I’m on my way to the 47th annual family reunion in Charleston. Every summer growing up we planned a visit to Charleston for my Mom’s family reunion. Held on Sullivan’s Island, the family with all the cousins would gather for a vast lunch, sno cones, the beach, and lots of fun catching up.
As the ladies of the family were wonderful cooks, lunch was always a treat. Ham, Charleston red rice, shrimp, fried chicken, potato salad, deviled eggs, coleslaw, and macaroni salad were among the traditional dishes found on the table. The dessert table was not to be overlooked with poundcake, pies, and cookies. Add in plenty of homemade sweet iced tea and good conversation and it was always a delightful day for all.
It’s been years since I’ve been able to attend but I’m headed there this year. I’m so excited to be back in Charleston. Flying in there was this sense that I was home. From the plane I could see the marsh and the peninsula. The humidity and heat enveloped me as I exited the plane bringing a large smile to my face. This is the place I loved as a child.
With the passing of my grandparents, I opted for a reservation at Charleston Place Hotel. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, it was ideally located for a walk to the battery and the waterfront parks, shopping on King Street, and a visit to the vegetable market.
King Street was always the place for a shopping expedition and continues to be the location for delightful boutiques. I (re)discovered Ben Silvers and Sara Campbells. A trip to Charleston would not be complete without a walk through the market to look at the sweetgrass baskets. They are individual works of art and I always find creative uses for them at home.
Sullivans Island is a barrier island off of Charleston and home of Fort Moultrie, used in the Revolution. White sand beaches and beautiful old homes mark it as a lovely location for a family gathering and a swim or day at the beach.
She crab soup, beautiful iron work, great food, and family, I’m going home!