Updated: Jul 2
Charleston remains one of my favorite places to visit, and I visit often. I still remember my 8th grade field trip where I was introduced to the Deep South. Coming from a northern family, this was something I had never seen yet in my life. Thankfully, now I live less than 90 minutes from this wonderful city. The history dates back to 1670, and is the oldest city in South Carolina.
Originally called Charles Towne, it was named after King Charles II. You will hear it referred to as the “Holy City” and that’s for a few reasons. Church steeples line the sky just about every where you look. Also, Charles Towne was a city that tolerated all religions and that is obvious with it’s numerous historic churches, many dating back to the late 1600’s.
I absolutely love the culture in Charleston. Beginning with sweet tea and shrimp, Charleston is now filled with experienced chefs and fine dining, roof top bars with panoramic views of the city, shopping and nightlife.
I cant even begin to list all the things to do, so I will tell you what my favorite things to do are.
Lunching at Shem Creek.
Walking around the battery and looking inside the courtyards of beautiful homes.
Walking the alleys and looking at the window boxes and gas lamps.
Dinner on King Street.
Cocktails on a roof top.
Strolling the market and purchasing Gullah inspired art and goods.
Whether you come as a family or empty nesters, a weekend in Charleston will be action packed. Just a warning, summers are hot and oh so muggy since Charleston sits on a peninsula. My favorite time to visit is fall, but trust me, so is everyone else’s, so be prepared to pay high dollar for lodging if you plan to stay in the city. I hope you fall in love with this city the way I have, its hard not to.