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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Planters Inn, located in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, has been named #1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.

 

Staying at the Planters Inn is akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion. The hotel is also home to the Peninsula Grill, a Lowcountry institution and one of the best restaurants in town.” — Travel + Leisure

 

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Charleston's Historic City Market

Step outside Planters Inn and explore the Charleston City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Strolling through the four market buildings is more than a simple shopping excursion. With its treasure trove of quintessential local crafts, the Charleston City Market is a chance to meet Lowcountry artisans including more than 50 Gullah sweetgrass basket weavers.

Gullah is name of Charleston’s native sea island culture with its distinctive language, cuisine, crafts, music, and traditions. One of the most widely recognized Gullah customs is sweetgrass basketry, examples of which are on display throughout Planters Inn and Peninsula Grill. Originally made to winnow rice on Charleston’s plantations, sweetgrass baskets have become sought after souvenirs and are even on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The best place to purchase a sweetgrass basket is the Charleston City Market, which is located across the street from Planters Inn.

Now that you have discovered sweetgrass baskets, pick up a bag of heirloom Carolina Gold Rice from Historic Charleston Foundation’s shop inside the Great Hall. Look for the bright yellow burlap sacks stamped with the name of this famous rice variety. Nearby, you will find sachets of Charleston Tea Plantation tea—North America’s only tea cultivated for home consumption.

For another authentic taste of Charleston’s plantation era, try Benne Wafers—golden discs made with butter, sugar and sesame seeds—or pickled okra, both of which can be found at Food For the Southern Soul ‘Cue-Osk in the Great Hall.