It’s no secret I’m obsessed with Charleston.
From the moment I moved here in 2005 I was obsessed. When I left to live in DC for a few years, every opportunity I had to get back for the weekend I would take. Now I’m back in the Lowcountry and don’t plan on leaving ever again. Well…don’t plan moving again, of course I’ll travel to other places.
One of the most unfortunate things about living in a city that offers so much is that you don’t normally take advantage of all it has to offer. When you visit a touristy city, you plan from sun up to sun down all of the things you are going to see. When you live in a touristy city, you say things like, “I live here. It’ll be around, I’ll do it next time.” or “I’m definitely not going during TOURIST season! I’ll wait a few months.”
Tuesday Night I attended an event put on by the Charleston Wine & Food Festival at the William Aiken House. The gorgeous yellow home on King Street. In my 6 years of living in Charleston I have only been to the house twice. Both times I thought, I need to go here more often. Take advantage of the beauty that is in my backyard.
I had a very rude awakening after the South Carolina Floods. Cypress Gardens had millions of dollars worth of damage and is closed indefinitely. There are rumors that it will open in a year or so (after the FEMA funding kicks in and the GoFundMe pages are set up).
I have ALWAYS wanted to go. Cypress Gardens is the place where Noah and Allie went on a boat ride and it started raining.
Another tragic loss in Charleston this week was Gee from Gee’s Hot Dog Stand. He wasn’t just a man that sold delicious hot dogs in downtown Charleston, he was a staple in Charleston Nightlife. I never stopped to get a hot dog or meet the man so many people loved to end their nights with because the line was always too long. “Next time” I would always say. He passed away this week.
I decided to start putting together my own Tourist Charleston Bucket List and plan on checking off one location or event a week.
Things I still haven’t done in Charleston:
* Mepkin Abbey…WE HAVE MONKS IN THE LOW COUNTRY! Who knew?
* A Service at St Michaels Church…I mean come on Brooke get it together! Princess Diana and George Washington went to a service there!
* Stay at a B&B Downtown
Feel free to comment and add your favorite places. If I haven’t been there yet, I’ll add them to my list too!