We visited the lovely city of Charleston, South Carolina about three years ago as part of a summer trip. Neither of us had ever been to Charleston before and it sounded like a good idea. We stayed in the historic district at an Embassy Suites Hotel which was the former Citadel, The Military College of South Carolina. It was very conveniently located within walking distance of many things we wanted to see.
After a hearty breakfast we started our day feeling refreshed and walked toward the historic district. We enjoyed meandoring along the quaint streets and saw the Old Exchange, Waterfront Park and Rainbow Row. (A series of row houses painted bright pastel colors.)
Unfortunately, we picked a very hot and humid time of year to visit. As the day wore on, we could not help but laugh at how hot and very sweaty we were both getting. What had we been thinking to plan a trip like this at the end of June?!? If you look closely at the photo below, you will see some “moisture” on M’s shirt as we claimed a shady spot to enjoy some ice cold water before walking back to the hotel. (Truth be told, I also had some on my shirt but it just wasn’t as obvious! Also, seeing M without his mustache in these photos kind of freaks me out a little. He grew it back not long after this trip and I am glad he did.)
After a refreshing shower we headed down to the lobby for some complimentary cocktails and (surprisingly) heavy appetizers. The hotel had a very nice shaded outdoor area to enjoy these goodies and we took advantage of this perk each afternoon of our visit.
The next day we took a guided bus/walking tour through the French Quarter and South of Broad neighborhoods where we enjoyed looking at all of the beautiful and elegant homes. I was especially charmed by some of the unique gates surrounding these homes.
After lunch we ventured to the City Market and enjoyed browsing around the different vendors.
While we were there we met an artist who made necklaces and bracelets featuring some of the designs you would see on the gates of those lovely homes we saw earlier. I could not resist and wound up purchasing this lovely bracelet. I was delighted to see one of the charms pretty well matched one of the gates I took a photo of just that morning.
The next day, in spite of scorching hot temperatures, we took a boat ride out to Fort Sumter where the American Civil War began. We also drove over to Sullivan’s Island and over to Isle of Palms to see what it was like.
Eating was also part of our experience and there are so many restaurants and deciding where to go was difficult. The majority of our meals were very simple and casual and (in spite of the hot temperatures) one of our very favorite dishes was a bowl of She Crab soup at a local type restaurant which was off anyone’s radar recommended by a member of the hotel staff.
Our favorite restaurant was Hall’s Chophouse where we enjoyed a fun filled evening of laughter and delicious steaks. We had so much fun I forgot to take pictures!
Our visit to Charleston was one we will always remember. If you have never visited this charming city in the south, I do recommend it. However, I would reconsider planning a summer trip!!