There are not many moments in life that completely sweep you away, clear your mind and take you to a place so safe and comfortable that you never want to leave.? Some around these parts will argue that a Charleston sunrise is one of those magical moments.? Whether you are on the Cooper River Bridge or Folly Beach, there is something so inspiring about the first moments the sun enters the sky and celebrates a new day.
If you don’t believe us, let the pictures paint you a story.? Make no mistake, some of these images may look like paintings, but they are real time captures of Charleston’s gorgeous sunrises.
Set your alarm clocks.? You won’t want to miss the next one.
With Charleston appearing on many “Best Of” lists over the past few years, it’s no secret just how great of a city it is. Locals and visitors alike will be quick to tell you just how much they love the city and give you unsolicited recommendations of what to do while you visit. Charleston has a lot to offer, so how do you narrow it down if you only have a weekend here? We have put together a list of “Must Do’s” for you first time visitors. These things won’t take up very much of your time and you won’t find these in any brochure at the Visitor Center.
Must Do’s When Visiting Charleston for the First Time:
Buy a Palmetto rose. Scattered throughout downtown, local children will sell roses freshly made from palm leaves. You can also find them for sale at the market. They are even beautiful after they have dried out.
Pet a horse on the market. If not on a tour, you will find the carriages lined up along Anson Street on the market. They are super friendly and the tour guides are happy to have people stop by and say hi.
Taste honey at Savannah Bee Company. Located on King Street, this store is wall to wall honey and honey products.
Wander down a downtown alley. We have several throughout the peninsula. They are quaint, most are cobblestone, and all are full of beautiful history. (Stoll’s Alley)
There you have it. The “Must Do’s” during your first time visiting the Holy City. If you have been here and have missed something on the list, come back! If you haven’t been here yet, what are you waiting for?!
There is nothing more spectacular than a Charleston sunrise or sunset.? What makes a sunrise so remarkable is the absolute tranquility and silence that compliments a visual show of elegant serenity.? So often, we distracted by the tourists, cars, carriages, golf carts, dogs, runners, bikers and cameras that we lose sight of just home important a quiet moment can be to clear our minds and free our souls.
The Battery captures the essence of a true Charleston sunrise.? With the sun rising from the Harbor on the East and the colors of Rainbow Row and the flowers that ordain the walkway exploding in a shower of positive energy, it is a treat to see.? As you walk or sit, locals with be out for an early morning jog or to walk the dogs.? Don’t hesitate to smile and say good morning.? You know they will.
This visual point of view should sway your intentions to set your alarm a little bit earlier and experience this for yourself or with someone you love.
Good morning Charleston.? A flower to symbolize the start of a beautiful day
There is something magical about that yellow ball rising from the harbor
The smell of the flowers add to the experience
The reflection in the water goes right to your toes
Whether you look to your left or right, the view is perfect
The Palmer House is always a sight to see at 5 East Battery
The very first moments of dawn are a rainbow in the sky
All calm in the Charleston Harbor
Eclectic realm of natural life
All is right when you start your day with a quiet sunrise at The Battery
The Battery is a scenic walk along the Charleston Harbor ordained with history plantation homes, lines of palmetto trees, colorful flowers and at the right moment a cool soft breeze to alleviate the pressures of the summer heat.
We all have our personal experiences and and routines at The Battery.? For some, who take for granted or have not spent time recently at the Battery, you are missing one of the most serene places in all of Charleston.? We spent some time at the South Battery over the weekend and thought we would remind you of some of the great things you can do.
Picnic where the first shots of the Civil War were fired
Bike with someone you love along the Harbor
Go for a morning or evening jog as the sun rises and sets over the Charleston Harbor
Go for a local personal walking tour of the beautiful historic Plantation homes along The Battery
Offer directions to passing tourists that lost their way from the French Quarter
Get the motivation to finally learn how to sail after watching the boats pass by
Finally, keep your eyes open for frolicking dolphins
If these images make you sigh, picture yourself caught up in the beauty and serenity of it all.
The fresh flowers in the medium add the perfect amount of color and fragrance.
The view of the homes will make you yearn for a simpler time of yesteryear.
The Palmetto Trees offer a brief moment of escape from the sun and compliment the clouds very well.