20 Things to Do in Charleston Before the End of 2019

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20 Things To Do Before the End of 2017

By Minta Pavliscsak

1. Call an old friend who you haven’t spoken with in a while.
It may take you a few minutes to dial that number. Take your time, just don’t back down. Someone has to open that line of communication; it might as well be you.

2. Go for a sunrise walk on Folly Beach.
We have some of the most beautiful sunrises you will ever experience, and if you haven’t yet you are missing out! So drag a friend out of bed, or just go spend some time by yourself and enjoy the majesty of the morning. (Roasted is a coffee shop inside of Tides that opens at 6am. I like to stop by there first and take my coffee on the beach. Plus, on these chilly mornings it will help to keep your warm!)

3. Send Christmas cards.
Everybody loves getting mail! …as long as it’s not a bill. Sure you could just send an email or a text, but doesn’t your loved ones deserve a personalized, handwritten card that they can treasure for years to come?

4. Forgive that person who may not deserve it, but needs it most.
This ain’t easy, but believe me when I say you need this too! We all make mistakes, we all forget things, and it honestly might not have even been on purpose. The past is the past and as long as it’s not habitual or destructive to the relationship, forgiveness may be the only thing keeping you from having that amazing relationship.

5. Hug your parents.
Do we really do this enough? I feel like hugs are things we tend to take for granted. Humans need touch, and sometimes this is the only way we know how to communicate our emotions towards each other. A simple hug can go a long way.

6. Visit at least one touristy attraction.
This is the best time of year to do it! Places aren’t as crowded, it’s not blazing hot, and some places will even have discounts on admission.

7. Pour a glass of wine or pop open a beer, crank up the music, and dance around the house in your underwear.
Yes, this is just as fun as it sounds! Don’t worry about how you look, you’ll be alone so who cares. Just move your body in a way that feels good. You might just find yourself carrying this tradition over to the New Year!

8. Make the decision to Let It Go!
We carry so much with us from one day to the next. Most of it we cannot control, or is not our burden to carry in the first place. Stop worrying so much, things have a way of working themselves out without any input from you. Take a deep breath and as you exhale, just let it go.

9. Do one random act of kindness.
This can be something so simple like paying for the next person in line’s coffee, or putting $10 on a pump of gas. There are also many opportunities around the community, such as donating to Toys-for-Tots, volunteering at The Lowcountry Food Bank, The Ronald McDonald House, or at an animal shelter, and many area businesses are collecting canned food for the local food bank.

10. Watch Love Actually.
This film is about an eclectic group of characters who all seem to be connected in London during Christmas time. It is charming, funny, and will pull on your heart strings all at the same time. Trust me on this one when I say it is a must see, and even better when you watch it with a good friend or loved one. Doesn’t sound like you? Then make sure you watch The Charlie Brown Christmas special instead!

11. Take a “me” day.
Although they do not happen very often, I absolutely love having my “me” days. You can do anything, or nothing for that matter, that you want to, as long as it is stress free and makes you happy. I prefer to get a nice massage, then take a stroll down King Street or the Market to find something, no matter how small, for myself. My favorite “me” day trinket is a small ceramic dragon with a silly smile on his face. Enjoying a nice light lunch outside somewhere and people watching is also a great idea.

12. Change the batteries in your smoke detector.
This is your friendly service reminder courtesy of Charleston Daily. Come on, when is the last time you checked those batteries?

13. Get outside of your comfort zone.
Do something you wouldn’t typically do. Go somewhere you wouldn’t typically go. Sing karaoke with friends, climb the ropes at Wild Blue Ropes, put on that sexy dress you never wear and have a night on the town!

14. Finish that project.
We all have some project, big or small, that is sitting somewhere waiting for us to complete it. Slow down, make the time, and finish that project.

15. Choose to be happy.
This can be tougher for some than others, and that’s OK! Surround yourself with things, and people, that make you happy. When those negative thoughts come up, replace them with positive ones. Practice self-love, such as telling yourself that you are enough, reminding yourself how beautiful you are, and say daily affirmations. Don’t forget about the simplest thing you can do…smile.

