The Southern Gent (that would be S.G.) had a guest post a couple of weeks ago and told y’all about his top ten things he would like to do in the area. Well, not to be outdone, I decided to let y’all know what is on my must see and do list for Charleston.
- The South Carolina Aquarium – I love to go to aquariums and somehow we have not been to this place together. David has been but I am still waiting to see the albino alligator, to touch things at the touch tank and marvel at the Great Ocean Tank, which holds 385,000 gallons of salt water. Can you imagine how many animals are in that tank alone?
- Fort Sumter – anyone ever see the movie Shag with Phoebe Cates? Fort Sumter was etched into my mind from that movie. The four main characters were supposed to go there but instead went to Myrtle Beach. I can still hear the way they said, “Fort Sumptah.” Apart from the movie reference, I love history. So, the place involved in the start of the Civil War is right up my alley.
- Brett’s Roadside Kitchen – This is a new restaurant on Folly Beach that is related to the fabulous 17 North in Mount Pleasant. Now established at 951 Folly Rd, this new eatery will have, according to an article in the Post and Courier, “40 percent ‘core’ roadside food items” while “the rest will be an eclectic mix.”
- Photography class at Charleston Center for Photography – I love to take pictures, always have. In trying to find my vocation – that thing I would do for free – taking pictures is something I realized I would definitely do for free. My DSLR camera fund is growing, slowly but surely. Once I get that, I will be ready to take a class.
- Charleston Tea Plantation – We have been out there once and I know David wants to go back for the First Flush Festival (which celebrates the first growth of new leaves for the season that are harvested) but I want to go when the plants all bloom and are fully of pretty white flowers. I believe this is sometime in September/October.
- Fort Moultrie – My love of history is at work here too. Fort Moultrie is just across the water from Fort Sumter. While Fort Moultrie played a role in the Civil War, it has its own colorful history. I read a great book called Wicked Charleston by Mark Jones. In it, Jones shares an interesting story about the Seminole Chief Osceola and how he came to be buried at Fort Moultrie. Well, most of him anyway.
- Sailing lessons with Charleston Sailing School – I used to sail on a J-24 when I lived in Columbia. It was a lot of fun. Unfortunately, I have not been on a sailboat since I moved down to Charleston. As I started out sailing on a bigger boat (J-24s are 24 feet long) I would like to relearn everything on a little boat (or dinghy boat), where it is just me, so I really get the basics down.
- Shag lessons – While at summer camp, I met some great people, the Wares. They teach intermediate shagging lessons on Thursday nights in West Ashley. However, beginning lessons are also offered on Tuesday nights. My goal is to get as good as David so we can go to the intermediate lesson together.
- Joseph Manigault House and the Nathaniel Russell House – Both of these houses feature a spiral staircase. The Nathaniel Russell House’s staircase is more elegant looking I guess you could say but they are both beautiful and very cool from an architectural standpoint.
- Horse drawn carriage tour – I have gone on one once. It is really a great way to see the city and learn some history. Everyone always enjoys their tour and I hear only good things about the companies and their treatment of the equines who are the muscle behind your tour. Here are the main carriage companies (in alphabetical order): Carolina Polo and Carriage Company, Classic Carriage Works, Old South Carriage Company, Olde Towne Carriage Company and Palmetto Carriage Works.
Now, go out and enjoy your weekend and be sure to post a comment about any of your own bucket list items that you think I should add to mine!