Get Close at One of Charleston’s Romantic Spots

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Charleston is becoming the city of romance. Maybe it’s the cobblestone streets, cozy inns, candlelight dinners or sunsets on the water … whatever it is, this city has plenty of romance. Travel + Leisure ranked Charleston No. 1 on its list of America’s Most Romantic Cities. It’s not hard to fall under the city’s spell.

So, whether you’re looking for a place to pop the question, tie the knot, celebrate a golden anniversary or simply get away for a romantic weekend, you’ve come to the right place.

We’ve highlighted a few spots that are sure to get the sparks flying.


The Schooner Pride, Charleston, SC
The Schooner Pride

Take a relaxing sail aboard The Schooner Pride, an 84-foot tall ship modeled after the 18th-century coastal trading schooners that once sailed the Charleston harbor. Book the adults-only moonlight sail for added romance.


Another romantic night on the water can be had on a SpiritLine Dinner Cruise. A 3-4 course dinner, made to order onboard featuring “farm to table” fresh local ingredients is served along with live music on this 2.5 hour experience.


A carriage ride through the historic streets of downtown Charleston makes a perfect outing for two. And if the weather is a little cool it’s all the better – a perfect excuse to snuggle. Check Palmetto Carriage for private tour options.


Ocean sunsets and lapping waves make for a magical setting as you and your sweetheart take an evening walk on a beach. A favorite is Folly Beach where the Morris Island Lighthouse stands majestically off the northeast end of Folly Beach. Plus, the lighthouse is the perfect selfie background to commemorate a date night or special occasion. Take East Ashley Street until it ends. You can park there and then walk about a quarter mile to the beach. Folly has plenty of restaurants where you can grab a drink after your evening beach stroll.

Or head toward Mount Pleasant to visit Sullivan’s Island near Fort Moultrie. Insider’s tip: park at 201 Station 12. Stroll along this secluded area of beachfront to capture amazing photos of sunsets and dolphins playing in the surf. For a bit of history, stop off at Fort Moultrie, 1214 Middle St., constructed in the 1770s (admission is $3 per adult).


Riley Waterfront Park in Charleston, SC
Riley Waterfront Park

The cobblestone streets and alleyways of historic downtown Charleston are beautiful, quiet spots for a hand-holding stroll. Pause to look at the historic homes or venture on to King Street for some window shopping and dinner. Stop off at Riley Waterfront Park on Concord Street to snuggle close on one of the swings and take in the sweeping views of the Charleston harbor.


Culinary couples will love a cooking class at In the Kitchen with Chef Bob Waggoner located on Market Street. Cook alongside accomplished Chef Bob Waggoner to prepare and enjoy a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the many farmers, fisherman and artisans of the Lowcountry. Space is limited to 10 people so book early before they sell out.


A night at the theater makes a great evening out. Several theaters are situated in the heart of downtown, offering everything from Broadway classics to comedy. Check out Dock Street Theatre, The Footlight Players, Threshold Repertory Theatre or The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre.

Also check out the Charleston Music Hall, which hosts a robust schedule of live music, comedy shows and concerts. Info:


Many a proposal has taken place at Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. During the early winter, the azaleas, camellias and daffodils are blooming so the garden is breath-taking. Plus, there are so many trails through the garden, it’s easy to find a secluded spot to steal a kiss.

Plan a stop at Middleton Place plantation to walk through the gardens and admire the view of the Ashley River. Or board a carriage for a tour of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. In 2013, Middleton Place was named one of the “top 50 romantic wedding venues in the U.S.” by


When it comes to romance, it’s tough to beat a couples’ massage. Book an afternoon of pampering and relaxation at one of the area’s most luxurious spas. Options include  Charleston Place, the Spa at Wentworth Mansion, and The Woodhouse Day Spa.


White Point Garden is a 5-acre public park on the Charleston peninsula at the intersection of E. Battery Street and Murray Boulevard. The park is home to several military relics and monuments. A bandstand pavilion is located in the park and is often used for weddings or romantic picnics. A favorite sculpture is a bronze statue of a dancing girl created in the 1960s by sculptor Willard Hirsch and gifted to the city. It sits on a low granite base so it’s easily accessible to children.

