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Our 40th Anniversary Series of 40 Lists

More than 700 guests joined us on October 15 at the Gaillard Center to celebrate our big 4-0 and raise money for the campaign for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital

Very Charleston selections for everyone on your list

We’ve rounded up 40 photos showcasing hidden and not-so hidden gems—from the peninsula to the islands and points in between—and are sending you on a scavenger hunt of sorts. Can you identify these local places?  For the answers, click here.

How do you define “luxury”? Perhaps it’s an occasional indulgence, or a unique experience, or even something exceptionally comforting. Curious to know the Charleston-centric response, we queried our Facebook fans for their favorite Lowcountry indulgences—large or small, expensive or priceless—and these are the results. Look for their quotes throughout this roundup of things (listed in no particular order) that make us fantastically lucky to live here

To commemorate Charleston’s 40th anniversary, we honor 40 influential people and groups whose vision, passion, focus, and faith from 1975 to the present have reshaped the city we love

After covering homes and gardens for nearly half a century, we’ve seen trends come and go, but one thing remains true: any time you’re invited into a Charleston residence, the host offers a look around just as surely as she offers iced tea. Here, in homage to that open-door, open-gate way of life, we invite you back into favorite residential haunts and garden retreats from our archives, offering 40 inspiring ideas and takeaways that can be put to work everywhere from traditional interiors to beach cottages and more

“I’d go to the beach every day if I lived here!” How many times have you heard that from a visiting friend? No matter the abundance of sun and sand, or the storied plantations and natural expanses waiting to be explored, the demands of everyday life tend to prevail over carefree fun. But they don’t have to. Take the time—be it a day, a weekend, or even a week—to revel in the prime destination that is your hometown. Whether playing tourist or indulging in more insider activities, you can make any day a vacation via these 40 ideas

Artists have made an indelible impact on the culture of the Holy City, from European-born portraitists who brought their skills to the fledgling colony to painters documenting epic battles of the Civil War; from the etchers and sculptors who led the Charleston Renaissance to creatives defining the present scene. Here, we list 30 important artists throughout the city’s history and ask you to help select the final 10 from among the diverse talent witnessed today

Take a curator-led tour through the Lowcountry’s architectural and decorative arts history via these distinctive gems, which have been carefully preserved and are mostly on exhibit in local collections

From the aerospace spector to our first-class-food-and-bev scene, busness is booming in the Holy City

From its graceful, ancient live oaks and gorgeous historical architecture to its waterfront views and happening food scene, there are countless reasons to adore the Holy City. In honor of the magazine’s 40th anniversary, we asked Charleston editors and contributors to weigh in on the 40 things that make them swoon the most for this special place. Here are the exciting happenings and treasured traditions capturing our hearts

40 Ideas to Better Yourself—and Your City—in 2015