5 Darius Rucker-Approved Spots in Charleston You Don’t Want to Miss
Published June 29, 2022
In its groundbreaking renovation series, The Design Network partnered with Discover South Carolina to bring Rucker’s Reno to television. As a Charleston native and lover of South Carolina, who better than Darius Rucker to show off the beautiful home state.
In this all-new series, Discover South Carolina takes you beyond Darius’s Broad St. home renovation and dives into the best parts of this landmark city. In each episode, viewers get a taste of Darius’s favorite spots in the town he calls home. From five-star restaurants, best-in-class golf courses, to top-notch fishing, South Carolina truly has something for everyone. Across six episodes, no stone is left unturned as Darius shows the world his beloved hometown.
On your next visit to Charleston, here are 5 places you don’t want to miss:
1. John Rutledge House Inn
Just across the street from Darius’s new home is the John Rutledge House Inn, a place rich in history with no shortage of sweet tea. Voted #1 Hotel in Charleston by Travel + Leisure, this friendly bed and bath goes deep in US history. It was originally home to Supreme Court Chief Justice John Rutledge, a signer of the Constitution and the first governor of South Carolina. Some of the first drafts of the constitution were written in the main seating area of the Inn. Over the years, many renowned names have stayed at the bed and breakfast, including George Washington himself. With many of its original features still intact, the John Rutledge Inn pays homage to its original owner and is a beautiful place to stay for a getaway to Charleston.
2. Charleston Tea Garden
The South is known for sweet tea, but a hidden gem many don’t know about is the Charleston Tea Garden, located just outside of Charleston in the Lowcountry town, Wadmalaw. The 127-acre land has been used to grow green and black tea since 1666, in more than 320 varieties. Darius enjoys hot tea to prepare for concerts and events and sweet tea at any time of the day. If you’re in the area, stop by Charleston Tea Garden for a trolley tour, factory tour, and tea tasting! It’s amazing to see tea in its most natural form and taste the final product
3. The Battery
Another historic spot you don’t want to miss in Charleston is The Battery, an area Darius grew up seeing as a kid and continues to enjoy. The Battery was originally home to Fort Broughton and Fort Wilkins, defending Charleston all the way back to the Civil War era. Spectacular historic homes line The Battery, and breathtaking views of surrounding areas like Fort Sumter and Castle Pinckney are just across the way. If you’re in search of great views and rich history, you’ll definitely want to check out this iconic spot.
4. Patriot’s Point Golf Course
Charleston’s outdoor activity scene goes beyond beaches and fishing. Public golf courses in the Charleston area are top-notch, and Patriot’s Point in Mt. Pleasant is a great spot to hit the links. With breathtaking views of the Charleston Harbor, luscious greens, and various outings and events, Patriot’s Point is a headlining pick for golf in Charleston.
5. Hall’s Chophouse
Hall’s Chophouse is the place to go for a great steak, fine wine and family style delectable sides. Bill Hall spent his career in restaurants and hospitality in the south, but it wasn’t until his daughter moved to Charleston to attend college that he planted culinary roots here. Hall’s Chophouse is everything a great steakhouse should be, but what makes them stand out is their world-class service and hospitable staff.
South Carolina’s beloved city of Charleston has something to offer for every member of the family. From history to food, scenery to activities – there is no shortage of inspiration in this iconic and vibrant city that embodies southern hospitality. Check all of these places off your list on your next trip to Charleston, and you’ll leave feeling enlightened, inspired, and ready to come back!