Beautiful Charleston

20150331_103239 titletle We are still traveling, currently visiting friends and family in South Florida. On the second day of our trip we stopped overnight in Charleston, SC on our way from Durham, NC to Orlando, FL. This visit was our third trip to Charleston this year. Charleston has become one of our favorite cities to visit.

We were there for a couple of days last March on our way home from our two-month winter sojourn in St. Augustine. We returned a few weeks later with our two sweet granddaughters during their spring break. On the last night in Charleston during that second trip we had dinner at Hyman’s Seafood. Oh. My. Godness! What an incredible meal that was. Since that dinner, we’ve been dreaming about another opportunity to experience Hyman’s fabulous, fresh low-country southern seafood. So we decided to take this opportunity to return. We were certainly not disappointed. Our meal this trip was just as amazing as the first time!

On our previous trips we stayed in North Charleston. This time we stayed at the charming King Charles Inn right in the historic district.

The Inn is two blocks from Hyman’s and within easy walking distance of other attractions such as the City Market, the College of Charleston, and the South Carolina Aquarium. After we checked into the hotel, we took an afternoon stroll through the streets of historic Charleston and stopped in for a late afternoon cocktail at Molly Darcy’s Irish Pub.

Throughout the historic district there are beautiful old homes built in the Charleston single house style. Single houses are well-suited to the narrow, deep lots established during Charleston’s early period, because they are one room wide. The narrow end of the house faces the street. Single houses were usually built closer to one side of the lot so that there  was a larger yard on one side of the house. In modern times, this side yard often includes a driveway and/or parking space.

The homes have amazing, detailed millwork. Often there are beautiful iron gates and fences. Many of the side yards are beautifully landscaped.

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Single houses are multiple stories in height. The rooms open onto a double long piazza (porch) with large windows and doors along that side of the house and smaller windows along the other side which faces the neighbor’s side yard.

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The patina of historic Charleston is evident in old brick and moss-covered aged plaster.

While strolling through the streets, we came upon Acquisitions. It was Sunday afternoon, so unfortunately the shop was closed. Peering through the windows, I saw stunning furniture pieces, lamps, sculptures, textiles, accessories, etc. I would  have absolutely l.o.v.e.d. to browse inside. Sadly, we had to leave Charleston on Monday morning before the store opened. I most definitely plan to visit this establishment on our next trip to Charleston!

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