A Weekend in Charleston South Carolina

Wrought iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Happy Sunday!

You’re invited to “scroll” along as an armchair traveler as I take you with me to

to Charleston, South Carolina, a favorite weekend destination.

Wrought iron gate Jasmine House Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

We visited Charleston, SC with friends the first weekend in March.

The last time we were there was almost exactly two years ago,

right before the world as we knew it came to a grinding halt.

Palmetto Tree Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Charleston is a 3 1/2 hour drive from the lake and the sight of palmetto trees always

makes it feel like I’ve escaped to an exotic, tropical locale.

Pineapple finials Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Rainbow Row in Charleston SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

It was 80 degrees when we arrived with the temps in the 60s to upper 70s for the weekend.

March through May is a wonderful time to visit before the mercury and humidity

collide and move into the sweltering range.

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

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 from our excellent meals while we enjoy the scenery. . .

Beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Grand and stately homes. . .

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate and home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate and home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

A Visit to Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Architecture and history. . .

The Pineapple Gates House Charleston, SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

 The Pineapple Gates House Charleston, SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Iconic Churches of The Holy City. . .

St. Michael's Episcopal Church Charleston, SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

St. Philip's Church Charleston, SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

French Huguenot Church, Charleston, SC | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Folly and Garden at Pineapple Gates House Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Courtyard gardens. . .

 Courtyard garden with fountain Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Fountain Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc

Beautiful blooming window boxes. . .

Beautiful window box Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Beautiful window boxes Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Beautiful window box Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Beautiful window boxes Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Window boxes Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Colorful window boxes Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Colorful window box Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

Colorful window box Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #windowbox #flowers

And elaborate wrought iron gates.

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Elaborate wrought iron Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate with initials TM & MM, Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

“Honey, I’m home!”

This gate is personalized with my initials. . . hubby just needs to change his first name

so it starts with T. ;)

Cherry Tree in bloom Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Signs of spring were visible everywhere from the cherry trees in bloom . . .

Cherry Tree in bloom Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Cherry Tree behind iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Daffodils behind iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Daffodils . . .

Daffodils behind iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Carolina Jessamine Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Fragrant Carolina Jessamine. . .

Carolina Jessamine and Palmetto trees Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Lady Banks Rose. . .

Lady Banks Rose Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Camellias and iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

And camellias.

Camellias and iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Camellias and iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate and beautiful home in Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Wrought iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

Gates, Gardens and Window Boxes of Historic Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #gates #windowboxes #gardens #Charleston

You can see more Gates, Gardens and Window Boxes of Historic Charleston

in a previous visit, HERE.

Wrought iron gate Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #wroughtiron #gate

It’s a cool start to the day at the lake with the temperatures dipping into the 30s this morning,

 thankfully not below the freezing mark so the viburnum blooms won’t be frost nipped!

Carolina Jessamine Charleston South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #charlestonsc #spring

Hope you’re enjoying signs of spring where you are. ♥

A visit to Charleston, South Carolina | ©homeiswheretheboatis.net #gates #windowboxes #gardens #Charleston #spring

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  41 comments for “A Weekend in Charleston South Carolina

  1. Sandra Brown
    March 27, 2022 at 7:31 am


    • franki Parde
      March 27, 2022 at 8:37 am

      We are on “Charleston count down!!!” I can hardly wait…like Christmas!! Not sure your incredible photos…helped. 🤭 “The Piano Guys” concert is our destination. Eeeekk!! Then, “Biltmore Monet.” Two VERY LONG years….franki

  2. Brenda
    March 27, 2022 at 7:51 am

    Beautiful pics! Perfect weather

  3. March 27, 2022 at 8:04 am

    Charleston is truly beautiful. I have been there in the sweltering July heat. I enjoyed the walking tour immensely.

    It was supposed to frost, but was pleasantly surprised there wasn’t any this morning. Happy Sunday!

  4. Susan marti
    March 27, 2022 at 8:14 am

    Loved it, thanks.

    • Leslie
      March 27, 2022 at 8:38 am

      My husband & I just returned from a quick trip to Amelia Island, FL. It’s such a quaint coastal town with lots of old beautiful homes (alot belonging to Sea Captains). Charleston is next on my bucket list. Just loved all your photos. Thanks for taking us along with you.

      • Clara
        March 27, 2022 at 11:01 am

        Wonderful shots Mary! We haven’t been to Charleston in many, many years as it is quite a road trip for us but it’s on our list now as overseas travel is not yet viable. Your photos make me want to set a definitive date! If we can get everything repaired from the ice storms we’ll be on our way (read this fall!). Thanks for a lovely stroll with such beautiful scenery! Clara ❤️

    • Julie George
      March 27, 2022 at 8:56 am

      Truly enjoyed your walking tour. Wonderful eye candy!

