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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.