conde Nast Traveler’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

The city also has received recognition as a top travel destination in Southern Living, Travel + Leisure, Fodor’s, Outside Magazine, Travel Smart, Travelocity and many other media outlets, and Charlestonians have been named among the most mannerly and friendly in the country.  And magazines like Fortune and Forbes have cited Charleston as a top place to live and work.

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