Sure, there are dozens upon dozens of fantastic Charleston restaurants to celebrate Valentine’s Day in—there’s no denying that—but if you’d rather a more intimate and unique setting, try bringing your Valentine to one of the following 5 most romantic places in Charleston:
1. Breach Inlet: By far, one of the most brilliant places in the Charleston area to watch the sunrise and sunset is at Breach Inlet. Nestled between Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island, Breach Inlet divides the two islands and has a small beach on each of the islands, which both offer fantastic views of the sunrise and sunset. The bridge crossing over Breach Inlet also boasts beautiful views and, from here, you can usually see dolphins feeding in the inlet! So not only do you have the harmonious sound from the ocean, but you also have dolphins frolicking, and spectacular colors spanning across the sky . . . I’m pretty sure that’s the most romantic setting ever!
2. Daniel Island Waterfront Park: Situated on the coast of Daniel Island, along the Wando, is one of the most lush and quaint parks in the entire Charleston area. As you enter the park, there are two large green fields on both the left and right side of the area and there is also a long dock, walkways that are canopied by live oaks and Spanish moss, and a small beach area. The combination of these elements makes for a perfect setting for a romantic evening and it’s a charming spot to host a picnic!
3. The Battery: Situated at the southern tip of downtown Charleston is the historic Battery. This waterfront setting is lined with stunning estates and old-world mansions, vibrant gardens, and historical monuments. This is the ideal setting for a lovers’ stroll and is the perfect date for anyone who loves architecture and history.
4. Boone Hall Plantation: Upon arrival to Boone Hall Plantation, you will immediately be struck with a sense of awe at this “still working,” antebellum plantation, reflecting Southern heritage that spans 300 years. Magnificent, towering oak trees, draped with clusters of Spanish moss, line each side of the road, and stretch for nearly one mile from the entrance of Boone Hall Plantation to the main house.
The setting of Boone Hall Plantation is so romantic, that it was closed three times in the past for filming of world-renowned films, including North and South, Queen, and the highly acclaimed The Notebook.
There is even a quaint Butterfly Pavilion where you can learn about the different stages of butterfly lifecycles and development, and view the many species on display. The Butterfly Pavilion also offers an array of beautiful butterflies that fly freely in the garden and give you the opportunity to experience them in their own habitat. (Self-guided)
5. Shem Creek: Situated in Mount Pleasant, this meandering creek is one of our favorite places to grab a cocktail and watch the sunset. The surrounding marsh, wooden pathways, and working shrimping boats all add to the beauty and romance of this quaint waterway.