Our very own Sue Kramer, who prides herself as a film writer/director by day and a travel and food connoisseur at all other times, had a mother-daughter trip down South during the winter break. So, of course, we had her tell us all about the vacation.
Who wants to have a taste of the Southern charm with Sue?
It was a four-night stay which started with a direct flight from JFK to Charleston. Lodging in The Vendue, which was built in 1760, took mother and daughter through the historic feel of the hotel. Besides the exquisite suite complete with a giant Jacuzzi, a fireplace and a four-foot-high princess, and the pea king-sized bed, the hotel also has a modern art collection, a café, an award-winning restaurant, and a rooftop bar serving happy hour nightly with a breathtaking sunset view of the entire city and harbor.
On their first day in Charleston, they spent the day strolling the cobblestone streets, admiring gorgeous local mansions, camellia-lined alleyways, and horse-drawn carriages. On the second day, Sue and her daughter, Lutece, were introduced by their concierge to Alfred G Ray, a local guide who gives engaging and informational walking tours through the walled city.
Of the many fun activities they engaged in, visiting Middleton Place and Stableyards was the highlight. It is an old rice plantation where many slaves worked and lived under the Middleton family, a South Carolina royal-esque family. “We couldn’t leave Charleston without visiting one of the many plantations,” Sue said.
The narrative is incomplete without the mouth-watering cuisines peculiar to Charleston. On the first night, the Charleston visitors stumbled onto Fleet Landing – the only waterfront restaurant in Charleston while for actual dinner they hit four farm-to-table restaurants. On the second night, mother and child dined at Husk, located on Queen Street, one of the prettiest blocks of the city. Again, they attested to the heavenly taste of the bread pudding topped with a locally made cinnamon ice cream and the juiciness of the ribs.
The third night saw them at Cru Café, transported to food planet by the chef. The latter, Erin had them sample all the meals she made – from her signature dish of Nantucket scallop dancing on lemon risotto to a four cheese baked Mac and Cheese and a Chinese-inspired fried Brussels sprouts side that redefined the veggie. They also couldn’t resist having a taste of the fried green tomatoes topped with braised pork and the crispy truffle parmesan fries. We hope you are salivating as we are! On their final night, they ate at the community table at FIG (Food is Good). This busy restaurant has won many culinary accolades and awards and takes a month to book in advance to get a table. They had a sublime meal of light, fluffy, mouth-melting gnocchi.
It was a terrific time at Charleston for Sue and Lutece. So when next you need to plan an affordable staycation, be sure to go down South to Charleston. It promises to be fun.
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