The Gateway Walk
Secret string of gardens and churchyards
This walk, that gets its name from the ten wrought iron gates you pass through on your journey, starts on Archdale Street in the churchyard of St. John's Lutheran Church and ends at Church Street's St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. While the walk that was put together by The Garden Club of Charleston in 1930 sometimes feels like you are trespassing in some magical, private gardens, it is completely open to the public. Occasionally, a few of the gates are locked, but if you go out to the the street you can usually find another access point. In order, the stops are the gardens of St. John's Lutheran Church, Unitarian Church, Charleston Library Society, Gibbes Museum of Art, Circular Congregational Church and St. Philip’s Episcopal Church. When you are passing through the churchyards, be sure to look at the dates on some of the oldest graves in the country.
4 Archdale St, Charleston, SC
The Charleston you see in pictures
While this park is popular with visitors, it is popular for good reason: views of the Charleston harbor, swinging benches on the pier, fountains for kids to cool off in and of course the pineapple fountain. Stroll through, or take a seat if the weather is nice, to take in this beautiful park.
176 Concord St, Charleston, SC
Classic Southern food in a classic southern setting
This iconic Charleston eatery in a converted Victorian home is the go to place for Southern dishes and Lowcountry charm. This is the perfect place to sample local favorites like She-Crab Soup, Pimento Cheese Fritters, and as many biscuits as you can eat. They serve a very popular brunch seven days a week as well as an equally as delicious dinner. Reservations are highly recommended.
Celebrated restaurant for modern Southern cuisine
This foodie haven that was originally opened by Sean Brock before he stepped aside serves modern takes on classic Southern fare with the best ingredients around. While you will have to make a reservation a few months in advance to eat at the main restaurant, many locals prefer to stop in at their cozy bar nextdoor for incredible drinks and one of the best burgers in town. The bar is also very popular, so arrive early if you want to grab a seat. Minero and McCrady's are also run by the same restaurant group.
Gibbes Museum of Art
Incredible exhibits in a beautiful space
The Gibbes does an incredible job of portraying local and regional art throughout the years in an interesting and fresh way. And thanks to a massive renovation in 2016, the building that houses them is equally as beautiful. They offer one hour free tours a few times throughout the week, which are worth joining if it fits your schedule. After you have wandered through all the galleries, stop in the museum's outpost of The Daily for some lunch in the lobby.
Warm space for coffee and healthy bites
Stop in for a quick coffee and pastry or hole up in this plant filled space with a warm drink and an avocado toast, sandwich, or one of their trio of daily salads. If you like this vegetarian friendly spot, check out their other place, The Harbinger Cafe.