Zero George Restaurant + Bar in Charleston, SC
Zero George Restaurant + Bar


To cap off your romantic adventures, select one of Charleston’s most romantic restaurants:

  • Trattoria Luca, 41 Bogard St., offers an extremely intimate and romantic setting. Inspired by the ancient Tuscan city of Lucca, a place renowned for its olive oils, Trattoria Lucca brings the essence of Italian cuisine to the Lowcountry.
  • Fulton Five, 5 Fulton St., has been voted Charleston’s most romantic restaurant for 17 years. Gourmet Magazine called it the “most romantic spot in town.”
  • Zero George Restaurant + Bar, 0 George St., is located in a boutique hotel. Thanks to its delectable food, Condé Nast Traveler named it a Top 5 Foodie Hotel in the World.

The end to a perfectly romantic day always includes chocolates. Visit Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier on 90 Society St. for hand-painted chocolate truffles.

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Choosing a hotel and where to stay in Charleston all depends on your budget and goals. Do you want to stay Downtown, at the beach or in the outer areas such as North Charleston where you have to drive to get everywhere? For more help on deciding:

Charleston has 3 main public beaches which are: Folly, Isle of Palms and Sullivans. Each beach has it’s own atmosphere. The most common beach that people visit is Folly Beach and then Isle of Palms followed by Sullivans Island. For more info on Charleston’s beaches visit:

Charleston, SC is full of historical things to do. Everything from museums, to public sites and free landmark sites such as Rainbow Row and the Battery can be seen. For more info on Charleston’s top historical sites visit:

There are many things that will keep the kids and family entertained and educated in Charleston. There are historic sites such as Fort Sumter, a Children’s Museum, Aquarium and the USS Yorktown…a WWII era aircraft carrier you can tour. For more info visit:

There’s so many  things you could do in Charleston it can be overwhelming. We recommend that first time visitors, checkout the ultimate first-time visitor guide here:

Spring in Charleston, SC is an amazing time of year to visit. The flowers are blooming and the weather is mild and sunny. For more info, check-out our spring guide to Charleston here:

Summer in Charleston is a great time to visit. There’s plenty of things to keep you busy and visiting the beach will probably….or should be on your short-list. Also water-based activities and tours are popular. Checkout this summer guide to Charleston for more info: 

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Fall is one of the best times to visit. The weather cools down a bit and the skies are typically blue and clear. In addition there are many great events, festivals and the large crowds of summer have gone back to school or work. For more info on visiting in the fall, checkout this article:

There are so many great things to do that it’s difficult to narrow the list down. This article does a great job with figuring out the must do things to do in Charleston

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The consensus is a minimum of 3-days is needed to settle in and experience Charleston. For instance, many people take 2 days exploring downtown and another day visiting sites outside of downtown such as the plantations, Angel Oak Tree or beaches. Checkout this page for a list of tours and attractions: 

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Downtown Charleston was made for walking and for sure one of the best way to soak up and experience the history first-hand. This article goes over getting around Charleston with and without a car as well: 

Getting Around Charleston, SC

We’re of course partial to Charleston, but here’s the truth. There are many similarities however there are some differences in our opinion: 

  • Both cities are historic and beautiful. 
  • Both cities are extremely walkable. Savannah, with it’s park-like squares maybe more walkable than Charleston. 
  • Charleston has a more established and food scene with many more options. 
  • Charleston has better hotels and shopping.
  • Both cities have equally good tours.
  • Charleston has better beach options. Savannah has Tybee which is great, however it’s 1 beach vibe versus Charleston which has 3 beaches with different vibes. Checkout this Charleston beach guide article:
  • In Savannah you can walk with alcoholic beverages on the street. This is not allowed in Charleston. This can be good or bad depending on your stance. 
  • Savannah is more affordable.
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There are always great and world-class events happening in Charleston. For a calendar of events and things to do in Charleston, checkout our online calendar of events:

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Charleston has some fantastic can’t miss tours such as Fort Sumter, carriage, ghost, harbor, historic and culinary tours. For a full list with more info visit:

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