A Stroll Through Charleston

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We were invited to Charleston, SC for a weekend of food & fun with friends a couple of weekends ago. We park the car once we arrive, walking to our destinations and dinner. Charleston is a foodie’s paradise and we enjoy touring with our taste buds and attempt to walk off some of the calories we consume!


No matter how many times I visit, I always enjoy taking a stroll in the early morning hours with my camera, enjoying the stately homes, Palmetto Trees, courtyard gardens, architecture, wrought iron gates.


We were several weeks too early to see much in bloom, the weather was cold and rainy the first day we were there but warmed up to the low 70’s by the end of weekend. I recommend visiting Charleston April through June, before the mercury and humidity rises to sweltering.


If you enjoy history, antebellum homes, and great food, you’ll be charmed by the hospitality and Southern flavor of Charleston! Enjoy your virtual tour and stroll :)


























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  32 comments for “A Stroll Through Charleston

  1. Granny Gay
    March 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Thank you for this picturesque stroll through Charleston…a special way to begin the day.

  2. March 21, 2015 at 9:02 am

    I love Charleston! My favorite southern city, even though I’ve only been in summer! Great Photos!

  3. March 21, 2015 at 9:07 am

    So beautiful! Thanks for sharing your pics!

  4. March 21, 2015 at 9:11 am

    I love going to Charleston with you Mary~there is something about doors and gates and shutters and gardens that just makes life not only more interesting, but a little mysterious! Gorgeous photos, glad the weather improved before you left!

  5. March 21, 2015 at 9:27 am

    Mary! I was reading an article in SoLiv mag earlier this morning about the doors in Charleston and now I see these beautiful photos! I think someone is trying to tell me that it’s time to visit this historic city. The architectural details are so interesting that it doesn’t even matter if the blooms are out yet. Did you pick your favorite house as you walked? Perhaps the yellow with the double porch for me, although I’ll need a wrought iron gate too. Thanks for the tour. Linda

  6. Leslie
    March 21, 2015 at 9:28 am

    My favorite photographs have to be the ironwork close ups. Such an amazing art that still remains gorgeous today! But then it seems that anything in Charleston becomes photographic just because of the historic atmosphere there. Thank you for sharing these pictures !! Love them

  7. March 21, 2015 at 9:52 am

    I adore Charleston! We visited for the first time last spring and I am ready to go back. So much to see and never enough time. Thank you for bringing back some wonderful memories!

  8. Patty
    March 21, 2015 at 9:59 am

    Your photos are MAGNIFICENT,

  9. March 21, 2015 at 10:12 am

    Armchair traveling is fun! Don’t you want to know what is behind each and every gate???!!!!

  10. franki
    March 21, 2015 at 10:54 am

    We were there about a month ago on a BEAUTIFUL DAY and walked and walked, etc. The waterfront…THAT BRIDGE, etc Can’t wait to return!! franki

  11. March 21, 2015 at 11:05 am

    Love Charleston and it’s rich history!

  12. March 21, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Mary, good friends were there just a few weeks ago. Listening to them tell about their trip and scrolling through your images makes me long for a little Charleston vacation. We’ve been in March and in the summer for the Spoleto Festival. I long to return during the garden tour season. Your photo tour has me dreaming. ;-)

  13. March 21, 2015 at 12:18 pm

    We spent our vacation there last year, and visited many of the same places. Thanks for the walk down memory lane.

  14. Melodie Strickland
    March 21, 2015 at 12:38 pm


    Thank you for sharing your photos of Charleston. What a beautiful and historic city. Your photos are magnificent. I’ve never been to Charleston but hope we will take a trip one day. The only part of South Carolina I’ve been to was the Columbia area where my husband’s Uncle Ionel and Aunt Betty had lived. Sadly they have been gone for a few years.


  15. Annie
    March 21, 2015 at 12:50 pm

    I love this, you capture all the ‘good stuff’ in pictures . A

  16. Sue
    March 21, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    Oh thank you again Mary! I love when you share your beautiful pictures of Charleston. What a treat. You have inspired us to make the visit! We live in the Western US. I was interested in your comment that you were able to park your car and walk. Everything we read says parking can be a problem. Could you share where you park, and any hints you think might be helpful? Thank you Mary…your blog brings such joy, such beauty, such fun!

