Today’s Craig Melvin looks back at his hometown of Columbia, South Carolina

As a co-host for Today’s third hour and news anchor for Today and MSNBC Live, Craig Melvin has reported live from the Summer Olympics in Rio, the Notre-Dame cathedral fire in Paris, and three presidential inaugurations. The assignment closest to his heart? A trip back to Columbia, South Carolina, for a “Hometown Glory” segment in 2019.

Where to Stay: Planters Inn in Charleston

Stepping off bustling North Market Street into the Planters Inn is like stumbling upon your own secret oasis. The immediate calm of the elegant lobby is merely a precursor to the tranquility of the garden courtyard, where, enchanted amid the lush greenery, you are likely to forget you have a hotel suite waiting to be explored.

Spotlight on Inn at Palmetto Bluff

Life moves as slowly as a Southern drawl at the Inn at Palmetto Bluff, a plantation-style luxury resort in the South Carolina Lowcountry. I’m torn between not wanting the days to end and wishing night would fall so I’d be that much closer to witnessing another glorious sunrise on the marsh.

Where to Stay: Anchorage 1770 in Beaufort, South Carolina

Spared by Sherman’s troops during the Civil War, Beaufort is among the South’s most well-preserved cities. Think quiet streets lined with antebellum homes painted in soft pastels, centuries-old oaks draped with Spanish moss, and historic churches set among residences and businesses.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Arts and antiques

George Read is co-founder of Read & Mullin LLC, an appraiser of fine arts, antiques, coins, maps, and more. He has published more than seventy-five articles on the arts and antiques market. "The very best...

College Towns of the South: Clemson, South Carolina

Nestled in the backwoods of Upstate South Carolina, Clemson is home to a vibrant college community and storied football program; it’s also an outstanding example of a small town done right.

What’s Classic and What’s Coming in Charleston: Hotels

Kinsey Gidick is a writer and editor at Charleston City Paper, where she handles the Cuisine and Arts sections. “You can’t overlook the landmark of Charleston Place. After twenty-eight years, it still manages to be...

Discover treasures—cultural, culinary, and historic—along Bay Street in Beaufort, South Carolina

Bejeweled at both ends by historic riverfront mansions and ancient live oaks, with a dynamic commercial district in between, Bay Street in downtown Beaufort seems a microcosm of the city: a place where Old South and New South peacefully coexist.

Conroy Country

If you want to know a man, visit a place he loved. For the late novelist Pat Conroy, that place was Beaufort, South Carolina.

When Nature Calls

As the mother of two small children, my self-reflection time is limited to an occasional glimpse in the mirror, followed by the realization I haven’t showered in two days. But here I am in...

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