Charleston Recipes

Recipes from Charleston Restaurants –

Charleston based Recipes from Recipe Websites –

Know of other Recipes or Websites with Charleston recipes?


U.S. News and Reports’ Travel Guide names Charleston as the 8th ‘Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.’

U.S. News and Reports’s Travel Guide says,

‘Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your partner can focus on your new life together, starting with an oh-so-romantic honeymoon. To help you kick-start your marriage (without the added stress of international travel), we’ve gathered together a list of the best honeymoon destinations found within our own borders. All of these places offer a little something special to make your trip as unique as the love you share.’

Sixteen cities were cited including these cities that ranked lower than Charleston…

  • Santa Barbara
  • Lanai
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Vail
  • Cape Cod
  • Nantucket
  • Stowe, Vt.

As for Charleston the article said…

‘Why Go: Start your marriage off with a taste of authentic Hollywood romance (Gone with the Wind-style) in Charleston. This low-key South Carolina city pours on the Southern charm like gravy on biscuits: Gas lamp-lined cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture set the scene, while gourmet cuisine followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride will set the mood.’

Read the article to find out what seven cities ranked higher than Charleston and to find out what they say are the ‘Top Things to Do in Charleston’.

‎’Southern Living’ named Charleston and 9 others as nominees for Tastiest Town in the South.

The editors and experts of Southern Living magazine held a summit in their test kitchens and and narrowed down their list of the ‘Tastiest Town in the South’ down to 10.   Really?  Is there really a contest?  Here are five of the other nominees:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Houston, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Birmingham, Alabama

Before you look at the other five do you have a prediction?

Here is the complete list –


New Guide is Published for Charleston Tour Guide Training.

The Historic Charleston Foundation has published a new book for its guides, ‘The City of Charleston Tour Guide Training Manual’.  The book is 492 pages long and is available in a spiral bound format or in a CD format.  Read more about it in the article on Post and entitled, ‘Rewriting History: After nearly three decades, Charleston updates its notes for tour guides’.

The introduction of the Tour Guide Training Manual on the Historic Charleston Foundation Website-

Charleston is planning a museum marking where slaves landed

‘Charleston’s planned International African American Museum could draw more attention by creating a plaza called “Arrival Square” marking where thousands of slaves set foot into North America.

The square, suggested for near Calhoun and Concord streets, would expand the appeal and marketability of the museum, officials said, including by highlighting a former Cooper River wharf where hundreds of slaves ships are reported to have tied up.’

(for updates visit the International African American Museum page of

Middleton Place Discount for Charleston Tri-County Area Residents in January

Winter Weekends at Middleton Place

‘Middleton Place will offer 60% OFF general admission to all Charleston tri-county area residents every weekend in January (adults $10, students $6 and children $4). Explore America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens with overview tours given on the hour from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the Plantation Stableyards where craft artisans demonstrating the working life of many slave men and women. The Middleton Place Restaurant, Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop will also be open to welcome visitors. The House Museum will be closed from January 17 – 28th. Winter weekends are an exceptionally beautiful time of year to visit Middleton Place with many Camellias and other flowers in bloom.’

Biking in Charleston, S.C.

To me, a middle-age out-of-shape amateur bicyclist, Charleston is the absolute perfect place to go biking.  Though I am always amazed at mountain bikers in the Boone, N.C. area ,etc., that is not for me.  Give me lowcountry biking anyday!

I simply love biking at the Charleston County Parks, especially at Mt. Pleasant’s Palmetto Islands County Park.   Other great parks to ride in include North Charleston’s Wannamaker County Park and James Island County Park.

Here are some Websites on biking in Charleston to look at –

Bicycling Stores –

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (70 acres, 28 hectares) is a historic house with gardens located on the Ashley River at 3550 Ashley River Road, Charleston County, South Carolina, United States. It is one of the oldest plantations in the south, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The house and gardens are open daily; an admission fee is charged. Magnolia Plantation is located near Charleston and directly across the Ashley River from North Charleston.   Source: Article on Wikipedia

The official Website of Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.

Gene Philips has a written a wonderful blog post that shares some of the history of the plantation and gardens – Magnificent Magnolia Plantation: By Gene Phillips

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens on