Southern Charm - Things to Do in Charleston, SC
I went with my family to Charleston in April for my birthday and had such a great time exploring the city and eating way too much food. If you are planning a trip here I highly recommend it. Here are some of my top picks of things to do and places to eat at in Charleston.
Historical House Tour
We did a walking house tour where we got to inside about a dozen of the most exquisite homes in Charleston. Among them was the Roper House, built it 1838 by prominent cotton planter Robert William Roper, the house is an outstanding example of early 19th Century Greek Revival architecture in a city better known for its 18th Century Georgian-style architecture. In 1968 the house was bought by Richard Hampton Jenrette, a self-proclaimed “house-aholic” who owned and restored over a dozen historic houses during his lifetime.
Visit a Plantation
We went to the Drayton Hall, a beautifully intact but unrestored 18th-century plantation located on the Ashley River about 15 miles northwest of Charleston, South Carolina. It is a National Historic Landmark and the only plantation house on the Ashley River to survive intact through both the Revolutionary and Civil wars.
Charleston City Night Market
The Charleston City Market is one of the nation's oldest public markets and the cultural heart of Charleston. It is open every day of the year except December 25th and has over 300 vendors.
From 6:30 - 10:30 p.m on the weekend in April-December the market stays open and there is live music and 100% locally made goods for sale.
One of the best meals we had was at Husk, owned by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock. The restaurant is in a late 19th century building and all the ingredients are made in the south. Among the highlights of our meal were the pig ears lettuce wrap (yes, really) and the strawberry blondie sundae.