    • March 21, 2015 at 5:43 pm

      Thanks Sue! We leave our car parked at our hotel once we arrive. If you want to drive once you get there, here’s a map for public parking garages: https://sc-charleston.civicplus.com/DocumentCenter/View/26
      You can also take a pedicab if you want a ride to dinner :) Hope you get to visit!

  17. March 21, 2015 at 2:35 pm

    Our sweet grand daughter is here and down for her nap so I loved seeing this wonderful tour. I want so badly to go there for a few days and tour it. So much beauty, LOVE the iron gates and fences!

  18. March 21, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks for reviving some of my beautiful memories of visits to this incredible city… when I lived in SC we would make day trips to Charleston often. Sometimes for the day, weekend, Spoleto events or even for just a restaurant meal! There was a house with a green door on Tradd Street that was always a magnet for me…not sure why, but I kept thinking that one day I would write a story about “The House with the Green Door”.

    BTW, I have a friend who manages The Spice & Tea Exchange store in Charleston – She lived in Hawai’i several years before moving to that city, but I have known her for many years before that through foodie groups on the Internet – (https://www.facebook.com/TSTECharleston) Maybe you can drop by the store next time you’re there, if you haven’t already!

  19. March 21, 2015 at 3:39 pm

    The gates always amaze me Mary, love the pineapple one:@)

  20. Wingit
    March 21, 2015 at 5:47 pm

    Your photographs are beautiful. We visited many years ago, but fell in love with the grace and charm. If anyone is planning to visit, try to take a horse drawn carriage tour – our guide was very knowledgeable and amusing. Worth every penny.

  21. March 21, 2015 at 8:16 pm

    Kinda like Savanah! Love the architect ! You took some great picks. This will be our next stop on our way North. Have a great Sunday!

  22. Kim
    March 21, 2015 at 8:50 pm

    I love Charleston and have not been in years.

  23. March 22, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Just gorgeous shots! I love the folly/boxwood courtyard and that view looking upward of the church! Charleston architecture is fascinating.

  24. March 22, 2015 at 9:05 am

    Ah, Mary, I feel like I’ve taken a beautiful stroll this morning through your photos! I pinned many of them to my “Smiling Faces, Beautiful Places” board. I need to photograph some places in the Old Village in Mount Pleasant. That;s where I used to teach so I know where some beautiful spots are over there.

  25. March 22, 2015 at 9:26 am

    Ahhh…One of my favorites cities! Your pictures are beautiful.

  26. March 22, 2015 at 9:41 am

    Lovely photos of my favorite US city! I miss it when I am not there for a few months! So beautiful, so much good food, very nice shopping. I love to walk and walk and walk. My favorite stroll is from top( N end) of Church street started at graveyard all way S till Church St ends. Quiet and gorgeous street.

  27. March 22, 2015 at 7:50 pm

    Thanks for taking me on a stroll through the streets of Charleston, Mary. I enjoyed it very much, especially the flower boxes, the wrought iron and the shadowy images of the trees.

  28. Ellen Stillabower
    March 23, 2015 at 8:15 am

    Great pictures and architecture! Thank you for sharing…

  29. March 23, 2015 at 8:58 am

    We went last Nov. and were simply enchanted! I highly recommend the tour of the Calhoun House for an antique lover! The amazing, quirky and vast collection was captivating to my husband! He still recalls the amazing details of Tiffany additions and Navy barricks! Thanks, Mary for sharing your faves! How fortunate you are so close!!

  30. March 23, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    I always enjoy your posts on Charleston. One of my favorite cities to visit…Love the architecture, the gardens, the gates, gorgeous window boxes…that city is just so filled with beauty and history. Thanks for the beautiful tour!

  31. Pam Schultz
    April 17, 2015 at 1:21 am


    Absolutely GORGEOUS pictures!! What a gorgeous city!!

    Thank you!!

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