February 08 2023
Today, we’re pitching an answer to the age-old, largely contested question — what is the best city in South Carolina, and why? (Spoiler alert: It’s Charleston.)
Editor Lexa here, and if you know me, you know that I've spent years arguing why Charleston is better than any other city in the state. Yes, I’m looking at you, my Clemson and UofSC-grad besties.
This is why we said we have one of the most picturesque cityscapes. | Photo by @mpeacockmedia
To show that I’m objective, I’ll start with some of the good things that other South Carolina cities offer:
- Columbia | The three rivers + its central location to Greenville, Charleston, and Charlotte. Plus: It’s a college town and the
- Greenville | Eclectic art around town with murals, galleries + festivals (read: Artisphere), the
craft beer scene, and landmarks like Falls Park and the Swamp Rabbit Trail. It's also home to our parent company, 6AM City.
- Beaufort | Lots of history + scenic, coastal
views with trails, parks, and nearby beaches.
See? Totally impartial + willing to say that these cities are great — just not as great as ours. Now, why Charleston is the best:
We’ve been ranked No. 1 on Travel + Leisure’s list of the Top 10 U.S. Cities for ten years in a row.
We’ve got one of the most picturesque, if not the most picturesque, cityscapes in the nation.
Enter: The Battery, Rainbow Row, and
- Charleston is home to the
Angel Oak Tree on Johns Island — bringing in approximately 400,000 visitors each year.
- Our food and bev scene is second to none, featuring a wonderful mix of restaurants that have been here for generations (like 82 Queen) and spots that have
recently opened to serve our community (like Bar Rollins).
And in case you’ve forgotten: Charleston is the city Darius Rucker sings about.
But if you’re ever in the Greenville or Columbia areas and need the 4-1-1 on what’s going on in those cities, check out our friends Danielle + Kyle at GVLtoday and David + Sam at COLAtoday. They’re pretty great.
*Note: This article is meant to be fun + lighthearted. We love all of the other cities in this state and know that each one has its own unique reasons for being wonderful.
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- Sunset Yoga + Dinner at The DIME | Thurs., Aug. 11 | 5:30-6:15 p.m. | Waterfront Park Daniel Island, 101 River Landing Dr. | Free | Celebrate the launch of the local market and eatery’s new menu with a slow yoga flow + stick around for dinner and drinks.
- Homegrown at the Point | Fri., Aug. 12 | 5-9 p.m. | Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 20 Patriots Point Rd., Mt. Pleasant | $10 | Charleston’s longest-running happy hour concert series continues — score tickets to see tribute band Mr. Holland’s Oats. 🎸
- Charleston Farmers Market | Sat., Aug. 13 | 8 a.m.-2 p.m. | Marion Square | Free | It’s the last day of National Farmers Market Week — shop local produce and seasonal goods.
Michael Bublé | Sun., Aug. 14 | 8 p.m. | North Charleston Performing Art Center, 5001 Coliseum Dr., North Charleston | $45+
| The Grammy-winning singer is coming to the Holy City for one night only — score tickets to see the Higher tour. 🎤
Music Mondays | Mon., Aug. 15 | 7-9 p.m. | Little Palm, The Ryder Hotel, 237 Meeting St. | Free | Kick off the week with live music on the pool deck by local band Good Trouble.
Open Studio | Tues., Aug. 16 | 10 a.m. | Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet | Free with garden admission | Join Brookgreen’s Director of the Master Sculptor Program Bryan Rapp for art demonstrations, observations, and a Q+A. 🎨
Diamonds Direct Hiring Party | Thurs., Aug. 18 | 10 a.m.-7 p.m. | Diamonds Direct Charleston, 1911 N Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant | Free to attend | Join Diamonds Direct for a Hiring Party on August 18 from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in their Mount Pleasant showroom. 💍 *
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Channel your inner artist
We're loving the bright, fun color in this collection. | Photo provided by Julia Deckman
Calling all art lovers: Julia Deckman, a visual artist working in the Holy City for the last decade, is inviting you to a free, public opening event on Sat., Sept. 10 for her solo exhibition “The Choreography of Color.” The exhibition is hosted by local studio and gallery Hed Hi Studio at 654 King St.
