Charleston, South Carolina is probably our favorite place for a romantic getaway. However, we are a little biased because Charleston is the place where we were married. We actually got married under a large Spanish oak tree and had our reception on the beach. The greatest thing about going to Charleston for a romantic getaway is that it is one of the few places where you can spend a day chasing after history going back hundreds of years and go to the beach and just relax the next day. There are many reasons why we think Charleston is a terrific place for a romantic getaway.
On our past trip to Charleston, we actually travelled in to Myrtle Beach and made the two hour drive to Charleston. One of the downsides for a romantic getaway to Charleston is that it can be expensive to travel there. However, if you fly in to Myrtle Beach and drive to Charleston, you can cut your travel costs by up to 50%! In this case we got great air fares on Spirit Airlines and used Dollar Rental Car. We figured that we saved ourselves about $500 flying into Myrtle Beach and driving. The Myrtle Beach airport has most of the major airlines and rental car agencies to choose from.
Although we have stayed in hotels near downtown and in vacation homes on Folly Beach, we actually stayed with relatives this past time. Charleston is so romantic, even though we didn’t stay by ourselves; we had a wonderful romantic getaway. We visited with family but also made time to share some romantic moments with each other. We took several walks through downtown Charleston where we are always amazed by the beauty of its architecture. We immersed ourselves in the history of the city and also enjoyed watching the sailboats leave the harbor. It is truly a wonderful place.
We also found time most every day to at least visit Folly Beach. We did spend the majority of a couple of days in a County Park on Folly Beach, just taking in the Sun and listening to the waves. We also enjoyed romantic walks along Folly Beach where we conjured up memories of our wedding reception on the beach. We just never get tired of it.
Charleston has a lot of great places for shopping and eating in the downtown area. My wife and I enjoy visiting the market area where local vendors sell everything from souvenirs to food items. The market area is also the place to catch a romantic carriage ride through the downtown area or various walking tours.
We really enjoy the food in the downtown area. On this visit, we had lunch at Hyman’s Seafood which has terrific crab cakes and great seafood. They also profess that attitude is everything and have a lot of neat t-shirts and souvenirs that talk about it. Our other lunch in downtown was a Jim and Nick’s on King Street which has great southern food. It is a local chain throughout the southwest and we somehow always seem to make it their on a trip to Charleston. On another day, we enjoyed a few beers and some great pizza at the Southend Brewery near the Market.
My wife set aside one night for a very special romantic dinner. We chose to have our dinner at the Peninsula Grill in the downtown market area. The inside dining area looked very well decorated and romantic but we reserved a table in the outside courtyard because we thought it was even more romantic. The courtyard is decorated beautifully with palm trees and white lights. The service is excellent. They don’t rush you and only seemed to be around whenever you needed them, which is perfect for a romantic evening. The food is fantastic. They have everything from steak to seafood to pork with unique and very tasty preparations. My wife and I really liked the Berkshire Pork Chop. If you like pork chops, you have to try Berkshire pork; it has a wonderful texture and taste. For dessert, the Peninsula Grill has many things but they have won awards for their coconut cake. It is a huge slice (easily big enough for two) and is like no coconut cake you have ever tasted. From the romantic atmosphere to the outstanding service to their unique and delicious menu, the Peninsula Grill is a great option for dinner on your romantic getaway in Charleston.
Charleston is truly a great city that has a lot to offer. The blend of history and the beach and wonderful food and shopping options make it a special place with a little for everyone. The next time you are looking for a great romantic getaway, we suggest that you take a look at Charleston.