Taste, Tour, Explore: 10 Ways to Uncover Romantic Charleston

Romantic Charleston, South Carolina has its roots in the beautiful antebellum homes, cobblestone streets, and graceful, shady live oak trees that have inspired countless works of literature, film and lore. Get lost in the abundance of natural environments, historical city tours, sandy beaches and magical gardens that dot the lowcountry landscape on and off the downtown Charleston peninsula. It's the elements that make up our beautiful city, the ocean, the architecture, local culture, food and beverage that will create and instill your most romantic memories of Charleston. Expect to fall in love with Charleston. Relax, eat and drink together, and explore together; whether its your first visit or your one hundredth, we know you'll be back again soon!

Charleston's Southern coastal setting will woe you towards Sullivan's Island Beach, Mount Pleasant's Pitt Street Bridge, and The Battery downtown for a glimpse at the sunrise or sunset. You'll find that locals and visitors alike feel enchanted by Charleston's naturally romantic landscape, as evidenced by the intimate settings of Cypress Gardens (a filming location of The Notebook). Get into the natural side of Charleston by renting a kayak or paddleboard or reserving a guided tour on Mount Pleasant's Shem Creek, where dolphins are often at play, and the weather is almost always cooperative for beautiful photo opportunities. Explore Charleston's traditions of hospitality by indulging in a couples massage at the Spa at Charleston Place, setting sail on The Schooner Pride, or booking a cooking class at Zero George Hotel and Cooking School.

This historic park, named for a dedicated Mount Pleasant doctor, is often locally referred to as simply "The Pitt Street Bridge," even though it is no longer a fully intact bridge or in operation. Pitt Street Bridge is directly adjacent to the...  Read More

The oldest carriage tour company in downtown Charleston, South Carolina, Palmetto Carriage offers fun and informative horse and mule-drawn carriage tours of the historic district of the city. Look for the big red barn and stable of Palmetto...  Read More

Sullivan's Island

Head to Sullivan's Island at sunset for a very romantic seaside stroll at the beach, a guaranteed good time and a beautiful lowcountry setting. Sullivan's Island, located just a 15-20 minute drive from downtown Charleston, is home to elegant...  Read More

Dock Street Theatre
Photo courtesy of Clare Sweeney

Home to the Charleston Stage Company and owned by the City of Charleston, South Carolina, the Dock Street Theatre is a living, working, dancing piece of Charleston's cultural history. Its romantic ironwork streetfront would certainly have...  Read More

Book two spots for a Zero George Hotel cooking class and prepare to be amazed at the exquisite yet approachable cooking techniques you're about to learn (and devour)! These demonstrative cooking classes, taught by Zero George Executive Chef...  Read More

Enjoy Charleston's wild side by kayak or stand-up paddleboard with a Nature Adventures Outfitters boat rental or guided tour! Visit Nature Adventures Outfitters on Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant to rent kayaks, canoes and paddleboards for a...  Read More

Cypress Gardens

What could be more romantic than wandering through a butterfly and bird habitat greenhouse, walking along quiet swamp and garden trails in bloom, or paddling through picturesque cypress trees and reflective blackwater creeks? This beautiful area...  Read More

Bring your significant other along on a unique 2-hour exploration of the Charleston Harbor aboard The Schooner Pride, an 84-foot tall ship that was built after the style of 18th century trading ships that once sailed in the area. Setting sail...  Read More

Bring your significant other to The Spa at Charleston Place, located at the top of the Charleston Place Hotel, for a truly decadent surprise: a couples massage! There are three types of couples massages to choose from at the Charleston Place...  Read More

A visit to Charleston's Battery Park & White Point Gardens, known locally as "The Battery," is an integral part of a sightseeing trip to the Holy City. This historic seaside park is filled with centuries-old live oak trees draped in Spanish...  Read More


Meet Clare Sweeney

A South Carolina native and avid locavore, Clare also ventured abroad to Spain and north to Boston before returning to Charleston and her beloved Lowcountry. 

Clare works and plays in downtown...  More About Clare

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