To give you a little background: “Color Choreography” sets out to explore the relationship between color + form, with elements of the collection arranged methodically to achieve a certain energy. Take a peek at Julia’s work above.
Head to Hed Hi Studio from 6-10 p.m. for the opening event, or swing by viewing hours on Mon., Sept. 12 and Tues., Sept. 13 from 5-8 p.m. 🎨
- 91º | Mostly cloudy | 24% chance of rain
Sunrise + sunset
- Rise: 6:39 a.m.
- Set: 8:10 p.m.
- Low: 2:02 a.m. + 2:07 p.m.
- High: 8:00 a.m. + 8:39 p.m.
- Good news, Charleston: The lineup has been finalized for the
Charleston Beer Fest. Set to be held on Sat., Oct. 22 at Riverfront Park, the event will feature 40+ regional breweries, more than 20 food trucks, craft vendors, and homebrewers headlined by the North Mississippi Allstars. Grab tickets. 🍻 (Holy City Sinner)
Get your shopping list ready… There are new establishments in the works around the Lowcountry. Huey Magoo’s Chicken Tenders is tentatively planned to
open its first Charleston restaurant this October at The Shoppes at Centre Pointe in North Charleston + Gracie Jiujitsu and Lillie’s of Charleston are expected to open at the Citadel Mall this fall. 🛍 (The Post and Courier)
One of the oldest properties on James Island, the Stiles-Hinson House, has been listed for
$3.8 million. This circa-1742 property in the Stiles Point neighborhood features 5,336 sqft with five bedrooms and five bathrooms, plus a saltwater pool + chef’s kitchen. Peep the listing. 🏠
- Calling all Berkeley County voters — a
countywide referendum was recently approved for November’s general election ballot. Voters will have the chance to
pass a special 1% sales and use tax to fund roadway + infrastructure projects around the county. Take a look at the questions. 🗳 (WCIV)
Goose Creek City Council was expected to meet on Tuesday to discuss modifying
the city’s official zoning map — which could bring a new project to the area. Developers say “The Community,” a proposed mixed-use development, may bring 32,000 sqft of retail space,
300 apartment units, and 130 senior living units to a site along Highway 52. 🚧 (WCSC)
Three local organizations were selected to receive an $8.4 million grant from the American Rescue Plan.
The Charleston Chamber Foundation, the Educate, Empower and Elevate foundation, and Roper St. Francis Healthcare are expected to use the funding to allow for equitable job opportunities for the marginalized population + improve access to healthcare. (WCSC)
- Local nonprofit YWCA Greater Charleston has revealed the 10 women selected to receive the
“What Women Bring” award — recognizing outstanding culture, community, and business contributions. Seven of this year’s nominees hold leadership positions in the Tri-County area. The women will be recognized during a luncheon in October. 🏆 (WCSC)
$100,000. That’s the total grant that MUSC has received from the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund — set to be distributed to the
Turning the Tide Violence Intervention Program. The program works to provide victims of violence with improved support + intervention services.
Funds will be distributed over two years. 💰 (WCBD)
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Editor's pick: In case you haven't heard, Brookgreen Gardens’ after-hours art exhibition series, Summer Light: Art by Night, is coming to an end.
The exhibition features
nine light installations throughout the sculpture gardens — including 900 glowing wine bottles along the Daylily Walk,
800 up-cycled "chandeliers” in the Welcome Plaza portico, and 450 twinkling stars under the Live Oak trees.
To give you an idea of what to expect, check out these photos of the spectacular installations. Heads up: The exhibition ends on Saturday, so grab your tickets while you still can. 🌟
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