Grab Your Sweetheart & Visit Charleston for Southeastern Wildlife Expo

Give her the gift she really wants this Valentine’s Day: Charleston. Take a romantic long weekend escape and enjoy the City’s history, culinary delights, and one of our signature events: Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE).

SEWE is a must-do in Charleston. It is an event locals and visitors alike wait all year to experience. Starting on Wednesday, February 12, with its opening night reception and running through the evening of Sunday, February 16, you are invited to join more than 40,000 other attendees for this “celebration of wildlife and nature through fine art, conservation education, sporting demonstrations, food, drink, and the people who honor them all.”

Day and night there are events ranging from family-friendly activities like dog jumping competitions and fishing demonstrations to fun-for-the-grownups evening socials, a black-tie gala, and a ladies’ brunch, making this the perfect weekend to grab your Valentine and make your way to Charleston.

Tickets are still available but going fast, and most activities are within walking distance to The Charleston Chestnut Mansion. To see the full schedule and purchase tickets, click here.

While SEWE is an experience of a lifetime, no trip to Charleston is complete without indulging in our culinary scene.

Continue your weekend of romance with reservations to any of our top 5 romantic restaurant picks, all within walking distance to The Charleston Chestnut Mansion: 

1. Charleston Grill — 224 King Street 

2. FIG — 232 Meeting Street

3. Slightly North of Broad (SNOB) — 192 East Bay Street

4. Husk — 76 Queen Street

5. Magnolia’s — 185 East Bay Street

Be sure to save room for dessert! The Ultimate Coconut Cake at Peninsula Grill (112 North Market Street) is heaven! 

After dinner, wander hand-in-hand through our history-filled streets, popping in and out of art galleries along Lower King, Broad, and Church Streets. Then end the evening sipping cocktails at The Watch Rooftop Bar (79 Wentworth Street) or The Grand Bohemian (55 Wentworth Street). 

By the end of this three-day weekend vacation, you will have reignited the romance. 

So go ahead… Celebrate your love of wildlife, travel, food, and — most importantly — each other this Valentine’s Day weekend. Join us for a weekend to remember in Charleston.