16. Re-evaluate your priorities
Life has a tendency of taking over and we tend to get off our course from time to time. It is important that you bring your priorities to your conscious and see if where you are is where you want to be. This is how we stay connected to ourselves and move forward in life and in love.

17. Eat at a great Charleston area restaurant.
We are so lucky here in Charleston to have so many amazing restaurants. How many have you been to? No more excuses not to go to that one you have always wanted to go, but have never made it.

18. Disengage from the opinion of others.
You are you, and you are wonderful. Who cares what others think about you?! Here’s a little secret…if they make you feel bad when you are around them, then they probably shouldn’t be in your life. Once you learn to separate who you are from who you think everyone else thinks you should be, you will be amazed at how much happier and stress-free you will be.

19. Go play.
We have easy access to tennis courts, basketball courts, Frisbee golf, putt-putt, laser tag, paintball fields, trampoline parks, and open fields where you can play a pick-up game of whatever middle school/high school sports that you can think of.

20. Tell somebody you love them.
We don’t say this anywhere near enough. You never know what tomorrow may hold. Today is the day to tell your friends and family how much they mean to you. And keep it up; personally I have never gotten tired of hearing someone say they love me, nor do I tire of expressing it. Both make my heart smile every time!

Charleston Summer Beach Bucket List

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Who doesn’t love going to the beach, walking with the sand beneath our toes listening to the Zac Brown Band?? Or maybe laying out and working on an even tan and taking momentary breaks between pages on your Kindle.? Those days of bath temperature ocean water and scorching sun are behind us for a few months.? We are embarking on the quiet beach season with cool breezes, chilly water on our feet and radiant sunrises and sunsets.

We think this is the perfect time to plan your Charleston Daily Beach Bucket List.? Why can’t the beach be filled with adventure.? We want to make it easy and provide you with a list of activities to complete at the beach.

Take a week; a month or six months, but make a game out of it and play with your friends and family.

Beach Bucket List

  • Spend at least one day at each of: Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms and Edisto Beach
  • Watch a sunrise _____
  • Watch a sunset? _____
  • Surf or boogie board _____
  • Rent a jet ski motor across the ocean _____
  • Go Fishing off the pier ______
  • Read a really good book from start to finish ______
  • Spend the day at the beach without your smartphone _____
  • Build a sand castle (no age limit on sand development) _____
  • Hunt and find 5 sharks teeth _____
  • Hunt and find a sand dollar _____
  • Tell ghost stories at night by a fire or flashlight _____
  • Watch a movie at the beach ______
  • Find a full conch shell _____
  • Have a picnic on the beach _____
  • Have a long walk with coffee or a latte (Iced or Hot) ______
  • Play bocce ball, football and volleyball (all in one day) ______
  • Spot a dolphin _____
  • Write a poem about the beach or a message in a bottle _____
  • Take a crazy and fun BFF or family picture ______
  • Write something cute and adorable in the sand ______
  • Get buried in the sand
  • Have a fun beach Olympics with your friends (relays, balloon toss, egg balance, etc.) _____
  • Do beach yoga ______
  • Have a beach scavenger hunt ______
  • Paint a picture of the beach ______
  • Play guitar or have a sing along _____
  • Take a long relaxing nap (Don’t forget the sunscreen) ______
  • Take an unbelievable picture or selfie (Ex:? You holding the sun as it sets in the sky / Jump and look like you are flying) – Or a group picture of everyone jumping in the air ______
  • Take professional wedding, anniversary or special couple dress up pictures ______
  • Send a picture to a friend that is somewhere cold or not near the ocean saying “Wish you were here” ______
  • Build a fort out of sticks and shells _____
  • Write ” I Love Charleston” in the sand _____

There you have it.? It is official.? You have your bucket list.? Print it out, keep it with you and enjoy having fun at the beach.

