If you want natural beauty, you won’t be disappointed by a visit to Charleston, South Carolina. The city is known for its lovely nature, as well as its collection of beautiful historic buildings which make quite an impression on both visitors and natives alike. These things combined with the generous number of stunning venues and the area’s love for the arts make Charleston the perfect location for the annual Spoleto Festival.
The Spoleto Festival was created in 1977 as an American counterpart to Festival of Two Worlds in Spoleto, Italy. The festival was founded largely by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and Christopher Keene. The two gentlemen sought a place that would offer just as much charm, beauty, and space as Spoleto, and Charleson was the perfect location. Now the program has run for 40 years, providing Charleston natives and visitors a place to catch everything from theatre premiers, symphonies, jazz, opera, dance, and more.
This year’s festival begins on May 26, 2017 and runs through June 11th and takes place at venues like the Charleston Gaillard Center, City Hall, and Dock Street Theatre, many of which are just a short drive from Palmetto Ford Lincoln. Visitors can catch things like the US premiere of Vivaldi’s opera Farnace, multiple performances of Waiting for Godot, the Charles Lloyd jazz quartet, and much, much more. For tickets and a full lineup, visit spoletousa.org.
Runners, put on your running shoes, fill up your water bottle and get ready for one of the most beautiful annual races in South Carolina. The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k is back again this October 16 on John’s Island. Walk or run this beautiful organized trek through some of South Carolina’s most breathtaking scenery. The Half Marathon and 5k follow trails that will take you through landscapes of fall foliage, gorgeous old oak trees and enchanting wildlife.
The Lowcountry Trail Half Marathon and 5k both start at 8:30 am on Saturday, October 16, at the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. Registration for the half marathon is $40 for Charleston County residents and $48 for everyone else, while the 5k is $28 and $34 respectively. Registration runs through October 7.
Friends and family who aren’t participating are welcome to come along for the experience and enjoy the pleasant fall weather while they wait for their runner or walker to finish. At the end of the race, all can stick around to enjoy a celebratory post-race meal and complimentary live music. This race is one of the most scenic and rewarding of its kind in the area. You won’t want to miss it!
There’s nothing like pulling up to the silver screen outside and watching it from the comfort of your vehicle. Nostalgia, great food at the concession stand, and a night out with loved ones make the experience of going to a drive-in unlike anything else. Unfortunately, the best drive-in theaters in South Carolina are all likely to be a decently long drive due to the fact that most of them have been closed or demolished. Still, for the experience, it is every bit worth the inconvenience. If you’re headed from Charleston to any of these theaters, make a plan for a day trip with the family!
Monetta Drive-In Theater
This theater, about a two-hour journey away from Charleston, almost succumbed to a market shifting away from drive-ins when it was restored in 1999. It is free for anyone 11 and under, and $5 admission for anyone over the age of 11. Keep in mind this theater is only open on the weekends.
Hwy 21 Drive-In Theater
Even further away than Monetta, this Beaufort theater is about three hours away. This one’s impressive, as it expanded its capacity to 500 cars and runs every night, year-round. Weeknights are single features, while weekends are double features.
In conclusion, we’d like to give an honorary mention to the three best drive-in theaters that were once in Charleston, but were closed or demolished: Victory Downs Drive-In, Magnolia Drive-In, and 4-Mile Drive-In. The demand for these theaters may have diminished, but they’re still a great, fun novelty to enjoy with the family.
Everyone loves Guy Fieri on DD&D! Check out some of the places he visited in Charleston, SC. Taken by Wendy Berry. No changes. Copyright 2007.
TV Food Maps is a site that investigates restaurants seen on TV, and they have a particular section on Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives – which, coincidentally, covers the full range of where we like to take our classic muscle cars for a cruise. If you have a nice vintage car and you’re looking for a suitable place to cruise in your old-school Mustang, check out these recommendations pulled right from the site’s TV-approved archives.
Located inside an old, refurbished gas station, this restaurant is championed by a young chef who dazzles with unique fare benefiting from a Caribbean twist.
Early Bird Diner
You can’t go wrong with this one: a mom-and-pop diner inspired by good ol’-fashioned Southern heritage.
True Southern cuisine rears its deliciously unhealthy head at this restaurant, which features favorites like the pork loin po’ boy or the crispy chicken leg.
Another breakfast joint, you might find some creative dishes tucked in between the traditional favorites on the menu, like a delectable shrimp BLT.
This husband-and-wife duo claims they specialize in “all things bird,” so if you like poultry or duck, you should probably give this a shot.
Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives continuously updates as more cool hang-out joints appear on the Charleston, SC map, so keep an eye on them in the future!