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

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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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