Red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, purple…anyone remember ROYGBIV?! You can see these amazing array of rainbow colors in house form on Rainbow Row at the southern tip of Charleston, specifically south of Broad Street (S.O.B.). Rainbow Row is a strip of homes on East Bay Street (right at the cross street of Adgers Wharf) that have been standing since as early as the year 1770. It’s pretty amazing that over the past 250 years, these houses have been restored and kept up to look like they do!
When Charleston was first being developed, wealthy planters all put up their high-end homes south of Broad Street. These wealthy planters and their expensive attitudes and lifestyles overtime got the nickname of “S.O.B”, Son Of a- well you know where I’m going with this! Despite some of these pretentious attitudes they really knew how to create beautiful houses with lots of color on cobblestone roads, with fine Georgian architecture, and overall southern charm feeling. The wealthy who owned homes south of Broad were such an influence to people and made those not as wealthy want what they have, that those just a smidge-bit less wealthy started to build similar homes on a smaller scale Slightly North Of Broad, these wannabes were called S.N.O.B’s!
Instagram Worthy Rainbow Row in Charleston
Rainbow Row and any street south of Broad Street is the best opportunity for amazing photos. All streets are instagram worthy in my opinion! The best way to experience all of what the S.O.B’s have built is to take a self-guided walking tour. It’s pretty easy to navigate in the neighborhood and isn’t that big, so an hours worth of walking and photo-ops will get you more then enough pictures. Check out my self guided walking tour map below, you can download it here, and take an hour to wander around and take instagram worthy photos!
If you are looking for more things to do in Charleston after you take your instagram photos, head over to my blog about other Things to do in Charleston. It gives great info on food, shopping, boat rentals, a historic tour, and a sailboat cruise!
Best Restaurant in Charleston SC
Before starting your walking tour to get all of your instagram worthy shots, you definitely will be in need of some food! I highly suggest starting at Miller’s All Day, a restaurant that’s at King/Broad Street. The restaurant is adorable and has that eclectic new-age southern charm to it. Not only is the decor charming and eclectic, but the food has the same vibe. They serve cold nitro-brew coffee (which is always a must in the south in June!) in tall water glasses and their food is amazing! I went all out and ordered my favorite breakfast, biscuits and gravy. It was delicious! My husband ordered the grits bowl, which is something a bit different each day. Somewhat like a chef’s special. The day we were there is was grits in a slightly spicy red sauce, fried oysters, tomatoes, and a flavored slaw…it was hands-down amazing!
After grabbing a delectable meal from Millers All Day, with a full belly you are more then ready to burn some calories and head to Rainbow Row! Heading east from the restaurant, you are going to be walking in one big circle. South to Battery Park and then back north towards Millers All Day. Make sure to really weave in and out of the side streets, that’s where most of the charm is hidden! Enjoy!