Stretching from East Bay to State Street, Lodge Alley is truly a step back to another time and it offers one of the most stunning views of St. Philips steeple in all of Charleston. Foodies may get sidetracked by the wealth of delicious choices at the East Bay end (including two of the city’s more well-known, Magnolia’s and High Cotton) but you won’t regret walking the full length. Time your stroll perfectly and you’ll get to hear the bells of St. Philips as they chime and echo down this cobblestone beauty.
Just a block further south from Lodge Alley, you’ll find your way into Unity Alley, a deliciously pink cut-through from State to East Bay. Lined with brick and cobblestone, this alley used to be home to McCrady’s Tavern, which was renowned for a prestigious grand dinner party thrown for President George Washington during his southern tour in 1791. With a beautiful entryway like Unity Alley, what President wouldn’t want to visit?
Nestled into a quiet section of the French Quarter, cobblestone clad Philadelphia Alley runs between Queen and Cumberland Streets. Also known as ‘dueling alley,” Philadelphia is said to be the hot spot for duels, which were legal in Charleston until 1881. High brick walls, lots of secluded shade and no way out except the two ends, one block apart, must have made this the perfect place settle differences! With the Footlight Players Theatre on one side and the St. Philips Church Graveyard on the other, this alleyway is surely full of stories. One of Charleston’s most famous residents, country music star and Grammy Award winner, Darius Rucker must find it charming, too. He shot a good portion of his music video for “Come Back Song” in Philadelphia Alley.
Part street, part secluded alley, Longitude Lane is thought to be one of the original streets within the Old Walled City, which dates all the way back to the late 1600′s. Stretching from East Bay to Church Street, this passageway serves up some serious southern charm. Paved with cobblestones and lined with classic Charleston homes and doorways, this one is a must-walk for visitors and residents alike.
Don’t blink, or you might miss this one as you make your way down East Bay Street from Rainbow Row to the Battery. Quite possibly the narrowest and most mysterious alley in Charleston, Stoll’s is the place to go on hot summer day. Lined with cool brick and lots of greenery, it’s a little oasis nestled between East Bay and Church.