  5. Judi
    March 27, 2022 at 8:24 am

    How lovely! I enjoyed every pic! You transported me back to my favorite place!

  6. Ruthie Miller
    March 27, 2022 at 8:25 am

    Your pictures are magnificent of that glorious city!! What a wonderful tour.

  7. Pat
    March 27, 2022 at 8:32 am

    Good morning, Mary. My sister and I visited Charleston last November after touring Biltmore which was decorated for Christmas. What a beautiful city! Thank you for letting me reminisce.

  8. Patti Betz
    March 27, 2022 at 8:41 am

    One of my most favorite trips. Beautiful and vibrant city! I was there the end of May and the heat was already oppressive. Thanks for the memories.

  9. Rita C.
    March 27, 2022 at 8:58 am

    A fabulous virtual visit to Charleston! You have such a good eye for great shots, Mary. Not only am I impressed with the beauty of the architectural homes, gardens and churches, but also with how well-maintained these buildings, hardscape and landscape are! Wow, even when you look up to ceilings and pediments – so well maintained! Thanks for the ticket.

  10. March 27, 2022 at 9:01 am

    That was glorious! Adored walking with you, I too love admiring all the beautiful details of life 😁 so many perfect shots that planted a huge smile on my face all the way through. Its nice to get away, covid has allowed me 2 destinations only for 2 years, home depot and costco, I yearn for change, thanks for brightening the horizon!

  11. Cindi
    March 27, 2022 at 9:12 am

    We lived about 30 miles from Charleston for 12 years before moving to Virginia 5 years ago and while I am happy here every time it gets really cold here I nicely yell at my husband “Remind me why we left SC again…or I threaten to move back without him. 🤣. Next time you are there you should check out Cypress Gardens. It is in Berkeley County about 30 miles from Charleston. The park was rice fields many years ago but it has beautiful paths with lots of azaleas and other plants ( watch out for the gators) and you can ride row boats through the swamps plus there is a beautiful butterfly house. It is a very calming serene piece of nature. I volunteered in the butterfly house and just found the park to be one of many happy places I enjoyed. Peace.

  12. Dorinda Selke
    March 27, 2022 at 9:21 am

    Hi Mary ~ Such beautiful photos! Thanks for inspiring me here in NW Connecticut that spring will, in fact, come eventually. Tomorrow we are not to get out of the high 20’s 🥶. So waiting to plant pansies. Hugs, Dorinda

  13. March 27, 2022 at 9:47 am

    Love this walking tour through Charleston. I have never been, so this was a treat. So much eye candy. The architectural is gorgeous. I adore looking at gardens. Such a wide variety of elegant fencing. Thanks for taking me along.

  14. Kathy Menold
    March 27, 2022 at 10:52 am

    Your walking tour of Charleston was just what I needed this morning waking up to a temperature of 30 .Especially all the beautiful window box plantings and courtyard gardens.. I think this is my favorite destination of everywhere I have visited. Last year we went to Savannah but as lovely as it is Charleston still wins out. Hope to get to visit again this year in Dec. Christmas decorations are so lovely.
    Enjoy the rest of your weekend and hope we get back to spring in N.C. next week.

  15. Betsy
    March 27, 2022 at 11:16 am

    I wonder if the initials on the gates are for the original or current owners. What a lovely piece of history if they are original. It’s been 30 years since my only visit to Charleston so I might be overdue for a visit! Your photos certainly leave me longing for a trip to a charming southern town!

  16. March 27, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    Mary, I enjoyed your stroll very much. I love Charleston. I’ve only been twice but those were great times. I recognized many of your pictures. We were there in March one year for the Tour of Homes and Gardens then in the fall another year.

  17. March 27, 2022 at 12:28 pm

    Absolutely stunning. Charleston is on my bucket list. Thank you for hsaring.

  18. Sally E Biondo
    March 27, 2022 at 2:20 pm

    Mary, Thank you for sharing! The pictures are beautiful and I especially loved the colorful window boxes!

  19. Ann Woleben
    March 27, 2022 at 3:17 pm

    Charleston is a charming city. We flew there one year for my husband’s business meeting which coincided with the garden tour – oh joy! It was a magnificent tour.

  20. Melody Reed
    March 27, 2022 at 3:49 pm

    Lovely spring, hope to visit one of these days.

  21. Sue
    March 27, 2022 at 5:09 pm

    What a beautiful city! Your photographs bring back memories of my trips there. Would love to do it again! Thanks for sharing.

