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Tips from a Local – 10 Places to See, Eat, and Experience During the 2019 DIG SOUTH Tech Summit

By Mike McAuliffe, Managing Director at Accelerance
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Heading to the 2019 DIG South Tech Summit? We know your free time is limited.  That’s usually expected for work events. But being in Charleston, South Carolina, a city full of hospitality and charm, and recognized as one of the top cities in the world by Travel & Leisure and Southern Living magazines, you must find time to experience it!

Charleston always ranks high on the best of the best lists: cities, beaches, food, history, family travel, romantic getaways….. And there’s good reason! A mix of a great culinary scene, beautiful architecture, steeped history, coastal access, and southern charm. What could be missing?

According to Accelerance’s Mike McAuliffe, Charleston resident, visitors overlook a lot of great places. Mike wouldn’t spill all of his favorites, but he did agree to share a few places and experiences if you get time for a break from the Summit.

Accelerance Recommendations


Walking distance to Gaillard Center.
Coffee Shop. Beer served. No Wifi. Great atmosphere. Outstanding garden for a sunny day. Near College of Charleston.

College of Charleston

Walking distance to Gaillard Center.
Specifically the corner of College Way and Green Way. On the National Register of Historic Places.

Fiat Lux at the Hotel Bennett

Walking distance to Gaillard Center
Note: Charleston’s newest hotel. Fiat Lux is the poolside, rooftop bar, offering wonderful views of the city.

Upper King St.

Walking Distance
Note: Strip of bars and restaurants ranging from high-end dining to hangouts.

Xiao Bao Biscuit

Note: Creative, multicultural Asian cooking & specialty cocktails. No reservations.

Hominy Grill

Note: Relaxed eatery dishing up Lowcountry classics. Enjoy, as this local favorite is closing at the end of the month.

PawPaw Restaurant

Note: Accelerance’s own Alex Gilbert hosted his rehearsal dinner here. Elevated Southern cuisine.

Jeni’s Ice Cream

Ice Cream
Note: Although based in Ohio, locals love the outstanding ice cream, with flavors ranging from traditional to …what is that?

Holy Spokes

Bike Share
Note: Great way to catch a breeze as you take in more of the Holy City.

Shem Creek

Note: Worth the trip on a nice day, whether to walk Shem Creek Park or to have a drink at one of the many establishments. Good dolphin and pelican watching, too.

The Accelerance team looks forward to catching up with you at the DIG South! You can always schedule a time to meet or, better yet, stop by our table on the upper level of the Gaillard Center.

Maybe we’ll even continue the conversation at one of these hidden gems. Let us know where you go and what you think!