Guide to Charleston

To do

Take Flight

Soar above the steepled city in a chopper. Holy City Helicopters safely flies you above the undulating coastline. While on board, you’ll spot lighthouses, coastal islands and rumbling sea. Choose the sunset tour with champagne for the ultimate treat.

Shop King Street

Meander down King Street, wallet in hand. Don’t miss Croghan’s Jewel Box—its story is one that defines Charleston. One hundred years ago, engraver William Croghan opened his store in a two-century-old building. Today, in the same location, it’s an exclusive trove for jewelry buffs. From silverware to estate jewelry to the Goldbug collection designed by Croghan’s able heirs, this is a can’t-miss experience.

Tee Off

Golfers can tee off at some of the world’s top-rated courses on Kiawah Island, a private island community with beaches, a hotel and nine elite courses—including some designed by Gary Player and Jack Nicklaus. Work on your swing at Kiawah’s Golf Performance and Development Center, a cutting-edge digital practice range sure to improve your game.

Sail Away

Revel in Charleston’s maritime heritage aboard a yacht. Rent your own 17-ft Boston Whaler from Charleston Charter and Yacht, or join this premier outfitter’s organized trips, from sunset cruises to afternoon harbor tours. Private, customized charters can include fishing, water play and stops at ports along the way.

Hit the Open Road

Guests of The Restoration hotel can dream up, design and roar down the road on a fully bespoke motorcycle, hand-built by the hotel’s in-house master craftsman. Commission your one-of-a-kind bike, from handlebars to fenders, pick it up four to nine months later, and see Charleston from atop two wheels.

Get Mannerly

There’s nothing like gracious Southern hospitality. Join author Suzanne Pollak, the dean of the Charleston Academy of Domestic Pursuits, for a round of customized cooking classes, social-survival tutorials and general throwing-a-party-the-Charleston-way advice. A rip-roaring good time, this immersion in culture is time well spent.

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