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USA Radio
July 4, 2014

Plantations and fireworks in South Carolina

Waking up at Pawleys Plantation Golf & Country Club felt like a dream on our fourth day on the road. Our house (yes, we had a whole house!) was huge, and the scenic property made us feel like we were in a movie. We got ready and made our way to breakfast at The Coffee Break Café where we met the owners. Ron and Megan made us feel so welcomed, and we loved trying Megan’s famous humongous pancakes (just one is more than enough for two people!). The food was delicious and the coffee was invigorating! Just what we needed before we hit the road again.

Our first stop of the day was Boone Hall Plantation, one of America’s oldest working plantations. Back in the day, they produced cotton and pecans, but now focus on fresh fruits and vegetables. The plantation has preserved nine of the original slave houses as part of its museum, each one depicting a part of its history. We even got to see basket makers—actual descendants of the original slaves — in action and learned about their history. The experience gave us a glimpse into that part of history and we felt humbled being on such a historic site.

After 30 minutes on the road, we arrived in Charleston, South Carolina. We kicked off our visit with the Savor The Flavors of Charleston Food Tour, and we were so glad we did! It’s a must for any food enthusiast. For 2.5 hours we walked, talked and tasted our way through six great spots in the city. We tried everything from pulled pork to pralines, sweet tea to fried green tomatoes. Now that’s our kind of tour!

We thought our day couldn’t get any better, but we were wrong! We got lucky and scored tickets to see the 4th of July fireworks on the flight deck of a decommissioned Navy ship, Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum on the Charleston Harbor. The ship itself is now a museum, and people were flocking the area to settle in with their picnics and blankets before the show. The fireworks were impressive, and seeing them atop a living piece of history made the experience unforgettable.

Once the show was over, we were ready to go “home”—or in this case, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel. Talk about Southern charm! Sitting in the heart of Charleston, the hotel’s architecture combined vintage touches with modern luxuries. The staff was incredibly nice, and we all unanimously agreed it was one of the best hotels of the trip.

Tomorrow we say goodbye to South Carolina and head into Georgia. See you there!

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