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The Holy City’s Most Iconic Fountains

In the charming city of Charleston, perhaps the most common background noises are the click-clacking of horses hooves along the cobblestone and the trickling water of a nearby fountain, creating an ambiance of southern serenity. Charleston has become known for its iconic fountains, spread amongst the veins of the city and speaking volumes to its visitors. Each fountain tells a tale and accompanies its own unique characteristics. Here is a list of our favorite sites, because whether you’re a Charleston native or traveling visitor, you are sure to appreciate the beauty of Charleston’s finest fountains.
1. The Pineapple Fountain: Located in the heart of Waterfront Park, this enchanting fountain has become a must-see monument since its opening in 1990 proceeding Hurricane Hugo. Its iconic pineapple acts as a familiar symbol of hospitality in the Lowcountry.

2. The Fountain at Waterfront Park: Sitting on the edge of the peninsula intersecting Vendue Range and Concord Street, children of all ages can be found giggling in this splash-friendly zone in the summer heat. This fountain is easily one of the most frequented sites in Charleston and even dons pink tinted water in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

3. The Fountain at Belmond Charleston Place: Welcoming guests and visitors in the entry of Belmond Charleston Place, this signature piece named a “quadriga” was constructed by British sculptor John Mills after a visit to Charleston left him in awe of its historic architecture. A quadriga is a car or chariot drawn by four horses that is recognized around the world as a symbol of victory and fame. This unique structure greets guests with four bronze horses, each 9 feet tall and representative of the significance of the horse in Charleston’s culture and history. Read the full story here.

4. The Fountain at Marion Square: This scenic fountain located on the corner of King Street and Calhoun Street sits on one of Charleston’s busiest intersections, bringing a sense of serenity to the popular area and welcoming visitors and locals alike to the Saturday farmer’s market.

5. The Fountain in Cougar Mall: This fountain sits behind the historic Randolph Hall in the heart of the College of Charleston campus and accents the scenic common area.

 

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Discovery

Explore Charleston’s Waterways

While Charleston is known for its rich history, trendy boutiques and delectable cuisine – one of the Holy City’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The city is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes, and winding rivers making endless options for water activities.

So, take advantage of what the Lowcountry has to offer and enjoy these outdoor recreations.

Schooner Pride Sail

Take an afternoon dolphin sail, sunset or moonlight journey around the Charleston Harbor and take in views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an upclose view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while listening to the history of the Holy City.

Concierge Tip: Beverages are sold on the boat, but if you want to eat be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.

Paddle Boarding

If you have never paddle boarded before then Charleston is the best place to do it, as the water is relatively flat and calm. Expect to see dolphins and indigenous birds while paddling Folly River, or if you are more advanced, adventure out on the ocean waves with Charleston Sup Safaris. If you choose to do a tour near dusk, you will see the most magical sunset and moonrise. Whether you are solo or with a group of friends, this is a great way to see Charleston’s sights and aquatic life.

Concierge Tip: Bring a disposable waterproof camera to snap a shot of the dolphins and breathtaking views.

Fishing in the Lowcountry

Saltwater fishing, inshore, offshore, fly-fishing – Charleston has it all! Experience an afternoon or sunset session of fishing on Charleston’s glistening water. Whether you are a fishing guru or a complete novice, the captain or crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.

Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” size fish, the captain will recommend some restaurants where they will prepare it for you.

Eco Tour – Barrier Island Exploration

Curious about Charleston’s wildlife? Venture to Caper’s Island on a pontoon boat to explore the native fauna of this region and learn a thing or two. This island is one of the few existing undeveloped islands, which makes it a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach the island, walk around its untouched sandy “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.

Fun Fact: Married couple Shane and Morgan Ziegler started this tour company in 1997. Their dog, Princess Emma, enjoys water activities and even partakes in some of the outdoor adventures.

Cypress Gardens Boat Ride

Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed with green lush plants and trees. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambiance radiates romance, and is perfect for a couple looking for an unforgettable and intimate Lowcountry experience. As you paddle among the lily pads, keep an eye out for the turtles and birds while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature’s wildlife.

Fun Fact: A scene from the movie The Notebook was filmed on this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.

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Arts & Culture

Oh Lord, Here Comes Summer in Charleston

Summer in Charleston sort of hangs on you like a wet blanket—a very nice and elaborate blanket, but one nonetheless. And that’s the way we like it. The heat and humidity are a given. When asked by visitors if it’s always this hot, locals reply with the standard, “Oh, you should have been here last week.”

The trick to surviving a Charleston summer is in how you dress and what you drink. Here are a few tips to get you started:

1. Cotton. Sure, those new highfalutin fabrics are nice. Names so fancy they take five syllables, but nothing wicks moisture off your skin and is as soft as cotton.

2. Seersucker. A staple. Shorts, shirts, dresses, suits, you name it. Puckered cotton means less fabric is touching your skin.

3. Pimm’s Cup. Yes, it’s a British concoction and your pals will be asking you rules to the polo club they think you’ve joined, but it’s all good. While they conjure witty banter, you’ll be as cool as a cucumber.

4. Planter’s Punch. Some say it’s Charleston’s first cocktail. We’ll say you can’t go wrong with its simplicity. Rum, sugar and citrus.

Like we said, these are just to get you started. We can’t give you everything. And no, the summers actually aren’t that bad. With a steady breeze, the aroma of salt in the air, and towering live Oaks, fresh is close and hot stays at bay. Of course, you should have been here last week.

What would you add to the list we’ve started? Let us know what tips you have in your arsenal to keep cool in Charleston’s summer.

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