November 2018

Explore SC: Destination Charleston

Author: Special to CH2 | Photographer: M.Kat Photography

Hospitable people, stunning architecture and a rich cultural history all contribute to Charleston’s place in South Carolina as a major tourist destination. Lucky for us, it’s right up the road a spell. Just a quick two-hour drive up the coast and you are in a gourmand’s mecca, easily navigable by foot, pedicab or horse-drawn carriage.

Welcome to Charleston, the Holy City.

Fun Fact:
The earliest settlers came here from England but were later followed by immigrants from Scotland, France, Germany, Ireland, and other countries. These immigrants brought with them numerous Protestant denominations as well as Judaism and Roman Catholicism. For this reason, Charleston earned the nickname of “Holy City,” as it was known for its tolerance for all religions and it numerous
historic churches.

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Emma takes a stroll through Waterfront Park, which spans eight acres along the Cooper River in downtown Charleston.

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Fun Fact:
The Old City Jail was operational from 1802 until 1939 and housed all manner of shady characters including pirates and Civil War prisoners. Looking for something spooky yet informative to do on your next trip? The Haunted Jail Tour takes you through the cells, hallways, and into the places where Charleston’s worst criminals lived and died. Brace yourself as you hear stories like the legend of Lavinia and John Fisher, hotel owners from the 1800s, who supposedly poisoned their guests.

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Fun Fact
For a quick bite in between sightseeing, grab a sandwich at the Queen Street Grocery, right around the corner from the Old City Jail. We recommend the Happy Houdini, a delicious sandwich with ham, red onion, avocado and goat cheese on ciabatta. YUM. Save room for the Nutella crepes—you’ll walk off those calories later.

Fun Fact:
Charleston Fire Department Station 6 is located on Cannon Street, literally steps away from the hustle and bustle of upper King Street. Station 6 opened in 1888 and, as of August, celebrated 130 years of service to the city.

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The History of Rainbow Row:
The 13 historic houses that line East Bay Street (one street over from Waterfront Park) make up the famed Rainbow Row of Charleston. This area dates back to about 1740. Merchants would run the stores on the ground floor and live above them. After the Civil War, this area of Charleston devolved into near slum conditions. In 1931, Dorothy Porcher Legge and her husband Judge Lionel Legge purchased a section of these homes on East Bay Street. Dorothy was the one who decided to paint the homes on this row a pretty shade of pastel pink, hoping to make the area look nicer. As time went on, other residents on the street began to paint their homes various pastel colors as well.

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Nothing defines Southern charm quite like King Street. It is a bustling thoroughfare where Charleston’s past and present meet. At more than 300 years old, King Street is the second most historically and architecturally significant street in downtown Charleston, after Meeting Street. It was named for King Charles II of England and was a main route in the early city of Charles Towne. Today, it is the place to shop, dine and spend an evening out on the town. The Belmond Charleston Place is in the center of it all, and a wonderful hotel for a weekend stay with two restaurants, a spa and more shopping than you have time for.

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Rain Day?
Don’t let the weather get you down. Head to the South Carolina Aquarium and get an intimate look at many of the state’s native animals and plants. Watch the otters frolic, talk to an eagle or just sit back and observe the colorful fish swimming by in the floor-to-ceiling tank. Don’t miss the Albino Alligator presentation and the sea turtle recovery section.

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Try an Airb&b rental to get you close to downtown with all the amenities of home. The CH2 crew stayed in a lovely three-bedroom home at 180 Saint Philip Street, which was within walking distance to almost everything. This relaxing courtyard was a delightful bonus. Thanks William and Jamie!

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Gallery Hop
There are many cool art galleries and exhibitions in the Holy City (and we’ll cover more next month in Part 2). The REDUX CONTEMPORARY ART CENTER (pictured here) is a nonprofit organization committed to fostering creativity and the cultivation of contemporary art through diverse exhibitions and meaningful education programs. Check out the website for upcoming installations.

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