Last August, in the dead of summer, I took a weekend getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. As a proud “born and raised” Californian, this was one of my most authentic southern experiences to date. The hospitality was unrivaled.
The official purpose of the trip was to attend the Hootie and the Blowfish annual concert. 10/10 would recommend. Even in the 90% humidity, Charleston was great. Highlights, in pictures:
College of Charleston campus, founded in 1770. One of the oldest education systems in the US.
Rainbow Row, 14 brightly colored row houses, that dates back to the 1740s. The homes belonged to merchants who had storefronts on the entry level, and private residences above. Though it’s still debated, many believe they were traditionally painted in bright colors so drunken sailors could fine their way home. (I like to think there is truth to that.)
Church Street early morning bike ride
Charleston Storefront; Queen Street
Also worth noting: Summer storms are common. Expected. Bring an umbrella. And have an exit strategy (where is the nearest overhang?!)
→ Also worth exploring:
Angel Oak Tree (see my previous post on what is thought to be one of the oldest trees in the country).
Boone Hall Plantation: one of the oldest working plantations- they still grow crops. You can take a tour, walk the property, visit the plantation residence. They offer great educational opportunities.
The Avenue of Oaks; Boone Hall Plantation