Our lovely local slice of Heaven, Charleston, SC has been voted the 'Top City in the United States' by the 2011 Condé Nast Traveler Readers' Choice Awards, establishing a profound benchmark for the city and trumping stiff competition! The award was based on a variety of categories, including: Culture & Ambience, Atmosphere & Sites, and Friendliness, among others. Charleston is the quintessential vacation destination, offering a comprehensive and amazing experience for all.
Charleston has an array of unique outdoor activities offering everything from a stroll through narrow, tree-lined courtyards. Kayaking along tranquil tidal creeks. Celebrating the good life on a rooftop bar as the sun sets over the harbor. You can do it all in one day, only in Charleston. The restaurants are world class: In Charleston, the Chefs are the stars. The goodness they prepare shines bright on the national food scene. Patrons can enjoy Southern specialties and other flavors served in settings as delicious as the meals themselves!
Charleston's menu of lodging options is a dream come true for travelers! Choose from historic inns, famous beach resorts, luxury hotels and charming bed & breakfasts. Let's not forget about the shopping! It's easy to spoil yourself or someone else with unique treasures only found in Charleston. Antique shops, local boutiques, name brand outlets, art galleries and jewelers await your arrival.
After all you've read, there's only one question which you must ask yourself: What are you waiting for?
Charleston Style & Design Magazine presents The Design Elements of Michael Mitchell on Thursday, October 13th from 6-8pm at the Michael Mitchell Gallery. Charleston Style and Design Magazine is hosting interior designer Michael Mitchell as he expands his interior design business by adding mid-century antiques, modern and vintage furniture to the mix of local and regional artwork this Fall. He now also has the exclusives to Made Goods and Dwell Studio, two collections of modern home decor not found elsewhere in the region.
Recently Southern Living Magazine caught up with Kathryn Peters, founder of Upper King's Seeking Indigo, to gain some insight about King Street's transformation into a bustling thoroughfare of activity. Over the past several years King Street, just north of Calhoun, has seen a dramatic resurgence of bohemian boutiques, trendy restaurants, and neighborhood gastropubs--a stark contrast to a sprawl once littered with unsightly urban decay. Peters has watched Upper King grow into a busy hub of commerce, art, and revolutionary culinary cuisine.
For a special treat Peters has decided to let everyone in on her own favorite local hotspots: For shopping Butterfly (at 482 King Street) offers high end consignment pieces alongside new merchandise. The wonderful staff will be at your service, helping you pull outfits together. For homegoods Lesesne (at 539 King Street) highlights a mix of both modern and classic styles. For art the Michael Mitchell gallery (at 438 King Street) showcases contemporary works from regional artisits. For food Fish restaurant (at 442 King Street) chef Nico Cuomo serves up one of the most unique menus in town at more than affordable prices. If you're looking for a more low key spot to relax and take a load off your feet then head over to Juanita Greenberg's (at 439 King Street) to enjoy a few margeritas and some mexican cuisine. There you have it, the place to be is Upper King...if you haven't figured it out by now it has a little something for everyone!
It's not every day that you can get some holiday decorating tips from one of Charleston's most renowned interior designers. In addition to being one of the nation's leading dealers in
period, 18th century French furniture, Mary Helen McCoy is also a
Here are her first four tips for your holiday decor:
If you have silver be sure to polish it and set it out. Now is the time to let it shine. If you prefer brass the same applies.
Make sure that you have an ample supply of fresh candles and light them to create ambiance.
Keep your home smelling like the holidays with potpourri or boiling water and cinnamon sticks.
Make arrangements with fresh fruit which can last and be eaten. Be sure to add whole walnuts and pecans as well.
Lower King Street will celebrate the end of the City’s
beautification construction project, StreetScape, Thursday November 12 from 4:30
to 8:00 PM. Ceremonies begin with a ribbon cutting ceremony by Mayor Joe Riley
in front of the Charleston Concert
Association’s new offices, followed by Jazz and Sangria at the CCA and an
evening King Street Stroll.
Following the ceremonies stroll
King Street from Broad to Market, enjoy the beautiful new street, meet store owners and other notables while enjoying
refreshments at some of the finest shops in Charleston.
This follows CNN and the September issue of Southern Living magazine highlighting The Upper King Design District in the cover article “10 Reasons to Visit Charleston Again.”
Parramore writes, “You can imagine any number of Southern belles sweeping down storied blocks packed with antiques, shoes, jewelry and luxury boutiques. You'll find familiar names like Abercrombie & Fitch, plus locally owned stores such as Bob Ellis for shoes and Half Moon Outfitters for hiking gear. Hit the luxe Shops at Charleston Place; then check out home furnishings on Upper King Street. For one-of-kind antiques,
browse King Street Antique Mall.
A Shrimp & Grits Martini at the Swamp Fox, inside the Francis Marion Hotel, is just the thing to revive the shopped-out.
"We’re in kind of a bubble because Charleston is such a popular place for tourists," says Susan Lucas, representative for Charleston’s Upper King Street Design District. The stores in this South Carolina town are feeling a pinch, she admits, but "the high-end stores are offering more of a mix of things, so everybody gets to take something home.”
King Street's Antique, Fashion and Design Districts all the way from Broad Street to Spring Street celebrate the holidays with an invitation to come downtown Thursday evenings in December for shopping, dining and entertainment.
From 5:00-8:00 pm each district will feature all the lights, carols, treats and of course shopping you can only get downtown.
Come join us! Parking vouchers are available from merchants for parking in city garages spread throughout each district. Where else can you get that downtown holiday experience but King Street at Christmas! Plan to have a post-shopping dinner at one of our many fine restaurants.
Guaranteed to ignite your holiday spirit. Shop downtown. Shop historic King Street.
These merchants participate in the Parking with Purchase Program. They want to treat you like the VIP you are, and will validate an hour or more of parking at any City of Charleston parking garage when you shop or dine with them.