Cobblestone streets leading to perfectly preserved historic homes. Intricate wrought-iron gates opening to lush, fragrant gardens. A skyline of steeples and a river harbor bustling with schooners and sailboats. Charleston is one of America's most charming cities.
In vibrant watercolors and detailed sketches, artist Diana Gessler captures the beauty and riches that make Charleston so unique: White Point Gardens, the Spoleto Festival, Rainbow Row, Waterfront Park, Fort Moultrie, the beaches of Sullivan's Island, sumptuous Lowcountry cuisine, and handmade sweetgrass baskets. Full of fascinating details--on everything from the art of early entertaining, the city's inspired architectural and garden designs, and George Washington's Southern tour to famous Charlestonians and the flags of Sumter--Very Charleston celebrates the city, the Lowcountry, the people, and our history. Hand-lettered and full color throughout, Very Charleston includes maps, an index, and a handy appendix of sites.
With her cheerful illustrations and love for discovering little-known facts, Diana Gessler has created both an entertaining guide and an irresistible keepsake for visitors and Charlestonians alike.
Diana Hollingsworth Gessler
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Hits all the highlights of the city & it's history. Great to browse before any FIRST EVER visit to know what to seek out in a short time there. Has tidbits that even some repeat visitors may not have discovered yet! This book evokes fond memories of past visits & makes a good coffee table book to pick up and browse now and then. It will ENTICE your guests to have a look. IF you have NEVEN BEEN to Charleston ... or MAY NEVER GET THERE... this book will give the ESSENCE of Charleston! And reveal some well kept secrets! What I found amusing is that a FORMER area secret eatery brought about by Hurricane Hugo in 1989... a favorite of locals that has NEVER had a sign to identify its existence... that used to be nearly impossible to find without someone's help... is briefly featured in this book giving the name, address, and phone number! So Garmin it... but don't look for a sign! Park in the sand lot, be prepared to enjoy! You will experience some of the best boiled peanuts, fried grit...
Fantastic little book. Bought it and a few other Charleston guide books for a 3-day mother-daughter trip but should have only bought this one. Loved it so much that we used Very New Orleans for a trip later in the summer.
Even though the pictures and maps are drawn/illustrated, they are accurate enough that everything is recognizable, and the maps of each section are incredibly helpful.
We especially loved the garden walk mapped out in the Charleston book. We didn't see it mentioned in any other Charleston books that we purchased, but it was such a gem!
Also good to know- the specifics she mentions are the best options. For example, Palmetto Carriage Company was mentioned on the carriage page. We did our own research on the carriage companies and learned that Palmetto consistently gets the best reviews. We saved time on our NOLA trip by just going with the recommendations in the book.
We thought it was going to be a helpful travel book. It is not. It has loads of cartoon drawings with some interesting historical "tidbits" - some of which were inaccurate (as we learned when we visited various places) which added to the disappointment with this book. Cute book, but definitely not a travel resource. Very happy with seller, however. This rating, in no way, reflects on the seller!
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