If you’re a fellow Charlestonian, you would’ve sang along to the title of this first official post of my blog. This saying, in my opinion is very true, there is nothing that could be finer than to be in Carolina.
Charleston, South Carolina is my hometown. Founded in 1670, and located on the Atlantic coast of the United States, Charleston is a city full of rich history, culture, and good ol’ authentic Southern cuisine. Charleston is also referred to as the “Holy City,” because of it is tolerance for all religions and its many historic and renowned churches.
With five distinct beach towns, Charleston gives many of it’s visitors and locals the invitation to sit back, relax, and enjoy the coastal Carolina air. Visitors have their choice of visiting a family beach such as the “Isle of Palms.” Or you can swing over to the home to some of the best golf courses over in “Kiawah Island.” If you’re looking for a slower pace of life head on over to “Seabrook Island.” Looking to surf it up? Well bring your boards over to “Folly Beach.” Lastly, you can always visit “Sullivan’s Island.” The only Island to be the setting of a Revolutionary War battle.
Next, if you’re looking to get a dose of some of the Lowcountry’s culture, be sure to head down to the “Charleston City Market.” Here you can purchase authentic merchandise such as sweet grass baskets and even chat it up with a few of the locals. In the vicinity, you can enjoy carriage tours on our cobblestone streets. Get a glimpse of the famous “Rainbow Row” located north of Tradd St. and south of Elliott St. on East Bay Street, that is, 79 to 107 East Bay Street.
Now, it’s true that Southerns like myself have a distinct southern twang. However, many African American Charlestonian’s speak a language known as “Gullah-Geechee.” I speak this myself, and can understand it quite well. This native tongue will sound like one is from one of the Caribbean islands. The unique creole language known as Gullah is spoken language along the Sea Islands of S.C and G.A. The vocabulary and it’s grammatical roots come from African, and European languages. Gullah Geechee is the ONLY distinctly African creole language in the U.S. It has influenced speech patterns and Southern vocabulary.
Along with our rich history and culture, Charleston has some of the best food this side of the Mason Dixon in my opinion. With it’s location on the coast, this city has an abundance of seafood and seafood restaurants. A few places to check out are “Nana’s Seafood and Soul” located on Line St. This restaurant prides itself on the delicious Gullah Geechee cuisine and fresh seafood. Another restaurant and Charleston landmark is Hyman’s Seafood which is also located in downtown Charleston. While you’re in the city, you may notice many of the restaurants have the following items on the menu:
- Shrimp and Grits
You most definitely have to try these two items! You can not visit Charleston and not try these two local dishes. Trust me you will not be disappointed! Last but not least, sweet tea is in ABUNDANCE. That goof ol’ liquid gold is almost everywhere in Charleston. Not like many Northern establishments, you do not have to sweeten your tea with the plentiful packets of sugar and Splenda that can be found on your restaurant tables.
In conclusion, if you’re looking for authentic comfort food, rich culture, and Southern hospitality then Charleston is the place to visit. Just remember “Nothing Could Be Finer Than to Be in Carolina.”