Do you love the South? Ever consider a contract job in Charleston, South Carolina? This is a beautiful city that was founded in 1670 and is still adorned with southern antebellum houses, cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, and a French Quarter. Charleston is rich in history and is home to the famous Fort Sumter where the first shots of the civil war were heard.
Charleston has of all four seasons. During the summer months the weather is hot with temperatures average around 89℉. The winter months are often mild, averaging around 43℉. During winter months you are not likely to see snow and you can expect to have sun shiny days quite often.
With a population of 135k people Charleston is a large city. Renting a one-bedroom apartment will run about $1300 a month. On average the commute here is around 22 minutes.
Charleston is a popular tourist city and has a seemingly infinite amount of restaurant options. If you are looking for traditional South Carolina BBQ you should make a stop into Rodney Scotts BBQ. Rodney is smoking whole hogs 24/7 and is the go-to place get pulled pork. Don't be alarmed by the line. Wait it out. It will be worth the wait! Top off your meal with a side of hush puppies, mac n cheese and collard greens and you'll be glad you stopped in for lunch.
While Charleston may be located in the heart of the south, they are also a coastal city, and fresh seafood restaurants are easy to come by. Highly recommended is The Darling Oyster Bar. It is one of the most beautiful restaurants in the city but do not be fooled by the mosaic tiled floors as you can easily eat your weight in oysters, chowder, or shrimp baskets. They are also widely known for their insane Bloody Mary's that come overflowing with a king crab leg, lobster claw, hush puppies and shrimp.
There are an endless amount of activities to do in Charleston, but one of the best ways to see them is via boat tour. With multiple companies offering tours you can spend anywhere from 2 hours to half a day exploring coastal Charleston. There are multiple landmarks to see like The Battery and Fort Sumter, spending time on the water to explore this city is something you won't regret. If outdoors is what you are into there are multiple beaches as well to spend the day relaxing.
Charleston is often considered one of the best foodie towns in the USA so you would do well booking a food tour of the city. There are also what seems a never ending supply of craft breweries in this city as well. Once you have had your fill of delicious food and drink, take in some history at Fort Sumter, that once played a large roll in the Civil War. Or go explore the Charleston Museum, one of the countries oldest museums.
With multiple hotel options in the area it can be a bit overwhelming to find one, Extended Stay America located conveniently close to the Charleston Airport is a good option. Rooms come with full kitchens making long term stays more comfortable, as well as offering free Wi-Fi and breakfast and on-site laundry. They also have shuttles to the airport, and a workout room that normally free to all guests but due to COVID restricts are temporarily closed.
If you are traveling with an RV or camper there are multiple options in the Charleston area, Lake Aire RV Park & Campground is long term stay friendly and located close to downtown. They offer sites with full hook up, laundry services, campfire rings, free Wi-Fi and a pool.