Charleston Summer Guide

Countdown Summer


Photo courtesy Brooks Reitz

With the beach minutes away, beautiful historic streets to get lost in, and one of the hottest food scenes in the country right now, Charleston is among the best cities to go to this summer. We asked local insider Brooks Reitz, of Jack Rudy Cocktail Company, to fill in the blanks for us in planning the perfect Holy City trip. Here is the short list:

Escape summer rainstorms by catching an independent flick at the Terrace Theater.

One new restaurant totally worth the buzz is The Ordinary, of course. Add to that Xiao Bao Biscuit and we are off to the races. The Cha Ca Ha Noi (pan-seared flounder over rice noodles and lemongrass broth) is a beautifully executed dish that is light, beautiful, and truly delicious.

Listen to local band Shovels & Rope. Watch them perform “Birmingham” on Letterman (video below) if you want to be a true believer. It has this great underlying twang and building rock ‘n roll energy they do so well.

Catch the sunset from atop the round Charleston Holiday Inn Riverview on the water.

Cool off with a Westbrook Brewing’s White Thai beer over ice. It’s a killer way to beat the heat.

For more of Brooks’ picks including where to go on a Sunday drive, the perfect picnic spot, and the best happy hour in town, check out our Summer in the South Charleston guide. 

Shovels & Rope performing “Birmingham.”