Charm oozes from every corner of the Holy City with its stately antebellum homes along the Battery, quiet gardens along Tradd Street and colorful stucco houses on Rainbow Row. It only takes five minutes in Charleston to realize why it is consistently voted the #1 city in America. This southern beauty lures you in with her charm and sophistication and makes you feel so welcomed you never want to leave.
As one of the most historical places in the US, Charleston has enough history to keep you intrigued for months. My first visit to Charleston as a 16-year-old happened to coincide with a momentous day in the city’s history. April 17, 2004 was the day Charleston chose to hold a funeral procession for the crew of the submarine H.L. Hunley, who were lost at sea in 1864. The wreckage of the Hunley was not found until 1995, and the bodies of the eight sailors from this third and final sinking were not removed until 2001. The warm April day in 2004 to honor these sailors was long overdue and a moment in history for the city of Charleston. And while I may not have fully appreciated the importance as a high school sophomore, I understood enough of the history to know I wanted to keep returning to this Southern city to see what more it had to offer.
Return trips to the Holy City have proven to me that history and traditions are the cornerstones of Charleston. The outcome is a city filled with beautiful architecture preserved for decades in the Southern tradition, a buzzing food scene where chefs pay attention to keep their ingredients rooted in Southern customs while evolving them with current trends, and locals who are immensely proud of the place they call home. By the time I was leaving Charleston, I have to admit, I wished I were one of them.
Charleston will continue to call me back time and time again, not just because I have family to visit, but also because there is always something new to learn.
Have you visited Charleston? Which is your favorite photo of the city?