Day two, reposting our intro:
Just got back from a short road trip to Charleston SC with my sister (we're early 50's). I am a landscape designer in NY and love architecture as well. She lives in CA and loves the water, especially the beach (but rivers and lakes are fine too ...) We are on a budget, so no shopping and really high-end restaurants for us. We spent 3 days in the city and two days driving.
Woke up late and walked to Joseph's for breakfast, arriving just as they were finishing morning service and setting up for lunch. We were the only ones in the restaurant and they couldn't be nicer about it. The waiter suggested sweet potato pancakes, and they were out of this world. I also had my first grits ever, much to my sister's amusement. I loved them.
We got in the car to go explore the surrounding islands. We first went to Sullivan's Island and Isle of Palms. We oohed and aahed and pretended we owned all the incredible homes. We stopped at Fort Moultrie to look around and walk out to the beach. We saw only one fisherman and the most enormous freighter I've ever seen. Deadly currents, no swimming.
Next we headed in the other direction towards Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. On the way there, we stopped at Angel Oak, an enormous, eerie-looking oak. We were there alone for a few minutes and took quite a few artful photos, then went inside the little gift shop. Sitting on the porch was a charming woman (Eva?) making sweetgrass baskets. She suffered my incessant questions and requests with charm and grace.
Kiawah is a gated island, but we told the security guard we were heading to The Sanctuary, a top-notch hotel on the island. We did drive there, but decided it was too fancy for our comfort level, so we drive back out and around Seabrook Island. It's also a gated community, but the woman at our hotel lives there and she notified the security guard that we'd be coming (thank you, Jen!) On Seabrook, we took a few side roads with exquisite homes and water views, and also stopped to take photos of water birds in ponds with signs warning not to feed the alligators, new for this New Yorker! There were a few parking spaces next to boardwalks leading to the beach, so we stopped for a while and took a walk. We only saw one other group of three people, plus a pair of sandals (reminding another walker where the boardwalk turnoff was - how clever!)
Heading back to Charleston, we stopped for an early dinner at The Fat Hen for an excellent meal. The server was particularly engaging and helpful. By the time we left, the place was packed.
More tomorrow, our last day (sigh) ...
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Day two, reposting our intro: