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downtown charleston garden in spring, the best time to visit charleston sc

The Best Time to Visit Charleston, SC: Top Choices

drayton hall in the summer, one of the best times to visit charleston scThere is no best time to visit Charleston, SC. Like any other place in the world, each season and month has positives and negatives.
 
That said, before I experienced my first summer here, I dreaded the summers in Charleston.

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boone hall plantation and gardens

What to Look for at Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens

allee of oaks at one of the charleston plantations

Any film buff visiting Charleston feels almost obligated to visit Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens.
 
The silver lining is that visiting one of the most beautiful Charleston plantations certainly doesn’t feel like a chore.

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coffee maker at one of the best charleston coffee shops

11 of the Most Fantastic Charleston Coffee Shops

 

coffee ready to be served at one of the best charleston coffee shopsThe first time I drank coffee, I felt like I could wrestle a pig–literally.
I experienced my first jolt of energy, concentration, and vigor while working at a farm in upstate New York. I had to be dissuaded from wrestling one of the pigs on the farm. Ever since then, I’ve been hooked. For this particular addiction, I moved to the right place. As is the case with any major hipster city, there are more than a few excellent Charleston coffee shops to be found.

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the fountain at Hampton Park in Charleston, SC

Is Hampton Park in Charleston, SC, Actually Worth a Trip Up Here?

entrance to hampton park in charleston, sc

The best things in life are free.
And if they’re not free, then at least cheap.
And that’s the case with Hampton Park in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

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friends cheering beers at a charleston bar, one of the fun things to do in charleston sc at night

21 of the Most Fun Things to Do in Charleston, SC, at Night

evening over the charleston marina, a visit here is one of the fun things to do in charleston sc at nightThere’s no beating around the bush: Charleston, South Carolina, has a strong connection to alcohol and dining. Most lists of fun things to do in Charleston, SC, at night often feature food and booze at the top of the list.

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the gardens at the nathaniel russell house in downtown charleston sc

Discover the Beauty of the Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC

side of the nathaniel russell house in downtown charleston sc

Charleston, South Carolina, became an international tourist destination first for its historic homes.
 
Historic downtown Charleston, SC, was in poverty for so long that nothing was torn-down. In the past few decades, America has finally come around to appreciate historic buildings and its history again. And Charleston still has most of its charm.
 

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docent standing at the entrance to the old exchange and provost dungeon facing easy bay street in historic downtown charleston sc

Don’t Miss a Visit to the Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon

the front of the old exchange and provost dungeon, as seen from broad street

The Old Exchange and Provost Dungeon is one of the oldest buildings in Charleston.
It prides itself as the birthplace of South Carolina.
If that sounds boring, that’s because it can be.
But you can’t blame the people who work at the Old Exchange and Provost from trying to make it interesting.
Plus, the ghosts stories are kind of cool. I am a bit of a history nerd myself, so I decided to write about it.

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the loggerhead turtle at the south carolina aquarium

14 Fantastic Exhibits to See at the South Carolina Aquarium


rainbow row in charleston sc

Why is Rainbow Row So Famous in Charleston, SC?

rainbow row in charleston sc

I’m going to be completely honest, I don’t understand why Rainbow Row is such a big deal. The line of colored buildings are pretty to look at the first couple times you see them. But there’s no long-term appeal of this historic Charleston tourist attraction.

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a room in one of the best boutique hotels in downtown Charleston, SC

10 of the Best Boutique Hotels in Downtown Charleston, SC

lobby at one of the best boutique hotels in downtown charleston scSome have started to draw comparisons between downtown Charleston, South Carolina, and Venice. Both are slowly sinking into the sea, both flood at the drop of a hat, and both are starting to have a bit of liveability problem.
 
There is no question that historic downtown Charleston, SC, is beautiful. It is now a major tourist attraction after all the work lead by former Mayor Joe Reilly to make it so. It sometimes feels possible to find one of the best boutique hotels in downtown Charleston, SC, on every other block.
 

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