As someone who spent formative years in Europe, and was raised by a Southern belle mother, I fancy myself as a girl who appreciates charm. But it wasn’t until recently that I discovered a place that encompasses the best of two disparate but equally engaging cultures: the aged hush of cobblestoned European hamlets, and the welcoming hospitality of the American south. The destination is Charleston, South Carolina, one of the United States’ first cities, which exists today as a living museum of early American urban planning, architecture and furniture, as well as social customs and impeccable manners.
A recent weekend visit proved two things: Spring in the South, when azaleas are in bloom and days are long but not yet hot, is a glorious occasion. And Charleston makes for an ideal quick break from the northeast due to its easy access. (It could easily captivate visitors for a full week, or at least multiple returns.) The town makes for an ideal romantic getaway, offering charming walks amidst historic houses on cobblestoned paths; incredible meals; visits to gorgeous beaches and plantations;...
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