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Where to Stay, Play and Invest in Charleston

The Worth guide to businesses, hotels, restaurants and experiences in Charleston, SC.

BY WORTH | Destinations | May 14, 2019

Charleston, SC was named one of Worth‘s 12 most dynamic cities in America last year.

Businesses

Blackbaud

For over three decades, this cloud software company has empowered organizations dedicated to doing social good to increase their impact through software, services, expertise and data intelligence. 65 Fairchild St., 800.443.9441, blackbaud.com

Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Nationally recognized for its tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care, MUSC is South Carolina’s only academic health sciences center and the city’s largest nonfederal employer, with an annual economic impact of approximately $4 billion. 171 Ashley Ave., 843.792.2300, muschealth.org

Sherman Financial Group

Sherman Financial Group is the nation’s largest privately held consumer finance company, with a portfolio comprised of Credit One Bank, Resurgent Capital Services and Kroll Bond Rating Agency. Founder and CEO Ben Navarro’s primary philanthropic venture is Meeting Street Schools, a coalition of public and private schools seeking to solve education inequity in Charleston. 200 Meeting St., #206, 843.266.1717, sfg.com

Hotels

Belmond Charleston Place

The perfect combination of gentility and old-world charm, this Belmond hotel boasts a state-of-the-art spa and the award-winning Charleston Grill. Sip on craft cocktails in the lobby bar and enjoy innovative cuisine while listening to live jazz. 205 Meeting St., 843.722.4900, charlestonplace.com 

The Dewberry

Perfectly situated in the center of Charleston’s downtown district, this luxury hotel offers spectacular views of the harbor and city. Sip cocktails in the midcentury modern–themed lobby, get to know the city from the rooftop terrace and enjoy “Southern brasserie” fare at the hotel’s restaurant, Henrietta’s. 344 Meeting St., 843.558.8000, thedewberrycharleston.com

Hotel Bennett

With its grand opening in the fall of 2018, this luxury hotel in the heart of downtown Charleston features a signature restaurant, lounge and bar with pristine views of historic Marion Square. Highlights include a rooftop bar with cabanas, a luxury spa, a French patisserie and a classic ladies lounge with restored pink marble and mirrored ceilings. 404 King St., 844.835.2625, hotelbennett.com  

The Spectator Hotel

Experience old-school Southern charm and socialite elegance in the French Quarter, just a block from Charleston’s City Market. When not exploring the city’s bustling historic district, sip on 1920s-style spirits in the boutique hotel’s speakeasy-inspired pub. 67 State St., 843.724.4326, thespectatorhotel.com

Restaurants

Chez Nous

Chef Jill Mathias handwrites a new fixed menu every day consisting of dishes from southern France, northern Spain and northern Italy, such as milk-braised veal shoulder and rose panna cotta. Guests swoon over the old-world wine list and ambiance in this restored antebellum home. 6 Payne Court, 843.579.3060, cheznouschs.com

McCrady’s Tavern

McCrady’s features locally-sourced American food in an intimate exposed-brick setting, such as broiled flounder with vin blanc and filet mignon with king trumpet mushrooms, duck fat potatoes and bordelaise sauce. 2 Unity Alley, 843.577.0025, mccradystavern.com

Rodney Scott’s BBQ

This whole-hog barbecue joint won chef Rodney Scott the 2018 James Beard Award for Best Chef: Southeast. Scott has perfected Southern classics such as fried catfish, spare ribs and barbecue chicken. 1011 King St., 843.990.9535, rodneyscottsbbq.com

Experiences

Charleston Strolls: Walk with History Tour

There’s no better way to absorb Charleston’s rich history, antebellum homes, architecture, people, gardens and unique culture than from this two-hour tour departing from the Mills House Hotel at 10 a.m.  and 2 p.m. 115 Meeting St., 843.766.2080, charlestonstrolls.com  

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

This 17th-century estate is home to America’s oldest gardens and features one the nation’s most robust collections of azaleas and camellias. Here, you can witness the rich horticultural history of our nation by train and boat. 3550 Ashley River Road, 843.571.1266, magnoliaplantation.com

Nathaniel Russell House

Built in 1808, this neoclassical home—embellished with plaster ornamentation and a beautiful free-flying staircase—is arguably the most important of the many historical dwellings Charleston has to offer. 51 Meeting St., 843.724.8481, historiccharleston.org

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