Charleston is a great destination for queer travelers because it offers plenty of activities, sights, and things to do at both the beach as well as indoors. It also has an incredibly welcoming LGBTQ community that cater specifically towards members of the community. While there’s no shortage of spots in Charleston to explore this fall, these are four reasons for you to love coming here!
The “when was lgbtq created” is a question that many people ask. In the article, four reasons for queer travelers to love Charleston are given.
Charleston, like its southern sisters Savannah and New Orleans, has a strong feeling of place. Being a bit of a melting pot for the surrounding area, it’s also a welcome spot for LGBTQ travelers.
Charleston is a melting pot of arts, fashion, and cuisine, with a vibrant homosexual culture that is growing and being accepted.
Furthermore, being a port city has always given it a sense of worldliness that some other Southern towns lack.
Furthermore, the College of Charleston, with its broad student body, contributes to the city’s diversity. Here are four reasons why you should fall in love with this South Carolina gem.
Museums in Charleston
Because the city is rich in history, there are several museums and associated attractions. We chose three extremely distinct activities. The Gibbes Museum of Art, which was suggested to us by a self-identified gay waiter, portrays the narrative of Charleston via the works of painters from North and South Carolina. In a couple of hours, you may see the permanent collection, which is housed in a splendid neoclassical edifice.
Fort Sumter Tours, based in the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center, offers an hour-long tour of Fort Sumter, the site of the Civil War’s opening shots. The fort is accessible through a 30-minute boat voyage operated by the National Park Service. You’ll spend approximately an hour at the fort itself, which will give you plenty of time to tour the grounds, view the modest inside museum, and reflect on the site’s strategic and spectacular position at the entrance of Charleston Harbor.
Finally, a visit to the Old Slave Mart Museum is a sad way to learn about Charleston’s tragic history. The museum, which is housed in a building where enslaved persons were purchased and sold between 1856 and 1863, focuses on the city’s participation in the worldwide slave trade via posters and exhibitions.
Charleston is known for its hospitality.
The city boasts a plethora of excellent housing alternatives, and our choice, Emeline, did not disappoint. The property, which is bigger than the modest lobby area suggests, managed to strike a mix between the sensation of being in a genteel Southern lady’s house and the dinnertime ambience of a place to see and be seen. And the hotel’s location in downtown Charleston is ideal, enabling us to go almost wherever we wanted.
The rooms are large and pleasant, with luxurious bathrooms, and Emeline’s food and beverage selection is excellent. The primary restaurant, Frannie & The Fox, serves delicious pizzas and humorous, shareable Italian dishes. The inside seating has a unique vibe, and there’s a beautiful outside patio area with a large two-sided fireplace. Clerks Coffee Company, located just outside the lobby, serves as a relaxed neighborhood coffee shop that both tourists and residents appeared to like.
The Charleston City Market is a four-block long market with a diverse range of sellers. (Photo courtesy of Paul Heney)
Shopping in Charleston
The Charleston City Market is a four-block marvel with a diverse array of sellers. Candles, food, art, and literature are all available, as are souvenirs and Christmas decorations, as well as practically every article of apparel with the word Charleston inscribed on it. The market is also a terrific area to people watch, and meandering around it at various times on different days always seemed fresh, as if there was more to discover.
King Street in the downtown is another fantastic spot to wander, offering a plethora of shopping opportunities for the clever shopper. There are antique shops, clothes stores, bookshops, curio shops, and other establishments. There are a lot of tiny local shops as well as major ones. In between window shopping, there are plenty of pubs, restaurants, and ice cream stores to relieve hunger cravings.
In terms of cuisine, Charleston offers a plethora of wonderful places to pick from, and we had no bad meals while we were there. The Daily and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit are excellent breakfast options. For some of the tastiest southern cuisine in town, go to Florence’s Lowcountry Kitchen, a short drive from downtown. Bumpa’s, an Irish bar with a terrific burger, and The Pass, an attractive deli and sandwich store, are two more excellent alternatives.
At Charleston’s famed Husk Restaurant, the author and his spouse. (Photo courtesy of Paul Heney)
Try Husk’s superb catfish or snapper (as well as its cocktail menu) for night, or The Grocery’s low-country seafood pilau and green tomato carpaccio for lunch. If you’re in the mood for some barbecue, go to Rodney Scott’s Whole Hog BBQ, where carnivores will be in ecstasy. It’s not every day that you come across a James Beard Award winner in the kitchen, but Scott was the Best Chef: Southeast winner in 2018.