Charleston Gateway

Lowcountry Lowdowns

Charleston Gateway Features

Historic and Charming McClellanville

Historic and Charming McClellanville

The small fishing village and artists’ enclave of McClellanville is roughly an hour’s drive north on Highway 17 from downtown Charleston, and exploring this quaint corner of Charleston County is a lovely way to spend a day. Its rich history, oak-lined streets and delicious seafood make for a relaxing and fun “Lowcountry Backroads” trip. St. […]

Read more »

29th Annual Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner

29th Annual Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner

November 28, 29 & December 1-13, 15-20, 22, 23 at 5:30pm

A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December. For the 29th year in a row, Circa 1886 restaurant and Charming Inns will play host to the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner,” a festive evening where diners journey by carriage to three different locations. Guests are invited to start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings […]

Read more »

From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Cabin Project Tour

From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Cabin Project Tour

Located off of scenic Ashley River Road, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is known as one of “America’s Most Beautiful Gardens,” and is the only garden honored with this distinction in the Palmetto State. Magnolia’s Cabin Project began more than ten years ago in an effort to preserve five historic structures that date back to 1850. […]

Read more »

Sculpture in the South’s Permanent Collection

Sculpture in the South's Permanent Collection

Just 20 miles west of Charleston, Summerville was established as a summering village for Charleston businessmen and their families. Qualities important in the 1700 and 1800s, which are still important today, included leadership, service to others, families and the environment. Since its beginnings in 1999, Sculpture in the South has installed 25 figurative bronzes in […]

Read more »

The Confederate Museum: A Gateway to the Past

The Confederate Museum: A Gateway to the Past

Located at 188 Meeting Street, in Historic Downtown Charleston, the Confederate Museum is operated by the South Carolina Ladies Auxiliary of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a group that re-enacts the lives of their ancestors in the 1860s. The museum features fascinating memorabilia from the American Civil War, many of which were donated by actual Civil […]

Read more »

Holiday Charleston

Holiday Charleston

Holiday music, magical lights and exquisite decorations are all a part of the unforgettable experience of celebrating the holidays in Charleston. You’ll find revelry and merriment throughout our beautiful city. Here are a few highlights of the holiday festivities. 11/18 Choral Group Cantus partners with Theatre Latte Da at Charleston Music Hall to present All is […]

Read more »

31st Annual MOJA Arts Festival

31st Annual MOJA Arts Festival

Running through October 5, Charleston’s MOJA Arts Festival celebrates its 31st year with an exciting lineup of events. The word “moja” means “one” in Swahili, the perfect title for this celebration of harmony among all the people. Highlighting African-American and Caribbean arts, and their contribution to world cultures, this event has been named one of […]

Read more »

24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

24th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights

November 14 – January 1 @ James Island County Park

Find Holiday magic in the 700 displays and over two million sparkling lights at the Holiday Festival of Lights. Take the three-mile driving tour and experience the wonders of the season as you park your car, and explore the exciting displays, including a 200 foot sand sculpture, a close-up view of the holiday train, the […]

Read more »

Veteran’s Day Grand Opening of Patriot’s Point Tribute to Vietnam Veterans – The Vietnam Experience

Veteran’s Day Grand Opening of Patriot's Point Tribute to Vietnam Veterans - The Vietnam Experience

November 11, 2014 – December 31, 2017

Beginning this fall, Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum will offer a compelling new landside exhibit that recognizes and honors veterans of the Vietnam War, and highlights components of the war in authentic and engaging ways. The new exhibit will include state of the art technology and artifacts that immerse visitors in what it was […]

Read more »

Edisto & Beyond Tour of Historic – Plantations, Churches and Graveyards

Edisto & Beyond Tour of Historic - Plantations, Churches and Graveyards

Take the drive to Edisto Island on Saturday, October 11, 2014, for the annual Tour of Historic Plantation, Churches and Graveyards. Sponsored by the Edisto Island Historic Preservation Society, this year’s tour features the following properties: Sunny Side Plantation, Cypress Trees Plantation, Blue House Plantation, Jack Daw Hall, “At Ease” Beach House, the Murray and […]

Read more »

