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The Tastiest Tours in Charleston SC

I have the privilege of living in what I believe to be one of the most amazing cities in the United States – Charleston, South Carolina. To back up my claim, Charleston was named the best U.S. city by Travel + Leisure magazine, and the number 2 city in the world in 2017. Anytime I tell people where I live, they always say……oh, I LOVE Charleston. Or, oh…I’ve always wanted to visit that town.

One of the best ways to get to know a place like Charleston is by taking a guided tour. And we have a TON to choose from. There are numerous carriage tours, walking tours, and ghost tours to choose from. My favorite is the culinary tour. There’s no better way to see a city, learn about the history and experience its culture than through its cuisine.

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Save the Sea Turtles - New Sea Turtle Recovery at the South Carolina Aquarium

Save the sea turtles! That's just what the South Carolina Aquarium is trying to do. This type of work isn't a new endeavor for the staff and volunteers at the aquarium, but it's recently reached a whole new level with the opening of the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery. Last week I had the opportunity to visit the recovery for the first time, and, wow, I was impressed!

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Ready to EXPLORE Charleston?

Text EXPLORE to 843-940-8882...or read the blog first and then do it.

Sometimes I feel a little guilty as a Charlestonian transplant. It’s true. Our traffic is worse than it used to be. But how can you avoid falling in love with this place?

 

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Flying into History, Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum and the Servicemen who made her famous.

I found myself sitting in the Wardroom (the Officer's Galley) of the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point on the eve of its 40th Anniversary celebration talking with Rear Admiral James Flatley III, wondering how in the world I got lucky enough to get this interview, and hoping very sincerely I do it justice. Saturday, August 27th, 2016, the Patriot's Point Naval & Maritime Museum celebrated four decades in Charleston, by welcoming nearly 5,000 visitors to roam the decks of the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier, the USS Laffey Destroyer, the depths of the USS Clamagore Submarine, and the numerous exhibits on property. There were throngs of people there of all walks of life...everyone from young kids and families, to students, to military veterans in their eighties and nineties wearing their service hats.

The day beforehand the ship had been a bit quieter, hosting a Naval graduation ceremony and a somewhat smaller number of guests, including the Admiral and myself. In the paragraphs that follow I hope you'll get a sense of why I was so excited to be sitting with Rear Admiral (RADM) Flatley learning about his flying days and all about the servicemen who had made the Yorktown famous over the years.

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McLeod Plantation Opens in Charleston

When I moved to Charleston in 2003, my grandfather drove me all around town pointing out historic sites and areas of interest. When we made our way to James Island, he directed my attention to a row of white cabins just off Folly Road. It was McLeod Plantation. While a notable historical site, he wasn't sure what the status of the property was at the time. A number of years later, I moved to James Island. I passed those cabins on a regular basis, wondering about them often. This past Friday, years worth of curiosity were satisfied, when I got to tour the plantation a day before it officially opened to the public. I can't encourage locals to check this place out enough. It is a treasure trove of Charleston history.

 

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Magnolia Gardens in Springtime

I never need an excuse to head out to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. It's one of my favorite places in the Lowcountry. But a couple of weeks ago, I had an extra reason to be out there. In a week or so more, I'll have yet another. You see the the azaleas are blooming, and sometime soon, they'll be at their peak. In my opinion, there is simply no better time to visit Magnolia Plantation. It has an awe-inspiring beauty in the spring.

 

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