Visit Charleston: Top Places to Eat, Stay and Play

April 25, 2023

The Lowcountry is full of exciting scenery and smiles as warm as the rising sun reaching the marsh. Charleston, South Carolina has a sacred, southern charm etched deep within its timeless streets and is widely known as the “holy city” due to the impressive 400 church steeples that can be seen dotting the skyline. With its views from the city to the ocean, southern hospitality, fresh seafood and exquisite shops, there is something for everyone on this trip into the deep south.

We chatted with our Bolt PR Charleston team members, Senior Vice President Laura Murphy and Content Specialist Kelsi McKee, who reside near the unique and exciting Charleston. There’s a reason why they are always proud and delighted to talk about their home city and invite family and friends to visit as often as possible. In this blog, our local team is sharing their insider list of where to eat, stay and play in Charleston.


The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan’s Island 

The Obstinate Daughter on Sullivan's Island is a gem in the world of culinary delights. From the moment you walk through the door, the inviting ambiance will put you at ease and the menu will tantalize your taste buds with its inventive takes on classic Lowcountry fare. The seafood is divine, with dishes like crispy oysters and pan-seared scallops stealing the show. But it's not just about the seafood; the wood-fired pizzas are a must-try and the creative cocktails will have you lingering long after your meal is finished. Whether you're looking for a romantic night out or an eclectic brunch with friends, The Obstinate Daughter is the perfect spot to savor the flavors of the South.

167 Raw Downtown Charleston

If you're a seafood lover, then you absolutely must visit downtown Charleston’s 167 Raw. This intimate, unassuming eatery packs a big punch with its fresh and flavorful dishes that will leave your taste buds singing. The menu is a seafood lover's dream, featuring the freshest oysters and succulent lobster rolls, and everything in between. Their standout dish, however, is undoubtedly the tuna burger – a perfectly seared tuna steak served on a brioche bun with spicy mayo and tangy pickled onions. The cocktails are equally impressive, with creative concoctions that are perfectly paired with the seafood-centric menu. If you don’t happen to be on King Street in time for dinner, 167 Raw is part of a number of incredible dining experiences provided by 167 Hospitality, including 167 Sushi Bar and Bar167 Bistro & Lounge.


One of the most impressive dining experiences in the holy city can be found in the Tempest, co-founded by former Top-Chef alum Jamie Lynch. Featuring mosaic, painted-glass ceilings reminiscent of the hundreds of impressive churches in Charleston, and a widely-renowned menu that includes mouthwatering whole fish, every part of your meal is perfected down to the smallest detail. On a recent visit, Kelsi specifically loved the delicious seaweed milk bread appetizer at the start of the dinner and was delighted when the night finished off with a complimentary cognac and red carnation flower to take home. Every visitor to Charleston should have the Tempest on their list of restaurants to experience Lowcountry charm at its finest! 


Andrew Pinckney Inn

The Andrew Pinckney Inn is a luxurious and elegant boutique hotel located in the heart of historic Charleston since 1840. As you step inside, you'll immediately be transported back in time by the beautiful architecture and classic furnishings. Each room is uniquely decorated with a sophisticated style, providing the ultimate comfort and relaxation. What really sets the Andrew Pinckney Inn apart is the stunning rooftop terrace, where you can enjoy breathtaking views of the city and harbor while sipping on a delicious glass of wine or a cocktail.

Charleston Place Hotel

When it comes to luxury that promises a world-class experience like no other, The Charleston Place is the dreamy destination anyone would enjoy. This exquisite hotel is situated in the heart of the Historic District and is surrounded by charming cobblestone streets, picturesque alleys and vibrant local culture. With its opulent architecture, plush accommodations and impeccable service, The Charleston Place welcomes you to the true essence of Southern hospitality. 

Wentworth Mansion

The Wentworth Mansion is a masterpiece of Lowcountry charm and elegance. From the moment you step into its grand foyer, you are transported to a bygone era of opulence and refinement. The mansion's intricate details, such as the soaring ceilings, ornate moldings and stunning stained-glass windows, are a testament to the historic craftsmanship. The luxurious guest rooms are adorned with plush furnishings, period antiques and high-end amenities, providing an unparalleled level of comfort and sophistication. Don’t forget to journey up to the mansion's stunning rooftop terrace, where the acclaimed Circa 1886 restaurant serves up some of the city's most mouth-watering dishes while offering prestigious skyline views. 


Walk Rainbow Row 

Rainbow Row is an unforgettable sight to behold. As you stroll or book a carriage tour with Old South Carriage Company down this iconic street in Charleston, your eyes will feast on a kaleidoscope of pastel colors that adorn the historic homes lining the road. The vibrant hues of pink, blue, yellow, green and more create a stunning visual display that will leave you breathless and the history of these buildings are just as captivating as their appearance, with some dating back to the 18th century. Whether you're a history buff, an architecture enthusiast, or simply looking for a captivating experience, Rainbow Row is a must-see destination that will leave you feeling enchanted. 

Tour Magnolia Plantation & Gardens

When you set off to tour Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, you are signing up for an unforgettable experience full of charm and elegance. As you wander through the lush gardens, you'll feel the warmth of the sun on your skin and see the vibrant colors of the azaleas and camellias, while the delicate scent of the magnolia blossoms will awaken your senses. As you explore the plantation house, you'll marvel at the intricate woodwork and grandeur of the rooms, imagining the elegant parties and gatherings that once took place within its walls. With its rich history and stunning natural beauty, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens is a must-visit Charleston destination for anyone seeking to experience the old American South.

Charleston Beaches 

Charleston, South Carolina is a paradise for beach lovers and has some of the most stunning coastal locations in the country. Isle of Palms Beach is a popular choice with its long stretches of white sand and crystal-clear waters perfect for swimming, surfing and fishing. Sullivan's Island is another must-visit spot, boasting a vibrant community and a historic lighthouse that offers breathtaking views of the coastline. Folly Beach is the go-to destination for those seeking a fun-filled day out, with its lively atmosphere and fantastic restaurants and bars. If you're looking for a relaxing day soaking up the sun or a thrilling adventure on the waves, Charleston's beaches are the place to be. 

Charleston Sailing Adventures 

Charleston Sailing Adventures offers a one-of-a-kind experience in the crystal blue waters of the Atlantic Ocean. Imagine feeling the wind in your hair as you glide effortlessly across the harbor, the sun warming your skin and the smell of salt in the air. As you look around, you'll see stunning views of the city skyline with its hundreds of steeples, historic forts, and local wildlife. Charleston Sailing Adventures allows you to choose from a variety of sailing options, including private charters, sunset sails, and even overnight excursions. Whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-timer, their knowledgeable and experienced crew will ensure you have a safe and unforgettable adventure. 

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