Each summer, hundreds of thousands of people travel to the historic city of Charleston, South Carolina to escape the Northern cold, lay under palm trees, and enjoy boat rides around the harbor. But what many don’t know is that the best time to visit Charleston is from September to November. Fall is truly the Holy City’s best-kept secret, when temperatures are mild, crowds are light, and there are tons of things to do and see. If you’re thinking about visiting Charleston, SC, in the fall, let Pam Harrington Exclusives be your guide! Here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy autumn in the Lowcountry.
The Best Things to Experience in Charleston, SC, in the Fall
Historic City Market
With winter right around the corner, Charleston City Market is the perfect place to get your holiday shopping done. This famous attraction was established in 1804 and offers thousands of Charleston products made by talented local artists and craftspeople. We suggest starting your visit in the market’s Great Hall, a United States National Register Landmark that offers 18,300 square feet of gleaming micro boutiques, before making your way to three open air structures filled with beautiful collectibles. Whether you’re looking for clothing, homegoods, sweetgrass baskets, or bags of grits, you’re sure to find the perfect gift or souvenir.
Taste of Charleston
Foodies, get your forks ready! Taste of Charleston is the Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year and is held each September at historic Boone Hall Plantation. Over the course of two days, guests can enjoy delicious samples of food, beer, and wine from 40 of the region’s best casual and fine dining restaurants. The event also offers informative cooking demos, competitions, live music, kids activities, and more.
Magnolia Plantation & Gardens
Known as America’s oldest garden, Magnolia Plantation brilliantly captures Charleston’s spectacular fall foliage. The landscape bursts with abundant hues of red, yellow, and orange. Flowers such as sasanqua camellias, pansies, azaleas, and snapdragons flourish in the cool, autumnal, sunshine. Keep a keen eye out and spot a variety of wildlife species like alligators, birds, and otters before they retreat for the winter.
Fall Tour of Homes
Each October, the Preservation Society of Charleston hosts the Fall Tour of Homes where guests can get a behind-the-scenes look at some of the nation’s most exceptional historic houses. Strolling through these magnificent residences, you’ll experience the rich history of Charleston’s culture, architecture, and hospitality, and will hear stories about the people who have lived here for centuries. It’s the perfect way to get to know our charming city!
Become a Charleston Local with Pam Harrington Exclusives
Whether you plan to vacation in Charleston this fall or want to make our city your permanent residence, Pam Harrington Exclusives has you covered! From the beaches of Kiawah Island to the cobblestone streets downtown, our skilled and experienced real estate team will help you find the perfect vacation home or permanent residence for you and your family. Check out our Charleston area guide to learn more, then give us a call. We can’t wait to see you in the Holy City!