Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Top Ten Must-Do's in Charleston

If you are vacationing here in what they call the "Low Country" (and we are talking LOW people.  Some of the area is actually BELOW sea level), we recommend the following:

      1) Kayak with Nature Adventures Outfitters (where Clark works), see dolphins up close, and if you are lucky paddle with a manatee!

·         2) Run or walk to the top of the Ravenel Bridge (park at the gas station at the foot of the Ravenel Bridge on Coleman Blvd.)

·         3) Boone Hall Plantation—learn about plantation life right here in Mt. Pleasant (down Hwy 17N to Long Point Road)

·         4) Historic Tour by horse drawn carriages: Go to the Market Area downtown (Market and Meeting St.) and reserve a tour with a local company

·         5) Walk the boardwalk at Mount Pleasant’s ShemCreek Park

·         6) Go out to Fort Sumter (where the first shots of the Civil war were fired), enjoy a harbor boat ride, & be prepared for a 5-6 hour tour

·         7) Visit the USS Yorktown & Naval Museums (on the Mt. Pleasant side of the Ravenel Bridge); Includes the Medal of Honor Museum

           8) Have kids?  Fascinated by the outdoors?  Visit the fantastic Birds of Prey Center where you will see bald eagles, owls, falcons, and other creatures (make sure to stay for a flight demonstration)

·         9) Stroll on the beach (either Isle of Palms or Sullivan’s Island)

·        10) Visit the SC Aquarium downtown

Let the wedding festivities commence!

Enjoy the delights of Charleston and the surrounding area while you are in town for the wedding!

Below are a few recommendations (links included):

Eating in downtown Charleston

·     Husk  76 Queen Street, Charleston. 843.577.2500 Lunch: Mon-Sat 11:30-2:30; Sunday Brunch: 10-2:30; Supper: 5:30-10.  Wonderful “farm to table” cuisine. Husk was named “Best New Restaurant in America” Sept 2011 Bon App├ętit magazine. Dinner reservations are about a 3 week wait-list), but lunch & Sunday brunch could be available. Local secret: try going to the bar—order a drink and ask your waiter to get you a table—it usually works!

·     Fig 232 Meeting Street (5:30pm-11:00pm), 843.805.5900 This is our MOST FAVORITE restaurant downtown.  Splurge! If you are not vegetarian, eat the lamb bolognese and if you drink alcohol, get the fabulous bartender to create something for you. This place does not disappoint!

·     Taco Boy the BEST MEXICAN FOOD IN TOWN, fabulous atmosphere, festive drinks, and unique tacos at a very reasonable price. 217 Huger Street, (11am-2am) 843.789.3333

Eating in Mt. Pleasant

Village Bakery 125 Pitt Street (Mon-Sat 7am-5pm) 843.216.6771.  This cozy cafe offers a variety of muffins, sandwiches, salads, soups and DESSERTS!

Old Village Post House 101 Pitt Street, Dinner at 5:30, Sunday brunch 10-2, 843.388.8935.  Light supper menu is available in the bar (happy hour is very reasonable)

Pitt Street Pharmacy
111 Pitt Street (Mon-Sat 9am-6pm) 843.884.4220.  Enjoy lunch or snack at an old fashioned soda fountain!  Milk shakes, malts, pressed sandwiches

·     BoulevardDiner  409 W. Coleman Blvd., (7am -9:30pm)  843.216.2611. Good breakfasts, juicy burgers, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, create your own veggie plate, mac and cheese , Southern fried grouper sandwich.  The food is delicious!

·     Sesame provides the best burgers in town (grass-fed, organic beef, chicken, or black bean) 675 Johnnie Dodds Blvd., 843.884.5553. Inexpensive, delicious home-made condiments, and fabulous sides to go with!  Bring your appetite!

Definition of "The South" courtesy of my friend Liston Guerry

The place where...

1)  Tea is sweet and accents are sweeter
2)  Summer starts in April
3)  Macaroni and Cheese is a vegetable
4)  Front porches are wide and words are long
5)  Pecan Pie is a staple
6)  Y'all is the only proper noun
7)  Chicken is fried and biscuits come with gravy
8)  Everything is darlin'
9)  Someone's heart is always being blessed

10 more days til the wedding!  Can't wait for y'all to get here!