Welcome back! The last time we were together, it was evening and we had checked into our hotel, The HarbourView Inn located in Charleston, SC. Today I want to share some of the sites we visited while we were there. When I was making plans for this trip, I kept reading good reviews for a restaurant named Husk.
The award winning restaurant cooks up fresh Southern food from its garden and local farms (with a menu that changes daily based on what is in season.)
But it is so award winning and so well liked that its reservations are booked up for weeks (and sometimes months) in advance. 🙁 No reservations were available for us during the time we were there, so if you are headed to Charleston and want to dine at Husk make your reservations as soon as you can. Since we could not dine there, we chose a seafood restaurant that is a long time Charleston favorite: Hyman’s.
It was too dark to take photos when we were there, so I am borrowing a few from the internet. If you would like to see their menu, just click here. Every kind of notably famous person has dined at Hyman’s – from Jimmy Buffet to Sandra Bullock, and Martha Stewart to Michael Phelps and Neil Armstrong. (They have them all listed on the menu.) There are plaques on the tables and plates on the walls hung where the celebrity dined. So it makes for a very fun atmosphere (along with the boiled peanuts they bring to your table. 🙂 )
My husband and daughter both thought their seafood meals were very good. (I can’t vouch for it because I just had a salad.)
The next morning we had breakfast in our hotel room and then started our walk around the city.
Our first destination was Charleston’s Waterfront Park right across from our inn. The park opened in 1990, the spring after the very destructive Hurricane Hugo hit the city.
We strolled to the end of Vendue Wharf to see the fishermen there.
Not far from the Waterfront Park, you could also see a cruise ship docked.
There are benches all along the 1200 ft. esplanade.
People are encouraged to wade and get wet in the Pineapple Fountain that is in the middle of the park’s grassy area.
On the other side of the lawn is this oak lined brick walk…
and beautiful old homes stand on the other side looking out at the water.
Our daughter had specifically listed Rainbow Row as a place she wanted to see, so we headed up to East Bay Street.
Going a little further up E. Bay we came to the Old Exchange building , a former Revolutionary War prison, a place of slave trading, and a former City Hall. Due to our tight schedule we did not take the tour of it, but I have heard that it is an excellent one to do and really gives you a good overview of the building and what role it played in Charleston’s long history.
We continued walking from E. Bay to King Street and came to this lovely park. I believe this one was Washington Square, a wonderfully shady spot to stop for a break.
And then we turned and strolled up King Street. I knew that a number of scenes from the Nicholas Spark’s movie, The Notebook were filmed in Charleston. I remembered the one of Noah and Allie in front of a movie theater, but I could not remember the name of it. So as we came to theaters, I snapped photos of them.
First, the very Art Deco styled Riviera…
then The Sottile, owned by the College of Charleston.
It turns out it was neither of them, but rather the American Theater, further on up King Street.
(This theater is now used as a conference and event facility.)
There was a lot of shopping to be done on historic King Street! It has 3 different parts to it. The lower part is the antique district; the middle area is for fashion, and the upper one is the King Street “Design and Dining” district.
One of the restaurants I would like to try when we return again is Nick’s on King Street. (We passed it too early for our lunch.) Our daughter was visiting Charleston a couple of weeks ago. She ate at Jim ‘N Nick’s and thought the food there was wonderful…especially the side dishes!
We stopped in a number of local shops and a few big brand named ones like Pottery Barn, Williams Sonoma, and Anthropologie. One place I wish we had stopped – if just for a snack- was Callie’s Biscuits.
Those biscuits have been highly recommended in a number of magazines, and I would love to try a warm one straight from the shop. I have read that a Callie’s has opened in the Virginia-Highlands area of Atlanta, so perhaps we can make it there if we don’t get back to Charleston anytime soon.
After shopping for awhile, we decided to wander through some of the residential areas there in the historic district.
There were beautiful window boxes at every turn.
And pretty courtyards to see.
The old brick added so much character to the gardens.
And then it was time for lunch.
I had made reservations at Magnolia’s, located back on East Bay Street in an old warehouse from the 1820’s.
Sorry for the fuzzy photo. I had a hard time with the lighting in there!
Our lunches were all very good…especially my fried chicken with mashed potatoes, collard greens, and corn!
After lunch we took a short break to relax at the hotel. Then we hopped in the car and headed out of town to take in a tour of an amazing historic garden.
And I’ll tell you all about it in the next travel post. 🙂
Thanks for coming along with us as we have visited Charleston!
Until next time…