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Thread #141595   Message #3260099
Posted By: Chanteyranger
19-Nov-11 - 03:29 PM
Thread Name: BS: What's to Do in Charleston, SC?
Subject: RE: BS: What's to Do in Charleston, SC?
My wife and I were in Charleston just a few weeks ago, and it is one of the most beautiful cities, and the "low country" one of the most beautiful areas I've ever been to. I would strongly recommend a drive to Brookgreen Gardens, a massive sculpture garden, with talks on area art and culture in the visitor center. We took in a presentation on Gullah/Geechee culture; very informative. Walking through the gardens, coming upon sculptures everywhere you look, had the sensation to me of walking through a dreamscape. Charleston has some great restaurants. We loved McCrady's, in the historic district, near the battery. The chef-owner is gaining a rep among food critics as one of the best in the country, and the place is friendly, non-stuffy,the food fantastic, and the prices are less than one would expect for a restaurant of this type. Almost all the food is locally grown, and much of it grown and raised in his own property. If you're vegetarian you can find veg alternatives at many restaurants, cafes, roadside diners. If you're on a low budget, you can eat very well. Something else to stop at is one of the many Gullah sweetgrass basket stands along the highway. This basketmaking has been passed from generation to generation by Gullah people, originating in Africa. I'm not really a basket afficionado by any means, but I was totally enchanted by them, and brought one back. One last thing - if you start walking through the historic district, you can't go wrong. Most houses and buildings date from 1640 on up. Have a great trip, and please report back on how it went, eh?