Moving down the coast of South Carolina, our next stop brings us to Charleston. Known as “the portal to the low country”, Charleston is a less gentrified take on the classic vibes of South Carolina. Aware that towering hotels and cookie cutter resorts might be too boring for you, we’ve brought you to an older establishment to enjoy some southern culture than has not been overwhelmed with new real estate and fast food. The best way to describe Charleston is an American Amsterdam. A sea level harbor full of resorts that have new infrastructure but preserve the history and architecture of the old south.
Before secluding yourself in one of the cubbies of Charleston which we will get too soon, make sure you check out the historical downtown attractions. Downtown Charleston has established itself as the cultural capitol of the south and is renowned for being a living museum. Some specific attractions besides the colonial houses and plantations are a plethora of natural and cultural sites unique to Charleston. The Battery, also known as White Point Gardens, is a historic park running along the Ashley and Cooper rivers. It is filled with statues memorials and original cannons from the civil war. Also from here, if you have your camera with you, there is a great unobstructed view of Fort Sumter, The Pinckney Castle and Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. If you choose to stay downtown I suggest taking shelter at one of the old renovated inns. There is a handful of old colonial and plantation style buildings that have been restored and turned into bed and breakfast type Inns, but with the privacy of an intimate hotel.
After you’ve become comfortable with where everything is, you don’t necessarily have to stay downtown. The resort barrier islands of Seabrook and Kiawah are located 22 miles south of Charleston and offer a quiet place to stay if the downtown nightlife isn’t your style. Because South Carolina is probably a staycation for you and your family, you probably have a means of transportation to and from the city. If not however, there is a transit line that takes people from the islands to and from downtown Charleston. 20 minutes from Charleston is the Isles of Palms barrier island. Here lies the Wild Dunes Resort; surrounded by two PGA golf courses and the finest resort facilities in the Charleston area, this if you have the money, is the place to go. The antithesis of this vibe would be driving 15 miles south of Charleston to Folly Beach which is the oldest and original Charleston beach resort.
“Flowertown in the Pines” or Summerville is the historic jewel of the Charleston area. If you follow the water inland this is where you will find over 700 historic buildings. Here you can learn all about the southern culture and history if this if your first real visit to the south. Although the nightlife is in Charleston, during the day Summerville is a good place to wind down while you recover for your next night on the town. Don’t forget to enjoy the local food and crafts which include fresh seafood markets and the vinatage art of basket weaving. I hope you come back and check out the next two destinations in our Summer Coast series as we will travel down the coast to Hilton Head Island and Savannah Georgia. Safe travels from all of us at Hotel Reservations.com