ideal-LIVING.com ideal-LIVING • fall 2015
ideal towns >>> charleston, sc
The people are remarkably friendly. The grits are spicy and the oysters are fresh. The cobblestone streets are steeped in history, and the views of the harbor are spectacular. This is Charleston, SC, voted “America’s Best City” three times in a row.
It’s also considered to be America’s most beautiful city, with its antebellum historic
homes, lush gardens, centuries-old oaks and stately palmettos.
You’ll begin to discover Charleston’s magic when you stroll down Museum Mile,
which encompasses six museums, five historic houses and four scenic parks. The Charleston Museum, America’s first museum founded in 1773, contains hundreds of artifacts
that give personal insight into Charleston’s Colonial, agricultural and wartime past.
The quintessential image of Charleston is the Battery, with its 18th century cannons,
military statues and picturesque gazebo. The centerpiece of the Battery is White Point
Garden, a scenic waterfront park.
Walk along East Bay Street to view famous mansions and look across the harbor
to see Fort Sumter, the famous site where the first shots of the Civil War were fired.
And be sure to check out Rainbow Row, the charming row of colorful historic houses.
The Charleston City Market, constructed between 1804 and 1830, is another popular
destination. The market showcases unique wares and crafts, including Charleston’s famous
sweetgrass basket weavers who practice their craft along the Market’s open-air stalls.
Get a taste of plantation life by visiting Middleton Place. Built in 1755, this
mansion includes an impressive collection of historic furniture and portraits, along
with lush gardens designed in the style
of traditional French gardens. Camellias,
azaleas, magnolias and myrtle adorn the
Of Charleston’s many fine house museums,
only the Edmondston-Alston House commands a magnificent view of Charleston
Harbor. The striking Greek Revival interior
and fascinating collection of family portraits
and furniture make this house an unforgettable place to visit.
Equally unforgettable are Charleston’s
renowned cultural events, such as the Spoleto
Festival USA, the Charleston International
Film Festival and the Sweetgrass Cultural
Once you visit vibrant, idyllic Charleston,
you’ll never want to leave!
Hospitable. Welcome to
Charleston by Nancy Gross
“Charleston is endowed with
many attractive attributes—
be it the sunny weather and
raw natural beauty or the
grand tradition of Lowcountry
cuisine. All visitors have
the chance to experience
the warmth and genuine
hospitality put forth by
the local community.”
Chair of the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau