How To Plan The Perfect Charleston, SC Winter Vacation

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The Holy City is evergreen with Southern charm, so don’t miss a chance to make the most out of the winter months! Charleston has year-round, temperate weather: Even in its coldest months, Charleston rarely if ever dips below freezing—not a snow shovel in sight. So while sunbathing may not be on the top of the to-do list, there is still plenty to keep visitors entertained. Here are some tips to help you plan ahead for the perfect Charleston, SC winter vacation.


Get A Restaurant Reservation

As supporters of the “buy local” movement, Charleston’s renowned chefs often use the freshest, local ingredients—which are seasonal. That means that if you only visit Charleston in the summer, you could be missing out on many great culinary experiences. While dining at Charleston mainstays like Husk, McCrady’s, The Grocery and Harold’s Cabin, for instance, you’ll be treated to an entirely different menu than if you visited in the spring or summer. While the weather may be cooling off, these restaurants don’t, so be sure to call ahead—perhaps days out—to get your ideal reservation.

Plan To Go To An Oyster Roast

A great tradition of the Lowcountry, only visitors from October-March can enjoy a good ‘ole fashioned oyster roast. It is said that the first person to ever try an oyster must have been very brave, but that adventurousness has now blessed the Eastern seaboard with one of Charleston’s favorite snacks. Steamed up and dropped by the burlap bag-full, crowds gather for fundraisers or just plain fun. You can enjoy piles of oysters across the Peninsula and the surrounding boroughs nearly every weekend during the winter. This is part of a quintessential Charleston, SC winter vacation!

Grab An Advanced Ticket To A Festival

Charlestonians are always looking for the biggest party. With a growing microbrew culture, the party is often on tap and outside. Charleston Beer Week is a week-long celebration with events each day that goes down early each September. If that’s not enough brew for you, one of the largest single day events in winter is Brewvival, occurring each year in early February, seemingly with more beers to try each year. The last week of February and into March also marks the Charleston Wine + Food festival, which hosts once-in-a-lifetime dinners, all-out culinary excursions, and live entertainment.


Earmark Historical Sites & Museums

History knows no season, and Charleston is rich with historical sites elemental to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, and beyond. These attractions are great for a Charleston, SC winter vacation or any time of year. The Charleston CVB has a list on hand for easy discovery. While in town, you may also be interested in checking out one of Charleston’s many museums or other indoor options like The Charleston Children’s Museum or The South Carolina Aquarium. Plan ahead and create your own custom tour of historic Charleston!

Getting To Charleston

All roads lead to Charleston in just a couple turns. Located at the “basin” of Interstate 26, Charleston is easily accessible from I-95 and I-77. Likewise, Charleston houses an international airport with direct flights from Charlotte, Atlanta, Washington D.C., and New York City! What are you waiting for?

Luxury Vacation Rentals In Charleston, SC


Finding the right vacation rental for a winter vacation in Charleston, SC can make all the difference when it comes to making the most out of your trip to the Lowcountry. Walk Away Stays offers luxury rental properties in Charleston that will keep you close to all the action. We also offer on-call, 24/7 concierge services (like making that restaurant reservation) as well as five-star amenities like hotel-style toiletries, luxury linens, and complimentary locally roasted coffee.

Ready to get started with your Charleston, SC winter vacation? Browse our vacation rental properties, and book today!