Charleston, SC – grits, gators, gardens galore

DO: walk through the city market full of sweetgrass baskets and southern bites, relax at a beach (I went to Sullivan’s, which was really, really nice, but Folly’s is the place to go for more “fun”), stroll along east bay and the waterfront – gorgeous water on one side, gorgeous colorful houses and mansions on the other, white point gardens and the battery, Magnolia plantation and gardens
SEE: french quarter cobblestone streets and architecture, all these locations where they filmed The Notebook! – American Theater, King St, the intersection where they laid down in the street, Boone Hall, Calhoun Mansion… gators swimming and sunning!
EAT: Edmund’s Oast (awesome for craft beer lovers, and if you sit at the “chef’s counter”, they give you little presents!); Husk (homey feel, excellent southern comfort); The Ordinary (best. fresh. seafood. excellent rum cocktails); Magnolia’s (slightly more upscale, inventive); Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for delicious and fresh biscuits on the go!
MISC: if you’re not from around the south… beware of mutant buggers! giant venomous spiders in the plantation gardens (as well as several species of venomous land and water snakes, although I didn’t see any of these), ridiculous mosquitos (got so many bites that I ended up taking antihistamines). know that much of the “tourist” experience is steeped in Charleston’s slave history.

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