Seasonal Flavors & Spirited Beverages: Kiawah Beverage Series

Seasonal Flavors & Spirited Beverages: Kiawah Beverage Series

Kiawah Island Golf Resort is proud to be uncorking the Kiawah Beverage Series. This series of collective beverage dinners are spread over the course of the year, featuring participating outlets that will be highlighting their seasonal flavors paired with spirited beverages.  Join in this elegant Kiawah Island event on October 30, 2014, at The Ocean […]

Read more »

Centuries of Performance: Historic Dock Street Theatre

Centuries of Performance: Historic Dock Street Theatre

In 1735, theatrical amusements were sweeping Charles Towne. That year musicians and performers rented space in order to perform a play penned by a resident of the city. The Orphan ran for four nights in January and February. The success of these performances allowed the players to perform other pieces, including the Ballad Opera, which […]

Read more »

Evenings at the Market

Evenings at the Market

Stroll under the stars at Charleston’s Historic City Market. The Market’s seasonal Night Market is open every Thursday, Friday and Saturday night from 6:30 – 10:30 pm in July, and Friday and Saturday nights August through December. For the fifth consecutive year, dozens of local artists and food vendors will create a festive street fair […]

Read more »

Historic and Scenic: Highway 61

Historic and Scenic: Highway 61

Ashley River Road, leaving Charleston, takes you on one of the most scenic drives in the United States. Ashley River Road is the portion of Highway 61 that runs through Charleston near the Ashley River from Highway 171 to SC 165. It is four lanes near Sam Rittenberg Blvd., but becomes two lanes through the […]

Read more »

Four Corners of Law

Four Corners of Law

If you hear a native Charlestonian talk about “Four Corners of Law,” or just “Four Corners,” they mean the intersection where Broad Street crosses Meeting Street, in the heart of the Holy City. In 1680, when Charles Town moved to the peninsula from its original site on the Ashley River, a growth and development plan […]

Read more »

Fun with Kids!

Fun with Kids!

Every family has conversations that begin with, “Remember when we did…, and “I loved it when we visited…” Wise Moms and Dads know that family vacations are the perfect time for creating family memories, and fun activities are one of the keys to success. In Charleston, there are lots of exciting adventures just waiting to […]

Read more »

Enjoy the Sand & Sea on Charleston’s Beaches

Enjoy the Sand & Sea on Charleston's Beaches

Visiting Charleston during the summer months ensures many opportunities for outdoor fun, and relaxing on the beach is a perfect way to spend a leisurely Lowcountry day. Charleston County Parks and Recreation have three beach parks with amenities that make it easy to enjoy the sand and sea, including rentals of beach chairs and umbrellas, […]

Read more »

Shaggin’ on the Cooper

Shaggin' on the Cooper

Live music will fill the air with local bands performing throughout the season at the Mount Pleasant Pier. All ages are invited to let loose and dance while enjoying the ocean breeze. Gates open at 7 pm, with music starting at 8 pm, and tickets are $10. Food and beverages are available for purchase. This […]

Read more »

Meet the Chef: Aaron Lemieux

Meet the Chef: Aaron Lemieux

Aaron Lemieux, Executive Chef with Holy City Hospitality What brought you to Charleston? I came to Charleston to attend culinary school at the Culinary Institute of Charleston and pursue my dream of becoming a chef. Charleston has always been known for its wonderful food. How would you describe the culinary scene in the Holy City? […]

Read more »

Sailing Away on ‘The Schooner Pride’

Sailing Away on 'The Schooner Pride'

Charleston was a prominent sailing harbor during the time our country was being developed and has a long and rich maritime history. Today, visitors can set sail and tour the Charleston Harbor on The Schooner Pride, a classic 84’ tall ship. The Pride is an authentic replica of an 18th century coastal trading schooner that […]

Read more »

The South Carolina Aquarium

The South Carolina Aquarium

Top 5 Experiences to SEA and Explore at the South Carolina Aquarium Fish and sharks usually come to mind when you think of an aquarium. While you are sure to encounter sharks at the South Carolina Aquarium, here are five undiscovered experiences to enjoy during your next visit. Ring-Tailed Lemurs Take a detour to Madagascar […]

Read more »

