What can I say about Charleston that doesn’t sound cliché? I’m not a southern girl. I’m from California, people. The only true commonalities are the muted colors and palm trees. Somehow, Charleston and the surrounding area just fits me.
I love walking around the downtown peninsula, especially the old city side, with its cobblestone streets and colorful houses (aptly named “Rainbow Row”), and stopping in for a beverage at the myriad of independent coffee shops scattered throughout the area. I love driving along The Battery to take in the impressive homes with their old world charm and unique architecture. (Don’t worry, my husband is driving so I’m free to gaze to my heart’s content).
I adore the ocean air and dolphin spotting in the bay. Yes, I’ve spotted them. I love how just being there invites one to go outside. Regardless of the time of day, there’s no shortage of people walking their dogs or enjoying a stroll. And you don’t have to go far to find yourself in a lovely park, full of picturesque greenery. I love the history of Charleston, and appreciate even the shameful parts because I think history is probably the greatest teacher, and I know for myself, I want to learn its lessons so I’m not doomed to repeat them.
I can’t visit Charleston without taking a trip to the beach. Just a short 20-25 minute drive away, through Mount Pleasant, you’ll find yourself at Isle of Palms beach. It’s probably my favorite beach on either coast thus far. It has a vibe I can’t quite place. Definitely nothing like the beaches I grew up going to in southern Cali, but also not quite like other east coast beaches I’ve been to either. It’s very calming, very relaxing and never packed when I seem to find myself there, which is especially enjoyable.
I know I’ve barely scratched the surface of all Charleston has to offer. I look forward to further exploration.