October 03 2022
We hope you’ve packed your appetite. This month, we’re finishing our Hit the Road series with a foodie foray into Charleston, SC. Whether you’re interested in taking a tour of the Lowcountry’s food scene, putting your cooking skills to the test during a chef-led cooking class, or trying the award-winning oysters at The Ordinary, this driving-distance destination is every foodie’s dream.
Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.
Drive time: ~4 hours from downtown Raleigh
Est. population: 156,255
Avg. high in August: 87°
🎟️ Things to do
Plan the perfect date inspired by “The Notebook” with a self-guided boat tour followed by an excellent meal.
Dinner and a movie
Watch a freshly-released film at the retro Terrace Theatre.
Gibbes Museum of Art
Before or after grabbing a bite to eat, explore American art incorporating the story of Charleston.
🦪 Memorable eats
Start with local raw oysters, savor the smoked tilefish curry, and end with ice cream disguised as fried chicken. Pro tip: Get in line before opening; this foodie destination doesn’t take reservations.
This clubby, classic Italian restaurant serves fresh pasta and thin crust pizza. The tuna crudo and paccheri are divine.
This seafood hall and oyster bar is housed in an old bank on King Street. The fancy seafood tower is worth the splurge.
The fish curry at Chubby Fish | Photo by RALtoday
The Dewberry, 334 Meeting St.
This mid-century landmark-turned-luxury-hotel made Condé Nast Traveler’s 2022 Gold List. Before heading to dinner, sip cocktails in the upscale Living Room or take in Charleston views from the hotel’s rooftop bar, The Citrus Club.
Emeline, 181 Church St.
This sophisticated hotel feels modern while maintaining a Southern charm. There is a resident chocolate-truffle chef, a speakeasy located behind the bar, and wood-fired eatery (Frannie & the Fox).
Sea Foam at the Blue Horizon, Sullivan’s Island
Relax in this two bedroom, one bath oceanfront apartment perfect for four people. This spot is near a variety of eateries like The Longboard and The Co-Op.
Hungry for more? Head to the link below for more mouthwatering recs. Plus, catch up on the last two months’ Hit the Road features: An outdoor adventure to Asheville and a 30-mile getaway to Pittsboro.
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- LANY: Summer Forever Tour | Thurs., Aug. 4 | 6:30 p.m. | Red Hat Amphitheater | $29.50+ | Watch this indie-pop band perform songs like “you!” + “ex i never had.” 💘
- Greek Night | Fri., Aug. 5 | 8-11 p.m. | Taverna Agora, 326 Hillsborough St. | Price of purchase | Celebrate Greek culture + enjoy performers during dinner.
Carolina Music Festival | Fri., Aug. 5-Sat., Aug. 6 | The Pour House, 224 S. Blount St. | Times vary | $10+ | Enjoy a weekend of music from local country, R&B, rock, and hip hop artists. 🎵
Acoustic Nights in The District | Starting Fri., Aug. 5 | 6-9 p.m. | 3400 Village Market Place, Morrisville | Free | Acoustic Nights in The District returns to Park West Village every Friday + Saturday night through September. 🎶 *
- The Market at NCMA | Sat., Aug. 6 | 11 a.m.-3 p.m. | NCMA | Price of purchase | Enjoy an afternoon of live music + shopping from local artists. 🛍️
Taylor Fest | Sat., Aug. 6 | 9 p.m. | Motorco Music Hall, 723 Rigsbee Ave., Durham | $20 | Jam out to Taylor Swift all night long.
West St. Dog’s Birthday Party | Sun., Aug. 7 | 2-8 p.m. | West St. Dog, 400 W. North Street | Free | There will be cornhole, cake for humans, and treats for pups. 🐶
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Raleigh Mad Libs results 🔥
Yesterday, we challenged you to a Mad Libs-style game, and we love the creative ways you completed this sentence about Raleigh. Here are some of our other favorites:
“I saw a Canes hockey mural in Raleigh and that was pretty fan-tastic.” – Malisa
“I saw a hummingbird in Raleigh and that was pretty beautiful.” – Susan
"I saw Rage Against The Machine in Raleigh and that was pretty rad." – Bill
"I saw GalaxyCon in Raleigh and that was pretty out of this world." – Elijah
"I saw a coyote in Raleigh and that was pretty 😱." – Dee
Click the link below to complete this sentence: “I saw a ____ in Raleigh and that was pretty ____ .”
- 94º | Partly cloudy | 24% chance of rain ⛅
Developers have submitted a proposal for a new high rise that would take the place of Legends Nightclub, located at 330 W. Hargett St. Plans for the 30-story mixed-use building include 372 apartment units, ~17,400 sqft of restaurant space, ~20,000 sqft of retail space + parking. 🏗 (Triangle Business Journal)
Dix Park will hold a celebration for the groundbreaking of Gibson Play Plaza on Sun., Aug. 14 from 5-7 p.m. The 18.5-acre plaza will include play areas and gathering spaces for people of all ages including climbing towers + a picnic grove. The project will take ~two years to complete. Register for the event.
The Research Triangle Cleantech Cluster has launched its 2022 Cleantech Innovation Awards to spotlight advances in clean technology across NC + recognize people, organizations, and projects furthering its reach and impact. Nominations will be accepted through Fri., Sept. 9 + winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on Wed., Nov. 9.
Don’t flake on this challenge. Layered Croissanterie is holding a croissant contest. Submit as many croissant flavor ideas that you have for a chance to win prizes and have your creation featured on the September menu. Fill out this graphic and submit it to the bakery’s Instagram messages to enter. 🥐
- Beginning on Fri., Aug. 5, Irregardless Café will open for lunch on Fridays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. The lunch menu will focus on salads and sandwiches like a vegan cheese and apricot melt + BBQ maitake sandwich.
Elvis fans, head to Remember Elvis Presley at the Walnut Terrace Center on Fri., Aug. 12 from 2:30-4 p.m. Participants will share memories of how he impacted their lives, contribute to a painted rock project, and snack on peanut butter and banana sandwiches. Call 919-996-6061 to reserve a space (required).
Raleigh’s Longleaf Swine BBQ made it on The News & Observer’s list of the 12 best places in NC offering barbecue. This pop-up joint will open a brick-and-mortar by September — it will serve market-sliced meat during the day and diner-style smashburgers at night. Now that you’re hungry, check out our Raleigh BBQ superlatives. 🍖
Go Triangle is hosting a discussion on carpooling in the Triangle on Thurs., Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. During the Mission Impossible event, locals will have 60 minutes to ask Share the Ride NC Administrator Paul Straw any questions they may have on the topic. 🚗
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Editor's pick: Before I moved to Raleigh, I lived in Charleston. While living in the Lowcountry, I couldn’t get enough of Moscow Mules at The Rarebit or chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream from Off Track (where I had my first date with my partner). 🍨
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