If it wasn’t for the cars passing by it would be very easy to slip from the years 2017 to 1860. The pastel row houses of Battery Park, the cannons standing watch in the park and the flags flying over the forts in the harbor made it easy to picture the southern women in their hooped lacy dresses and gentlemen residing in their tailored suit with beaver hats strolling the city. The preservation of architecture and narrow cobblestone roadways contribute to the charm of this city. Classic port city where all types of boats are moored and active in the many waterways.
A guided horse drawn carriage ride is a must do for any tourist to see the different zones of the city. Harbor tour is an enjoyable way to see up close Fort Sumter, Arthur J Ravenel cable-stayed bridge, Patriots Point and a few smaller forts. After all that touring there are 200+ restaurants to dine at and plenty of shopping in the City Market and surrounding area. Hotels and Bed and Breakfast in some of the historical buildings are available to rent. If you are lucky or not some may have extra guests in your room in ghostly form!
Charleston was chosen by my husband and I to celebrate our 29th Anniversary. Plenty of outside cafes to enjoy a bite and drink followed by long strolls along the waterfront made it truly romantic. September was a nice time to visit due to decreased heat and humidity. The highlight of the trip for me is when I saw dolphins during dinner and while on the harbor tour. We never made it to Folly Beach or Isles of Palms but could have easily driven there in a short distance from the city. The last stop we toured on our own was what I referred to as an utopia suburb named Mount Pleasant. Picture perfect suburb with a beach vibe. Reese Witherspoon, Bill Murray and ‘Hootie’ Darius Rucker reside there. Daryl Hall may be next to buy in or near the city.
I am looking forward to visiting Charleston again!