  22. March 27, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Wow! I was lucky enough to visit Charleston once, Mary. The architecture and the gates are fabulous, but it’s the window boxes that get me every time! I’m so glad that you got away to enjoy the beauty!

  23. Brenda
    March 27, 2022 at 9:31 pm

    Love your Charleston photos, these and other times you’ve posted. We’re headed there ourselves in April, love the city sites and food!

  24. Jane
    March 28, 2022 at 8:16 am

    Lovely. Thank you so much!

  25. March 28, 2022 at 10:39 am

    This is always one of my favorites of your series. Charleston is so gorgeous, and your camera eye catches the architectural grandness and beauty of lovely Charleston. So Gorgeous!!!!Thank you, Sandi

  26. Cherry Goodson
    March 28, 2022 at 11:51 am

    We love this city as well. Never get tired of visiting. Beautiful pictures.

  27. Vanessa
    March 28, 2022 at 12:02 pm

    This has inspired me to plan a Charleston Weekend. I am in Fort Mill. Thank you for the beautiful pictures.

  28. March 28, 2022 at 12:06 pm

    Charleston is one of my favorite places, such a magical city with all the history, architecture, gardens, food and even Folly Beach! My youngest was an honor student at the College of Charleston. Thank you for the virtual trip, I know it was a wonderful getaway!

  29. Sami's Aunt Nancy
    March 28, 2022 at 1:26 pm

    Wonderful photos, Mary! I’ll be poring over those for days to come. What a beautiful city, one that I hope to visit someday. Seeing spring in full bloom is very encouraging to those of us in the upper Midwest where temperatures are below 20 overnight, and wind chills during the day remain in the teens. The birds are singing, however, so we’re hopeful that spring will show up here eventually!

    And who babysits the girls while you’re away? I’m guessing they have their own Auntie to spoil them. :)

  30. Michele M.
    March 28, 2022 at 2:08 pm

    Oh thank you for this beautiful trip you took us on. I have been to Savannah but never Charleston – and it is in the #2 spot right below Italy. Was all set to go last year but Covid cancelled those plans – so def going to try for next year. Thanks for the inspiration!!!!

  31. March 28, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for the walk through beautiful Charleston! 🌺💐🌼🌸🌷

    • Cyndi Raines
      March 29, 2022 at 1:01 pm

      Oh, what a beautiful tour, thank you! In 2018 hubby and I traveled to your wonderful state and I can’t believe we didn’t take the extra few hours to go a bit further south to see this awesome city. I pout every time I see your beautiful pictures. I will make it there for sure, as it is the only southern state I have yet to see! My goal is to see all the states and I only have 17 left, mainly most of the New England and the upper North west still to visit. So glad travel is slowing starting again. We had a teaser a week ago, with a few days in the high 50’s and then it plummeted back down to the 20’s. I am so ready for a warm up and a lovely spring. Your pictures were just what I needed. Thank you Mary, thanks again for sharing your lovely get-a-way!

  32. March 28, 2022 at 7:16 pm

    Such beauty around every corner. A fabulous destination that we did a few years back. Thank you for the memories my friend!
    Gorgeous photos… thank you!
    Happy New Week to You.

  33. March 30, 2022 at 10:34 pm

    Mary, it’s been a decade since I last visited Charleston, so needless to say my “scroll” through the city with you was a real treat. In fact, I scrolled several times, stopping and admiring the details on the iron work, the fountains, the gardens, the architecture. If and when i get to travel again, Charleston is on my list for a return visit. Savannah too! You are lucky to be so close! Thank you for my little get away!

  34. Claire
    April 1, 2022 at 9:56 am

    Mary, thanks for the visit back home. I’m a native Charlestonian and miss the City so much, even the summer heat. It’s been three years since we were able to go back home and this was just a lovely trip on a cold, gray, rainy morning. Thank you so much.

  35. April 9, 2022 at 1:22 pm

    Mary, I so enjoyed your beautiful photo tour of Charleston. I was just there for a week to visit my mother who lives right on Market St. where the horse and carriage rides continually pass by. My sister lives on the water on Folly Beach with boats galore. We enjoyed a ride out to the lighthouse and watched about 20 different dolphins frolic. Both my nephew and niece live on James Island, so I got to see a lot of family in addition to enjoying the theater, dining and walking through the city.

  36. Linda
    May 4, 2022 at 10:46 am

    One of the most beautiful, historic and intriguing places I have ever visited! I can’t wait to go back someday! Your photos are wonderful…thanks for sharing.

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