The 131-room Moxy Downtown Charleston, in the Upper Peninsula, is set to open early in the year. Guests can expect a complimentary first drink on checking in, reinforcing the South’s reputation for hospitality.
Another opening scheduled for early in the year is The Limited Hotel, a stylish 120-room property with a swimming pool in Charleston’s Historic District. The hotel is part of the Marriott group.
They will add to recent new properties including The Pinch, a boutique hotel on George Street, whose rooms feature fully equipped kitchens. Mills House, an elegant 218-room hotel with a pink façade, occupies a mid-19th-century building on the corner of Queen and Meeting Streets.
Five-star hotel options in the downtown include the Hotel Bennett on King Street. The chic 179-room property has a rooftop pool and opens onto Marion Square, the former parade ground of The Citadel military college.
Charleston and the surrounding region offer much for military history aficionados.
Notably, the first battle of the Civil War was fought in Charleston Harbor in April 1861. Confederate guns bombarded Fort Sumter for 34 straight hours, heralding the start of the bitter conflict that raged for four years. Ferries depart to Fort Sumter National Monument from Liberty Square and Patriots Point.
The mighty USS Yorktown is the star attraction at the popular Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. The aircraft carrier is docked near other vessels offering insights into U.S. naval history during the 20th century.
The Hunley, the first submarine to sink a ship, is displayed at the Warren Lasch Conservation Center and can be visited on weekends. The centre tells the story of the ill-fated submarine and its rediscovery in 1995.
Guided walking tours offer a way of getting to know Charleston while listening to tales from the city’s long and multifaceted history.
Walks of Charleston, Charleston Footprint Tours and Charleston Sole Walking Tours count among the companies offering insights into the city, which was founded in 1670. The sizable French Quarter and Joe Riley Waterfront Park are among the must-visit highlights.
The city was a key location for the transatlantic slave trade and the Old Slave Mart Museum tells that story. Middleton Place and Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens count among the other historic locations that explore that legacy.
For foodies, visiting a restaurant serving authentic Lowcountry cuisine is a highlight of any trip to South Carolina.
There are plenty to choose from in Charleston, including 82 Queen, Circa 1886 and Magnolias.