How to pick the perfect vacation rental in Charleston
Condé Nast Traveler has voted Charleston, South Carolina the “No. 1 Small U.S. City” eight years in a row, but don’t let the title fool you: Charleston offers a wealth of big experiences for travelers of every variety. Downtown Charleston boasts numerous art galleries
(Hagan Fine Art Gallery & Studio, Art Mecca of Charleston), museums (the Charleston Museum, the Gibbes Museum of Art) and restaurants (Charleston Grill, the Darling Oyster Bar), while its beaches offer a great escape from the sweltering summer heat. History buffs can tour the famed Civil War battleground Fort Sumter, and nature enthusiasts can get lost for hours in Charleston’s vast plantations.
Follow these tips to help you pick the perfect Charleston vacation rental for your travel plans.
- Where to stay to take a plantation tour:Charleston is home to several gorgeous plantations, which offer a glimpse into the city’s rich past and allow for breathtaking strolls through lush gardens. Book a stay in North Charleston along the Ashley River to visit Magnolia Plantation & Gardens, the oldest public garden in the United States. Or stay in Mount Pleasant to visit Boone Hall, which boasts the “Avenue of Oaks,” stretching over a kilometer leading up to the grounds’ main house.
- Where to stay to visit Fort Sumter:Fort Sumter has a rich history as home to two battles during the Civil War. It’s now open to the public as part of the Fort Sumter National Monument. Fort Sumter itself is located in the Charleston Harbor (also a great spot to enjoy a luxury dinner cruise), so visitors can’t go wrong booking a coastal villa in the Harbor. But vacationers can also book a vacation rental in downtown Charleston and catch a daily ferry out to the historical site.
- Where to stay for shopping and art:History buffs, shopaholics, and art enthusiasts alike will find plenty to love in the King Street Historic District. The gorgeous, walking-friendly neighborhood boasts several art galleries, boutiques, and hip restaurants and bars. If you book a vacation rental near King Street, it’s mandatory to make a trip to the City Market, home to more than 100 vendors selling clothing, jewelry, crafts, food, and more.
- Where to stay near the beach:Looking to beat the heat this summer? Book a vacation rental for the week by the family-friendly Folly Beach, located just 15 minutes from downtown Charleston. Pack a picnic lunch and spend the whole day soaking up the sun and catching some waves. Then grab dinner or drinks at one of the neighborhood’s many trendy restaurants and bars, such as Snapper Jacks or Folly Beach Crab Shack.
- How to choose your Charleston rental experience:Charleston offers an ideal vacation experience for every type of traveler. Couples who prefer to explore on foot and crave romantic outings filled with great food should try a cozy condo or apartment near the King Street Historic District or French Quarter. Families looking to retreat to the beach for a week or more can check out a beachfront condo or villa by Folly Beach. Folks who want to visit Charleston’s plantations can take their pick of charming condos in North Charleston or Mount Pleasant. Charleston has plenty of attractions to entertain visitors, but with these rental tips, you can stay like a local.