Best Sunsets in Charleston

Folly Beach Fishing Pier – Symbol of Ageless Beauty

Edge of America: Journey to Morris Island Lighthouse Beach

Relax and Let a Fort Moultrie Beach Sunset Take You To Another Place

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Romantic Tips for Charleston Lovers – On a Budget

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By Mark A. Leon

Charleston is known throughout the region, country and the world as a quaint historic coastal city where the people are friendly, the homes provide a stunning backdrop, history howls with the haunting sounds of ghosts in the alleys, the culinary artistry is mouth-watering and the romantic ambiance showers you with a rainbow of hearts.

Being one of the top wedding destinations in the United States, it is no wonder love is always in the air.? Whether it is fine dining, a walk in the park or Gelato on King Street, Charleston offers couples a romantic retreat.

Sometimes even romance has a budget.? We wanted to provide some tips on how you can bring out your romantic side, without finding yourself with an empty wallet or maxed out credit card.

  • Buy a bouquet of flowers at Tiger Lily.? Voted best Charleston florist since 2000, Tiger Lily offers some of the freshest and most unique flowers in the area with a staff that is always smiling and ready to please.? Their expertise and careful crafting of bouquets makes you want to come back over and over and shower your special someone with the gift of nature.? Here is a little secret.? All walk in customers get half price on all purchases.? A beautiful bouquet that may run $20 if ordered by phone or online, will cost you $10 and you can watch the TLC right before your very eyes.
  • Movie in the Park or on the beach – Couple Style – This is more of a Spring/Summer event:? Marion Square does movies in the park in the Spring and The Tides on Folly Beach in the Summer and Belle Hall Shopping Center Parking Lot as well, but what about a movie in the park for just the two of you?? Most of the Charleston Parks offer free wifi.? We have that out of the way.? One evening, take your IPad, Tablet, etc, get some ice cream or thai take out and a blanket and get comfortable under the stars.? Set up camp on the grass and watch a movie on Amazon Prime, Netflix or Hulu.? Watch out, people may see you and steal your idea.? It is pretty romantic.

Double Sunset Magical Show of Nature – This one is a little tricky to pull off, but achievable.? Just past Omar Shrine Auditorium in Mount Pleasant, take a right on Bridgeside Blvd and take it all the way to the end and park.? Once there, you will witness the most spectacular view of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.? Walk down the steps through the grassy courtyard and find a perfect spot to watch the sun set over the bridge.? If you have time, stop by Whole Foods or Trader Joe’s to get a six pack or bottle of wine.? Once the sun sets over the suspension wires, jump in your car and go one street over (Harry M. Hallman Jr Blvd).? This will take you to the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Pier.? Go to the end of the pier and you will see the final moments of sunset and if you are lucky a blue, orange or amber sky.? Bring your camera; you will get spectacular shots.? If it is warm out, make sure you stop in the store afterward for some ice cream.

  • Free Salsa Lessons and Cuban Salsa Dancing/Music with Gino Castillo at Prohibition – Every Tuesday at Prohibition at 547 King Street is Havana Nights.? From 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM, local expert salsa dancers offer free lessons.? If you are an amateur dancing couple, but want to spice it up on the dance floor, come out for a lesson or two and bring a new level of heat.? After the lesson, Gino Castillo and his band will bring energy to the restaurant with some action packed tunes to keep your feet moving.
  • Open Mic Poetry at East Bay Meeting House – Have you ever written your special someone a poem, but were afraid to read it?? Do you have a special anniversary and really want to impress the love of your life?? Come to Open Mic Poetry on Monday nights and express your feelings in this accepting open forum.? This small intimate setting is one where you can be free to open up your heart.? While you are there, have a cup of tea or champagne.? The location is 160 East Bay Street.? The event starts at 8:00 PM but sign ups to perform begin at 7:00 PM.

