Ben and I took a trip to the South!


More specifically, the Lowcountry, which is defined as a geographical and cultural region along South Carolina’s coast. Our main stomping ground was Charleston, but we also made it up and down the coast for a few day trips. It was a bit of a scary time to be in the city. Luckily, from what we observed, and confirmed after speaking with local residents, Charleston’s community is far from anything we’ve seen on the news in the last year, aka it’s not Baltimore. But yes, it is odd that they still promote the Confederate flag?!

In Charleston, we walked the historic district and Rainbow Row, perused shops and tasted our way through Marion Square’s farmer’s market.


For our first day trip we ventured north up the coast to Hopsewee Plantation, Myrtle Beach and the other Georgetown.


Hopsewee Plantation is located on the North Santee River and was used as a rice plantation in the 1800’s. Interestingly, South Carolina plantations primarily produced rice or indigo, rather than cotton. And not surprisingly, the rice economy couldn’t have survived without the knowledge of rice culture that African slaves brought with them from rice-growing regions of coastal West Africa. The plantation house wasn’t actually as large as I had imagined, but as the docent explained, the owners would have had several houses for entertaining, rather than one Gone with the Wind style chateau. Definitely a humbling visit.

Further up the coast Ben and I soaked in some sun on Myrtle Beach. It was so nice! And clean!


And since we hadn’t packed towels in our carry-on’s, we picked up some souvenirs along the way.


On our way back we stopped for a coastal dinner in Georgetown – South Carolina’s third oldest city. No photos, just image a small town main street that hasn’t changed much since 1950.

Our second road trip took us to Hilton Head and Savannah, GA. Hilton Head: another fantastic beach!


I’m telling you, these southern public beaches are what New Englander’s only dream of: white sand, warm water and cloudless skies.

In Savannah, Ben and I toured SCAD, the local contemporary art museum, and the historic district.


The most striking exhibit in SCAD: The Dress Up Story by Vivienne Westwood. It showed a collection of her costume designs.


Then in the historic district we embraced the open container law’ed streets! Margarita’s are somehow even more satisfying when they’re consumed in the open road.


There were tons of highlights on this trip, but Ben and I came up with one overarching conclusion: the food was amazing! We did not have a bad meal. BBQ, fish tacos, Belgian Gelato and a bit of hipster sustenance: is it time to take Southern-style cooking lessons?


– EmPan


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