Every summer, one of the first things that I do when school ends is go on an adventure. For the past six years, it’s meant a cruise with family (either his or mine). And while I love the ocean and the time with family, I was ready for a change of pace, so we packed up the car, grabbed a list of restaurants from the Travel Channel, and headed off on a road trip by ourselves.
First stop: Charleston, South Carolina.
Talk about a beautiful city. It’s exactly my sort of vacation spot: history-rich city to explore, beautiful nature nearby, and delightful local restaurants.
Here’s a glimpse into part I of what we saw and did there.
Since we didn’t arrive in North Charleston (our hotel location) until late afternoon, our first evening in Charleston consisted of dinner at Bessinger’s barbeque.
Unlike most barbeque places, the sauce is actually mustard-based. My husband said it wasn’t quite as good as our local barbecue place, but it was definitely worth visiting.
If nothing else, it’s worth it for the Golden Onion Rings.
Only one or two is in each meal, but it’s more than enough. When a slice of onion is fried into a funnel-cake, “donut” ring, it’s too rich to have more than a couple.
The next morning, we woke early for what turned into military history day at Patriot’s Point.
The first order of business was Fort Sumter.
The Civil War has always had a special place in my heart. Perhaps it’s because so many members of my extended family fought and died on battlefields from Bull Run to Fredericksburg, and the photographs of two of them have been heirlooms in the family for years. The complexities of the political and social situations surrounding the war fascinate me, especially since some of those conflicts remain even today.
Next, we went to what’s known as Patriot’s Point, where the USS Yorktown (an aircraft carrier), the USS Laffey (a battleship), and a submarine (whose name I didn’t catch) are docked and on display.
There is so much to see on each of the ships, especially the Yorktown, where you can walk through every major part of the ship. (Just be warned, not all of the parts have great ventilation, especially in the sub, so it can be very hot!)
One of the best parts is the Medal of Honor museum on the Yorktown. If ever you visit, be sure to check it out. It’s well worth the price of admission.
By this point, we were hungry, so we went to Hyman’s Seafood for dinner. It’s a multistory maze of a restaurant spread between two old buildings, and each table has the names of celebrities who’ve shared the same table.
Everything on the menu is great, but here are some musts (from the multiple visits we made there):
For next post’s adventure, expect a trip through history in downtown Charleston and a one-of-a-kind plantation!