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  • Sunrise on the Beach – There is nothing more romantic than a sunrise walk on the beach.? There are a number of options, but the coastal angle of Folly Beach makes this an ideal sight.? Plus, Roasted (coffeeshop in the Tides Hotel) is open ridiculously early if you want to grab coffee or a frappe.? Hold each others hand, let the sand caress your feet and watch the sun rise from the ocean and lift itself into the sky welcoming an new day.? It is breathtaking and makes for an perfect start of your day, no matter what follows.? If you plan on staying a while, set up a hammock under the pier.
  • Reflect on some culture/art – The Halsey Art Institute offers modern and culturally relevant exhibits that test the mind and open your eyes to the world around you.? It is a wonderful way to learn about each other and challenge each others minds.? You are also a hop, skip and jump from Kudu or Starbucks to get a hot chocolate to enjoy while you walk around.? If you are really feeling educational, head to the Mace Brown Museum of Natural History Just on the other side of Calhoun Street.
  • Fishing – This is who we are.? Whether it is the Mount Pleasant Waterfront Park pier or just a small bridge on James Island or John’s Island, fishing in the South is as romantic as it gets.? Get your loved one, a bottle of wine or six pack, those fishing poles and enjoy a quiet outdoor moment together.? If you happen to catch dinner, let the night continue at home.
  • Dance to the music of a street performer – If you think Second Sunday or the Charleston Farmer’s Market is the only place to see street performers, you are so wrong.? There is a beautiful brass performer on East Bay and even an amazing folks singer.? Find a great performer, slip a few bucks and enjoy a romantic dance on the side walk.? You will make everyone around you jealous.? Or just sit outside Carmella’s, rev up the IPhone with some Sinatra and make your moment together.

An Independence Sunrise for the Ages – Folly Style

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By Mark A. Leon

This article will be short on words, because the images will speak for themselves.? Charleston is known for memorable sunrises filled with rich color, texture and most of all, inspiration.? They fill our skies throughout the Lowcountry with hope, faith and peace.? This morning, Folly gave us an experience to remember; and on a weekend of celebration.? Most sunrises are enchanting on Folly Beach, but there was something special about this one.

We will just let you witness these images and decide for yourself.? These images were taken between 6:10 AM and 7:20 AM on July 3, 2016.

Sit back and relax and try and picture a cool morning breeze racing up against your face as the sun peaks out from the ocean and through a mix of peaceful clouds hovering above.? Listen for the sounds of seagulls and crows making their presence known as they fly up above.? Flags wave across the pier and all is calm except for the anticipation of a swarm of beach goers preparing for their journey to the soft sands of Folly.

Sunrise on Folly

 

 

Now go enjoy that Sunday mimosa.

Have a safe and memorable Independence Day.

 

 

GALLERY: Life at the Charleston Area Beaches

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By Mark A. Leon

It is summer time in Charleston. ?A time for dancing, playing, drinking, laughing, eating or just plain laying out. ?One of our favorite summer activities is spending time at the beach. ?With a flurry of beach options, we have our many choices and favorites. ?We took some time to find some fun pictures shared on Instagram of people sharing their amazing beach experiences.

Enjoy these photographic stories about Life at the Beach in Charleston.

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Binko101

 

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Misstarabelle

 

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Sylviedoodlebug

 

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Ambermatlack

 

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Sylviaoakes

 

Sullivan’s Island – Instagram: Kelseyvancamp

 

Isle of Palms – Instagram: Susiebarrettart

 

Isle of Palms – Instagram: Nicoletmerrell

 

Isle of Palms – Instagram: Bowchickaspicegirlwow

 

Folly Beach – Instagram: Follybeachislandyoga

 

Folly Beach – Instagram: Allieb212

 

Folly Beach – Instagram: Tonytrossimba

 

The Washout – Instagram: Cali_dahlia

 

Folly Beach – Instagram: Jennjusticeosteen

 

Isle of Palms – Instagram: Love_bgraham

Make sure you follow some of these great Instagram accounts.

Have a great summer and don’t forget to wear sunblock.

 

 

 

Discover the Folly Beach Wishing Tree

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By Mark A. Leon

Just north of Folly Beach County Park, there is a firm, well pronounced tree grown from the soft sands of the Carolina beaches.? As the sun rises and sets, it stands firm with one very important purpose, making your dreams come true.? As you get closer to this tree, you will find a heart, shells guarded closely inside the branches and necklaces of shells marking the spot where so many have come to ask for a wish.

