Happy Monday friends! I’m continuing with our Charleston trip Day Two today. If you missed Day One and want to catch up you can find it here!
Day two started off with a much anticipated History Tour! We had booked a private tour in advance through Classic Carriage Works. We road through the colorful streets while soaking up all that our tour guide had to share with us. From war time history to little details about the architecture, we loved every second of this tour! As I said in Day One, I was so happy that we had explored parts of the city the day before we took the tour. I felt as if our eyes were opened to so many details that we had seen but not really noticed the day before!
After the history tour, we decided to fill our stomachs for the busy day ahead. We had brunch at McCrady’s Tavern, one of several Charleston restaurants featuring James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock’s southern cuisine. The 1778 Georgian building itself holds much history. The most fascinating being a grand 30 course dinner that was held here for President George Washington in 1791. After years of change, the Tavern is now restored to it’s former glory. From the exposed brick and timber to Chef Brock’s Gilded Age dishes, you are sure to be transported back in time. We highly recommend this one! P.S. If you watched the southern legal drama that was on CBS a few years back, Reckless (currently on Netflix), you will recognize the McCrady’s bar from the show!
After brunch, we set out to find the oldest historic home in Charleston. I wish we had tracked how many miles we walked on this trip, because we WALKED! The great part about walking in Charleston is that there are plaques all through the city that tell of the history. The more you walk, the more you see! After we found the home, we walked through the College of Charleston. We quickly came to the conclusion that if we could do college all over again, we would go there together! We continued our walk to the Colonial Lake, in awe of the beautiful and historic Charleston homes that surround this area.
On our way back towards South of Broad, we decided to do a home tour since it looked like rain was headed our way. We chose to tour the Calhoun Mansion. The baronial Italianate manor house is known as Charleston’s Gilded Age Mansion. At 24,000 square feet, the Calhoun Mansion is the largest single family home in the city. With 35 rooms, 23 fireplaces, ornate details in every nook and cranny, and impressive chandeliers by none other than Louis Tiffany, this house is a must see. Not to mention that there are several scenes from The Notebook that were filmed inside as the Hamilton’s summer home, as well as another favorite of mine North and South as the Hazards’ Mansion, Belvedere. Little to Michael’s knowledge, this trip was sprinkled with scenes from The Notebook as the College of Charleston and a stop to come on Day 3 appeared in the movie as well! Pictures were not aloud inside the mansion, but I have found a few from the movie to excite you if you have the chance to go!
After returning to the hotel to freshen up, we headed to yet another one of James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock’s restaurants… Husk! (This was Sean Brock/The Notebook day!) This may have been the most anticipated meal of the trip for us! We had heard so many amazing reviews of Husk that it was at the very top of our list. If you do not remember anything from this blog post, remember this… You MUST try Husk! The restored Victorian home is a site to behold. The double porch, the haint blue porch ceilings, the white with black shutters, the joggling board… Be still my heart! And that is just the outside! First thing first, make sure you book this one in advance as it fills up quickly. While the menu is ever changing, you can rest assured that it will be full of ingredients that are indigenous to the South. “If it doesn’t come from the South, it’s not coming through the door,” is one of Chef Brock’s kitchen rules. He takes what is fresh that day and creates a meal of Lowcountry ingredients that you will not forget. I think it is safe to say, any time we find ourselves in Charleston we will be eating here!
That wraps up Day Two! I hope you all are enjoying our Charleston travels. Stay posted for an exciting Day Three!