We recently spent several weeks in Charleston, South Carolina so that we could visit family, friends and delight in some warm weather. After a long winter in Portland, I welcomed the feeling of hot, humid air drenching my skin.
Years ago, we used to live in Charleston. In fact, my darling hubby grew up there. I had only been living there for about six years when I decided it was time to skip town. Somehow I convinced him to leave Charleston even though he was still enamored with The Holy City. We bought an RV, traveled the country full-time for 18 months, and then settled in Portland, Oregon.
Although we’ve been to Charleston several times since we’ve parked it on the West Coast, this time our visit to the Lowcountry was different. I viewed Charleston with the eyes of somebody who hadn’t really seen her before. And she was a charmer, let me tell you. I fell for her cobblestone streets, the King Street shopping district, the regal mansions along The Battery, and the weekly Farmer’s Market, among other things.
And downtown Charleston wasn’t the only location I fell back in love with. Folly Beach has always held a soft spot in my heart as one of the best beaches in the world. I still feel that way. Lucky for us, we had lots of family time since Patrick’s family is from there, and my family had a reunion at Folly Beach.
We were also thrilled to spend some time in the exclusive beach communities of Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Spending time in either of those places is truly a way to get a vacation from your vacation. Time slows down and you can breathe easier on the islands. If I could live in either of these communities for 6 months out of the year I would be a perfectly content woman.