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Friday, March 22nd
2-4:30 p.m. Historical Walking Tour
A NextTribe local will guide us through some of the impressive sites in Charleston. The best place to see the spectrum of architectural styles here—including the classic “single house” with porches running along the side–is south of Broad Street. We’ll see Legare Street with its famous wrought iron gates, the wee, brick-paved Stolls Alley and Rainbow Row—a stretch of 18th Century Georgian townhouses in sherbet hues. The narrow, shady streets open up to the battery on the southern tip of the peninsula. Catch your breath (then lose it again taking in the view of the harbor) at White Point Garden.
6:30 p.m. Market Pavilion Rooftop Bar
Because Charleston is a peninsula with views in most every direction, it’s no wonder that rooftop bars are the rage. The perfect perch is the bar at the Market Pavilion Hotel. It’s spacious, with a gleaming year-round pool, and offers a panorama of the harbor.
8:15 p.m. Dinner, High Cotton
Some people come to Charleston just for the food—for good reason. This city of 122,000 is home to a concentration of high dining spots normally seen in cities five times the size. In other words, there is absolutely no excuse for ending up at a fried-filet-and-hushpuppy joint. We are set for dinner at one of the restaurants that started Charleston’s foodie revolution: the lively and luscious High Cotton.
Included: Drinks at Pavilion Rooftop Bar, Dinner.
Saturday March 23rd
10-12 p.m. Boone Hall Plantation Visit
Boone Hall Plantation is still a working agricultural operation whose produce is sold at a nearby farm store. The main house embodies serene grandeur while the rows of original slave quarters, now housing an exhibit on black culture, offer a sobering counterpoint. But probably the best reason to come here is the entryway: three-quarters of a mile of 250-year-old live oaks oozing with Spanish Moss as they arch gracefully over the road.
1-2 p.m. Lunch, Sullivan’s Island
Lunch will take place overlooking the marshes of the Intercoastal waterway and a glorious view of Charleston’s iconic Ravenel Bridge. We’ll be in the home of a NextTriber who lives on Sullivan’s Island, which will give you the chance to see inside one of the spectacular island structures.
2-4 p.m. Author Reception for Cassandra King Conroy
Cassandra King, the author of novels such as The Queen of Broken Hearts and The Same Sweet Girls, was for years part of a royal couple of South Carolina letters. Her husband Pat Conroy was the author of bestsellers such as The Prince of Tides and The Great Santini. After his death in 2016, King put together a posthumous book called A Lowcountry Heart: Reflections on a Writing Life, a mix of Conroy’s essays and blog posts. This fall, she’ll be coming out with her own memoir, Tell Me a Story, of her life before and with Conroy. We’ll get the exclusive treat of hearing all about her new book. Each guest will receive a copy of two of King’s books, Moonrise and The Same Sweet Girls’ Guide to Life: Advice from A Failed Southern Belle, which she will sign.
We have a few slots available for people who aren’t traveling with us. If you’d like to book the lunch and author reception only, click here.
4:30-8 p.m. Boat Ride and Sunset Beach Cook-out
We’ll take a chartered boat from Isle of Palms to the uninhabited barrier island, Capers Island, where we’ll explore the beach, known for its collection of driftwood. We’ll be eating a traditional low-country boil (local shrimp paired with house smoked sausage, sweet corn and small potatoes simmered in a flavorful season mix) and follow up with a bonfire and s’mores before heading back just after sunset.
We have a few slots available for people who aren’t traveling with us. If you’d like to book the beach cook-out only, click here.
Included: Breakfast, Plantation Visit, Lunch, A Lowcountry Heart book, Dinner and Dessert.
Sunday, March 24
9-11 a.m. Magnolia Cemetery
There are reportedly 400 churches in Charleston—which is why it is sometimes called “The Holy City.” The most interesting sacred place in town, however, is the Magnolia Cemetery, which dates back to the 1850s and is strewn across 92 acres on the Cooper River in between magnolia trees and serene ponds. Here the headstones may be shaped like pyramids or adorned with angels, and mausoleums are architectural wonders with columns and florid accents. You will feel like you’ve landed in John Berendt’s Garden of Good and Evil.
Noon – 4 p.m. Celebrity Chef Experience
After a culinary history walking tour introducing you to Charleston’s rich food culture, we will meet James-Beard-award-winning chef, Nathalie Dupree. We will sample dishes made from fresh, heirloom ingredients straight from her private garden. This is a one-of-a-kind interactive culinary experience that includes multiple courses. Dupree will give us recipes, talk about the writing of her cookbooks and sign cookbooks for anyone who’d like to buy them.
We have a few slots available for people who aren’t traveling with us. If you’d like to book the culinary experience only, click here.
Dinner: The Grocery
Charleston has become known for restaurants that are obsessive about sourcing ingredients. The stellar The Grocery (in the popular Upper King Street offers small plates of astonishingly fresh ingredients and combinations. After an afternoon in Nathalie Dupree’s kitchen, a light dinner should be just the thing.
Included: breakfast, Magnolia Cemetery visit, Celebrity Chef Experience.
Monday March 25
10 a.m.-1 p.m. Shopping Tour
NextTribe’s own fashion editor (a native of Charleston) will be on hand to guide us to her favorite stores downtown and in the recently renovated Charleston City Market. Stops include Billy Reid, the Editor, and Ro Sham Beaux.
If you have an evening flight, we suggest an afternoon visit to the Charleston Museum or the newly renovated Gibbes Museum of Art.
Included: Breakfast and Shopping Tour.