Poogans porch was amazing and their shrimp and grits have a blue crab gravy! But the house tours there were fabulous…you are going to fall in love with that city!
Must take a stroll through the market. 82 Queen is very quaint and has great food!
Charleston is so cool–youll have a great time! Look for a Mary Jackson sweetgrass basket. She’s a MacArthur Fellow and her baskets are out of this world.
Doesn’t the lady who does the Pink Wallpaper blog live somewhere around Charleston? She would have great ideas.
Charleston is the best! Have a Drink at Husk Bar. It’s very cool. Great lunch spots are Cru Cafe, Jestine’s Kitchen, and Hominy Grill. Great dinner spots are Husk, Fig, SNOB, Magnolia’s, and The Ordinary is the new hot spot.
I’ve read in the NYTimes that Husk is good. In the old days I ate some fantastic shrimp and grits (a MUST try) in a pink building in the southern end of the Battery.
be sure to go visit Folly Beach! .. and if you are wondering about the way the homes are situated ‘sideways’…it’s because when they were built, they were taxed based on how many windows faced the street. a very beautiful old city. take lots of photos of front doors…
The Historic Preservation Society is having a garden tour now that is must see. Also Symphony has Designer showhouse. Feel free to give me a holler as I live downtown- can help w any questions! Cator@catorsparks.com
You’re going to love Charleston! We were just there a month ago visiting friends who just got a house in the historic downtown area.
Our favorite restaurants are Husk, The Ordinary (great space) Hominy Grill (try the buttermilk pie) and Fig. Save time for antiques and shopping on King Street (no bargains though). Hope you can make it out to Drayton Hall.
Cant wait to hear about your trip!
For sure go to 82 Queen and make sure you have the Collard Greens.
Dear Grant, I have an off-topic question. I absolutely love your work and following your blog, viewing you portfolio. My silly question is: when you cover the tops of your planters with the pretty moss, what do you put between the planter and the pot where the plant is planted so that the moss comes all the way to the edge of the planter ? Thank you! I hope you enjoy that trip to Charleston and come back with a beautiful sweet grass basket.
After you have dined at one of the lovely restaurants mentioned by Michael Hampton, make sure to take a stroll up and down Meeting Street, and taking note in particular of the gorgeous old B&B at 2 Meeting Street. April or May is, to me, the most delightful time of year to visit Charleston. You’ll love it!
eat: HuskMcCrady’s – George Washington ate upstairs in the Long Room
try: boiled peanuts, pickled okra, frogmore stew, shrimp and grits
shop: Billy Reid on King Street
walk:the battery and surround neighborhoods
see:The Gardens at Middleton Place and check out the Clark and Menefee designed Inn next door.
Leave time to walk the streets with your camera. There are so many charming architectural details. Next trip, try Savannah, Beaufort and Hilton Head. All worthy destinations.
Restaurant recommendations:Halls Chop house- Best Steaks and truffle fries in town.Basil- Great ThaiThe Ordinary-New Raw Bar in town. (Try the Tower)Starz- Roof top BarGrill 225 Great Roof top Bar(best view of the Holy City)Leaf-Great place for lunch out-door patio under a live oak.82 Queen Great old staple with the Best Crab cakes in town.These are some of the local favorites.Hope you enjoy the Holy City.
For the question from:Anonymous said…Dear Grant, I have an off-topic question. I absolutely love your work and following your blog, viewing you portfolio. My silly question is: when you cover the tops of your planters with the pretty moss, what do you put between the planter and the pot where the plant is planted so that the moss comes all the way to the edge of the planter ? Thank you! I hope you enjoy that trip to Charleston and come back with a beautiful sweet grass basket.
Never a silly question. The plant pot is smaller than the basket. So I just take newspaper and bunch it up between the pot and the basket- around the same level of the height of the pot. Then I can spread the moss out all on top and it doesn’t fall down the sides. Just remember to water it from the middle- not on the edges! Hope that helps!
Thank you! Always wondered about that!!
See if you can hit up beaufort! It is splendid! Enjoy your trip!MollySent from My iPhone
I really loved the harbor tour to get a birds eye view of the surroundings. They also went by all the beautiful houses on the Battery. Don’t miss the spices sold at the market they have great names like “spank your mama”. If you love Charleston then you must hot foot it down to Savannah, another great Southern town.
Fast and French- delectable local-French bistro with high top tables and vintage French flags. Great for lunch and a little hidden gem!
Hi Grant! I think a follow-up on your trip to Charleston would be marvelous. As a southerner (and fellow interior designer) living in San Francisco, it’s nice to get an outside perspective on one’s travels to a place so deeply rooted in southern heritage. Please share!!! Hope you had a great trip, and your new look is so fresh and so clean clean. Congrats!!
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