Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Charleston South Carolina Historic Vacation Reviewed

South Carolina Folley Beach Pier
South Carolina Folly Beach Pier

 If you're planning a vacation in the new year and you love history, or maybe you just like to relax on you're vacation, consider Charleston South Carolina.

We’re lucky enough to have family living in Charleston. If we didn’t have family living there I don’t know if we would have ever have considered taking a vacation there. What a mistake that would be, as we’ve traveled there many times to visit and every time there is something new to see and do.

As you know this is where the Civil War started, when confederate soldiers fired on Fort Sumter in Charleston Harbor, which was occupied by Union forces. This was known as the first shot fired in the Civil War. Okay, enough history; you can read this anywhere online. What I want to tell you are some of the fun things that we like to do when we visit Charleston.

Folley Beach

Folly Beach is on James Island, we always make it a point to visit this beach in the morning. We walked to the beach and collected some beautiful seashells. We’ll later use these seashells to do some crafts with our grandchildren.

The beach is so very peaceful in the morning, and if you can get there early enough to see the sunrise it’s a beautiful sight. Although we didn’t do this every day, come on, I’m on vacation right. If you miss the sunrise, the sunsets on Folly Beach are epic.

Charleston the downtown market

Baskets in the maket place

Take a day to visit the huge outside market in downtown Charleston, we like walking through and stopping to see the many vendors and their wares. You’ll find everything here from fine art to the smallest trinket to take home as a keepsake. There are some very talented people, who hand weave these baskets. Well, it’s hard to see the people in this photo, but I really wanted you to see the baskets.

As you walk through, you’ll see people throughout the market crafting and weaving their baskets. We have purchased several; after all, you can never have enough baskets, right? Some of them are a bit pricey, but most time the vendors a willing to make a deal.

Carriage Tours

Once you're downtown take some time to check out the carriage ride guided tours of the city. These tours have so many different routes around the city, and you can take a different one every time. It’s a beautiful ride through the streets of Old Charleston, the tour guides are well versed in the history of the city, and the horses are very friendly too. If you’re going to visit Charleston, put this on your things-to-do list, you won’t be sorry.

 This is the tour that we have taken a couple of times. The Palmetto Carriage Tour is an hour-long carriage ride through the city. I love the history on these tours, I learn something new every time.

Plantation
Walk around the city just to enjoy the beauty and architecture. Soak in the history of Old Charleston. 

Walking along the Battery off in the distance, you can see Fort Sumter. Very often you can see dolphins jumping around the shoreline.

As I walk through the streets of this historic city. I can’t help but think of all the generations that have lived in these homes. Homes that have been here for hundreds of years, the history just pours out of them. After the war, Charleston didn’t have a lot of money to rebuild so they restored and restored, keeping the old buildings for us to enjoy.

This is my favorite thing to do as I see something new every time we take a walk around the city. These are some of the things we like to do when we visit Charleston. There is so much more to enjoy here, with so many wonderful restaurants and parks to visit.

Charleston Where History Lives

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18 comments:

  1. Enjoyed your delightful virtual tour of Charleston, S.C. this morning, Sam. I used to live in Savannah, GA, so Charleston was a short day-trip away. Have visited the city and toured Fort Sumter. And many years ago we camped near Foley Beach and nearby Edisto Beach. Nothing like Southern Coastal Cities for historical significance, beautiful beaches, and - most definitely - wonderful southern charm.

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    1. On our many visits we have never toured Fort Sumter, I have that on the list for one of our next visits. I just love the history. Thanks Pat.

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    2. Sam, the day we toured Fort Sumpter, we were in Charleston with a visiting sister and brother-in-law. Our BIL is a retired military man & reservist, and a big history-buff, and the Ft. Sumter tour was on his wish-list. Glad we did the tour. It was very interesting.

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  2. Thank you Sam for this lovely "tour" of Charleston. I feel warmer already. It looks like this is a great place make a stop over on. I would never have thought of visiting either, but now I just might put it on my places to see! Thanks for the heads up, I'm sure a visit to Charleston would be interesting and fun.

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    1. I'm so sure you guys we love Charleston Olivia. There are so many thing to see and do. Thanks!!

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  3. What a wonderful travel review! The pictures alone make me want to go to South Carolina immediately, although I suspect it is colder there than it is here right now. The ocean beach is always so inviting and that is something we don't have in Tennessee. The open markets look like they would be awesome, and the carriage ride sounds like a lot of fun. Listening to the history, would certainly be fascinating!

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    1. Oh, I know you would love the open market, and the carriage tours are fantastic. It's all about the history for me every time we visit. Thanks Cynthia.

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  4. An enjoyable tour of Charleston. I have been there several times both for business and pleasure and have always enjoyed the town. The carriage rides are a lot of fun and a great way to get an overview of the city. I love the downtown market too. Thanks for a look down memory lane.

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    1. So glad you got to experience Charleston Mary Beth. I just love the history so much every time we're there.

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  5. How lovely to share a virtual visit with you in historic Charleston, SC! It seems like a perfect place for a relaxing getaway. It’s easy to see why the beach, the market, the walks around this beautiful city, the delicious food, and more would make Charleston a fantastic vacation destination!

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    1. I'm so glad you enjoyed it Margaret. Charleston is a great city and if you haven't figured it out, I love the history. Thanks!

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  6. That's a trip I wish I'd taken. I'd love especially to take that carriage ride. But I also like exploring new places on foot. Thank you for showing us the city through your eyes.

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    1. I'm so glad you liked it Barb, you certainly won't be sorry making the trip and enjoying Charleston. Thanks!

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  7. Such a beautiful city. We've driven through it, and through South Carolina, and I always remember loving the feeling of getting further south into the warmth. Such good memories. Love your photos as well.

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    1. It's the perfect Southern city for warm weather Barbara. Just don't go in the middle of summer, it's way too hot!! Thanks!

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  8. Visiting Charleston was wonderful, I agree, and hope to visit again. We really enjoyed the Carriage tour too

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  9. Indeed Charleston is a beautiful city to visit. I enjoyed your review. Folly Beach is a fun place to visit, too -- and great people watching there. Y'all come see us!

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  10. What a lovely review of Charleston. I would love the carriage ride and the gorgeous beach. I could spend many hours, or days there. Maybe one day we will make it there!

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