By: Shelby Adamson
With the summer winding down, a quick jaunt to Charleston was the perfect cure for my wanderlust. Sure, there’s the beach, but Charleston has so much to offer at any time of the year. Let me take you on a little tour.
James Beard Award-winning chef Sam Brock only uses locally grown food indigenous to South Carolina to create rich southern cuisine. Brock has been known to say: “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door.” He transforms traditional cuisine into modern fare that compliments the contemporary furnishings in a historic building. Husk is a feast not only for your eyes, but also for your stomach.
After enjoying the low country fare, take a walk through Charleston’s historically rich streets. Black Cat Ghost Tours takes you by lamp light through downtown and weaves tales of darkly romantic ghost stories. The tour includes the gateway walk, a century old walkway that passes through several historic churches and cemeteries. Your tour guide will point out cryptic architecture and ironwork, and of course there will be talk of paranormal sitings. Educational and spooky? Yes!
In 1788 land was ceded to the city of Charleston by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney with the stipulation that it must be kept as a market. To meet this requirement, low sheds were built to house meat, vegetable, and fish vendors. In 1841 the current Market Hall was erected for meetings, social functions, and of course to house the vendors. When you visit these markets you will also notice beautiful handcrafted baskets made by the Gullah. (I could go on for quite a while about their rich and fascinating history; learn more here!)
What a stunner. It’s no surprise that 5Church has been featured in Architectural Digest. An old church with stained glass windows, the building was renovated and converted into a beautiful restaurant with a satin smooth masonry bar that runs the length of the restaurant. Not only are the cocktails are on point, but also “The Art of War” is written on the ceiling!
We will call it the Tree of Life. Angel Oak is a southern live oak located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island near Charleston and is estimated to be 500 years old. Even so, it may not be the oldest tree east of the Mississippi (but is definitely my favorite). A walk around this tree makes you truly appreciate the beauty in nature, and the beauty that is South Carolina.
Charleston is a totally reasonable driving distance from Atlanta, so embrace the whimsy of a last minute adventure and go! I’m positive you’ll fall in love with the charming city just as I have.