What to do in Charleston that weekend when you’re not eating or drinking
It can be hard to pry yourself away from the plate, but you have to give your stomach time to digest anyway...
Visit the Aiken-Rhett House
If you want to do something historic but not drive too far, then the Aiken-Rhett House is perfect. Located just an easy walk from the Culinary Village in Marion Square, this house museum is sensitively maintained, not restored, and it includes original outbuildings as well as a ghost story or two. Whether they're true or not, this property is hauntingly beautiful.
The first Friday of each month is the French Quarter Artwalk. Before you head to dinner, feast your eyes on some notable art. Galleries in the French Quarter open their doors, and many offer a little wine and a wealth of people-watching. But mainly: free wine!
Rent a kayak (or two)
Get away from the crowds and out on the water. The Lowcountry has many waterways worth exploring, and multiple kayak rental companies, from Isle of Palms to Shem Creek. If you’re getting “Baked @ Bowen’s,” plan a day trip out that way and visit Charleston Outdoor Adventures, which is the only other business on Bowen’s spit of land. You’re likely to spot egrets, herons, and maybe even a dolphin on your outing.
Shopping on King St
No Downtown revitalization needed here. Since the 1880s, King St has been a thriving shopping district. To get a taste of the “shop local” spirit of the city, visit Berlin’s, Croghan’s Jewel Box, Seeking Indigo, and just off King, the tucked away Hidden Countship.
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Stephanie Burt is a contributor for Thrillist and other publications who is proud to have covered all 11 Charleston Wine + Food Festivals. Find her random musings and food discussions at @beehivesteph, or listen to her conversations with Southern food peeps at The Southern Fork.