A History With A Little Sand Between Your Toes

From historic homes to sandy beaches, Charleston offers something for everyone.



Grassy dunes and palmettos are the signature of scenic South Carolina beaches.

photographs by Marci Lambert

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To satisfy both our tween daughters’ pleas for a beach vacation, and our own desire to explore a new city, my wife, Marci, and I chose a different spring break destination this year: Charleston, South Carolina — and it was definitely a winner.

We teamed up with our best friends (a couple who also have a tween daughter) to rent a three-bedroom, beachfront house, and loaded up our minivan to make the 12-hour drive in a day.

With more than enough adventures to fill a week, Charleston has taken tremendous care to preserve its unique historic district, which dates to the arrival of English settlers in 1670. The district is clean, walkable, and very family-friendly. There are even free shuttle routes (search for “trolley”on ridecarta.com). We were concerned about how the three girls would handle all the history we had planned, but they had so much fun, they forgot to be bored.

Boone Hall, one of America’s oldest running plantations. If it looks familiar, that’s because it was used in The Notebook and North and South.

 

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