Named the most romantic city in the U.S. by Travel + Leisure magazine, Charleston’s charms are hard to shake. At least that’s what David Szlam told T&L back in 2015. “If you come to Charleston and experience it like us locals do, it will forever take place in your soul,” said Szlam. “Dining at Bowens Island Restaurant is especially romantic, watching the sun set over tidal creeks while enjoying some fresh-steamed oysters — the list goes on and on.” Hang tight, we’re googling flights to Charleston as we speak.
But in all seriousness, Charleston is a place of romance. What is more alluring than pastel-colored mansions and cobblestone streets? In fact, Charleston is so romantic, it was named the best city for a romantic escape in T&L’s Favorite Places Survey. Readers were tasked to rank American cities across 67 categories, including wine bars, parks and gardens, live music, and brunch — the very things that couples are drawn to.
Of course, our love affair with Charleston is nothing new. This week, with Valentine’s Day looming, we look at two Charleston waterfront retreats that afford all the romance of a Nicholas Sparks novel. And the price points might surprise you.