My name is Lisa and I'm a crafty girl with wanderlust working as an engineer by day. My blog chronicles projects in my home as well as pictures and stories from my travels.




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An Evening in Charleston

Last week I had a very short trip to Charleston for work. It has been ridiculously cold in Michigan this winter so I welcomed the chance to escape the polar vortex even if was just for a day. I left on a early morning flight with the wings of the plane getting de-iced before take off and arrived in Charleston to beautiful, warm, sunny weather.

After our meetings finished my colleagues and I had an hour and a half before our dinner reservation so we headed to downtown Charleston and took a little detour to drive over the New Cooper River Bridge.

I hadn't been to Charleston in nearly fifteen years so I was looking forward to having a chance to see the town again. We started off at The Battery and walked south along East Battery admiring the beautiful homes along the palmetto lined street.  

We next wandered around White Point Garden located at the tip of Charleston peninsula. The area's important history as an artillery battery to protect Charleston Harbor is reflected by the military relics throughout the park. My favorite part about the park was the beautiful old live oak trees that lined all the paths. The early evening light filtering through the leaves was quite lovely.

Leaving the park we wandered through the nearby neighborhood admiring the gorgeous homes. The architecture is amazing and as a lover of old homes I was in heaven. I particularly loved that several of the old lamps continued to use gas.

It was getting close to time for dinner so we drove up to the market district and had a chance to walk by the historic market on the way to the restaurant. The Market Hall was built in 1841 but the historic market dates back over 200 years. By the time we were there the vendors had packed up for the evening but I remember enjoying wandering around when I had visited before.

For dinner we headed to Hank's Seafood Restaurant which is housed in a lovely renovated turn of the century warehouse. We all shared a tower of seafood which was amazing. My favorite dish was a relish of green tomatoes and sweet corn topped with blue cheese and fried oysters. Being down south, I also couldn't resist a slice of pecan pie.

After dinner we walked around a bit enjoying the warm evening and then went to the rooftop of the Market Pavillion Hotel for a nightcap.

The best thing about the rooftop was the view over historic Charleston, particularly of the Customs House. Designed by Ammi B. Young, the Customs House was begun in 1853 but not finished until 1879 due to a hiatus in construction during the Civil War. The building was restored in the 1960s and is now listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

The next morning I was up before dawn to catch an early morning flight and was back to my office before 10 AM. The trip was all too short but it was a nice escape from the bitter cold and I hope I have a chance to visit Charleston again for vacation.

Reader Comments (4)

Lisa, if you get back for a vacation there is an excellent walking photo tour of Charleston. It's about 2.5 hours of walking around with a local photographer. She takes you to all her favorite vantage spots in town. She's very knowledgable about the history of the city, which makes it even better. Oh, I love Hank's too. It's my favorite restaurant there.

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterStacey

Great photos of the old homes - I like the photo of the gate. I would welcome a break from all this cold & snow. Umm time to get out my garden albums. (lol).

February 26, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMary-Lou

Lovely photographs! Thanks for sharing with us your trip to Charleston. Here's to hoping it warms up soon, soon soon ;-)

February 27, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLaura

Stacey- Thank you for the wonderful suggestion! That sounds like something I would love to do. Hank's was delicious and I loved the ambience there!

Mary-Lou- Thank you! It was nice to have a little break from the cold. Gardening season seems so far off...

Laura- Thank you! I hope it warms up soon, too! Bring on spring!

March 4, 2014 | Registered CommenterLisa

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