Charleston two ways

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Her Way: For 25 years Magnolias has been serving upscale soulful Southern cuisine with a modern, innovative flare. Dishes such as shellfish over grits with sautéed shrimp, sea scallops and lobster, creamy white grits, lobster butter sauce, and fried spinach will have you spouting an “I do declare” in your best Southern drawl. The buttermilk-fried chicken with cracked pepper biscuit, mashed potatoes, collard greens, creamed corn, and sausage-herb gravy will absolutely make you swoon.

Viewfinder Tip: The culinary scene in Charleston is popular so make dinner reservations whenever possible. You might also want to pack your stretchy pants.

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His Way: The Mills House originally was built in 1853, and is located right in the middle of the Charleston Historic District on Meeting Street. The hotel served as the field headquarters for General Robert E. Lee during the Civil War and has survived a fire, hurricanes, and even an earthquake (seriously). I am someone who prefers to explore a city on foot, and The Mills House is a perfect base for that, as it is no more than a 10-minute walk to just about anything you’d like to experience in Charleston. This historic property has the feeling of old-school Southern luxury but with WiFi and flat-screen televisions. As a bonus, it is rumored to be haunted (though I have not had any ghostly encounters there yet).

Her Way: The Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect combination of old-school elegance and modern charm, and it is in walking distance to everything in historic Charleston. Enter the lobby, and there’s Italian marble, a signature Georgian open-arm staircase and a 12-foot crystal chandelier. Upstairs, the hotel has 200 revitalized rooms. I recommend staying on the Club Level; it is private access only, and is located on the top two floors. The two-story Club Lounge has a marble bar, built-in food stations, complimentary all-day food and beverages (including a very bountiful continental breakfast), afternoon tea service, hors d’oeuvres, and a full bar in the evening with nightly cordials and desserts.


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