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Clockwise from top: Historic Homes District; Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge;
Horse-drawn carriage outside historic houses.
Charleston, South Carolina
Sophisticated taste meets small-town Southern charm
Charleston, one of America's earliest cities, evokes a sense of gracious living with cobblestoned streets, manicured
gardens, and stately homes. Cosmopolitan restaurants and beautiful Lowcountry beaches (like Kiawah Island) are a short
drive away, making this one of America's most appealing destinations.
Charleston's location on the water allows for sunset sails and a specific kind of Lowcountry cooking: shrimp and grits,
oysters, and crab cakes. On nearly every menu, you will find she-crab soup, an iconic local dish with cream, crab meat,
roe, and a splash of sherry. Charleston's restaurant scene has evolved in the past decade; it still honors soulful Southern
food but also serves modern interpretations. Chef Sean Brock is best known for making Charleston a major foodie
destination again, with his restaurant Husk.
The city's rich history comes alive at the Gibbes Museum of Art, which packs a punch for a small museum, and at
surrounding plantations and homes.
Our Virtuoso shore experience will visit two historic homes. The first stop is Roper House, built in 1838. We then continue
on to a delicious lunch at Circa 1886, a popular Charleston restaurant, in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion.
We will tour the mansion after lunch.