Beer, Wine and Liquor with a South Carolina Address

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If you have traveled to Kentucky, you may be familiar with the “Bourbon Trail” a road leading between some of the greatest Kentucky bourbon distilleries. We are making our own trail by way of Charleston.

Recently, we have been lucky enough to have a wave of new distilleries and breweries make their home in the South. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, take the time to explore some of these nationally renowned watering holes.

If you like sweet tea….

Firefly Distillery
Sweet Tea comes with South Carolina territory, and that is why we love Firefly Distillery, where they serve up Sweet Tea Vodka with that personable, Southern hospitality.

Located approximately 30 minutes off the peninsula, make a day out of visiting this distillery and also plan on visiting the conveniently located, sole tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation. It will become obvious why the Sweet Tea Vodka is so good.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-557-1405
Address: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

If you like spirits…

Striped Pig Distillery
“From Grain to Grass, Striped Pig ingredients are locally grown” is the tagline that this Charleston favorite boasts. Enjoy spirits including moonshine, rum and vodka. If you’re lucky, you may even meet their mascot, Jackson, the distillery’s pig.

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Experience it:
Hours: Wednesday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm
Price: Free
Phone: 843-276-3201
Address: 2225-A Old School Drive, 
Charleston, SC 29405

If you like beer…

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewery’s mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and delicious beer possible. Westbrook loves to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, which is the reason why they have so many varieties of beer. Look at the Tasting Room tab to see what is on tap for the week. You can’t go wrong with the White Thai, a Charleston staple.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-6pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-654-9114
Address: 510 Ridge Road
, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you like a road trip…

Six & Twenty Distillery

Six & Twenty whiskey is actually quite romantic, named after a love story between a Cherokee and a Revolutionary war soldier. They offer a premium whiskey, with emphasis on supporting everything local; starting with the locally grown wheat that is distilled into their delicious whiskey.

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Experience it:
Hours: Saturday at 1pm & 4pm
Price: Free (Call to make a reservation)
Phone: 864-263-8312
Address: 3109 Highway 153 Piedmont, SC 29673

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Carolopolis Award

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Surely while walking around downtown Charleston you have spotted one of these plaques adorning a vine draped home or an antebellum mansion, but are you aware of what the plaque actually means?

The Carolopolis Award is a plaque situated on buildings that are model examples of preserved, restored or rehabilitated construction. The award is given to those that currently own and maintain the property.

The Carolopolis award was created in 1953 to recognize outstanding achievement in the city of Charleston and since then, The Preservation Society has presented 1,309 awards in recognition of such achievement.

We have provided a diagram that displays what the plaque represents. To enlarge the image click here.

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Here are a few examples of the Carolopolis award spotted throughout the city. Follow this walking route to see examples of Carolopolis Awards below.

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Love in the Lowcountry

It’s easy to have a unique, romantic agenda on Valentine’s Day in Charleston, where one can find romance in the unexpected; from the flowers blossoming through cast-iron fences, to the sun setting on the Cooper River. This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to break away from the typical card and flowers and spend the day with your significant other discovering the beauty in each other and in Charleston.

Picnic at Battery Park
Heading in the direction of Battery Park, make your way down King Street, and stop in Bull Street Gourmet where you can choose from a wide assortment of sandwiches, salads and hot and cold beverages. Take your picnic items to the end of King Street where you will be surrounded by antebellum homes, and find yourself at historic Battery Park under a canopy of age-old Oak trees. Either bring a blanket, or plan on sitting at one of the many benches surrounding the park. For a scenic route we have provided walking directions.

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Carriage Ride Downtown
A carriage ride is a wonderful chance to explore the city and get insight into what Charleston was like years ago. Don’t worry if the weather seems to be a bit brisk, the carriages often have blankets, allowing you to snuggle up next to your loved one.

Sunset or Moonlight Sail on the Schooner Pride
What could be more whimsical than sailing around the Charleston peninsula with the one you love? Feel the sea breeze in your hair while enjoying a kaleidoscope sky on the sunset sail or enjoy the live acoustic music on the moonlight cruise.

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Couples Champagne Massage
Relax at The Spa at Charleston Place and enjoy a 50-minute or 80-minute couples Swedish massage. No Valentine’s Day massage is complete without a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. To schedule a massage, call (843) 937-8522.

Stroll down Pitt Street Bridge
Located just ten minutes away from downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, walk hand in hand down Pitt Street Bridge, where you will take in sights and the beauty of the Lowcountry. After, stop in authentic Pitt Street Pharmacy and share an old-fashioned milkshake with your date.

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