This week we take another trip outside of Los Angeles, CA. We ditch the city, the state and the whole West Coast for some time in the American Southeast. Our travels take us to Charleston, South Carolina.
She’s one of the oldest cities in the nation. Home to the first theatre built in the United States. Home to the 13th oldest college in the country. Home to boyhood Stephen Colbert. The Civil War began just off her harbor. She has cobblestone streets and trees draped with Spanish Moss. Fried okra, hush puppies, boiled peanuts, shrimp n’ grits, pimento cheese. Her skyline is a sprinkle of church steeples, no building allowed to exceed the height of the tallest. She is, perhaps, the most idyllic Southern of Southern cities.
We snuggled up inside her for 5 days. Here’s what we did!
Folly Beach / Morris Island Light House - On James Island, 20 minutes outside of Downtown Charleston, is Folly Beach. Drive to the last street before you hit the water, hang a left and keep going till you can go no further. Park your car and walk the paved walkway, until you hit the mostly isolated beach at the other end. Look out, and you’ll be able to see the no longer operating Morris Island Light House.
Among the numerous plantations in and around Charleston is Middleton Plantation. Middleton began as a country residence that transitioned into a fully functioning rice plantation. It has a petting zoo, horses, incredible gardens, and amazing views of the Ashley River.