Charleston, South Carolina
Honeymooners who don’t want the hassle of getting a passport and traveling outside the U.S. for their honeymoon, yet want a romantic locale, can look no further than the lovely city of Charleston, South Carolina.
Charleston is “hot” right now. This popular city is engaging and romantic, and its Southern charm is evident everywhere. From the oak tree-lined streets, to the horse-drawn carriages seen throughout the city…and from the southern hospitality to the antebellum mansions, this is a city filled with romance.
The best time of year to honeymoon in Charleston is in spring or late fall. This avoids the hot sticky summers and the potential for storms during hurricane season. With these popular times, bring the crowds, so couples will want to be sure to book well in advance to get the accommodations they desire.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
There are a number of high-end hotels and boutique properties that cater to those looking for a bit more in the way of atmosphere, as well as numerous chain-hotels that will help keep the budget intact. Certainly something for every wallet.
Charleston offers so much to see and do. High on the list for history buffs is a visit to Fort Sumter, where the first battle of the Civil War took place. A boat ride will transfer visitors over for a tour of the fort. For more history, couples can visit one of many southern plantations in the surrounding area, or take in a haunted tour at the old local jail.
Fort Sumter Charleston Harbor
There is wonderful shopping along the cobblestone streets, from small boutiques to name-brand stores. A walk along King Street will cover any couple’s shopping needs….with modern shops on Upper King and antiquing on Lower King. And for those in Charleston on the Second Sunday of each month, they close off a portion of the street to become a pedestrian walkway. Couples can also check out Marion Square on Saturday mornings for live music and food.
And if shopping isn’t enough, foodies will love the culinary scene in Charleston. One of the best areas is surrounding the City Market. The area offers an abundance of restaurants, along with arts & craft-style shopping booths. Honeymoons can indulge upscale, wonderful southern cuisine…crab cakes, po’boy sandwiches, fried green tomatoes, grits, waffles & chicken and much more. No one will go hungry in Charleston.
Honeymoons looking to just stroll the romantic streets, take in a little history along the way, and dine at some incredible restaurants, should consider checking out Charleston. It’s a fantastic place to take in all the charm and hospitality of the South.
– Melanie Jascoviez CTC / DS
Resort photos provided by Kiawah Island Golf Resort