Charleston, SC

Historic Charleston: Antiques, Houses, and Gardens

March 19-22, 2015

 

During the wintry and wet March weather, a perfect escape is to the Southern belle that is Charleston. Despite Charleston’s place in the Old South’s wealth, Charleston still boasts plenty of charm, elegance, and hospitality.

The rows of candy-colored homes along the Battery added some brightness to the overcast weather while the gentility of the locals provided a warm, Southern welcome.

Travelers stayed at the Belmond Charleston Place Hotel, which seamlessly blends first-class accommodations with old-world charm and gentility. The day after arrival, travelers journeyed to the Edmondston-Alston House, built in 1825 by Scottish shipping merchant Charles Edmondston. The home was purchased later by Charles Alston, a member of the rice-planting dynasty, who quickly updated the architecture to that of a Greek Revival style.

Travelers also visited the historic Roper House and Middleton Place, where they toured the gardens and dined on traditional Southern cuisine.

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Edmondston-Alston House

 

At Magnolia Plantation, visitors were able to experience one of the traditional elements of Southern culture. Founded in 1676 by the Drayton family, Magnolia Plantation survived the American Revolution and the Civil War, and today, delights visitors with its beautiful gardens.

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Magnolia Plantation

 

Another quintessential Charleston activity is the carriage rides throughout town. Travelers saw Charleston the old-fashioned way, in a carriage built for sixteen people.

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Travelers setting out on their carriage ride.

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Avoiding the sweltering summer weather provided guests with a more relaxed visit to Charleston. The Georgian architecture of this South Carolina gem was a delight to all. On this successful trip, travelers experienced plantations, carriage rides, and the charm and hospitality that are hallmarks of visiting the South.

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