By Holly Fisher
With cobblestone streets, cozy inns, candlelight dinners and waterfront sunsets, it’s impossible not to fall in love while visiting Charleston. Romance is in high supply. 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 activities sure to get the sparks flying.
Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal while sailing around the Charleston harbor during a SpiritLine dinner cruise. Live music, bar service and sunset views make this a truly romantic way to experience Charleston on the water. Private tables for two are available. Buy tickets: spiritlinecruises.com
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 book a sunset sail for added romance (available beginning in March). Tickets: schoonerpride.com
A carriage ride through the historic streets of downtown Charleston makes a perfect outing for two. Book a private carriage ride with Palmetto Carriage Works and arrive at your romantic dinner in style. Select your pickup and drop-off locations during checkout, and your private tour will be complete with a customized route and historic tidbits along the way. Buy tickets: palmettocarriage.com
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 photo 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.
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, so book quickly because these classes do sell out: chefbobwaggoner.com.
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 (charlestonstage.com), The Footlight Players (footlightplayers.net), Threshold Repertory Theatre (thresholdrep.org) or The Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre (charlestonmysteries.com).
Also check out the Charleston Music Hall, which hosts a robust schedule of live music, comedy shows and concerts. Info: charlestonmusichall.com
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 Belmond Charleston Place (belmond.com/usa), the Spa at Wentworth Mansion (wentworthmansion.com) and The Woodhouse Day Spa located in Mount Pleasant.