Not only is this one of the most spectacular locations in the Lowcountry to witness the sunset, but it offers remarkable solitude for romance and reflection.

Do you have a wish you are hoping will come true?? A yearning for love, a sick one you wish well, hopes of accomplishing a dream or something very genuine and simple?? Here is your chance.? Find a special shell or make something unique and offer it to the wishing tree.? Say your wish under the warmth of the Southern sky and wait.

Make the Wishing Tree a part of your Lowcountry pilgrimage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Not to Do In Charleston

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By Minta Pavliscsak

It seems everywhere you look these days there are blogs popping up about what to do in Charleston. Having information about what to do and where to go is great, but sometimes it is good to know what not to do. Fear not! We have you covered. So enjoy your time in Charleston, but please keep in mind the following things not to do in Charleston, South Carolina:

– Do not stop in the middle of the road to take pictures of the big, beautiful houses. Again, that goes for cars and pedestrians, although we see it happen mostly with cars. Simply pull over and park, get out and walk around. You will get much better photographs and see so much more!

– Do not block the sidewalks. We all have places to go and people to see. While this is the south and time does seem to run a little slower here, we are still in a rush to get to where we need to be. Please be considerate of those behind you when walking down the sidewalk and make sure they have plenty of room to get around you.

– Do not let the door slam on the person walking in behind you. We are taught at a very early age to “hold the door” for others, especially southern gentlemen. When you don’t, it is nothing personal, but we take it as such. And it’s simply rude.

– Do not stop in the middle of the intersection. This goes for cars and pedestrians. The light stays green for only so long, and trust me it’s not very long. If you are unsure of where you are going, just get out of the way and then figure it out.

– Do not eat at Hymans. With so many other amazing options, try not to fall prey to the hype. But you definitely don’t have to take our word for it.

– Do not walk in the bike lane when walking across the Ravenel Bridge. The bikers will warn you that they are coming up behind you, but they will also come pretty dern close to running you over if you are in their lane.

– Do not pay for a taxi when getting around downtown. You have a couple of free options. The city has the DASH, a free downtown shuttle that has different routes that will get you all over the peninsula. There is also Scoop Charleston, a free electric taxi service that will get you anywhere you want to go in downtown Charleston.? The Rickshaw is just a fine Southern tradition and cozy way to get around town.

– Do not get to the bar late if you do not want to pay a cover charge. Going out at night? Try upper King Street or hit up the Market and East Bay area. However, be warned that there will be lines and cover charges.

– Do not bring alcohol on the beach. Folly Beach was the last beach in the area that allowed drinking on the beach. They banned alcohol on their beach in 2012 following a last straw Fourth of July incident. Some say just be smart about it; we say why risk it?

– Do not forget that everyone has their bad days. Sure, Charleston has been named one of the friendliest cities but whether you are a local or a tourist, things like what are listed above can -and will- bug anyone from time to time. Just be patient, smile, and remember the golden rule for in the end we all want our Charleston experience to be a great one.

GALLERY: Waking Up to a Lowcountry Miracle

What were you doing at 6:30 AM this morning?

I imagine most of you were in dream land fast asleep comfortably under your sheets and comforters.? While most of the Lowcountry was sleeping, a few of us witnessed another beautiful miracle; a Charleston sunrise.? Like a cinematic IMAX in the sky, the minute by minute reel was filled with colors, depth and warmth.

A Lowcountry sunrise is a gift we are blessed with most mornings.

For those that could not witness this remarkable dawn, we were able to capture and share with you all.

Enjoy this morning’s sunrise

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photo Credit:? Mark A. Leon

Don’t Lose Sight of the Little Things in Charleston

By Mark A. Leon

With the onslaught of constant construction that will take us into 2020 and beyond, highway infrastructure changes, a new skyline landscape and extreme competition with increased tourism, it is easy to lose sight of the little things that has made Charleston the charm of the South for generations.? In the last few weeks, I have been reminded of the elegance of simplicity in a town that values, its people, historic, culture and most of all community.

