Travel to Charleston, South Carolina – Episode 430

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Hear about travel to Charleston, South Carolina as the Amateur Traveler talks to Jen Leo from This Week in Travel and her husband John Caldwell about their many trips to one of their favorite U.S. cities.

Jen says, “The restaurant scene is so lively and always changing. They are always adding new hot chefs and new hot restaurants that I am super excited about the dining experience you can have in Charleston, but in the backdrop of a town with architectural beauty and people who are so interested in the arts and music and culture. It’s just a winning combination for me.”

John started going to Charleston first. “I lived in Columbia, South Carolina for a number of years in the 90s. I was running a record label down there but basically, at 5:01 pm Friday I would drive the 95 miles or so down I26 from Columbia to Charleston. I started going in the mid-90s and I am a huge fan of history. As many people know Charleston has a lot of history that to a great degree has remained untouched at least in the downtown for the better part of 200 years and change.”

John was “fascinated with the history of the town, even in the 90s when it hadn’t turned yet and become gentrified it was just a super cool place so I spent a lot of time there. It was the history and the vibe that really drew me to it”.

Jen starts us with breakfast at the Hominy Grill in a list of more than a dozen restaurants she recommends in the city.

In the city of Charleston, we recommend the carriage tour and perhaps a walking tour of the historic quarter. You can also take a boat ride out to Fort McHenry where the Civil War started. You can rent an apartment or even a mansion downtown or stay out in one of the beach communities including Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Folly Beach.

Further afield we talk about visits to Middleton Place with America’s oldest landscaped gardens, America’s only tea plantation, a vodka distillery and the great beaches in the area.

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Show Notes

Jen Leo Deals
Chris’s photographs of Charleston, South Carolina
Charleston: Where History Lives
Triangular Trade
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. (Mayor)
Tours in Charleston
Olde Town Carriage
Ed Grimball Tours
Old Slave Mart Museum
South Carolina Aquarium
Children’s Museum
Charleston Farmers Market
Spoleto Festival
Five Days of Meat
Charleston Restaurant Week
Firefly Vodka
Tours & Charter Boats
Ghost Tour Directory
The Macintosh
Market Pavilion Hotel
Magnolia Plantation
Middleton Place
Fort McHenry
Folly Beach
Isle of Palms
Sullivan’s Island
Wild Dunes Resort
Historic Charleston
The Farmbar 26
Battery Park
Dock Street Theatre
Jen Leo (Twitter)
Vegas Jen Leo (Instagram)

Restaurants, Bars and Coffee Shops:

Hominy Grill
Butcher & Bee
Butcher & Bee Twitter Menu
Peninsula Grill
The Ordinary
Black Tap Coffee
The Vault
Slightly North of Broad
Fast and French
Caviar & Bananas


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by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

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William Shackelford caught me, I misspoke

Just a correction in the text, Ft. Sumter is in Charleston Harbor not Ft. McHenry and is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Ft. McHenry is in Baltimore, Maryland and is famous for its role in the Battle of Baltimore during the War of 1812 that inspired Francis Scott Key to write the “Star Spangled Banner”.

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