Charleston, SC: A Honeymooner’s Guide

drayton hallChoosing a place for a honeymoon can be a difficult decision for a young couple. For the couple who loves history and wants the romance of the Old South, Charleston SC, affectionately known as “Chucktown” by locals, can offer both. With many different things to see and do, Charleston is the perfect place to make memories that will last a lifetime.

Kiawah Island – Kiawah Island is an ideal place for honeymooners to enjoy the relaxed environment of a beach community but still be close enough to the city to take advantage of all that Charleston has to offer. There are a variety of vacation house rentals available for couples who are looking for a place to call their own for their honeymoon. The island offers small shops and restaurants that are within biking distance from most of the vacation rentals as well as world-class golf courses for the couples who want to spend part of their honeymoon on the links.

The Battery – Situated between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, the Battery is the perfect place for a romantic sunset walk. In the past, the Battery has been used for military protection of the city and is still used to protect the area from hurricanes. In addition to an amazing view of Charleston Harbor, some of the most expensive, grandest houses in Charleston are located here. The homes on the Battery are a blend of new builds and old antebellum homes, seamlessly fitting together to create a fabulous place to walk and see the beauty of the varied architecture in Charleston.

Plantation and House tours – Charleston is home to many antebellum plantations as well as many colonial homes. Plantations such as Magnolia Plantation, Boone Hall, and Drayton Hall show visitors what life was like in the Old South. Within the city, houses such as Nathaniel Russell House and the Aiken-Rhett House combine history with examples of Federalist architecture at its finest. Many of the houses in the city are within walking distance of each other so couples can easily make a day of visiting the stately old homes of Charleston. While most of the plantations are outside of the city, it is well worth the drive to see these well-preserved examples of the homes of the Old South.

Charleston City Market – No trip to Charleston is complete without a visit to the Charleston City Market. The Market is one of the oldest in the country, a treat for history lovers. Filled with a variety of small stalls selling everything from art to clothing, the Market is a great place to find tasteful souvenirs and mementos of your trip to Charleston. The City Market also serves as a central place for visitors and locals to meet for dining and shopping. The ideal place to take a rest and people watch, the Market is a popular place for locals and visitors alike to enjoy an afternoon snack or dessert in the evening after a day of sightseeing or shopping. It also is a great place to pick up an evening carriage tour to see the sights of Charleston from a carriage and learn more about the city’s history. The City Market also serves as home to the Daughters of the Confederacy museum.

Restaurants – Charleston boasts some of the finest restaurants in the South, many of the specializing in the cuisine of the Lowcountry. The food of the Lowcountry features seafood, rice, and other staples of southern cooking yet is a little lighter than some of the more traditional cuisine of the Deep South. With restaurants ranging from very formal to very casual, Charleston has the right place to suit all tastes. For the honeymooning couple, a trip to 82 Queen or Poogan’s Porch will provide the ideal place for a romantic dinner for two. Many of the restaurants in Charleston are housed in old homes or other old buildings that have been repurposed as restaurants.

A honeymoon is a time for a young couple to relax after the stress of planning and having a wedding and being their lives together. For it to be perfect, the location should be romantic and feature places that will allow a couple to look back on their honeymoon with fond memories to last a lifetime. Charleston, SC, with its blend of history and romance, is the ideal place for a honeymoon couple to enjoy their first vacation as a married couple and begin their married life with the romance only this gem of the Old South can offer.

More resources:

Charleston Visitor’s Bureau

TripBuzz: Charleston

WikiTravel: Charleston

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