February 08 2023
You’ve probably heard an accolade, or 800, about Charleston’s tourist + leisure scene. But have you ever experienced it for yourself?
From the sounds of the waves crashing along Folly Beach to being home to the nation’s only tea garden, the 843 has so much to explore — whether you’re just hitting the highlights or living the Lowcountry lifestyle.
So grab your walking shoes and stay hydrated, folks. We're supplying 14 of Charleston’s best tourist attractions.
Tatum visiting Rainbow Row — did you know a few of these iconic homes sold this year? | Photo by CHStoday
Perhaps the most iconic of all Charleston tourist destinations is this colorful stretch of homes on East Bay Street that embodies the historic charm of the Holy City. We debunked the myths of Rainbow Row here.
Angel Oak Tree
Thought to be over 400 or 500 years old, our beloved Angel Oak measures approximately
65 feet tall and 25 feet in circumference with 17,000 square feet of shade. These boughs are worth the scenic drive to Johns Island. Read the history of the Angel Oak here. 🌳
Joe Riley Waterfront Park
Waterfront Park in downtown Charleston is home to the Pineapple Fountain and beautiful views of the harbor. Did you know that this fruit is a symbol of hospitality? Learn the history of the pineapple in Charleston.
This famous fountain doubles as a splash zone in the summer. | Photo by CHStoday
The Pink House
This brightly-colored historic home is one of the oldest residences in Charleston. The house, located at 17 Chalmers St., became famously known as The Pink House. Discover the history.
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Brewery Bingo with OH YAH BBQ Food Truck | Thurs., July 21 | 5-8 p.m. | Snafu Brewing Company, 3280 Industry Dr., North Charleston | Free | Swing by this old-school brewery for bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. + snag savory smoked meats, sandwiches, mac and cheese, tacos, and dessert from the OH YAH BBQ food truck. 🍻
Next Step Tai Chi | Thurs., July 21 | 9:30 a.m. | Wando Mount Pleasant Library, 1400 Carolina Park Blvd., Mt. Pleasant | Free
| Practice this Chinese martial art at a beginner-friendly class held at the library.
Charleston Riverdogs vs Myrtle Beach Pelicans | Fri., July 22-Sun., July 24 | Times vary | Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne St. | $8+ | Swing over to The Joe for a full weekend of home games including Red Shirt Friday, UFO Night, and Family Sunday. ⚾️
Kelly George & Techa Smalls-Brown | Fri., July 22 | 8-9:30 a.m. | Holy City Brewing, 1021 Aragon Ave., North Charleston | Free
| Enjoy a talk, guided meditation + live performance — coffee and pastries from EVO Craft Bakery provided.
American Landmark Book Talk | Sun., July 24 | 4-5:30 p.m. | The Pavilion at Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd. | Free | Discover 300 years of American history during a book talk and signing reception with author Virginia Beach — registration required.
Farmers Market | Mon., July 25 | 3-7 p.m. | Freshfields Village, 165 Village Green Ln., Kiawah Island | Free | Kick off the week on Kiawah Island with local vendors like Joseph Field Farms, Rio Bertolini’s Fresh Pasta, and Charleston Crepe Co. 🥜
- Surf in the City: A Night of Surf Films | Fri., Aug. 19 | 8 p.m. | Charleston Music Hall, 37 John St. | $8+
| Surf’s up in the Holy City — catch a wave to see the feature film “Big Wave Guardians” + local short film “What Are You Doing?” 🍿
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Whether you know cars from engine to exterior or fancy a nice ride, the current exhibit at The Ultimate Driving Museum in Greer, SC has something for everyone. We joined Jackie Bechek + Christine Chabot from the BMW Car Club of America Foundation for a tour of the museum’s current exhibit, The Power of M: Celebrating 50 Years, which showcases a collection of BMW M model cars — from the series’ inception to its newest addition.
Keep reading to see how you can get behind the driver’s seat and Try This.
We wouldn’t mind cruising around town in this beauty. | Photo by the CHStoday team
What we tried
We looked above the hood at 25 cars that showcase the last 50 years of BMW M, or BMW Motorsport, which has produced high-performance cars since its inception in 1972.
