Five of Our Favorite Spring Activities in Charleston

February 5, 2009

Although we are fortunate to enjoy mild, sunny winters here in Charleston, this is the time of year we start longing for Spring!

With tons happening, here are our top five reasons why.

• It’s a visual and aromatic delight – Charleston’s famed gardens explode with color and the air becomes fragrant starting in late March, as a progression of blooms begin to emerge. See some of the city’s most impressive displays at the Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens (March 19 – April 18).

• Professional tennis comes to town– Our very own Daniel Island plays host to the likes of Serena and Venus Williams, Vera Zvonareva and many more of the word’s top-ranked women at the annual Family Circle Cup (April 11-19). It’s a week of action-packed fun that that draws tens of thousands of visitors each year.

• You won’t go hungry – Charleston’s renowned culinary scene shines bright this time of year. It’s the season for oysters (March and April) and shrimp (starting in late April), and the start of the area’s many local farmers markets. The Charleston Food & Wine Festival (March 5-8) draws foodies from around the country for seminars, tastings and more featuring local and national chefs.

• The city is a stage – Heralded as one of the best arts festivals in the country, Spoleto Festival USA (May 22 – June 2) is a 17-day festival of opera, dance, music, theater and visual arts exhibitions taking place at venues throughout the city.

• You can run the bridge – Once a year the majestic Ravenel Bridge over Charleston Harbor is shut down for the Cooper River Bridge Run (April 4), a 10K race from Mt. Pleasant to historic Charleston offering more than 30,000 runners and walkers breathtaking views and a festival at the finish line.

What are you looking forward to this Spring?