gone coastal

At the end of September, my mom came out to visit me!  She’s been here a few times before, but this was her first ride solo.  For some reason I wanted to take her anywhere and everywhere!  So we packed in as much fun as we could in a few short days!  Mom still isn’t sure where we were and where we went.  Some day I’ll get her a map and highlight our route so she can see that we didn’t leave the country!

I picked her up from the airport on Thursday night and we started our journey straight to Charleston, South Carolina.  It’s a 5 hour drive, and we drove through Columbia.  I drove as fast as I could to get us to the LDS temple there before dusk, but, alas, we made it just after dark.  It was a beautiful sight to behold nonetheless.

I had never been to Charleston, but I have heard rave reviews about how wonderful it is there.  I was told there were 2 MUSTS: a carriage ride and shopping in the market.  I figured the carriage ride would be best to do first because it gives a tour of Charleston and we could have time to look around and see what we wanted to do.  Mom was most worried about sitting right behind the horses and smelling like a horse when we were done.  Luckily, that didn’t happen.  Our tour guide told us about a house that had a free-standing stairwell, and we were intrigued.  So, we moseyed our way over to the Russell House to have the official tour.  We were on the last leg of tours that is allowed to walk up the stairs (they were stopping in November).  It was very pretty:

Now, you would think that the lady in that picture is Ms. Russell, no?  You would be wrong.  It is a “time piece” and was bought to put somewhere in the house.  It was full of stuff like this, and I thought that was very odd.  I was starving when we left the Russell House, and I got a recommendation from the Mackay’s to go to Magnolia’s for lunch.

Mom had the most DELECTABLE crab cake.  It was worth driving all the way out to Charleston again for!  Seriously, it was good.  Mine was a Lowcountry Bouillabaisse, and it was good as well.  This gave us enough fuel to get to the Market and shop our hearts out, and we did!  The market is an indoor/outdoor market and has everything from sweaters and paintings to jelly and cards!  Mom was especially captivated by the sweetgrass baskets the the women were making and selling.  We would have bought one but they were SO expensive!!

I had heard about a plantation to go to out in Charleston, but wasn’t sure it would work out to go.  We made it to Magnolia Plantation in time to get the house tour and walk around the grounds before we got kicked out.  It was quite an experience!  Apparently the lady who lived there didn’t like tap water.  She had a contraption built to save rain water and have it stored somewhere under the house!  It looked like a chimney that went to nowhere.  The grounds were very pretty though, and we enjoyed the Spanish moss and the bridges and foliage.

Then with haste we drove down to Savanna to eat dinner at Paula Deen’s restaurant!  It was so delicious, and everything tasted like it had a whole stick of butter in it!

I got a chicken pot pie, which was the best I’ve ever had.  Mom got some kind of shrimp and potatoes on a bed of baked collard greens.  Collards aren’t something that grace the west coast, probably for a good reason!  It was quite a discovery for my mom to have them on her plate, and needless to say she won’t ever order them again!  She did love the shrimp and potatoes though!  The next day we took a tour of charming Savanna.  We left just in time to get to the Whistle Stop Cafe from Fried Green Tomatoes.

It was less than spectacular!  It was such a ghost town!  I was disappointed the Cafe was closed by the time we got there, but Mom was not so convinced!

The last big event of the weekend was a traditional southern dinner from Greenwood’s treated by the Mackay’s!  They are wonderful company, and great friends.  It was nice to sit and talk for a while in the beautiful fall air.

It was a great weekend!  I love when Mom comes to visit!!  Thanks, Mom!

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One thought on “gone coastal

  1. Mom November 28, 2012 at 5:29 am Reply

    Laura – it was the best weekend ever!! You make a great tour guide/hostess. The South……. what a place…… loved all the food we had. Love you, Mom

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