Why I Love Charleston: Introduction

There is something about Charleston!

I vividly remember my first visit to Charleston. I was arriving for summer school after my sophmore year in college and was excited to experience a place I had heard so much about. My expectations were high, and Charleston delivered. “The Holy City” placed its spell on me immediately! The fondness I felt for Charleston by the end of that summer was truly tangible. It grew exponentially through the years that I lived there and continues to manifest itself to this day. I remember writing a letter to my best friend back home shortly after my arrival that summer, (a novel concept for a college student today) about how impressed I was by the history of the city, the color palettes, the smell and sounds, the beauty of the setting, and the fact that it was maintained so well…….Charleston is truly  a feast for the creative mind and the senses.

I recently returned from spending a week in Charleston and Kiawah Island that was filled with shopping, project site visits, some family time outdoors, and a beautiful wedding. As usual, with the first sight of the marshlands and the sinuous patterns made by the creeks winding through them, I feel life’s stresses pour out, and I am filled up with a peaceful calm.

There is something about Charleston! This trip I was inspired to contemplate what it is that I love so much about it. To get to the bottom of why it captures me like no other US city. Why it calms my soul while igniting my creativity. And, why it takes me a few weeks upon returning to a home that I adore, to stop planning my move back! I was also inspired to write a blog series on one of my very favorite places: “Why I Love Charleston!” I plan to highlight my favorite shops, architecture, restaurants, traditions, pieces of history, etc. Hopefully it will spark your interest in this special place, and you will fall in love with it too!

For now I will leave you with some photos from my last visit and a peek into my psyche and how infatuated I am with this place!

I love the way the shadows of the oak lined streets dance on my windshield.

I love the hint of jasmine and tea olive that drifts through the Spring air.

 I love the single houses whose open terraces allow the breeze of the harbor to meet you at the door.

I love the sound of horse hooves on city streets.

I love kayaking down the creeks of the beautiful marshland and hoping that you don’t encounter an alligator.

I love the sweetgrass basket weaving tradition that is passed down through familial generations.

I love exploring the tombstones of old church cemeteries with Charleston’s founding fathers and their decendants.

I LOVE Low Country Cusine!

I love that Charleston is known for its hospitality and hence its symbol, the pineapple.

I love driving over the Cooper River bridge and Charleston harbor with my windows rolled down in Winter.

I love the glimpses I get into the private walled gardens South of Broad while walking my non-hunting, SC “hunting” dog.

I love the rooftop views of Charleston.

I love the sweet sulphur smell of pluff mud and view of birds oystering at low tide.

I love the architectural detailing and craftmanship that is such a rarity today.

I love the month of May and the Spoleto festival that brings some of the Worlds best talent to outdoor stages under a canopy of moss draped live oaks.

I love leaving a cooled restaurant on a summer evening and being greeted by a wall of warm humid air.

I love the music of church bells marking the hour.

And,  a glimpse of the setting of that wonderful wedding  I mentioned.

I am just getting started! I hope you will take this journey with me, and I would love for you to share your favorite things about Charleston!

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13 Responses to Why I Love Charleston: Introduction

  1. Goldie says:

    Both of my daughters graduated from C of C. It holds such a fond place in our hearts. We are all trying to figure out how we can settle there. Love, love, love it. I did the home and garden tours in the fall and spring every year for 16 semesters. If you haven’t tried them you must. They are put on by the Historical and the Preservation Societies. One is in spring and one is fall, five weeks of home tours,a different one each day! Fab!

  2. Great images. I love the one with the lady with the hat. It would make a beautiful painting.

  3. Joshua in Houston says:

    I recently found your blog and already love it. Charleston is one of the great American cities. I look forward to the series. Do you buy into the whole if you like Charleston then you won’t like Savannah and vice versa?

  4. Al Cohn says:

    Met some wonderful lifelong friends there…

  5. This post makes me so nostalgic for life in the South. Although I have never been to Charleston, your post makes me feel as if I were there. Thank you immensely. Mary

  6. juliet says:

    I LOVE living here in charleston! Such a gorgeous city and everyone is so friendly. I grew up coming to Folly Beach, my favorite place on earth! I am so blessed to be able to document weddings here in so many gorgeous venues and backdrops. There is a reason it’s the #2 destination wedding city!

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