Saturday, November 18, 2006

Diversion Magazine (a Hearst Publication)


[to be published in Feb. 2006 issue]

What makes South Carolina's Lowcountry your favorite place?

The laid back gentile Southern hospitality. Must see is the downtown historic district of Charleston and the many surrounding Plantations and Gardens. Beaufort's waterfront park, and the sculpture garden at Brookgreen Garden (

What do you enjoy doing when you're there?

on King St. in downtown Charleston ( Riding our bikes over the Cooper River Bridge (, through the streets of Beaufort and the trails of Hunting Island State Park ( and the rustic bike trails of Francis Marion State Park (

Where do you like to stay?

We stay at the lovely Beaufort Inn ( while in Beaufort. You can rent a cabin in Hunting Island State Park, but plan & book early as they go fast. And when in Charleston/Mt. Pleasant we like the contemporary comforts in the historic setting at Middleton Place Plantation Inn (

Where do you like to eat?

Red Drum Gastropub []
at 803 Coleman Blvd., Mt Pleasant, SC (843) 849-0313. Sophisticated southern cuisine in an up-scale casual environment.

Gullah Cuisine at 1717 U.S. 17N, Mount Pleasant, SC
(843) 881-9076. Regional specialty dishes with West African influences.

Bateaux Restaurant [] at 27 Whitehall Landing, Beaufort, SC (843) 379-0777. Formal dining overlooking the waterfront.

Small City Cooking School [] at 610 Paris Ave. Port Royal (near Beaufort), SC (843) 524-COOK. Fun cooking classes with visiting chefs, best part, you get to eat what you see created. Wine dinners are especially fun. Plan and reserve early.

Do you have any regional dishes to recommend?

The Lowcountry
Boil, Shrimp & Grits, and Gullah cuisine.

Is there anything unique to the area you like to shop for?

Hunting for the perfect Sweetgrass Baskets at one of the many roadside stands. Purchasing some fresh tea from the only American cultivated tea garden at the Charleston Tea Plantation (

Tell us about one of your best travel memories of the Lowcountry.

Walking the serene and undeveloped beaches on Hunting Island. Getting lost in Brookgreen Gardens.

Where are you going next?

Yadkin Valley, NC (North Carolina's wine region)


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