A few weeks ago my husband and I escaped out of town for a long weekend to celebrate our anniversary. We had a bigger trip planned (to celebrate our big 10 YEAR anniversary) but we will do that later this year. So we decided to stay somewhat close to home and check out a new city to us that came highly recommended – Charleston, SC. We have been to Savannah, GA several times and love the historical homes and sites and had heard that Charleston had all of that to offer plus the beautiful waterfront. We really enjoyed our visit and hope to go back one day!
We actually stayed across the bay from Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC. We could see the USS Yorktown (a historic Navy aircraft that you can tour) and the beautiful Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge crossing into Charleston right from our balcony.
There was also a marina on the bay at our hotel. We loved watching the boats on the water – big barge ships coming into Charleston and even a cruise ship, and smaller sailboats.
And enjoying sunsets over the water.
We spent some time at the beaches there – Isle of Palms was probably our favorite. A very private, secluded beach – no big tourist hotels – just private homes on the beach.
And the rest of the time we spent exploring, eating, touring, and shopping in Charleston.
One day we took a carriage ride through the city with a tour guide who could point out all the history and landmarks to us.
I had so much fun taking pictures and the city and old homes were GORGEOUS! I seriously could have spent 2 FULL days just walking through the city taking pictures of architecture, ironwork, and all the beautiful sites, but we didn’t have that much time. But I managed to capture a good bit as we walked, were on the tour and walked through several parks. So I thought I would share some of my favorites with you.
Charleston has some of the oldest historic homes around. Many homes there are 200 years old and not many are newer than 100 years old. Most have been restored beautifully and were so pretty to see.
Love this red door! Love how they painted the inside of the squares a darker color.
And the window boxes – I saw so many pretty ones with full gorgeous plants!
I always love big, huge trees making a canopy over the road – so pretty.
Houses along the bay front.
I took lots of pictures of the beautiful ironwork.
Hoping to frame a few of these for some architectural art for our home.
Love this turquoise ironwork!
The parks and gardens there are so pretty! This is Charleston Waterfront Park. Kids can run and plan and wade in this fountain
The trees, walks, and homes are so pretty.
And this is the famous pineapple fountain – so pretty! You can see the bay in the background
You can take a ferry out to Ft. Sumter (which you can see in the distance in the below picture). Ft. Sumter is known as the place where the Civil War began.
So many palm or Palmetto Trees – the tree displayed on the SC state flag.
View of the USS Yorktown from the Charleston side.
We walked down along the bay to the Battery.
Enjoying all the historic Southern mansions and views.
The Battery has cannons and monuments dedicated to different soldiers and battles fought there.
Shopping at Charleston City Market was one of our favorite places to shop.
You could buy many local and souvenir type items there. Many people were selling these handmade flowers made from the leaves of the palmetto trees.
We ate at Hyman’s seafood the night of our anniversary – a local seafood in the heart of Charleston! Highly recommend it!
And another favorite place we ate was Dixie Supply Bakery & Café. A small local restaurant with awesome food!
Guy Fieri from Diners, Drive-ins, and Dives did a show here and it was on our bucket list to eat at a restaurant that we saw on his show. We loved the Bacon Bourbon Pecan Pie – I know it sounds unusual (and yes, that is a slice of bacon on the top) – but it was DELICIOUS! Their shrimp and grits were amazing too.
We had such a wonderful, peaceful time. Life has been very hard for us the last few months and it was so nice to get away from all the stress and turmoil and enjoy each other and spending unlimited amount of time together. We love traveling together and can’t wait for our next trip. Hope to one day go back to Charleston too – still so many things that we didn’t get to do or see.
Have you ever been to Charleston? What is your favorite vacation destination – city, beach, mountains? We love them all!