Please Don't Move to Charleston If You Don't Want to....
Fall in love all over again! When is the last time you got those butterflys in your stomach, felt your heart racing with excitement, were overcome with giddiness or had an onset of depression upon departure? That's how most people react to Charleston upon visiting---imagine getting to live here! So many people that vacation here are overwhelmed enough by their love of our fair city that they return from where they came, pack up their goods and return to Charleston forever.
And who can blame them? It even happened to me 35 years ago! Charleston's residents offer up great Southern Hospitality as well as some of the best food in the country! And a lot of that food is southern in style: shrimp and grits (Mmmm), fried green tomatoes, salty oysters, crab cakes, seasoned collard greens and some of the freshest,tastiest fish to ever cross your lips. Charleston has quickly become globally known as a "foodie town".
And the charm...horse-drawn carriages, cobblestone streets, historic homes with their well-manicured gardens surrounded by wrought iron fences, live oak trees draped with Spanish moss, marsh after marsh with orange and pink sunsets, the old vegetable markets filled with sweet grass baskets, plantations along the surrounding rivers and its unique culture.
Charleston has something to charm everyone. Most known for its history, Charleston was founded in 1670 as Charles Town, was a key player in the American Revolution and is known for "the first shot of the American civil war" in 1861. There are world class beaches to include Folly Beach, Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and Kiawah Island.
There are many plantations that are important in Charleston's history as well as beautiful gardens that surround them. Culturally there are venues that host concerts, symphonies, broadway shows, comedy, ballets as well as the Spoleto Festival each spring. Spoleto is a huge 17 day arts festival that draws patrons from all over the world. And there is no shortage of local art galleries in many different areas of Charleston making Charleston an "artsy city". And there is plenty of shopping, both ordinary as well as eclectic.
My personal description of Charleston is "it's a big city feel without the big city". There are countless reasons people fall in love with our fair city, more that I can ever name here. If you have any "loves" in Charleston that you have a special fondness for, please feel free to add that in the comment section.