What to see. where to eat.
Must See Spots
There are loads of plantations to visit, but Middleton Place boasts an organic farm that provides produce for its excellent restaurant.
The Angel Oak is a stunning 400-500 year old tree just around the corner from our workshop venue on Johns Island. Admission is free, though donations towards the maintenance of this park are welcomed.
Locals refer to the expansive Ravenel Bridge as just “The Bridge.” You can walk, run, or bike it for a pretty respectable workout. You can also visit the Pitt Street Bridge in Old Town Mount Pleasant to get a view not often seen by the average tourist.
The Battery is so quintessentially Charleston. With its easy street parking and beautiful White Point Gardens, you can view Fort Sumter and pose by the old cannons. Incredible architecture surrounds this area.
Waterfront Park is THE place to stroll, swing, and take in the sites of the harbor. And if you decide the heat is too oppressive, there is a giant foundation to splash around in.
Isle of Palms
Kiawah is closest to the Monday workshop. In terms of proximity to downtown, it’s a toss-up between the other three.
Definitely less crowded, this island offers beachside parking for free.
Charleston’s food scene is renowned, and most locals could speak ad nauseum about their favorite spots. Reservations Thursday-Sunday are highly recommended.
Tu has incredibly inventive small plates (think snapper crudo with fresh watermelon topped with popcorn). Easy to snag a reservation, but often easy to snag a table as a walk-in.
Edmund’s Oast Brewing Company: A relative of Edmund’s Oast located on Morrison, the brewery offers an amazing selection of beers and a really outstanding casual menu. Sounds crazy, but their garden salad is outstanding.
Peninsula Grill is legendary. The food is outstanding but comes with a hefty price tag. Pro-tip: Walk in. Sit at the bar. Order a cocktail and the coconut cake. You’re welcome.
Fat Hen is a cross between southern home cooking and French cuisine. It’s conveniently located just down the road from the workshop.
Butcher & Bee is an ardent supporter of local farms and has a unique, varied and tasty Mediterranean-esque menu. Reservations are usually easy to come by.
Here’s a nod to Rita: John Lewis cooks up meltingly tender Texas style brisket at Lewis Barbecue. You may need to go on cholesterol meds after eating here, but I promise it’s worth it.
And then there’s Rodney Scott. Classic, slow-cooked barbecue with a fanatical following.
If you want to live on the wild side, check out the Eater “Heat Map.” You’ll be on the cutting edge of the Charleston food scene if you eat at any of these spots.