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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Ride the Waves in Charleston

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5. Oddball Day


Awendaw Green hosts bluegrass concerts and weekly hoedowns.   

Spend a day out of the water exploring the traditions of Lowcountry cuisine and checking out local fashion. Grab coffee and a banana-Nutella turnover ($3.50) at Hope and Union before driving downtown on King a couple of miles to the historic Thomas Elfe House. There, native Charlestonian Annie Mayo conducts demos ($40 per person) of Lowcountry recipes like pimento cheese and red rice, and explains the origins of each dish. Afterward, walk about six blocks north to the Bike Shoppe, which rents wheels by the hour ($7). Weave through the tiny streets and alleyways along East Bay Street and the Battery toward Bull Street Gourmet & Market, where you can load your baskets with jars of pickled okra and hot pepper jelly to bring home. Next, swing by The Library for some Southern-inspired vintage dresses or pedal up to Cannon Street where guys can suit up in the updated preppy styles of Indigo & Cotton. If you’re in need of some sugar, grab a pecan cupcake ($3) from Sugar Bakeshop before stopping in next door at the tiny workshop and millinery museum Magar Hatworks (appointments required), where Leigh Magar uses over 400 antique and vintage hat forms to create fedoras, bonnets, and fezes. Head back down King Street to share a Lowcountry boil ($17.99) for supper at Virginia’s on King. Return your bike and get back in the car to head to Charleston Outdoor Adventures for a 90-minute sunset ride on a small boat ($40 per person) through low-lying marshes. If you’re hungry again, stop by The Grocery for small plates of updated Lowcountry fare like house-pickled green tomatoes ($4), but otherwise try to catch a bluegrass performance at Awendaw Green. Their main hoedowns take place Wednesday nights, but occasionally there are Saturday night concerts in the barn. If it’s an off night, console yourself with a handcrafted drink or two (from $9) on the rooftop patio of The Cocktail Club, where ingredients include locally grown concord grapes and strawberries.


Published on Jun 1, 2012 as a web exclusive.

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