Winter in Charleston will surprise you with how much there is to see, eat, and do. The average temperatures range from high 50’s to high 60’s, and the local culture doesn’t skip a beat. From visiting historic plantations and eating the local seasonal catch to soaking in the sun and enjoying the scenic sea breeze, the city doesn’t slow down when the temperatures drop a few degrees. With what seems like perfect weather, it’s hard to believe winter in Charleston is a slow season.
Every winter, camellias across Charleston open up with the most beautiful brightly-colored blossoms. Because Charleston has so many established gardens, these flowers are all over the city. You can catch a glimpse of many different varieties of camellias with a quick walk through the Historic District. One of the best places in the city to see these gorgeous flowers is Magnolia Plantation. This centuries-old plantation is home to America’s oldest romantic garden. The most noteworthy aspect of the garden is that there are over 20,000 camellias, which is especially relevant when attending a free camellia walk at the plantation.
If you’re hoping to experience unique, regional cuisine, look for oysters or shrimp and grits. Oyster roasts have been a part of Southern culture since the early 19th century. When visiting in the winter, eating a steamed oyster is something you absolutely must cross off your Charleston bucket list. While there are countless oyster roast events around town, you can order them by the bucket at many restaurants. Bowen’s Island Restaurant is a fun experience and also home to one of the best places to watch a sunset. Shrimp and Grits make the cut on most restaurant menu throughout the city. And of course, this delicious dish will be in high demand come Sunday brunch. One our favorite places to grab a bowl of shrimp and grits is on the sunny patio at Kitchen 208.
No trip to Charleston is complete without some time spent near the water. The Cooper River Bridge is the longest stay cable bridge in North America. Because the bridge spans from downtown to Mt. Pleasant, this is arguably the best view of the Charleston peninsula. If it’s a warm enough day, you can get your heart rate going with a walk over the three-mile long bridge. If you’re looking for something a little more serene, head to Folly Beach or Sullivan’s Island for a long beach walk. And in the winter, the beach will be sunny, breezy, and relatively quiet.
With almost perfect weather and what seems like countless things to see do and eat, and While enjoying Winter in Charleston, you will rest easy knowing that you have the perfect hotel to serve as a home base. The Fulton Lane Inn offers daily continental breakfast, wine and cheese, and luxury rooms to make your trip even better. Take advantage of the favorable rates at this Charming Inn starting at just $199 per night. Call 843-720-2688 or click here for more information.