Historic Charleston occupies a peninsula that juts into Charleston harbor where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.
Charleston is perennially ranked by leading travel media as one of the top U.S. destinations alongside hubs such as New Orleans, San Francisco, and New York City.
It is a regional cultural center with an enviable quality of life created by a blend of great climate, natural beauty, historic Charleston architecture, and a sophisticated community.
The area has developed a variety of attractions and amenities to serve both locals and visitors alike including a vibrant dining scene, shopping, and many other lifestyle businesses such as downtown Charleston hotel, the Andrew Pickney Inn.
From the Pineapple Fountain in downtown’s Waterfront Park to the amazing homes of Rainbow Row, the dazzling beauty of the city’s architecture is reason enough to visit alone. Add to that the importance of historic Charleston in the storied history of the United States and all the amazing things to do in Charleston and this is absolutely a “must-see” destination.
Shopping in Charleston
Downtown Charleston hotel the Andrew Pinckney Inn is within walking distance to King Street, recently named one of the country’s ten best shopping streets by US News & World Report.
King Street is home to local merchant families that have done business in the area for well over a century and there’s also an amazing selection of some of today’s most luxurious brands including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Lacoste, and many, many more.
Dining in Charleston
With more James Beard Award-nominated chefs than any U.S. city outside of New York, you can easily find a great meal in this highly epicurean town.
The “farm-to-table” movement has been important in perpetuating and evolving the indigenous culinary traditions that trace their roots back to the original settlers from Western Europe and Northwest Africa as well as some influence from the Caribbean.
Whether you’re looking for upscale cuisine, downhome Lowcountry cookin’ or anything in between there are restaurants to suit every palate in near proximity to this downtown Charleston hotel.
A fine glass of wine, artisanal brews, and creative cocktails flow freely in the lounges, bars, and pubs — and you can have that second or third round without concern as your luxury accommodations at the Andrew Pinckney Inn are just around the corner or just down the street.
The Charleston City Market
Market Hall — built Circa 1841 — stands facing Meeting Street as the main entrance to The Charleston City Market, four blocks of open-air buildings originally used by the Market Commissioners for meetings, social functions and rental space.
Through the years, the sheds have survived many disasters, including fires, tornados, earthquakes and bombardment. The City Market is one of the oldest in the country and is significant enough part of historic Charleston to be included in a permanent exhibit entitled “Life in Coastal South Carolina c. 1840” at the American History Museum of the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
Since the 1970′s, the original sheds and the areas opposite the Market on both sides have housed many small and unique shops, each with its own flavor, history and character. Some of the products featured include locally crafted sweetgrass baskets, clothing, artwork, jewelry, local souvenirs, perfumes, food, and other gift items.
The City Market saw its most recent renovation in 2011, enclosing the building and providing central heating and air.