Charleston, SC has become the new food capital of the South, combining fresh produce available all year long, chefs who are fanatical about the quality of their ingredients and a budding commitment to sourcing the freshest local ingredients. Soul, Classic Southern and Gullah influences, its proximity to the ocean, and extended growing season all help to develop an eclectic and vibrant culinary melting pot.
Downtown Charleston's historic appeal is well known. It boasts the largest historic district in the United States. Charleston’s varied history, full of mystery, romance, southern charm and sometimes brutality, makes for an amazing historical walking and culinary exploration. Historic downtown is perfectly set up to travel by foot. For eighteen consecutive years Charleston has been named a "Top 10" travel destination in the United States and was voted the number 2 travel destination in the United States in 2010.