Our city is filled with quiet nooks and crannies that are just begging for someone to visit them! While you’re staying here at The Governor’s House Inn, be sure to spend some quiet time in these glorious places while enjoying a leisurely picnic.
Because we are conveniently located on Broad Street in beautiful and historic downtown Charleston, there are a myriad of places that would be delightful sites for an informal meal. One such site is just around the corner at Washington Square Park on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. There are park benches beckoning to you from under the bowing live oak trees. Enjoy a little history and visit the various statues and monuments that are scattered around this small city park. What is really special about this alcove is that it’s a little bit of quiet green space just yards from the four corners of law – downtown’s legal and spiritual hub.
Another amazing place to enjoy a brownbag meal is at White Point Gardens at the tip of the Battery. Relish the sea breeze coming off of the water as you sit surrounded by vintage cannons and majestic trees. Set up your blanket banquet in the romantic gazebo, or take your moveable meal in the lush green grass. Either way, you’re sure to enjoy yourself in this gorgeous garden!
For those who really enjoy places off the beaten path, any of our city’s historic cemeteries would be great. This writer specifically recommends and highly enjoys the Unitarian Church’s cemetery on Archdale Street. In this seemingly overgrown cemetery are walkways that meander through wild thickets surrounding the weather worn headstones. Find a bench and read some of the epitaphs and relish the beauty of your surroundings. You won’t be disappointed.
Of course Charleston’s well-known Waterfront Park is also a perfect place for a portable pantry! Nab one of the park’s oversized covered porch swings and enjoy the breeze as you look out over the harbor. Visit the park’s two beautiful fountains, the Pineapple Fountain and the grand splash pad at the Vendue entrance. There are park benches all over this meticulously manicured park and garden. Unlike some of the other recommendations listed above, this park is ALWAYS busy so this is an excellent place to people watch and meet friendly Charleston dogs.
One more place that is a great site to take a picnic lunch is the parade ground in the middle of The Citadel. While this isn’t within walking distance of the Inn, it is well worth the 10 minute drive to 171 Moultrie Street. There are interesting monuments and retired military machines surrounding the parade lawn, along with park benches and shady trees. If you’re in town during the school year, perhaps you’ll get to see the grandeur of the marching cadets. If that’s your interest, the parade schedule for the 2013-2014 school year is linked here.
Be sure to enjoy your stay here at The Governor’s House Inn. There is so much to see and love here in Charleston and a brown bag lunch is just one way to experience our amazing city!
Photo courtesy of: mmwm