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Chef Paul Smith’s perfect day in Charleston, West Virginia

After years of working in kitchens in Florida, New York, Asheville, and Napa Valley, Chef Paul Smith returned home to the hills of West Virginia in 2020. “I absolutely love it,” he says. “The people are fantastic. The hospitality is Appalachian. We’ve never met a stranger.”

One City, Three Ways: Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston is lovely, made even lovelier with an effort to see the bigger picture. Here are three ways to approach your next visit, themed around Black history, top dining spots, and architectural highlights.
Culinary travel: Where to eat while visiting Charleston

Culinary travel: Where to eat while visiting Charleston

In 2023, Charleston's restaurant scene rebounded from a pandemic hangover, energized by longtime members of the culinary community pursuing passion projects, and new arrivals offering fresh perspectives. The growth is grounded in the essential components of Lowcountry cuisine, which occupies a unique spot in place and time.

Right on Trend: The Pinch Hotel stands tall among Charleston’s best

The 24-room boutique hotel is an eclectic respite from the bustling shopping and business district.

Chef Spotlight: Vivian Howard of Lenoir in Charleston, South Carolina

Vivian Howard grew up in Lenoir County, North Carolina. She has authored two award-winning cookbooks, created and starred in TV shows Somewhere South and A Chef’s Life, and owns four restaurants—including her latest, Lenoir, in Charleston.

A perfect day in Charleston

From culinary offerings and outdoor recreation to culture and (of course) architecture, Chris Bonner shares his picks for building a perfect day in the Holy City. 

Now Open: 3 new hotels around the Southeast that are worth checking out

Located in an 1883 Italianate mansion in New Orleans's Garden District, the revamped inn is a hip neighborhood hangout.

Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ is set to open in April in Adair Park

The James Beard Award-winning pitmaster from South Carolina is expanding in the South and will open his first Atlanta restaurant in spring 2020.

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.

Want Food, Will Travel: 8 Southern plates worth the drive—or flight

Would you jet to Miami for a Cuban hamburger? Take a trip to Savannah for foie gras and grits? How about head to Asheville for a whole-hog pulled-pork plate? Some dishes are so remarkable, they’re worth traveling that extra mile—or even hundreds of miles.

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