I cannot believe it has already been a year since I visited this magical City...
I can honestly say that Charleston, SC has been on our bucket list since moving here to Atlanta. So when the opportunity to attend a photography workshop in this city sprung up, I jumped at the opportunity to secure myself a seat. Now I will say that, many years ago I did take my parents and the kids to Sullivan's Island, SC for the weekend for them to visit with a friend, but unfortunately we only spent about 45 min. in the actual city. We drove around the battery and down Rainbow Row and my mom's friend pointed out all the history, but seeing as I was driving, I did not see many sights.
A few weeks before the trip the sad news arrived that they had to cancel the workshop. However, since we had it booked, and the kids were excited (yes I was bringing the family), and my mom was flying in to come with us... we decided that perhaps this was a blessing in disguise. Now I would be able to enjoy the vacation without the pull between the family and my passion of photography, as it is always a tough balance for me.
This city is so beautiful and amazing. We stayed at "The Mill", which was incredible and only a few blocks from the Market. And we upgraded so that we actually had a room with pool access, which meant a beautiful, quaint sitting area, made private by curtains. The kids just loved this feature. Waking up and being able to open our doors to the beautiful warmth and fresh air and of course, the pool, was a win for everyone.
We just loved touring the city and all the history. We only had a few days, but we toured the Market, King street, and the kids especially loved playing in the pineapple fountain on the waterfront. In bringing my mother, Kevin and I were actually able to get out for some romantic suppers, while they enjoyed room service and a movie. We particularly loved the food and atmosphere at McCrady’s Tavern. Following supper that particular evening, we headed back to the hotel to grab the kids and my mom and enjoyed a wonderful evening walk along the battery and Rainbow Row. The kids loved the waterfront and the canyons throughout the park.
On our last morning there, we were up early and off to Sullivan’s Island (a short 20 min drive from the city), as the boys LOVE playing in the ocean and sand. Such a beautiful, quiet morning on the water, splashing in the waves and looking for seashells.
Afterwards, we headed back to the hotel to check out and head home to Atlanta. Of course, no visit to the South would be complete without visiting a planation so we stopped at Boon Hall Plantation and toured around. Such beauty and history. Amazing to know that scenes from one of my favorite movies, “The Notebook” (among other movies) was filmed there.
Definitely a great destination to visit, whether for a girl’s weekend enjoying the beauty and relaxing atmosphere, or as a couple with great food and drinks, and as I have proven - a great family destination with fun for all ages.
Charlestons, SC - I will be back.