Matthew Niessner Executive Chef at Halls Chop House

Matthew Niessner Executive Chef at Halls Chop House

What brought you to Charleston? I loved Kiawah, but I was looking for a change. Through friends in the restaurant industry, I was introduced to Mr. Hall, who was opening Halls Chophouse. I came for an interview, and loved the southern charm of Charleston, and was impressed by the high caliber of chefs in the […]

Read more »

3rd Annual Charleston Beer Garden at Brittlebank Park

3rd Annual Charleston Beer Garden at Brittlebank Park

May 17, 2014

Charleston’s largest pop-up beer festival, Charleston Beer Garden, returns to Brittlebank Park for the 3rd annual celebration of the suds on Saturday, May 17, 2014. Modernly inspired German biergartens will once again line the shores of the Ashley River, creating the perfect place to kick back with a beer under the shade of the oaks. […]

Read more »

Historic Summerville

Historic Summerville

In a world with too many national chain stores and not enough of the independent, mom and pop, boutique stores of days gone by, Summerville, with its small-town values and historic roots, does not disappoint. Only 18 miles from Charleston via I-26 to Exit 199-A or Hwy. 61 past the Gardens, you’ll find the historic […]

Read more »

Bird Walks at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

Bird Walks at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

8:30 am Every Sunday Take the short drive to Magnolia Plantation this Sunday for a bird watching walk through beautiful Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. There are 254 migratory and year round bird species found at Magnolia Plantation, and bird walks are the best way to see as many of these wondrous creatures as possible. Your […]

Read more »

Middleton Place Wine Strolls

Middleton Place Wine Strolls

Beginning March 12 Middleton Place weekly wine strolls, from 6-8 pm each Wednesday beginning March 12th through June 18th, are a treat for wine lovers. Weekly Wine Strolls at Middleton Place began five years ago as a way for visitors to experience Middleton Place in a different light and a different atmosphere. Each week, specially […]

Read more »

11th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show

11th Annual Charleston International Antiques Show

March 21-23, 2014 Inspired by the rich historical, architectural and cultural heritage of Charleston, the 11th Annual Charleston Antiques Show is a premier destination for collectors and enthusiasts who enjoy seeing and learning about incorporating antiques into modern-day decor. The Antiques Show is a showcase of English, European, and American period furnishings, decorative arts and fine […]

Read more »

From the Editor: January, February, March 2014

From the Editor: January, February, March 2014

Thank you for choosing Historic Charleston as your vacation destination. We are happy to share our love of the Lowcountry and give you a few suggestions to start your exploration of our beautiful area. This time of year, long walks are the perfect way to enjoy a mild winter day. Our gardens are beautiful year-round […]

Read more »

Preserving Lowcountry Heritage – Sweetgrass Baskets

Preserving Lowcountry Heritage – Sweetgrass Baskets

Travel along U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant and you will see one of the oldest, most important and most vibrant folk traditions in the United States, the art of making baskets from sweetgrass. Three hundred years ago, African captives sold in to slavery in South Carolina brought their knowledge of growing rice and other […]

Read more »

Middleton Place Restaurant 4th Annual Braise & Brew Event

Middleton Place Restaurant 4th Annual Braise & Brew Event

January 26, 2014 Warm up this winter with the Annual Braise & Brew beer dinner at Middleton Place. The event includes a three-hour feast of six braised dishes paired with six winter seasonals from Holy City Brewery. Braise & Brew will take place from 6 pm to 9 pm, Sunday, January 26, in the Pavilion […]

Read more »

Charleston Museum Launches Fashion Exhibit Series to Journey Back Through Time

Charleston Museum Launches Fashion Exhibit Series to Journey Back Through Time

Fashion Flashback 1970s January 18-April 27 The Charleston Museum launches a new fashion exhibition series, Fashion Flashback, in the foyer case of the Historic Textiles Gallery. The series, a journey backwards through time with a decade-by-decade look at clothing styles, begins with an exploration of the 1970s. Fashion Flashback: 1970s, on exhibit January 18-April 27, […]

Read more »

Free Gullah Heritage Programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Free Gullah Heritage Programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site

Celebrate Gullah Heritage! The National Park Service, in partnership with the Town of Mount Pleasant, is sponsoring a series of free cultural programs at Charles Pinckney National Historic Site every Saturday at 2 pm during March 2014. The Gullah people of the Lowcountry preserve a culture rich in African elements. Programs range from craft demonstrations […]

