Hot Spots Around Charleston

Known as the oldest city in South Carolina, Charleston has plenty of historical sights and attractions for visitors to explore. From museums, to haunted hotels, to an Edgar Allan Poe-themed bar, this City has some hot spots for anyone looking for a new adventure.

You can start your exploration with a shopping trip around King Street, which is the center of Charleston’s retail district. Then, head to Upper King Street to visit art galleries and museums. If shopping isn’t your thing, head over to Johns Island, where you can find the Angel Oak Tree, stretching 1,700 square feet and reaching 65 feet at its upper branches. The tree is known for being one of the area’s most treasured natural landmarks. At almost 1,000 years old, the weaving, winding branches span in all directions. Another popular spot not to far from Charleston is the Isle of Palms. This is a great spot for a quick walk on the beach, and there are plenty of vacation rental properties available.

For a photo opportunity, just find the “pineapple fountain.” Located at Waterfront Park, this scene is one of the most photographed fountains in the region overlooking the Atlantic Ocean and Cooper River. Head over on over around sunset for an ideal setting. Before or after your photo op, visit the Marion Square Farmers Market. Known for being the first farmers market in the area, it’s definitely the place to be on a weekend morning. You’ll find local produce, fresh seafood, and sustainably farmed meats from farms just a short drive from the city.

For the history buffs in your circle, you’ll definitely want to plan a trip to the Fort Sumter National Monument, which was the first official location for the start of the Civil War. Another must-see for tourists is the Old Exchange Building and Provost Dungeon. Visitors can take a guided tour through the building to learn more about where President Washington greeted locals, where assemblies were held in the 18th century and how the building operated as a prison during the American Revolution.

During the winter, be sure to bundle up while visiting this city along the water. On the other hand, during the summer visits will need a nice place to cool down to escape the climbing temperature. Luckily, you can find fully air conditioned restaurants all around the city—who certainly have AC repair companies on speed dial, just in case.

Of course, a trip to Charleston isn’t complete without taking the time to try some of the local cuisine. Food is definitely the heart and soul of this city, and your taste buds won’t be disappointed. One of your stops should certainly be Hyman’s Seafood, who specializes in “low-country cuisine.”  Seafood is always popular for this city along the coast, and there is no lack of options when it comes to bars and pubs in the area.

Regardless of your interests, Charleston has endless places to explore for first time and repeat visitors. Upon arrival, you’ll quickly see why Charleston is one of America’s best cities to visit.

5 Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston survived the Civil War relatively unscathed. The result is that the old part of this coastal city offers visitors plenty of reminders of its past. The skyline is somewhat different from many American cities in that a city ordinance restricts the height of buildings downtown. Church steeples and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River are the lasting memory visitors will take away when they leave. I’m getting ready to start writing a book to collect all of these great memories of Charleston… Probably also going to develop an ebook and a great ebook cover. Let me know if you are interested in getting it! Continue reading 5 Things to Do in Charleston

Driving Trip from Boerne to South Carolina

Boerne in Kendall County Texas is 30 miles northwest of San Antonio. Summers are hot and humid so it is nice to get away for the annual break to somewhere a little cooler that provides contrast to home. What better choice than across the country to South Carolina? It is almost 1300 miles by road, going through Houston, the States of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Georgia before reaching South Carolina and the Atlantic seaboard. So we took a week off from our carpet cleaning business in Boerne to venture out to South Carolina to see some of the great historic sites and beaches. Continue reading Driving Trip from Boerne to South Carolina

Planning a Trip to Charleston

Planning a holiday is fun. Even if it is not for many months you cannot help feeling excited as you long to arrange your travel and accommodation. The Internet has made research extremely easy and with plenty of reviews from people who have stayed at a particular hotels or eaten at certain restaurants you will have help from travelers with no vested interest. The city and port of Charleston on South Carolina’s Atlantic seaboard is a great place to visit; lots of variety, accommodation for every budget and plenty of good restaurants. Continue reading Planning a Trip to Charleston

History of Charleston

When the Stuart Kings were restored to the English throne after the period of Oliver Cromwell’s ‘’rule’’, Charles II’s solution to rewarding his generals with other than money was to give them title to Carolina. The Fundamental Constitution of Carolina was written in 1699 by John Locke and settlers began to arrive at the Ashley River in 1670. They named the settlement they established on the west bank of the river after their monarch, Charles Town.

Within a year for defensive reasons they moved across the river to build on the peninsula between the two rivers, Ashley and Cooper. The Constitution guaranteed tolerance and as a result French Huguenots and Sephardic Jews soon arrived to create quite a diverse community. It seems the defenses were not as good as they might have been because the pirate Blackbeard attacked and was able to take hostages for ransom. Continue reading History of Charleston