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South Carolina: Explore Charleston and its Southern cuisine

October 14, 2013|By Mary Forgione | Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
  • Food tours of Charleston, S.C., include a stop at the Leaf Cafe & Bar for a roasted fig small plate.
Food tours of Charleston, S.C., include a stop at the Leaf Cafe & Bar… (Charleston Culinary Tours )

Travel magazines routinely pick Charleston, S.C., as a must-see U.S. destination, and this year is no exception. Travel + Leisure readers named it the country's best city to visit, over bigger hubs like San Francisco and New York City. Here's a tour package that's flexible and inexpensive -- and provides a taste of  the city's Southern cuisine.

Wild Dunes Resort is on a barrier island called Isle of Palms about a half hour from Charleston. The package includes staying in a one-bedroom condo and taking one of four culinary tours of the city. On the Historic Downtown Culinary Tour, for example, participants meet owners, managers and chefs at restaurants in the city's downtown area.

Other choices include a Mixology Tour that explores the city's cocktail culture at bars that specialize in craft beverages as well as tours featuring Farmers Market chefs or restaurants on the city's trendy Upper King Street scene. Tours last from one to two and a half hours.

When: The culinary tour package is available through Dec. 31.

Price: Starting at $209 a night, double occupancy, two-night minimum. It includes staying in a one-bedroom condo (upgrades available) at the resort and a food tour for two. Airfare to and from Charleston is extra.

Info: Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, South Carolina; (888) 778-1876

Mary.Forgione@latimes.com
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