Read more »

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Now in its 32nd year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) is the largest wildlife art and nature event in the nation, attracting 35,000-40,000 attendees annually. In addition to featured artist, Chad Poppleton, SEWE will host approximately 100 artists and over 500 exhibitors from across the country and around the world. A 3-day celebration of nature […]

Read more »

Cooper River Bridge Run

Cooper River Bridge Run

The 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run will be held on Saturday, April 5 at 8 am. This is the 37th year for the 10K run/walk. A local tradition that stretches back to 1978, this 10K race draws close to 40,000 participants every year. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education […]

Read more »

Annual Flowertown Festival

Annual Flowertown Festival

April 4-6, 2014 Take the short drive to beautiful Summerville and enjoy the work of more than 200 artists and crafters from all over the country. Each day of the three-day event features live entertainment, a Children’s Jubilee and, of course, fabulous food! A Taste of Summerville opens one hour after the Festival opens each […]

Read more »

67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens

67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens

March 20-April 19, 2014 Experience the intimate charm and elegance found only beyond Charleston’s private garden gates and historic thresholds during Historic Charleston Foundation’s 67th Annual Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens. Set amid the historic ambience of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens […]

Read more »

Experience the Drama and Beauty of Southern Art at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Experience the Drama and Beauty of Southern Art at the Gibbes Museum of Art

Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston January 17-March 23, 2014 This winter, the Gibbes Museum of Art presents two exhibitions: Romantic Spirits: Nineteenth Century Paintings of the South from the Johnson Collection and The Great Wave: Japonisme in Charleston. Romantic Spirits examines the […]

Read more »

A Celebration of Quilts 2014: “A Quilter’s View of Charleston”

A Celebration of Quilts 2014: "A Quilter’s View of Charleston"

February 28 and March 1 10 am to 5 pm Over the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, on Patriots Point, A Quilter’s view of Charleston awaits in the Omar Shrine Temple Convention Center. Featuring over 200 plus judged quilts, vendors, a boutique, silent auction benefiting My Sister’s House, quilt appraisals and convenient free parking, this show […]

Read more »

Experience Winter’s Beauty with Camellia Walks at Middleton Place

Experience Winter's Beauty with Camellia Walks at Middleton Place

Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays, February 13-March 22 Camellias, a southern landscape favorite, show off a blaze of color throughout the winter months. Middleton family history holds that in the year 1786, French botanist Andrè Michaux, gave the Middletons some of the first camellias to be planted in an American garden. Today, Middleton Place has over […]

Read more »

The College of Charleston

The College of Charleston

One of the most beautiful and historic college campuses in the United States is located in the heart of the Holy City. Founded in 1770, the College of Charleston is the oldest educational institution south of Virginia, and the 13th oldest in the United States. During the colonial period, wealthy families sent their sons abroad […]

Read more »

Lowcountry Oyster Festival

The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will be hosting the annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival on Sunday, January 26, 2014, from 10:30 am-5 pm. Located on the 700+ acre grounds of historic Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival and has been named one of the “top 20 […]

Read more »

Canvases for Conservation, Now at the South Carolina Aquarium

Canvases for Conservation, Now at the South Carolina Aquarium

Embodying the spirit of wildlife found in South Carolina, The South Carolina Aquarium and Guy Harvey present Canvases for Conservation, an art installation running January 17 through July 2014. The South Carolina Aquarium is honored to be the first aquarium to display Guy Harvey’s artwork to support conservation research and education, ultimately strengthening the shared […]

Read more »

The Family Circle Cup

The Family Circle Cup

The 2014 Family Circle Cup will be held March 29-April 6 at the Family Circle Tennis Center on Daniel Island. Every Spring, the City of Charleston and Daniel Island serve as the backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women’s professional tennis. Since 1973, the Family Circle Cup has been a […]

Read more »

2014 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

2014 BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival

March 6-9 Food and wine connoisseurs can enlighten both their palates and senses during the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival that runs March 6-9, 2014. Discover the distinctive flavors of the Lowcountry and uniquely Charleston experiences while interacting with and learning from the country’s best chefs, authors and beverage professionals. With over 80 events […]

Read more »

Our Affiliate Publications and Services