A Pre-Democratic Primary Guild to Charleston

For the political set, this winter may have been devoid of snowbird escapes to tropical locations but included plenty of travel to Iowa, New Hampshire, Nevada, and South Carolina. And although Des Moines and (chilly) Manchester may not appeal for your next weekend jaunt, Charleston should already be at the top of your must-visit list. With natural beauty, historic charm, and an unreal food scene, this city has our vote as the best Southern sojourn all around. So just in time for the Democratic primary, here are our top food, shopping, and exploration recommendations. Whether you’re there this weekend campaigning for Hillary or just trying to avoid the crowds, a lot of places have our vote. Better yet, get inspired by the round-the-clock news coverage and plan a (less-crazed) trip for another time.