A Little Taste of Chucktown

We just celebrated our 5th wedding anniversary by taking a quick trip to Charleston, South Carolina. If you’re unfamiliar with the city, it is the second largest city in South Carolina and its establishment dates back to 1670. It is filled with rich history and diverse culture, from magnificent plantations, to Revolutionary and Civil War sites, to wide beaches and open harbors. If you’ve never been, you should definitely put it on your list of places to visit… there’s something there for everyone!

Sights from Marion Square, sweetgrass baskets at the Market,
and views of the coastline and promenade from the Waterfront Park.

Hubby and I started our visit with some walking through downtown Charleston – visiting the famous market, looking at the local crafts and handmade sweetgrass baskets {a 300-year-old tradition}, enjoying Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, and admiring the varied architecture and palmettos. We also spent an afternoon along the waterfront – enjoying the sights of the harbor from the boardwalk and promenade, and resting our hot tired feet in one of the park’s well-placed fountains (splashing allowed!).

Spirit of Charleston ferry, and Fort Sumter National Monument

We were also able to take a ferry out to Fort Sumter National Monument, something I’ve wanted to see for quite a few years. We enjoyed a tour of Charleston Harbor along the way, including sights of downtown Charleston, the Cooper River Bridge, and Shute’s Folly (an uninhabited island with an abandoned Fort Pinckney). And of course, we were able to see where the first real battle of the Civil War began – they even had the original flag from 1861 on display in the museum. {Next on our list, Fort Johnson, where the very first shot was fired at Fort Sumter.}

USS Yorktown and USS Laffey

And then we did even more walking at Patriot’s Point – touring 3 full decks of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, and then the much smaller destroyer USS Laffey. I’d been on battleships before, but never an aircraft carrier, and I really enjoyed walking around the flight deck. {The hundreds of really steep stairs, not so much.} Needless to say, our feet were very tired by the end of the day!

Do you have any favorite places to visit? Or do you have plans to go anywhere fun this summer? I’d love to hear about them!

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8 thoughts on “A Little Taste of Chucktown

  1. Looks like a fun trip! Love Charleston.

    1. What are some your favorite places in Charleston?

  2. I read a Tea Shop series set in Charlestown, that has really made me want to visit. It looks romantic and historic. Maybe one of these years Mr. Hippie and I will make it out there.=)

    1. It is both! You should definitely visit 🙂

  3. Looks like you had a wonderful trip!! So excited for you!

  4. Love this post! I haven’t seen a lot of these things and I’ve lived here 4 years!! If you’re ever back in the area, you’ll have to let me know!

    1. I definitely will, Sarah!

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