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A Stroll Around Charleston {Guest Post by Laura from Simply Lowcountry}

My final guest poster for this week is fellow Charlestonian: please welcome Laura from Simply Lowcountry! She's actually married to a high school friend of mine, and she knows a TON about Charleston and the surrounding area. Her blog looks at life in the Lowcountry, and I regularly drool over some of the home interiors that she posts. 

I hope you enjoy her tour through the amazing city we call home. Make sure to show some love on her social media outlets (links at the bottom of the post!)

Hi Cosmos Mariners readers! I'm Laura from Simply Lowcountry, and I'm excited to be here guest posting for Natalie today.

Natalie told me I could write about anything travel related or Charleston related, and seeing as my blog focuses on life in Charleston and I get to enjoy this beautiful city on a daily basis, I thought I would share with you "a walk around Charleston". 

My husband, Rob, and I live in the James Island area- which is just a quick 10-minute drive from downtown Charleston. Downtown is one of our favorite areas to stroll around in the evening: the houses, the sunsets, and all of the Charleston colors that really come alive in the evening. There are several great "Charleston-y" neighborhoods that are perfect for walking and exploring. We typically choose the South of Broad area or Harleston Village. 

South of Broad is where the famous "Battery" and "Battery Park" are located. The views from here across the harbor to Mount Pleasant are stunning.  On any given summer evening you'll find couples picnicking, students lying in hammocks, or dogs running around having a good time. Waterfront Park is also nearby, making this the perfect spot to sit on one of the swings and just relax from a long day. South of Broad is close to the Upper King Street area- a great spot to grab dinner or a glass of wine at a spot such as Bull Street Gourmet or Bin152

If we don't choose the South of Broad area we head over to Colonial Lake and Harleston Village. Harleston Village, another residential neighborhood, is closer to the College of Charleston and spots such as Queen Street Grocery (a great place for crepes- yum). Colonial Lake has a great walking path that loops around the entire permitter of the lake. This is a popular running spot (or if you're me, strolling) downtown. 

After a good long walk we usually stop for a cup of coffee. One of my favorite downtown local spots is Whisk on East Bay Street. Not only is the coffee delicious, but the interior and exterior of this building are so cute and inviting, it's hard to walk by and not want to stop in. Whisk also has great teas, juices and pastries. 

So there you have it, a walk around downtown Charleston. Of course there are many, many more places to explore in Charleston. Depending on which "borough" or neighborhood you find yourself in, each is totally unique and different from another. Charleston is also a big "foodie" town, so there are many delicious wine bars, restaurants, corner stores and grocers that are a must-do! It's nearly impossible to accomplish all of Charleston in one night or a quick trip. I've lived in the area for over 15 years and still am finding new places all of the time.