What I did with my Memorial Day Weekend in Charleston…
The French Quarter is quintessential Charleston. Cute old buildings, mansions, and of course Rainbow Row. It’s great to walk around here for a few hours!
The Hidden Lanes (mostly in the French Quarter) were one of my favorite parts of Charleston. The best ones were Longitude Lane, Philadelphia Alley, and Stoll’s Alley.
The Aiken-Rhett House was super fascinating to walk through. it is what they call an “urban plantation.” The house is massive, and amazingly preserved. They haven’t changed any part of it, so you can really get an idea of what the house was like back when it was in use.
The Old Slave Mart is also an important place to visit. This is where slave auctions were actually held. The museum is really well done and educational, including voice recording from people who were actually traded at the slave market about their experience.
I don’t think I’ve ever eaten so much on a trip before. I absolutely love southern food though. Biscuits and fried chicken :). I think my favorite discovery was Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit. We went there twice! I also really liked Hominy Grill’s Charleston Nasty Biscuit.
We visited Boone Hall one afternoon. The house itself was ok, and not super interesting, but I really loved the road in, lined with oak trees and Spanish Moss. We also toured the slave cabins, and were able to learn about the history of slavery at Boone Hall.
We also spent a couple hours at Magnolia Plantation, which had an even less impressive house, but the gardens were huge and very cool!