It has been a magical few weeks and with the experiences I have been a part of, I have also began to question if we are losing site of the individual moments that last here in Charleston.? I fear we are losing the connection to the Lowcountry that has warmed our hearts for so long.

I would like to share some of my recent Charleston stories to demonstrate just how powerful the simplicity of the Holy City can be:

  • On the eve of Valentine’s Day, at East Bay Meeting House, I attended the weekly Monday Open Mic night, During the two-hour performance, I witnessed a confident 19-year-old College of Charleston freshman with nothing more than her guitar and voice perform an original song that sent goosebumps throughout the intimate crowd.? As she sang, I was fixated to the face of a girl that has a gift that so few a blessed with.? Like an early Jewel, the passion in her voice rivaled some of the great young musical artists.? As host Jim Lundy would say, after recalling over a decade ago when a young Elise Testone performed for the first time, this girl has a future and we will be looking back someday and remember she performed here first.
  • While sipping a Cuban themed cocktail in Hutson Alley this past Thursday, outside of Victor Social Club, we were serenaded by a jazz duo performing soothing versions of 80’s and 90’s classics from Prince to 4 Non-Blondes.? As the music and cocktail complimented this warm February night, the staff brought out champagne and an elegant torte to help celebrate my slightly belated birthday.? It was a Charleston night, without flash or glory, but filled with lasting memories.
  • Several mornings a week, I share the Folly Beach coastline with sunrise catchers, surfers and wayward souls looking for meaning.? It is a cathartic experience to feel the wind brush your face, sand caressing your toes and watching the sun welcome the first moments a new day.? The ability to bring your mind to complete peace, even for one moment a day, truly helps bring balance and happiness.
  • We love our dogs in Charleston.? That is certainly something we are very proud of.? As I watched early morning jogs and walks with our four legged friends, I wished a friendly good morning and a smile to each passing stranger donned out in sweats or yoga pants and was reminded of the sense of community and love that lives on so proudly.
  • I drove by Colonial Lake a few days ago with the top down and Kenny Chesney on the radio and witnessed a line of yoga pant legs reached high to the sky.? Laying out under the shelter of the sun, this group combined the elements of nature, exercise and therapy to lose themselves from the everyday hustle of life.
  • Last evening, I sat in a Cabaret style theatre with checker pattered tabletops, wine and one of the best feel good musicals of the season.? Midtown Productions brought to life the compositions of Fats Waller with “Ain’t Misbehavin”.? Bringing the music of a generation that celebrated life and heritage, this celebration of the heyday of Harlem’s music and dance scene was pure magic that had the audience tapping their feet along with the performers.

Charleston is filled with little charming moments.? Ones that leave a lasting impression.? They aren’t moments that drain your wallet, force you to be something you are not or draw a crowd.? These are personal moments filled with the power of love and connection.

Sometimes you have to step away from the festivals, concerts, fancy restaurants and see something bigger than yourself to find that true Charleston happiness.

These are the things we need to remind ourselves to embrace and not lose sight of.

 

 

Feel Charleston – The Best Sunsets in Charleston, SC

moultrie3 In a town known for romance and beaches, a perfect majestic IMAX in the sky is the perfect expression of love.? With its radiant colors, almost canvas like clouds and backdrops of oceans and church tops, a Charleston sunset is like no other.? It captures the day, bottles it up and leaves you breathless for more.? It is truly one of the many great wonders of this Holy City.? As an ode to the awe inspiring Charleston sunsets, here are some of the best places to see this daily display of magic. Best Locations to watch a Charleston Sunset

  • Fort Moutrie BeachHidden just past a dirt lot between Fort Moutrie and a dead end just at the end of Center Street past Sullivan’s Island.?? This is a natural preserve of oceanic life.? With the Ravenel Bridge in the distance, the putter of baby crabs at your feet, a hill top to the left, Palmetto trees at the entrance and a spectrum of colors you will not see anywhere else, this hidden treasure is one of the must sees in Charleston.? Located about 3 miles from Center Street and Coleman Boulevard, it is a well kept secret here in Charleston.? Be warned, once you bring a lawn chair or fishing pole, you may never turn back.
  • Vendue Inn Rooftop BarYou cannot think of Charleston without thinking of our churches with their historic appeal and empowering peaks reaching for the clouds.? From the top of the Vendue Inn Rooftop Bar, looking into the heart of the city, the sun sets just behind the churches.? At the right moment, you can witness the sun hugging the tip of the church top as it sets in for the evening.? It is a breathtaking moment and one that has been captured on camera by many a local and tourist.
  • Brittlebank ParkKnown for laughing children playing on the swings and slides, local shrimpers off the pier, crew and sail boats at peace on the dock and runners passing through, Brittlebank is a park for the community.? Whether you are walking the dog, watching sailboats glide across the water, having a picnic or playing in the sand, Brittlebank is a beautiful place for
    Fort Moultrie / Sullivan’s Island Beach

    families, couples or self reflection.? It also has a scenic sunset.? When the weather is right and you get a cold front or strong breeze, you will see deep reds and oranges like no other place in Charleston.? Right on Lockwood Boulevard next to Joe Riley Stadium, it is in the heart of Charleston and open for all to visit and enjoy.

  • Pitt Street BridgeLocated on the edge of Pitt Street in Mount Pleasant, this is a popular local spot for people watching, have a relaxing picnic or BBQ or watching a free show in the sky.? Each morning and evening, over the calm waters, you will find many a bystander enjoying the slow rise and decline of the sun over the horizon.? Rich in color, this spot is the Mount Pleasant answer to Earth’s theater.
  • Morris Island Lighthouse BeachDue to the geographic alignment of this beach, the sun sets in the marsh behind the beach similar to Isle of Palms. With the Morris Island Lighthouse, situated in the center of the water, old tree limbs rising out of the sand and a level of seclusion similar to Fort Moutrie Beach, this is a beautiful spot to end your day.? On a good night, the sky will turn a rich shade of blue and linger until the last glimmer of bridges and boats can be seen.? Put on some comfortable shoes because you need to walk a quarter to a half a mile to get to the beach after you park your car.? Just head to Folly Beach, make a left and stay on that road until it ends.? There you will be at the entrance to the beach area.
  • The Battery? –?One of the true fixtures of Charleston, The Battery is the end of the peninsula in downtown Charleston.? With its historic reminders, protective trees, subtle breezes from the harbor and an occasional dolphin siting between sail boats passing, The Battery is one of the most popular spots in all of Charleston.? From boat watching to people watching, the battery offers up a constant flow of traffic.? In the evening, the crowds disappear retiring to their hotel rooms or homes and what is left is a long walkway of peace and a beautiful sunset over the Charleston Harbor.
  • Holiday Inn Charleston Riverview Rooftop Bar301 Savannah Highway, just on the outskirts of downtown Charleston between the peninsula and West Ashley and overlooking the marina, this rooftop bar, located high above the city of Charleston, has an incredible birds eye view
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    Brittlebank Park

    of the city and the water.? It is not a perfect point of view to see each second of the sun sink to the west, but it is worth the price of admission.? Go up one evening before the sun sets. Enjoy a martini and let it all in.

  • Sunrise Park / Melton Peter Demetre Park640 Wampler Dr, Charleston, SC (James Island)This is considered one of James Island’s hidden secrets.? It is a tiny little beach area but offers a peaceful view of the sunset and has been known to be a spot for one of two intimate weddings.
  • Bowen’s Island Restaurant1870 Bowens Island Rd, Charleston, SC 29412 (James Island)Be warned: The unpaved road to get to the restaurant resting on the marsh is not going to be gentle on your car.? Please drive slowly.? Saturated with oyster shells and marsh life, this is a true natural preserve.? It is not a big spot to watch sunsets, so most nights, you will have privacy to enjoy the show.? This is for your quieter viewers.
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There you have it.? A few of the memorable spots to enjoy the wonder of a Charleston sunset.