6 Reasons You Must Visit This Southern Hotspot Stat
Maybe you’ve heard mumblings of Charleston for its good old fashioned southern hospitality. Or maybe you had a friend who visited on a bachelorette party and came back raving about that good time at the rooftop bar Stars. Or — no shame here — perhaps you just want to check out the city where Ryan Reynolds and Blake Lively tied the knot. Heck, maybe you just wanna book a springtime getaway that doesn’t break your wallet. So whether you want to grab that cool winter Airbnb with your gals or split a hotel with your boo, we’re sharing our favorite Chucktown highlights.
Thewill electrify your taste buds. This March 2-6 event will have you drooling left and right in the culinary vortex of “The Holy City.” Lick your lips for Lowcountry favorites from the Southern grand dame Magnolias to the charcuterie lover’s dream Artisan Meat Share, a beloved local butcher and sandwich shop.
Hailed by Forbes Traveler as one of the top five food and wine festivals in the country, this three-day edible paradise brings together more than 160 chefs and authors from Charleston and across the country, with more than 50 food and wine themed events. Be prepared to sip on an heirloom tomato Bloody Mary with blue cheese stuffed olives that you’ll dream about at every booze-soaked brunch in the years to come.
2. Palmetto Brewing Co. will provide you with endless flights of happiness. Okay maybe not endless. But this local brewery has tantalizing beer flights to please any beer drinker. Play cornhole or people watch on the patio over low-key happy hour brewskis, or grab a comfy bar stool indoors while sipping on some of their new spring releases, like the Huger Street IPA (7.2% ABV and a clean, crisp, citrusy wheat India Pale Ale) or Colonel Rathbun’s Farmhouse Ale (7.8% ABV and brewed with local Brickyard Point Farms Hachiya persimmons and pink peppercorn).
Palmetto has also become one of Charleston’s most charming and unconventional music venues where all the events are free. Enjoy a Friday Night Loading Dock Concert, which is consistently packed in no small part to Awendaw Green, a local talent booker. He brings in bands from across the Southeast to play sets from 6-10pm while Charleston food truck favorites park curbside. For something more laid back, try Open Mic Night on Tuesdays in the tasting room from 4-7pm with top-notch local talent, or Unplugged at Palmetto on Saturday from 4-6pm (also in the tasting room), which features acoustic sets from diverse regional acts.