If you are new to living in an apartment in Charleston, SC, here are a few favorite things to see and do around town:
Take a horse-drawn sightseeing carriage ride. Sit back as you hear the history of Charleston and see most of the city sights.
Walk along The Battery promenade and Waterfront Park (along the city's southern stretch). Take in all the elegant and southern style mansions lining the street. In the park, be sure to take a photo in front of the giant pineapple fountain.
Visit Charleston City Market. It's touristy but lots of locals go too. Keep your ears open and you may hear some of the locals speaking Gullah – Charleston's own language. Sweetgrass baskets handmade by the local "basket ladies" are popular and authentic souveniors.
Enjoy the cuisine. Dining in Charleston (considered the Culinary Capital of the South) has become "the thing" to do and is definitely a city for foodies, especially those looking for Low Country specialties. Must haves include shrimp & grits, fried green tomatoes, roasted oysters, okra and field greens. I had the best she-crab soup ever in the Barbados Room inside the Mills House Hotel.
Indulge in quieter sights. If you're looking for some quiet reflection, head to the Magnolia Cemetery (old and rather unusual), St. Michael's Church or the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist.
Explore the Charleston Museum. The Charleston Museum is the oldest museum in the U.S. and worth a visit.
Go shopping. For high-end designer shops to local dining spots and more historic buildings – stroll along King Street, Battery Street and Meeting Streets.
Tour gardens. Head to the Magnolia Plantation & Gardens for a beautiful garden tour.
Learn the history. You don't have to be a Civil War buff to visit the Fort Sumter National Monument – where the first shot of the Civil War was fired.
Head to the beach. If you're tired of the city scene and walking about the sights – head to Folly Beach and Folly Island for its beautiful sunrises and sunsets. You can also visit Sullivan's Island for some downtime on the beach.
Charleston offers many different types of overnight accommodations and if you're looking for a bit of a splurge, check out the Wentworth Mansion, a AAA Five Diamond Inn boasting Southern hospitality at its best, complete with all the sweet tea you can drink and many Low-Country favorites for breakfast.