10Best: Historic Charleston is Made for Lovers

  • Southern Nights at Charlston Place

    Historic Charleston can be described in two words: effortlessly romantic. With stunning historic architecture, beautiful parks and Southern charm in spades, this South Carolina city is perfect for a romantic weekend getaway. Kick things off with a drink at the Charleston Place Thoroughbred Club, voted one of the "Best Hotel Bars" by Food & Wine magazine.

    Photo courtesy of Charleston Place

  • Carriage ride through historic Charleston

    Cozy Up on a Carriage Ride

    For three centuries, horse-drawn carriages have carted passengers along the cobbled streets and lanes of Old Charleston, and even today, the best way to tour the area is by carriage. Tours depart from the Market area throughout the day, but we recommend and evening ride for optimum romance.

    Photo courtesy of Charleston's TheDigitel

  • Stroll on the sands of Folly Beach

    Folly Beach

    Taking a long walk on the beach may be a romantic cliche, but it's a cliche for a reason. At Folly Beach County Park, you'll have 2,500 feet of beachfront boardwalks and picnic areas to explore, so pack a basket, grab a couple of wine glasses and make a day of it.

    Photo courtesy of NatShots Photography

  • East Battery

    Explore Battery Park

    In the far south of the Charleston Peninsula, you'll find the iconic neighborhood known as Battery Park. With Southern mansions to one side and the harbor to the other, East Bay Street makes an excellent choice for a hand-in-hand stroll.

    Photo courtesy of Market Pavilion Hotel

  • Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park

    Romantic Waterfront Park

    Whether on a bright sunny day or an eerie, foggy evening, get some fresh air together at Charleston's Waterfront Park. The 8-acre green space is filled with ornate fountains, picnic tables, walking paths, wooden swings and garden "rooms" where you can sneak away with that special someone.

    Photo courtesy of John Long

  • Historic Charleston

    Lose Yourself in Charleston's Culture

    Sure, Charleston has a couple iconic historic neighborhoods, but in truth, the city has block after block of historic homes, world-class museums, excellent art galleries and beautiful churches to explore. Take a day to get lost with your honey and see what little Charleston treasures you find.

    Photo courtesy of Chuck Grimmett

  • Market Pavilion pool

    Book a Room at Market Pavilion Hotel

    Find romance in the heart of all the action with a stay at the Market Pavilion Hotel. This five-star property oozes Colonial opulence, with European marble baths, mahogany poster beds, private terraces and grand pianos in some rooms. Take a swim in the cascading rooftop pool or enjoy cocktails together at the Pavilion Bar.

    Photo courtesy of Market Pavilion Hotel

  • Dinner at 82 Queen

    Wine and Dine at 82 Queen

    82 Queen serves up the best of Lowcountry cuisine in a historic setting at this Charleston institution. Come for the shrimp and grits or sherry-laced she-crab soup and stay for the bourbon pecan pie. The historic Queen Street automatically ups the restaurant's romance factor.

    Photo courtesy of 82 Queen

  • Drayton Hall Plantation

    Tour an Antebellum Plantation

    Charleston's outlying areas are equally historic – and just as romantic – as downtown, and it would be a shame to leave without touring a few of Charleston's historic plantations. Recreate scenes from Gone With the Wind at Boone Hall Plantation or stroll the grassy gardens at Drayton Hall.

    Photo courtesy of Market Pavilion Hotel

  • Rainbow Row

    Walk Down Rainbow Row

    Rainbow Row refers to the most famous stretch of historic homes in Charleston. The multi-hued 18th century homes are probably the most photographed in the city, so grab your camera and start snapping. You can probably find a passing tourist to take your picture there for a memento of your romantic weekend.

    Photo courtesy of Ken Lund

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