Charmed by Charleston

Charleston has been on my “Oh, the Places I can’t wait to Go” list for awhile now and I am so glad I finally made it to this charming town. The architecture, people and history in Charleston, South Carolina make this one of my favorite places I’ve visited.

It’s one of the most historic and beautiful towns and I’m sharing a few snippets of my experience and a sneak peak of more to come!

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Taylor and me running around Waterfront Park. She is clearly ready to explore more! C’mon, let’s go!

Notice the pineapple fountain in the background? It’s also a wade pool for kids! Perfect spot for the kiddos to cool off on a hot day.

Charmed by Charleston |Shining on Design

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

We took a stroll down the waterfront and were marveled by these historic mansions.

Waterfront historic mansion in Charleston | Shining on Design

Waterfront historic mansion in Charleston | Shining on Design

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Gas lamps, wrought iron doors and gates are historic elements that you’ll notice throughout Charleston. These elegant features and designs are often reproduced today.

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

The world needs more pink houses. Let’s try to make this happen.

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

One of the things Charleston is known for are their handmade sweetgrass baskets which vendors sell on the streets, stores and in the Charleston City Market (more on this coming soon!)

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

We stopped in the oldest surviving religious structure in Charleston, St. Michaels Church,  which welcomed us with gorgeous lighting and ornate woodwork (and air conditioning!).

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

Marveled by the breathtaking pulpit, Tiffany stained glass and enclosed pews (one that belonged to George Washington) – this is a must see on your next visit!

Charmed by Charleston | Shining on Design

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This beautiful blue house caught my eye and is located on the famous Rainbow Row. You’ll find many colorful paintings of the 13 pastel houses on Rainbow Row – which I imagine is because it’s hard to take a picture that captures them all!

Rainbow Row - Horse-drawn carriage rides and cobblestone streets throughout Charleston bring you back in time | Shining on Design

Horse-drawn carriage rides and cobblestone streets throughout Charleston bring you back in time.

Horse-drawn carriage rides and cobblestone streets throughout Charleston bring you back in time.

Charmed by Charleston

In love with these trees – called Crepe Myrtles – that bloom all summer long!

Charmed by Charleston

My visit was short but very sweet and I can’t wait to come back and explore this charming historical town more!

Thank you to my Mom, Aunt Joan and Aunt Maribeth for putting your photography skills to use this trip!

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