If you go
THE BEST WAY TO CHARLESTON, S.C.
From LAX, American, Delta, JetBlue, United, US Airways and Southwest offer connecting service (change of planes) to Charleston. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $327, including all taxes and fees.
WHERE TO STAY
Belmond Charleston Place, 205 Meeting St., (843) 722-4900, http://www.charlestonplace.com. Part of the luxury group once known as Orient Express and now known as Belmond (Santa Barbara's El Encanto is part of the group). In the historic district and close to many attractions. Doubles from $275.
Fulton Lane Inn, 202 King St.; (843) 720-2600, http://www.fultonlaneinn.com/. In the heart of Charleston. Doubles from $205.
Zero George, 0 George St., (843) 817-7900, http://www.zerogeorge.com. Newish boutique hotel in restored Charleston houses with adjoining courtyards. Doubles from $259.
Comfort Suites West of the Ashley, 2080 Savannah Highway; (843) 769-9850, http://www.lat.ms/1hio99O. An affordable option that's about 15 minutes from the heart of Charleston. Doubles from $99.
WHERE TO EAT
Husk, 76 Queen St.; (843) 577-2500, http://www.huskrestaurant.com. In the historic center of Charleston. Locally sourced foods with an emphasis on Southern cuisine. The ever-changing menu might include skillet corn bread with bacon and honey pork butter; slow-cooked pork, confit of duck leg or snapper. Main dishes from $20.
FIG, 232 Meeting St.; (843) 805-5900, http://www.eatatfig.com. Low-country cuisine (South Carolina and Georgia coast) with an emphasis on fresh ingredients. Corn flour-dusted flounder, pan-roasted Alabama rib eye and Eden Farm pork schnitzel were among recent entrees; main dishes from $25.
High Cotton Maverick Bar & Grill, 199 E. Bay St.; (843) 724-3815, http://www.lat.ms/OdQeYR. Low-country cuisine. Recently featured main dishes: pan-roasted golden tilefish, bacon-wrapped rabbit loin and a low-country boil of mussels, clams, shrimp, Andouille sausage, fingerling potatoes, corn, baby tomato. Main dishes from $22.
TO LEARN MORE
Charleston Convention & Visitor Bureau, http://www.lat.ms/1k01JCh.
Civil War Traveler, http://www.civilwartraveler.com.