Its pace is unhurried, its architecture remarkable, its cuisine is exceptional, and the people epitomize southern hospitality.
Located just 45 minutes from the island, Charleston is the perfect place to spend a day sightseeing, or an evening out. There are numerous places of historic importance, such as Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began; the Yorktown (aircraft carrier) and the Laffey (destroyer), and the Battery.
The perfect way to see Charleston is to park the car and go on one of many walking tours. Downtown Charleston has numerous churches of historic or architectural significance. Charleston homes, with their distinctive side-facing fronts and balconies, can be found throughout Charleston, and many of them are "House Museums." There is an open-market area which is fun to browse through, watching some local craftsmen weaving the traditional straw baskets.
Along the Ashley River, there are numerous plantations that can be visited, such as Drayton Hall and Magnolia Plantation.
Dining in Charleston is an experience. Of course, seafood abounds, especially shellfish, but any dining preferences can be accommodated, usually with that Lowcountry flare.
Shopping opportunities are extensive, with many of the familiar chains located in the West Ashley area, which is just off of James Island.
The Charleston Airport is a 45 minute drive from our villa. It is a smaller airport, with few of the headaches (lack of parking, security lines, etc.) that are experienced at the larger airports. If you are driving, Kiawah and Seabrook Islands are located about a half hour off Route 17, just south of Charleston.