Charleston is an absolutely charming town, steeped in history and surrounded in a thousand different stories from the last 400+ years. I’ve never been somewhere with so much history on every single corner and after only one day I was convinced that South Carolina was where I needed to live out my life.
Then we saw an alligator coming out of the drain on our way home from dinner and I wasn’t so sure South Carolina was for me.
Kiawah Island is located about 30 minutes from downtown Charleston and, if I were to describe it, it’s like the Hamptons of South Carolina without all the hoity toity. There’s a lot of money in and around the entire area and you can tell, not by the attitudes of the people (so kind!), but by the pride everyone has in their city and the personal investments they’ve made in surrounding areas in regards to vacation and second homes. We did A LOT in the four short days we were in town, even spreading everything out over a week would be too much, just give me a beach and a place to sleep and I’m happy. It’s an amazing place for family reunions or get-togethers. I want to get remarried on the lawn at Magnolia Plantation and bathe in hot pralines. I’m already looking forward to planning a girls’ trip to the same area in the coming year. It was just so serene, relaxing and welcoming.
Southern charm is no joke, and you’ll find plenty of it in these things to do in Charleston and the surrounding areas. Click through to get an idea of what’s available and see if it’s somewhere you’d like to add to your ‘to visit’ list (or perhaps your ‘to visit again’ list.)
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Disclosure: Travel expenses were graciously covered by Wyndham Vacation Rentals, all opinions are my own.