From the 1972 3.0CSL Batmobile, a 3.0CSL race car + this month’s featured model, to three special-edition M3 cars that were never sold in the US (like this one), to the 2015 F10 M5 30 Jahre (think: 30th anniversary model) that sold at auction for $700,000. Bonus: peep the 2022 BMW M 1000 RR, the first M Motorcycle, by the exhibit entrance.*
- 90º | Partly cloudy | 24% chance of rain ☁️
Sunrise + sunset
- Rise: 6:25 a.m.
- Set: 8:27 p.m.
- Low: 9:02 a.m. + 9:45 p.m.
- High: 2:57 a.m. + 3:34 p.m.
- Last month, we let y’all know about the
$42 million renovation of the Archer School downtown. The City of Charleston has now broken ground on the project to convert the vacant property into 89 units of affordable housing for older adults, expected to be completed in 2024. (Holy City Sinner)
- We like our news like we like our coffee: Light + sweet. A CofC alum recently
opened a coffee shop in downtown Charleston, just down the road from The Commodore. Blum offers coffee, wine, and beer at 511 Meeting St. Thanks for the tip, reader Clara M. PS: The shop is based in Columbia — for news on the Soda City, check out COLAtoday.
- Calling all techies: The Southeast’s
first and only Apple museum has launched in Charleston, celebrating 40+ years of Apple product history with 75 exhibits from 1979 forward. Take a look inside. Bonus: The Charleston Apple Museum is free and open to the public. Visit at the Charleston Tech Center at 997 Morrison Dr. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. 💽 (Charleston Digital Corridor)
- New to Charleston? We have a page full of local guides with
everything you need to know about exploring the Holy City — ranging from neighborhood guides to where to donate + volunteer. Check it out here and you’ll feel like a local in no time.
Here’s a pineapple to say welcome. 🍍
We have unbeleafably cool news. The trees on CofC’s campus are getting some recognition — the college was officially named a 2021 Tree Campus Higher Education by the Arbor Day Foundation. CofC earned the title by meeting criteria including creating a campus tree care plan. Next time you’re in the Cistern Yard, look up. 🌳 (The College Today)
Cheers to seven years. 96.3FM Ohm Radio is celebrating its seventh anniversary with a free celebration on Mon., August 1 at The Whale: Craft Beer Collective. Guests will get the chance to tour the new Ohm Radio studio and make a local promo that will air on the station. Head to the event at The Refinery at 1640 Meeting St. from 5:30-7 p.m. RSVP here. 📻
- Beep beep.
Earlier this week, we asked for recommendations on the best auto shops and services in Charleston.
Here’s what we heard: Gerald’s Tires & Brakes, Ottohaus of Charleston, Palm Wash, Hoelz’s Body Shop, Ravenel Ford, Charleston Auto Repair, and Richard’s Automotive Repair. Happy driving. 🔧
- Nothing says Charleston like historic homes. A 1950s brick cottage in downtown’s Wagener Terrace
has been transformed by owner Rachel Levkowicz and local company Solid Renovations. See before + after photos of the renovation.
- Here are three ways to do
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It’s July in South Carolina, which means the time is ripe for peaches + tomatoes. Park & Grove on the Upper Peninsula is serving up these fruits on its heirloom tomato toast. This sourdough snack is topped with local peaches, ricotta, and arugula and drizzled with balsamic vinegar. 🍅
This is one of Tatum’s favorite downtown restaurants for the atmosphere and elevated American eats. Grab a seat on the patio outside and pair a summery specialty cocktail with your food like the Coconut Killer with rum, coconut, and mango. See the menu.
Take a bite of the heirloom toast during lunch, Tuesday-Friday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m., at 730 Rutledge Ave.
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Editor's pick: We all scream for ice cream, even dairy-free folks like me. In case you missed it, Off Track Ice Cream released its final new flavor of the summer: Vegan Strawberry Cheesecake Swirl. Feast your eyes on this sweet treat.
Needless to say, Off Track has been my go-to spot for ice cream this summer in Charleston. See the menu and check it out at 6 Beaufain St.
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