At The Re­sort at Paws Up in Mon­tana, the na­tion’s finest chefs cook amid breath­tak­ing scenery. Aus­ti­nite Liz Lam­bert opens her first out-of­s­tate get­away, Ho­tel San Cristóbal in Mex­ico. A roundup of the must-hit spots for a charm­ing Charleston, S.C., getaw

From a cut­ting-edge culi­nary scene to many re­fined shop­ping op­tions—and all the his­tory in be­tween—dis­cover why 'harleston, S.'., just gets bet­ter with age.

Austin Way - - CONTENTS DEPARTMENTS - By Kathy Black­well

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Check into The Beach Club at Charleston Har­bor Re­sort & Ma­rina (week­end rates from $427 per night, 20 Pa­tri­ots Point Road, Mount Pleas­ant, 843.856.0028, charleston­har­bor­re­sort.com), the new lux­ury 92-room bou­tique ho­tel on the wa­ter­front. Take in the view of his­toric down­town on your pri­vate bal­cony or at­tend a class on how to host the per­fect South­ern party with Suzanne Pol­lak, dean of the Charleston Academy of Do­mes­tic Pur­suits, who has part­nered with the ho­tel for a va­ri­ety of lessons. Af­ter­ward, drive to Sul­li­van’s Is­land for a sun­set walk on the beach and din­ner at The Ob­sti­nate Daugh­ter (2063 Mid­dle St., Sul­li­van’s Is­land, 843.416.5020, theob­sti­natedaugh­ter.com). Try the Wil­liam Moul­trie (gin, cu­cum­ber wa­ter, Key lime and grape­fruit juices, and basil) and then dive into one of the chef’s home­made pas­tas.

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Start your morn­ing in the his­toric dis­trict with cof­fee and pas­tries at Black Tap Cof­fee (70.5 Bea­u­fain St., 843.793.4402, black­tap cof­fee.com). For a glimpse of how the mer­chant elite lived in Amer­ica’s ear­li­est days, tour neo­clas­si­cal mas­ter­piece Nathaniel Rus­sell House Mu­seum (51 Meet­ing St., 843.724.8481, his­toric charleston.org). Founded in 1748, the Charleston Li­brary So­ci­ety (164 King St., 843.723.9912), one of the old­est sub­scrip­tion li­braries in the coun­try, has been in its home since 1914. Don’t miss the Gibbes Mu­seum of Art (135 Meet­ing St., 843.722.2706, gibbesmu­seum.org), whose cur­rent ex­hibits in­clude a stun­ning look at the still-vi­brant 18th-cen­tury wa­ter­col­ors of Amer­i­can wildlife by Mark Catesby, through Sept. 24.

STOP 3

Refuel af­ter your his­tory lessons with lunch and drinks at Charleston’s new­est lux­ury ho­tel, The Dew­berry (334 Meet­ing St., 888.550.1450, thedew­ber­rycharleston.com). Aus­tinites will feel at home when they see the Pres­i­dent Lyn­don B. John­son plaque on the wall of the 1960s for­mer fed­eral build­ing. Hen­ri­etta’s, the ho­tel’s brasserie, of­fers di­vine gougeres with chicken liver mousse and Parisian gnoc­chi.

STOP 4

Among the re­tail de­lights along King Street, you’ll find Ibu Move­ment (183 King St., 843.327.8304, ibu­move­ment.com), a de­sign stu­dio and show­room fea­tur­ing lux­u­ri­ous gar­ments by fe­male ar­ti­sans from 30 coun­tries, as well as a col­lec­tion de­signed by ac­tress Ali MacGraw. Crav­ing a sou­venir? Just off King, stock up on Charleston rice bead neck­laces at Candy Shop Vin­tage (9 Can­non St., 843.737.4289, can­dyshopv­in­tage.com).

STOP 5

End your visit at one of this culi­nary cap­i­tal’s best-re­garded restau­rants, FIG (232 Meet­ing St., 843.805.5900, eatat­fig.com), helmed by James Beard Award­win­ning chef Ja­son Stan­hope. Al­though reser­va­tions are rec­om­mended a month out, show up at 5pm for a seat at the bar, and you might get lucky.

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