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I’ve slacked on my blog for the last two months because I was working on a project way out of my comfort zone, this post will be coming shortly.
Charleston was my first stop on my cross country journey, from New York City it took about 13-14 hours. It felt so good to finally get out of the RV and into a city. Not going to lie, come the first stop I was questioning if driving was the smartest decision I’ve made. Nonetheless I committed to the journey and the experience.
My cousin went to The College of Charleston to become a teacher and never left, so I arrived to her apartment with a long list of activities to occupy the day:
- Pineapple Fountain (Downtown Charleston)
- Rainbow Row
- The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel
- Circe’s Grotto (Sandwich Shop)
I had done some research myself and wanted to check out Magnolia Plantation. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton Family, The plantation is the only garden found in South Carolina to be part of America’s Most Beautiful Gardens according to Travel & Leisure Magazine. This plantation was gorgeous, it felt like something out of The Notebook. If you ever go to Charleston this plantation should be on your list of destinations, no doubt. The gardens are known for their Azaleas that bloom during February-March, so I missed the season when I arrived in late September. Unfortunately, it also rained about 20 minutes into my walk around the plantation cutting my trip way too short. However, there is a lot to do there and is a great place to make a day of it. The property is huge and there are all sorts of activities and tours that are run by the plantation.
I wanted to do an all white look at the plantation so the flowers and scenery could take precedent. The weather was a hurdle, but at least I was able to get a few shots before the rain.
After the plantation we decided to check out the famous Rainbow Row. This colorful row of houses was marked a historic landmark in the 30s-40s. There are different theories behind the bold colorful exteriors, but for me it was fun to just soak up the scenery and Charleston’s southern charm.
Our next destination was Charleston’s Battery. Again, there is so much history behind the houses, and why they were strategically built there back in the early 1700’s. The Battery today, is lined with antebellum homes looking straight out at the water and the famous Sullivan’s Island Lighthouse. It is worth a walk along the water to soak in the old wrap around porches, and grand architecture of these historical homes.
I loved downtown Charleston. Some of the streets are old cobblestone, and while walking around you can see and hear horse and buggy tours clacking down them. The architecture and prewar buildings makes you feel as if you’re moving back in time. No wonder Charleston continues to be a number one tourist destination in the US.
For dinner we went to The Obstinate Daughter. It’s no surprise the restaurants name pays homage to the Revolutionary War History of Sullivan’s Island. I absolutely loved this part of charleston. It feels completely different than the main area of the city. It has more of a calm surfer vibe to it. Dinner was amazing, and after we stopped at a little gelato shop near the restaurant. After a quick night, it was back on the road.
Below are a list of some of the places I recommend checking out if ever in the beautiful city of Charleston:
- Magnolia Plantation (Founded in 1676 by the Drayton Family)
- Firefly Vodka Distillery (Vodka Tasting)
- The Obstinate Daughter (Great restaurant)
- Circe’s Grotto (Amazing sandwiches)
- Charleston Battery (Row of prewar homes on the beach)