Charleston

June 2017

I am lucky enough to live only 2 hours from one of the most charming cities in America. I do not take advantage of its proximity enough, but one day in June, my friend Brittani and I took off to explore all that Charleston had to offer.

Charleston is filled with good food and colorful architecture. We walked all across the downtown streets, enjoying the views and the sunshine.

A circular window with swirled wrought iron that has a touch of gold on a church in Charleston, South Carolina.
The steeple of a church and a palm tree in Charleston, South Carolina.A cobblestone path lined with foliage tucked away on a side street in Charleston, South Carolina.

Circe's Grotto

Our first stop in Charleston, was Circe’s Grotto, a small sandwich shop on Wentworth Street. I ordered the grilled cheese “Circe’s Style” and it was absolutely delicious.

A grilled cheese sandwich
The sign for Circe's Grotto in Charleston South Carolina.

Gibbes Museum of Art

After lunch, we went to the Gibbes Museum of Art. We spent about two hours exploring the museum’s diverse exhibitions including some large stick sculptures by Patrick Dougherty and drawings by Mark Catesby of wildlife in the Carolinas, which was on loan from the Queen of England.

The entrance to the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.
A beautiful domed ceiling in Charleston's Gibbes Museum of Art with a green, fish scale-like pattern to it.
A drawing of a sea turtle by Mark Catesby as part of an exhibition of work that was on loan from the Queen of England.
A closeup of Patrick Dougherty's whimsical stick structures int he atrium at Gibbes Museum of Art.Brittani looking up at the large stick sculptures by Patrick Dougherty in the Gibbes Museum of Art in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rainbow Row

No trip to Charleston is complete without a stroll down “Rainbow Row,” the portion of East Bay Street affectionately named for the thirteen brightly colored Georgian row houses.

A pink home with black shutters along Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina.A purple home with a black front door and window boxes overflowing with greenery along Rainbow Row in Charleston, South Carolina.
The window box of a purple home along A light blue home with teal shutters along A blue home with window boxes with green and yellow and wrought iron along

Battery

After “Rainbow Row” we continued down East Bay Street to The Battery. The Battery is a defensive seawall and promenade that was used to defend the city during the Civil War. Across from the seawall, you’ll find many large Antebellum homes steeped in history and always picture perfect.

A large, cream-colored home with dark shutters along The Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.Large black doors at the top of an ivy covered staircase at an old home along The Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.
An elderly couple walks past a large pink house along The Battery in Charleston, South Carolina.

Waterfront Park

From The Battery, we continued to stroll around downtown Charleston until we made it to the Waterfront Park. We sat on a bench in the shade and enjoyed the view for awhile. It was a hot day and the park is home to two fountains, one of which is shaped like a pineapple, both filled with kids running and playing.

Water flowing down the structure of The Pineapple Fountain in Charleston's Waterfront Park.