Consider booking a room in one of the many historic bed and breakfasts in Charleston. While you can get a reasonably priced room in any of the chain hotels, booking a spot at a quaint bed and breakfast really is a great way to enjoy the nuances of Charleston's history. Places like the Vendue Inn, built in 1850, and the 1807 Phoebe Pember House will provide you with a romantic atmosphere you'll never forget.
Be sure to take a tour of one of the lovely historic plantations that abound in the low country. There are often festivals and events held at the plantations, but during the off-season you can explore the gardens and the houses. Check out Middleton Place Plantation, used as the exterior shots for Tara in "Gone With the Wind," and its 65 acres of beautiful gardens. Over on the Ashley River, Drayton Hall has year-round tours of its giant Georgian-Palladian house. There is sense of the regal in Charleston, South Carolina.
Eat to your heart's content. One of Charleston's most amazing features is the cuisine. Visit the Market district and East Bay street to find some incredible restaurants. Check out the Swamp Fox Inn for some classic Carolina cooking, or go to Hank's for seafood you'll be sure to write home about.
Make time for a romantic stroll on the beach. The Isle of Palms, located across the Cooper River from Charleston, is fairly upscale and features some great art galleries and beach front eateries. Folly Beach, located to the south, is a bit more casual and laid-back.
Get lost in Charleston. Explore on your own. With its bustling historic district and focus on art and culture, it's no wonder Charleston is known as a living museum. Spend a romantic weekend there, and you'll want to come back again and again!
- While there are parking garages available downtown, many visitors like to park for free along East Bay street and then stroll along the Battery to get to the busy Market area.
- The Charleston Visitor's Center on East Bay often has coupons, brochures and free visitor's guides to the city available.
- There aren't a lot of public restrooms in downtown Charleston. Prepare for that fact by using the restroom at your hotel or restaurant when you dine!