Penelope Explores Charleston’s Hidden Parks

It’s week four of Penelope’s Charleston Vacation. After learning about Charleston (and America’s) founding fathers during a stay at the John Rutledge House Inn, chowing down on some fabulous eats at Circa 1886, touring Charleston’s most majestic churches from the luxury of the Wentworth Mansion, what is a pineapple to do?

Clear her agenda, hide away and relax. It’s October 1st, that means fall is settling in, temperatures are dropping and it’s the perfect month to venture outdoors in Charleston.

Penelope checked out of the Wentworth Mansion this morning and is making her way over to the Kings Courtyard Inn. Though the inn calls historic King Street home, once you’re quietly settled inside, you might forget. The inn is literally built around hidden courtyards and fountains, tucked away from the bustle of the busy street outside. So many people (and pineapples) fall in love with that “hidden away” feeling here in Charleston. As she weaved through the peninsula’s beautiful residential neighborhoods on her way towards King Street, Penelope stumbled on a few of hidden spots.

Spot #1: Around the corner from the Wentworth Mansion, this park was the original site of the Charleston Museum before it was taken down in flames.

Spot #2: This park was once a horse racing track, now it’s a lush green space (and great place to take morning jog). Because it’s above Charleston’s main downtown attractions, many first-time visitors miss it completely. It’s around the corner from The Citadel, Charleston’s impressive military college.

Spot #3: Looping back around to King Street, Penelope followed a pack of college students with frisbees and books in hand. They must be relaxing, right? The students led her to a green oasis in the center of the city. This place was constructed in the 1850’s to help control downtown flooding and provide water to extinguish fires.

What hidden green spaces did Penelope discover this morning? Send your answer to specials@charminginns.com or send us a Facebook message. She’ll let you in on the secret this Wednesday afternoon.

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