Charleston has long been known for its charming cobblestone streets, pastel colored beachfront homes, sandy beaches along a beautiful promenade, and glorious sunsets. In more recent times however, this picturesque seaside city has been gaining fame as one the most celebrated romantic destinations, and couples are flocking in from all over.
Whether it’s to celebrate an anniversary, find the perfect setting to pop the big question, escape the bustle of major metropolitan centers, or simply languish in some very special alone time, Charleston does not disappoint with the numerous romantic highlights it has to offer.
After discovering all of the allure that makes Charleston so special, one could be forgiven for thinking that this city was established and built way back in 1670 with nothing more than romance in mind.
The remnants of it being a federal stronghold are still to be seen dotted around, including in the old defensive seawall and Fort Sumter lying across the water from the promenade. Instead of detracting from Charleston’s romantic glory, these Civil War reminders only serve to add architectural interest and additional southern charm to this entirely lovely city. When in Charleston for a romantic get-away, be sure to engage in as many of the following as time allows for.
Take a Trip on the Water
Go sailing with your loved one on a classic schooner where you can take the harbor tour viewing the idyllic landscape from the shore while looking out for dolphins who are bound to be seen frolicking in the waves or even enjoy an evening cruise where the lights from land provide a pretty nightscape. A sunset cruise with champagne ready to pop is always a winning idea in the beautiful and tranquil setting.
See the City on a Romantic Horse-Drawn Carriage
No matter what time of the year, a secluded carriage for two is the way to win a heart. During spring and summer, the heady fragrance of jasmine blooming is a delight to the senses, while in the colder seasons of fall and winter, you can snuggle up under warm layers of plush blankets as the carriage guides you through the streets, gardens, and markets. A leisurely evening carriage ride with a good bottle of wine is certainly a way to create memories that can last forever.
Have a Picnic at Angel Oak
What could be better than a picnic for two under the shade of a 500-year-old oak tree? Angel Oak stands at over 65-foot high and is a very impressive place to laze together enjoying each other’s company. This tree is both magnificent and peaceful, so spending an afternoon together gazing up at the enormous branches is bound to create memorable moments.
Stroll Along the Battery
This sturdy promenade has stood the test of time and curls all along the city’s peninsula providing spectacular views across the harbor. Take a walk together as the sun sets and watch the colors changing in the sky against a backdrop of Fort Sumter in the distance. Watching the sunrise on the Battery is also bound to delight your senses and you can accompany this with a delicious breakfast and a stroll through the nearby White Point Gardens.
Spend a Day at Folly Beach
Here you can do a variety of active watersports, go surfing the tide together, or just lay back in the soft sand and enjoy the sunshine before enjoying a decadent lunch at one of a variety of fine dining establishments.
Morris Island Lighthouse
When in Charleston, a slow, leisurely stroll out across a quiet and secluded beach brings you to the romance and beauty of Morris Island Lighthouse. This historic site is really quite breathtaking to witness and well worth the meandering walk off the beaten track.
Enjoy a Night at the Dock Street Theatre
This legendary theatre is found in the famous French Quarter and is a must or theatre lovers. Theatrical and operatic performances are a regular occurrence and part of the culture in Charleston. Attending this theatre’s productions is a very popular outing for local couples, too, and is usually accompanied by a wonderful dinner at one of the many and varied culinary establishments in the vicinity.
Enjoy a Night Out on the Town
Whether you enjoy trying out new cocktails or enjoying your favourite drink, you can be sure to find them in Charleston. From very well-crafted and delightfully unusual cocktails to imported Italian wines and French champagne, Charleston does not disappoint. You can find almost anything to suit your taste and style. When it comes to cuisine, there is much to delight your taste buds. It’s easy to find incredibly good southern delicacies such as giant fried shrimp, rice bread, southern styled potatoes and other classics. Fine French cuisine, Italian, Mexican and a host of other eclectic influences in the many restaurants make it easy to please all varieties of taste.
Enjoy a Day at the Spa
Being pampered at a spa is a romantic and rejuvenating experience, and there are many spa options to choose from in Charleston. You can enjoy a couples deep-tissue massage, facials, body scrubs or pedicures and feel all the stresses of life simply melt away in this alluring seaside retreat.
Take a Trip to the Firefly Distillery
Being the largest distillery in the entire state, it is a tremendous success and well supported. This distillery’s crowning glory lies in its two famous brews, namely sweet tea vodka and sweet tea whisky. You can sip on these specialties after taking a tour of the beautiful grounds, which are also still a working plantation.
You can choose between a stroll around on foot taking you through the mansion and well-maintained gardens, or take a romantic carriage tour across the plantation, through the gardens, and finally visit the historic slave cabins that are well-preserved still. For over 300 hundred years, crops have been grown here to produce the top-class teas as well as moonshine, which has been a firm favorite for centuries.
If you are looking for an outstanding romantic getaway with your significant other, make sure that Charleston, South Carolina is on the list.