One of the best pieces of unsolicited advice I received as a newlywed was to schedule a date night every week.  We haven't been 100% compliant, but most weeks we try to at least squeeze in a walk around the neighborhood together.  Whether you are a local or are visiting Charleston with your love,  here are some fun ways to spend quality time together in the Holy City without breaking the bank.

1. Art Walk (First Friday in March, May, October, December)-  You'll want to go ahead and put one of these dates on your calendar, because I'm guessing you like both art and wine.  Combine the two with a free stroll around over 40 galleries downtown.  We like to start at Robert Lange Studios on Queen Street, then check out some State Street galleries before heading over to Broad. You should start or end your evening with a meal at an East Bay gem like Poogan's Smokehouse or Minero. 

2. Middleton Place - There are 2 times I love coming to "America's Oldest Gardens", and neither involves paying full price for an admission ticket.  Wine Stroll Wednesdays, late March-May, cost $25 and include plenty of wine tasting.  If you want to go on a weekend, go after 5:30 on a Friday or Saturday. Park at the restaurant and get a reservation for sometime after sunset.  Give yourself about an hour to stroll around the beautiful grounds, beginning at the stables then winding your way down to the old bridge.  Here are some photos we had taken at Middleton by the talented Rachel Red Photography.  I just never get sick of looking at the scenery there!

3. Palmetto Brewery-  You are way too classy after date nights #1 & 2, so it's time to have some good old fashioned beer drinking.  Located on Huger street, this downtown brewery has great ambiance, music, and beer.  The Lowhills (bluegrass meets Norah Jones) are now doing free concerts there Thursdays at 6, and the Loading Dock Series features a different band and food truck every Friday.

4. Hookah date- Ok, that's about enough imbibing after all that wine and beer I recommended.  How about something else to enjoy good conversation with besides a cocktail?  If it's a nice day or evening, you can enjoy amazing dessert and a hookah at Saffron on their patio.  Otherwise, grab a spot in the window of the Smoking Lamp on King for some great people watching in Marion Square.

5.  Marion Square- Charleston's best version of dinner and a movie happens every spring for the Movies in Marion Square. Bring a blanket, then hit up one of several food trucks while you watch an oldie but goodie.  This series runs Fridays in mid-April through early May, and check the City Paper for more info.  Another great time to take your date to Marion Square is for the Charleston Farmer's Market, Saturdays from April through November.  Stroll through to shop with local vendors, but your honey might be more content if you grab coffee or a crepe first.  The best part is you can bring your favorite four-legged third wheel along!

Marion Square, photographer unknown.

Marion Square, photographer unknown.

Check out the hashtag #Charlestondatenight on Instagram to see more photos from (mostly our) date nights. 

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