Charleston, SC

One of my favorite places is Charleston, SC. My husband and I took our first vacation there over 35+ years ago and have enjoyed taking our kids and grandchildren numerous times over the years. Since being quarantined at home, I'm dreaming of Spring, warmer days and when I can get back to Charleston! If you've never been, it's a trip you need to take and here are a few of my favorite things about it:

Historic Charleston Foundation

The Historic Charleston Foundation is "an advocacy organization advancing the mission of historic preservation. As historic preservation has evolved into more than a movement to simply save historic buildings, the Foundation has broadened its scope into balancing the needs of modern society with protecting the sensitive fabric of the historic district". They have several darling shops through the city that I love to visit while there. 

They also have a free mobile app that has self-guided audio and visual tours of some of Charleston's most popular historic homes like the Aiken-Rhett House and the Nathaniel Russell House. Check it out! 

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Historic Aiken-Rhett House
Historic Charleston Foundation

Favorite Restaurants

  • Every vacation must start off with Melvin's BBQ- they've been around since 1939 and are a tradition in my family. 
  • Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island is another must visit or rather, must eat. According to their website, "At 18, [Edgar Allan] Poe enlisted in the army and called Sullivan’s Island “home” while stationed at our friendly neighbors’ charming soldier fort". 
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Poe's Tavern on Sullivan's Island
Poe's Tavern

Things to Do

  • Did you know South Carolina is home to the only tea plantation in the USA? The Charleston Tea Plantation offers several tours, has a gift shop and of course, you can try the tea! 
  • Boone Hall Plantation is just one of the plantations you can visit around Charleston, SC but what sets it apart is the magnificent Oak Alley that you go through to approach the home. It's definitely something to experience. 
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Oak Trees at Boone Hall
Boone Hall Plantation