We visited Charleston, South Carolina last weekend with friends for the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival.
Charleston is a favorite weekend destination for us festival or not, but the festival is a great excuse to visit! You can enjoy a variety of brunches and dinners and attend workshops and excursions, all while sipping and sampling wine from around the world. We’ve been fortunate to attend with friends several years in a row and it’s always a memorable and delicious experience.
If you haven’t been to the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, it’s best summed up here:
Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, the annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe for a five-day event that spans the first full weekend each March.
No matter how many times we visit Charleston, I always enjoy taking a stroll in the early morning hours with my camera in an effort to walk off some calories and enjoy the scenery. . .
Stately homes. . .
Architecture. . .
Churches. . .
Palmetto trees. . .
Spanish Moss and Live Oaks. . .
Courtyard gardens. . .
Window boxes. . .
And decorative wrought iron that casts lacy shadows in the early morning hours.
We ran into a group of Guinea Fowl also out for an early morning stroll and strutting down the sidewalk.
I did an online search for ‘Guinea Fowl downtown Charleston’ and discovered they’re feral and famous for strolling along Lamboll and Legare streets in search of the tastiest breakfast, lunch and dinner spots, occasionally stopping traffic. . .
Just like all the other tourists. ;)
Signs of spring were visible everywhere from the flowering trees and shrubs, to Lady Banks Roses, and wisteria vines in bloom.
I always enjoy glimpses of the courtyard gardens with their tidy sculpted boxwoods. . .
And walls or stairs of perfectly manicured Creeping Fig.
The sight of palmetto trees always makes me feel like I’ve escaped to an exotic, tropical locale, just a short 3 1/2 hour drive away.
And it’s one of the few places where pink, salmon or coral are acceptable and welcome exterior colors!
I’ll leave with some waterviews and photos from our outdoor events from the CHSWFF, at Lowndes Grove Plantation and in Shem Creek in Mt. Pleasant, that float my boat!
You can see more of the beautiful and blooming window boxes of Charleston, here.
After an unseasonably warm and mild February, it’s been a cold and blustery week here. I hope you’re staying warm and cozy as we spring forward across the U.S. this weekend. ♥
Thank you for your visit!
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