Rainbow Row – Charleston, SC
I visited Charleston, South Carolina, several weeks ago when the Beltway had its final winter snowstorm. It was the perfect escape!
Located in the Palmetto State, Charleston is revered for many things: Southern Charm, delicious food, and nice people. It’s also rich in history–especially for events that took place during the American Revolution, Antebellum, Civil War, and post-Antebellum periods. Though I didn’t have enough time to scout all of Charleston’s wonders, below is a list I’ve compiled of must-see things to see, eat, and do in Chucktown:
Best Touristy Places
Battery Park/White Pount Gardens: This is a scenic seaside park in downtown Charleston near the Battery. Here’s how it got its name:
Battery Park is also known as White Point Gardens. White Point gets its name from the piles of bleached oyster shells. This point was occupied by Fort Broughton and Fort Wilkins during the Revolutionary War and the War of 1812. In fact, the cannons were placed in the Battery in response to the War of 1812 intended to defend Charleston as a last defense.
Rainbow Row: This is a series of rainbow houses in downtown Charleston. It is the largest strip of Georgian houses in the U.S.
St. Philip’s Church: Lots of famous people are buried here. Charles Pickney, a delegate to the Continental Congress and signer of the U.S. Constitution, is interred here–so is former VP John C. Calhoun. More importantly, this church’s steeple is impressive to look at.
The Citadel: The Citadel is the Military College of South Carolina. It was founded in 1842, making it one of the oldest military colleges in the U.S.
Best Food Options
Hominy Grill: Nestled in downtown Charleston, Hominy Grill is renowned for its unique breakfast/brunch items. They’re especially famous for their Shrimp and Grits and Charleston Nasty Biscuit dishes. (I ordered the Huevos Rancheros.) Check out the full menu here.
Kaminsky’s Baking Company: Who can resist delicious desserts? (No one!) Kaminsky’s is a household name in Chucktown. You must go. (Read my write-up about it on A Taste of Patriarchy.)
Tattooed Moose: If you go here, try the duck fat fries. It’s their most popular food item.
Bowen’s Island Restaurant: Bowen’s Island Restaurant is renowned for its seafood, especially their fresh oysters. (I opted for their seafood platter since I’m skeptical of oysters.) Learn more about the restaurant here.
Poe’s Tavern: Situated in Sullivan’s Island, Poe’s Tavern is a must-visit for the foodie with a knack for poetry. They have delicious burgers, salads, and cocktails. More details can be found here.
Ravenel Bridge: This is hard thing to miss. The Ravenel Bridge connects Charleston to Mount Pleasant.
Battery: This area is renowned for its unparalleled views of the water and its sunrises/sunsets. It’s a large seawall and promenade located near Battery Park. Check it out!
Do you have a case of wanderlust? Cure it by traveling to Charleston and elsewhere!
Stay tuned for my next ‘Wanderlust’ post soon about some gems here in the Mid-Atlantic…