CAROLINA’S CULTURE CAPITAL IS PACKED WITH HOSPITALITY AND HISTORY
If you’re short on time but long to get away for some family fun this summer, we’ve got you covered with ideas from local travel advisor Jen Martin.
An independent affiliate of Travel Experts, a leading Virtuoso member agency, Martin is keenly acquainted with the many popular weekend getaway destinations that are easily accessible from Franklin. As she exclusively books 4- and 5-star travel for clients, each is complete with luxury accommodations and amenities galore. They also offer beautiful surroundings, great food and plenty of sights and activities for the entire family to enjoy.
“These locations are perfect for people looking for long weekend trips,” she says. “They could be done in three days but you could also easily extend it to four or five days, up to a week there’s so much to do,” says Martin.
One such destination is …
… Charleston, South Carolina
When you think of Charleston, think Southern charm at its finest. Visiting this city is like taking a step back in time with its antebellum architecture, sprawling plantations and historic landmarks.
But don’t let the cobblestone walkways and gas lamp-lit streets fool you. Charleston is definitely not stuck in the past. Not only is there a bustling music and food scene, you might be surprised at all this city offers for families.
Throughout its 300-year history, Charleston has proven to be one of the more resilient cities in America, if not the world. From illness, to wars and natural disasters, events have not been kind its inhabitants. But, in a testament to the spirit of the citizenry, the city has rebounded every time to become stronger and more vibrant than before.
This combination of history, creativity and vitality explains why four million visitors from around the world descend upon this coastal city each year. The city itself is situated on picturesque Charleston Harbor, which opens into the Atlantic Ocean. The popular beach resorts of Isle of Palms and Kiawah Island are easily accessible.
Don’t plan to see or do it all on your long weekend. Slow down. Immerse yourself in the history. Absorb the scenery. Indulge in the flavors. There will be plenty more to enjoy on your next visit.
“Martin’s Musts” for a long weekend in Charleston:
Belmont Charleston Place
South Carolina Aquarium
Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
Beaches at Isle of Palms County Park and Kiawah Beachwalker Park
Pedestrian walkway of the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge
Plantations such as Middleton Place and Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum
Horse-drawn carriage tours through the historic district