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Visit Charleston

Summer vacations rule this time of year.  As you make your travel plans consider heading to my one-time home, Charleston, SC.  It’s a great place for vacation and I enjoy sharing my favorite places to go and things to do while there.

Below is an excerpt from an e-mail I sent to a friend headed to the Port City in a few weeks.

Dear Friend of Femeia,

If you’re interested in a tour I would recommend the Gullah Tour that Alphonso Brown leads from the Visitor’s Center.  It gives a different look at the city and talks about the contributions of Africans to Charleston as slaves and freedmen.   I also like the tour of Fort Sumter that leaves from the port downtown. It’s a short cruise with a stop to tour the rebuilt fort.

My favorite restaurant in Charleston is Fleet Landing – it’s downtown and overlooks the Charleston Harbor.    A great place to have fried oysters and pimento cheese spread.  You can also try Cru Cafe.  It’s near some horse stables, but don’t let that put you off – great food and service.  Their macaroni and cheese is worth the trip alone.  Make a reservation though because it’s small – in a house.  Another good spot is Hominy.  I really enjoy their brunch and simple take on shrimp and grits.

A great place for drinks is the Vendue Inn – it has a rooftop overlooking the city.   If you’re feeling fancy and want to do some people watching, the Market Pavilion Hotel Bar has a great rooftop bar with a pool and a view of the Ravenel bridge.

If you want something on the higher-end for lunch or dinner try SNOB – Slightly North of Broad or Oak.  Delicious food, but not the most economical.

These are all downtown, but you should also head out to see the islands – Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, Kiawah and Isle of Palms are all short drives and have nice beaches.  Toni Morrison’s ‘Bench by the Road Project’ dedicated a bench to the memory of the Africans sold into slavery and brought into this country through Charleston.

Over in Mt. Pleasant there is a delicious restaurant called Gullah Cuisine.  Lowcountry food and family-owned.  Pretty sure someone’s grandma is back in the kitchen.    Don’t see their website, but this is a link to some Yelp reviews.

There’s also a cool restaurant group –Dine with Sal – that I’ve had some great dining experiences.   I’ve eaten at most of them and particularly love Long Point Grill.  They have creative, delicious dishes, top-notch service and a distinctive setting.  The desserts are worth every calorie – especially the red velvet and hummingbird cakes.

Have fun,

Black River Girl

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