Only in Charleston

A huge, 17-day performing arts festival, the Spoleto Festival has been around since 1977. It has more than 150 annual late-spring performances of opera, dance, classical music, theater, and jazz. Also, more than 700 local and regional artists are showcased at Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto (it happens at the same time).
Discover these fun attractions and experiences found only in Charleston

1. Charleston’s annual Spoleto Festival

A huge, 17-day performing arts festival, the Spoleto Festival has been around since 1977. It has more than 150 annual late-spring performances of opera, dance, classical music, theater, and jazz. Also, more than 700 local and regional artists are showcased at Charleston’s Piccolo Spoleto (it happens at the same time).

2. A tea plantation that grows the official White House tea

In 1963, the Lipton Tea Company moved Dr. Charles Shephard (founder of Pinehurst Tea Plantation in Summerville, South Carolina)’s tea plants to a former potato farm on Wadmalaw Island that, to this day, (although no longer owned by Lipton) grows and harvests tea. The Charleston Tea Plantation’s American Classic production is overseen by William Barclay Hall, a third generation tea taster, and is also the official tea of the White House. Tours and tastings are available daily.

3. See the first community-based historic preservation organization

With a city that has survived two wars, an earthquake, and numerous hurricanes, it’s not surprising there are still hundreds of glorious restored mansions, quaint cobblestone streets, and more history re-enactors than years in its history. There are even trees (440-plus years old) that are protected and have won duels with shopping centers in order to keep them intact. No wonder this place gets so many visitors.

4. Dine with a ghost

I know I have mentioned the Charleston ghosts before, but it never gets old! There are very few places in the U.S. that are considered to be one of the most haunted cities. Maybe it’s her old age (although lady Charleston looks great for pushing 350 years old!) or the fact that it has survived multiple wars, pirates, and Mother Nature’s fury, but Charleston is the best place to spot a ghost (and a celebrity, but that’s another story!).

5. Visit the Firefly Vodka Distillery

Located just 30 miles south of Charleston, the Firefly Distillery is the perfect place for a day trip.  Learn the history of this sweet concoction and how to perfect the John Daly (one part lemonade, six parts vodka), a Charleston favorite.

While you’re enjoying your only in Charleston experiences, make sure to try one (or all) of these outstanding local restaurants.
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