Thank you for choosing Historic Charleston as your vacation destination. It’s a wonderful time of year to visit our beautiful city.

One of the greatest gifts of the Charleston winter is the thousands of beautiful, colorful camellia blooms seen throughout the area.  Middleton Place is home to at least 10,000 and hosts breathtaking Camellia Walks through some of the most spectacular blooming gardens in the world. Read the article in this issue to find out more!

Enjoy the Lowcountry Oyster Festival in January, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition in February or the Charleston Wine + Food Festival in March, — no matter the month, our beautiful city always has so much to offer.  And, if you’ve never visited the historic Hunley, please take the time to visit and learn about a fascinating part of our country’s history. You’ll find information about these and many other events in the pages of this Charleston Gateway.

Whether this is your first visit or an annual tradition, Charleston is the perfect spot for a relaxing vacation. Please enjoy our history, delicious food and unique attractions. And, thank you for visiting our city, and we hope to see you again soon! Please visit us on the web,, and find us on Facebook for insider tips and exclusives!

Cover Artist

Spiral Staircase Lowndes Grove by Dustin Ryan

Born in Portland Oregon in 1977, Dustin grew up in the lush Columbia River Gorge where film and photography became a passion and a way to express his artistic talents. An avid sailor, surfer, and nature lover, Dustin moved to Hawaii in 1998 and resided on the islands of Kauai and Maui for 8 years. Now living in Charleston, Dustin enjoys the Lowcountry lifestyle and the amazing variety of activities and photo opportunities in the area.

To see more of the artist’s work, visit or call 849-557-7403.