10 CALM THINGS
Although Charleston provides ample opportunity for nonstop activity, cramming your itinerary with all the sights can culminate in a visit that is more exhausting than rejuvenating. Step off the main streets and discover a more soothing side to the Holy Ci
1 Once the setting of both a Revolutionary War battle and an Edgar Allan Poe novel, Sullivan’s Island, at the mouth of Charleston Harbor, offers ample beachcombing. Clear your mind as you search for shells, starfish and Jurassic megalodon tooth fossils ranging from three to seven inches in size. Sand dollars can be found near the Station 28 beach access.
2 Holy Cow Yoga & Holistic Center offers rolfing bodywork and therapeutic massage. Gentle flow yoga classes are geared at those with little to no experience, as are seated pranayama breathwork classes. The genial, boutique-like setting is notably welcoming to drop-ins and visitors. 10 Windermere Blvd., West Ashley, 843.769.2269
3 Estimated to be 500 to over 1,500 years old, Charleston’s majestic Angel Oak is widely regarded as a sacred place and is the oldest living tree east of the Rockies. The Angel Oak’s languid, moss-covered boughs boast a diameter spread of 160 feet even though it is a modest 65 feet tall. Located 12 miles from downtown Charleston. 3688 Angel Oak Road, John’s Island.
4 Named after the Hindi word meaning “green revolution,” Huriyali Gardens is at once juice bar, cafe and small sanctuary in the midst downtown Charleston. Visitors enjoy acai bowls, organic turkey paninis or tropical kale smoothies while seated in an atmosphere of tranquility at an umbrella-covered table. 401 Huger St., 843.608.0590
5 What’s more meditative than shopping? Shopping at Be the Change Boutique, which offers the chance to purchase with a purpose. A downtown storefront is stocked with clothes, home goods and accessories from sustainable, charitable and non-profit organizations. Expect brands like Artisan Apparel, which works with designers in Uganda and Rescue Chocolate, where all profits go to animal rescue. 218 King St., 843.654.9650
6 Twenty miles away on Wadmalaw Island, Charleston Tea Plantation is the U.S.’s only working tea plantation (owned in part by R. C. Bigelow & Company). Trolley and factory tours allow visitors to watch the stages of production. Tea tastings are also offered. 6617 Maybank Highway, 843.559.0383
7 Set on the banks of the Cooper River, majestic Magnolia Cemetery sprawls across 92 lush, shadowy acres. Dating to the 1850s, the historic place is best known for its Civil War burial sites. Ornate, well-tended family mausoleums rub elbows with overgrown headstones once adorned with crosses and angels. 70 Cunnington Ave.
8 If good, old-fashioned pampering is what you crave, The Spa at The Sanctuary at The Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers a mixed-gender solarium and fitness center. Facial and body treatments utilize products derived from botanical extracts, nourishing seaweed, and natural enzymes. 1 Sanctuary Beach Drive, 843.768.6340
9 Perhaps the most iconic feature of the skyline, the cable-stayed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is the perfect place to stretch your legs and your mind. Rising 200 feet above the Cooper River, the 2.5-mile bridge offers views as far as Sullivan’s Island. East Bay at Cooper Street.
10 The art of peoplewatching is rooted in mindfulness, and Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer provides the setting in which to hone your skills. The coffee shop-cum-bar intentionally avoids Wi-Fi, encouraging patrons to slow down over a cup of custom roasted or singleorigin coffee, or a pint of craft beer. 4 Vanderhorst St., 843.853.7186
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