Recently Pocky and I headed out of town for a weekend getaway. Charleston, SC, is one of those towns that should be visited repeatedly. It is full of history, beautiful architecture, plantations, beaches, shopping, and great food. Living in North Carolina near the border of South Carolina is a plus, since Charleston is only a few hours away by car.
One day, we went to Drayton Hall, an amazing 18th century Georgian style house set on sprawling grounds with the backdrop of the Ashley River. The house has been preserved, but not restored, so it is empty, but amazing to see the architectural details that have survived.
Next we headed to Boone Hall Plantation and took a tour of main house, slave quarters, garden, a coach tour of the grounds, including the u-pick farm and my personal favorite –- the butterfly pavilion.
Over the weekend we also roamed around the Charleston Historic District, which is full of amazing architecture, restaurants, shops. Pocky and I took a carriage tour to absorb the history of some of the houses and headed over to the old city market -– a great row of artisans and other vendors selling local fare. One of the nights we ended up at Mercato’s Italian Restaurant for after-dinner drinks and to hear a local jazz band play the standards.
I also recommend the harbor cruise if you are looking for a way to beat the heat and humidity. I love being out on the water and it is a great way to get a different view of the city, as well as the islands and a different history lesson.
We had a great adventure, but there is still more that I want to see, maybe even later this month with my sister. A few years ago she and I spent a day in the swamp at Magnolia plantation with a quick stop at Folly beach. I want to see the rest of Magnolia at some point, hopefully soon.