About Katie C
Lives in Edwards, Colorado
Since Aug 2011
Though I'm currently living in Colorado, my true home is the South. I lived in South Carolina, Georgia and Florida, which instilled a love of southern beach towns like Myrtle Beach, Orlando and Charleston. I live near Panama City Beach for part of the year and have spent many memorable nights in locations like Key West and New Orleans. Diver, hiker, climber, craft beer aficionado, snowboarder, fisherman...I'm up for anything at least once.
Points of Interest & Landmarks, Parks
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Gift & Specialty Shops
Military Bases & Facilities, Historic Sites, History Museums
Taxis & Shuttles
The Battery and White Point Gardens are perhaps one of the most iconic spots in Charleston. This gorgeous park is a beautiful place to relax in the shade, or to take a stroll along the water. From here, you'll have a great view of the often-photographed Rainbow Row.
Few places in Charleston offer better vantage points for admiring the water than Charleston Waterfront Park. The eight-acre park and pier is the perfect spot for watching sailboats and container ships — or for checking out the southern flower gardens.
Ted's Butcherblock is a favorite lunch spot among locals. More than just a deli, it features filling salads and tasty sandwiches made with high quality ingredients. Either grab a table (there might be a wait) or order your delicious lunch to go and enjoy it in one of Charleston's many parks.
Spanning the gap between Charleston and Mount Pleasant over the Cooper River, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge is a landmark and a feat of engineering. You can bike or stroll across the bridge, which affords great vantage points for admiring the boats in the harbor and gazing at the downtown skyline.
If you're looking to find the perfect souvenir from your time in Charleston, check out Old City Market. Here, vendors display various goods, many of which are one-of-a-kind and/or homemade. Keep an eye out for the sweetgrass baskets, which are famous in Charleston.
To get a true taste of southern ingredients, head to Husk. Known for its ingredient-driven cuisine, Husk uses indigenous and artisanal foods, promising that 'if it doesn't come from the South, it doesn't come through the door.' The result is a flavor-forward local food celebration that will leave your taste buds extremely satisfied.
You'll find more than just produce at the Charleston Farmers Market. Vendors sell everything from farm-fresh fruits and pulled pork sandwiches to handmade crafts and sweetgrass scrubs.
Out of all Charleston's beautiful beaches, Folly Beach is one of the best. In addition to offering opportunities for on-the-water adventures (including surfing and paddleboarding), it features wide open spaces that are perfect for relaxing in the sun.
Located in the Upper King Street neighborhood, Butcher and Bee serves up excellent lunches that are worth the journey outside of downtown Charleston. Known for its lovingly prepared (and filling) sandwiches, the shop features a daily changing menu that focuses on local ingredients.
The South Carolina Aquarium is more than just fish; its exhibits take you through Lowcountry habitats, showcasing creatures from land, sea, and the air. The two-story windows in the Great Hall offer up some of the best views of Charleston Harbor, and the touch-and-feel tank gives kids the chance to hold and pet stingrays, horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and other native animals.
Take a break from the historical tours and treat your kids at the Children's Museum of the Lowcountry. With eight interactive exhibits that run the gamut from castles and pirate ships to an art room and fire truck, this is the perfect place for your little ones to explore and play. It's also a great escape if the weather isn't cooperating!
The location where the first shot of the Civil War was fired, Fort Sumter is a must-see landmark. You'll feel you've stepped right into the Civil War era as you explore the caverns of thick stone, see the cannons that were fired, and visit the small (but very interesting) on-site museum. The ferry ride to the Fort is an added bonus — it offers many scenic shots and possible dolphin sightings.
Opened in 1773, the Charleston Museum is known as 'America's First Museum.' Visitors can explore Charleston's long history through artifacts such as quilts, pottery, cultivation tools, and farm implements. There are also relics from the not-so-distant past, such as uniforms and armaments, and there are two historic homes that you can tour.
The Nathaniel Russell House is one of Charleston's best preserved antebellum homes. Its spiral staircase, well-kept gardens, and elegant furnishings will give you a taste of 19th-century southern luxury.
Eschew the usual ways to get around Charleston (walk, taxi, bike), and take an entertaining rickshaw trip through town. The carts are cozy (two adults are usually the max you can fit), and the pedaling drivers provide a wealth of knowledge about the city and its sights. Bonus: They'll even come to your hotel to pick you up.
Kick off your last night in Charleston with some of the best views of the city. The Rooftop at The Vendue serves lunch and dinner, but cocktails at sunset are a treat — you'll see Charleston Harbor, Waterfront Park, The Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and other iconic sights in a whole new light.
Consistently lauded as one of the best restaurants in food-focused Charleston, Circa 1886 is the perfect way to end a Charleston vacation in style. Housed in a carriage house on the grounds of the historic Wentworth mansion, Circa 1886 has tons of cozy character and thoughtful touches to complement its modern (yet low-country traditional) menu. Prepare to be blown away.