Charleston, South Carolina makes frequent appearances in our travel daydreams. (Yep, that'd be us — staring off into space and thinking lustily of hush puppies.) Not only has the charming town been named "the best city in the world," it's also the backdrop for all the glorious drama of Southern Charm.
Naturally, when we do visit Charleston, we'll want to soak in some jazz at Shep Rose's bar the Commodore, hit Patricia Altshul's favorite historical monuments, and hit up any other spot that might bring us shoulder-to-shoulder with the Southern Charm pals. So, we're taking notes on Town & Country's latest guide to the city, which is packed with local recommendations from the cast.
The whole guide is here, but we've prepared a little cheat sheet, below. After all, you have plane tickets to book and hush-puppy purveyors to vet.
Where to Eat in Charleston — Best Restaurants
Shep says the gnochhi Bolognese at Fig is "second to none," while most of the cast agrees that Seewee's serves spot-on classic Southern fare. (Think: out-of-this-world banana pudding, fried shrimp, and butter beans.) Cameran Eubanks says that Home Team BBQ has "the best wings I've ever put into her mouth," while Shep loves slurping seafood at Leon's Oyster Shop. And, take note: Patricia called Hall's Chophouse "the Southern Charm clubhouse."
Shep is one of the owners of The Palace Hotel, so it's no wonder he loves knocking back a cold one at this funky spot. At The Commodore, where Shep is also a partner, it's all about dancing to local live music.
Where to Stay in Charleston — Best Hotels
Belmond Charleston Place is smack dab in the center of the city, and has a rooftop pool, a spa, and in-house Louis Vuitton and Gucci boutiques. Meanwhile, the Wentworth Mansion has all the grandeur you'll need with a sweeping staircase and Tiffany glass accents.
Patricia loves taking a stroll through the gardens at Middleton Place, which were designed in the 18th century. "[They] boast magnificent butterfly lakes that are unique to the location," she says. Plus, chances are high that you'll run into "a baby alligator sunning itself in the garden." Patricia also loves the Nathaniel Russell House, which paints an authentic picture of a Charleston mansion from the 1800s. "This house is the most elegant residence that is open to the public in Charleston," the Southern Charm matriarch says.
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