Southern Road Trip: Final Thoughts on Charleston
Charleston is every bit as elegantly manicured as the beacon of historic Southern wealth promises to be. The architecture alone is worth the trip. (more…)
Southern Road Trip: Do or Don’t in Charleston
DO visit in early summer or fall. Midsummer is humid, often miserably so in the afternoon. There’s a reason southern ladies of yore took afternoon naps that had nothing to do with being tired. If they didn’t, they’d be sweaty at best or passed out at worst thank to layers and layers of gown, crinolines, and corsets.
DON’T pay for one of the carriages through the old district. Take the time to walk the mostly residential blocks with overhanging trees, red flowers in window boxes, and trellises of ivy.
DON’T plan to buy many antiques – unless you’re on the wealthier end of the scale and have no problem throwing down 5K on a Victorian era side table.
DO make the time to visit the surrounding area’s plantation homes. Even if you just visit one, it’s a great way to become acquainted with Charleston’s diverse history. (more…)
Southern Road Trip: What to Eat in Charleston
Boiled Peanuts: A little salty, a little soggy, a whole lot delicious. They can be really good or really bad depending on their freshness, but if you get the good ones you won’t be disappointed.
Shrimp & Grits: This Southern expectation can be found in more than a few states, but this is Charleston’s specialty. If you’re in the city you have to at least try it. (more…)