Charlotte Street Cottage is a hidden gem. Located on a beautiful tree lined residential street in the Garden District, Charlotte Street Cottage is in the ideal location for your exploration of historic Charleston. Leave your car on the grounds, you will not need it. Walk out the gate and find yourself within a few blocks of the College of Charleston, the Visitors Center, the Charleston Museum, and the Saturday morning Famers Market in Marion Square. Within a three block walk you can find some of the best restaurants on upper King Street, fine local bakeries, wine and cheese shops, specialty stores and galleries. Head the other way and you find the Aquarium, Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor boat tours, Venues for events throughout the year and during the Spoleto festival, Charleston Wine & Food Festival, and Southeast Wildlife Expo are all nearby. These include the Sottile Theatre, Charleston Music Hall, the newly renovated Gailliard Auditorium and Marion Square. Finally, you can easily walk to the old market and Rainbow Row, tour historic homes, explore Waterfront Park, the Battery and all the landmarks around our historic district.
I-26 dead-ends into downtown Charleston. You will see a sign overhead that says "I-26 Ends One Mile." Go to the far left lane and take the Meeting Street Visitors Center exit at the end of I-26. Take a right at the traffic light onto Meeting Street. You will go through several signal lights. You will pass the visitors center on the right and the Charleston Museum on the left with the Hunley submarine replica on the corner. Stay in the left lane. The second street on the left past the museum, directly across from the Embassy Suites hotel (looks like a castle) is Charlotte Street - turn left. Go straight through the first intersection (Elizabeth St) to the middle of the second block, between the two large speed bumps (go slow !!) We are on the left, # 32 behind the brick and iron fence.
Cross the Ashley River Bridge. As you cross the bridge, move to the far right lane and take the exit for Lockwood Drive South. Immediately move to the far left lane. At the first signal light make a left onto Calhoun Street. You will go through several signal lights to the intersection of Meeting Street at the far end of a large park with a fountain on your left. Stay in the left lane, and turn left onto Meeting Street. Get in your right lane and turn right at the second street, which is Charlotte Street. Go straight through the first intersection (Elizabeth St) to the middle of the second block, between the two large speed bumps (go slow ! !) We are on the left, # 32 behind the brick and iron fence.
You will cross the new Arthur Ravenel Jr. Suspension Bridge. Stay in the right lane as you descend and take the first downtown exit for East Bay Street. Take a left at the light at the bottom of the ramp onto East Bay. One block past the third traffic light, about a half a mile, turn right onto Charlotte Street. Go straight through the first intersection (Alexander St) to the middle of the second block, between the two large speed bumps (go slow !!) We are on the right, # 32 behind the brick and iron fence.
You can walk to most places downtown or you can ride the DASH (Downtown Area Shuttle) for free. The map shows the routes, and the red star indicates the location of Charlotte Street Cottage. Click on the map for a PDF of the full map.
There are also pedi-cabs active all year that will deliver you right to the door, in addition to standard taxis.