Airbnb Experiences connects curious travelers with passionate Charlestonians 

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Ruta Smith

Airbnb has dramatically changed the way we travel and the way we see the places we visit. I haven't gone anywhere in the past few years without also checking Airbnb for an unforgettable, perfectly 'Grammable spot. And when you're traveling in a strange corner of the world, it can be difficult to make authentic local connections to the place you're calling home for a few days (especially when there's no alt-weekly to be found.) In the Holy City, Airbnb Experiences now gives enterprising Charlestonians a way to offer those connections with historical cultures, cuisines, neighborhoods, and more — local people eager to share their unique personal interests with curious travelers. Maybe you'll get a few ideas for how to see Charleston or maybe you'll find something wherever you travel next. – Sam Spence

Local exotic animal lovers invite you to experience their turtles and kinkajous and anteaters, oh my!
Local exotic animal lovers invite you to experience their turtles and kinkajous and anteaters, oh my! They made a zoo

Not to be confused with a dingy backyard piece of property, H&H's gorgeous three-story house and surrounding marsh is the zoo of zoos. Like, the movie where the couple buys a zoo. Except H&H created this. And they're passionate about it. — Connelly Hardaway


Rashaunda Grant cooks her grandmother's recipes on her grandparent's James Island property
Rashaunda Grant cooks her grandmother's recipes on her grandparent's James Island property Home Again

Rashaunda Grant wants to feed people shrimp and grits and buttermilk biscuits, red rice and fried shrimp, slow cooked okra stew and crab cakes. But she doesn't want her guests to salivate, savor, and leave, wishing they had seconds the minute they wake up the next morning. — Mary Scott Hardaway


Experience Gullah Geechee music, storytelling, reenactments, a museum tour, local seafood, and the magic of community
Experience Gullah Geechee music, storytelling, reenactments, a museum tour, local seafood, and the magic of community Joyful, Heavy Truth

I chose to go on this particular Experience because of the description's live music mention, but what the organizer and seventh-generation Gullah descendent Willie Heyward, Jr., (but he goes by his Gullah name, Halo), has in store for these three-hour-plus events encompasses so much more. — Kelly Rae Smith


Learning how to breathe in a Daniel Island garage
Learning how to breathe in a Daniel Island garage Belly Out

In the days leading up to my session with Muni Natarajan, I did what any career-minded post-Millennial would do at the thought of sitting in silence for hours: I panicked and told everyone. — Adam Manno


Airbnb opens up changes for new business for longtime Charleston tour guide
Airbnb opens up changes for new business for longtime Charleston tour guide Building Blocks

Palmer Stowe has run her own walking tour company with a partner for more than six years. But when she heard Airbnb was launching Experiences in Charleston, she saw an opportunity to experiment with more niche tours. — Sam Spence


Here's how to host your own Airbnb Experience
Here's how to host your own Airbnb Experience Experiences 101

Sailing 101 in the Charleston Harbor. A historic photowalk. A culinary tour of Upper King Street. These are just a few of the Airbnb Experiences offered in the Holy City, and if you're thinking about creating your own, we have the scoop on what you should know before applying to become a host. — Emily Pietras


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