Charleston’s Calling! Your Guide to Fun, Food, and Famous Southern Hospitality

Ooooh boy, Charleston has some really fun stuff!  Foodie? Check. Outdoor recreation nut? Check. History Buff? Check. And everything in between, too! Here’s some inspiration to take in the sights, smells and sounds of “The Holy City” when you come to Charleston for the Niche Media Conference in February.

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The Swamp Fox paid a little visit to Niche Media HQ! He’ll show you around to all the best places in Charleston!

First, there is darn tasty shrimp and grits right downstairs in the Frances Marion Hotel (Conference HQ) at the Swamp Fox. We loved it so much we ordered two helpings.

Fab dining: FIG and HUSK. Creativity and local love in every bite, you won’t be disappointed.

There are so many bars and fun restaurants to choose from in downtown Charleston, it’ll make your head spin. We happen to love Closed For Business, a funky, eclectic bar just about a 10 min walk from the hotel.

Want to enjoy sumptuous sweets? Kaminsky’s  Whether you a craving a specialty coffee, steamer, juker, spirited milkshake, hot toddy, or dessert martini, this is the place. In downtown Charleston. We can’t tell you about all the luscious desserts like red velvet cake and key lime pie that you can have with your drink, as they are made fresh daily. Open 4pm-midnight.

If you really want to burn all those delightful calories you consumed the night before, take a jog/stroll along the water on the Cooper River Bridge Pedestrian and Bike path.

Or check out the most luscious gardens at stately plantation Middleton Place.  Middleton Place is just about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston and worth the tour if you have time.NicheMediaConf-logo-2014-w-text

If you love history and you are willing to trek a bit outside downtown, then here’s your chance to see a Gullah performance at the Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens. Gullah is a creole language, a combination of English and West African. It’s a beautiful, almost extinct language native to South Carolina.

Did you know that pluff mud is the unique, sticky earth of the low country? Not sure if it’s the same as a body wrap at The Red Door, but wear long pants because those hidden oysters will cut you up good. Take a Pluff Mud Paddle on nearby Kiawah Island.

Or maybe drink a Pluff Mud Porter instead from Holy City Brewing.

Realistically, you are going to only have a tiny bit of free time to explore when attending the Niche Media Conference. But lively Charleston and the beauty of the low country are sure to tease you with uniquely southern temptations to stay just a little longer–if you can.


P.S. Check it out! Our good friend Clay Hall, Media Consultant and former CEO of Aspire Media, just shared this great link with us from the NY TImes: 36 Hours in Charleston


Diana Landau, Niche Content WranglerAbout this blogger: Diana Landau is Content Wrangler of Niche Media. A former corporate marketing hack, she has now found nirvana in writing and wrangling quality content. Diana is a food, wine, art and SF Giants enthusiast who sometimes gets carried away.


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