Being born (and now living) just south of the Mason-Dixon line makes me a southerner. When I think of the south I think of huge oak trees covered in Spanish moss, wrought iron gates, and southern hospitality.
There are differences in every state with language, mannerisms, and foods eaten. The south is very distinctive and easily spotted where these are concerned.
Having just watched some of the “Southern Charm” TV episodes on Bravo, I thought I would bring you a few charming ideas that hail from the South.
The first thing that comes to mind is a cozy front porch with rocking chairs to “sit a spell.”
If you don’t have a front porch, a back porch/patio will do. And, of course, you need to be sippin’ on something cool to drink such as sweet tea julep seen below, or just sweet tea. Head on over to Southern Fatty.com for the recipe.
Moving indoors, southern decorating style is similar to a combination of French Country with loving antiques handed down through the generations (or some you’ve purchased) and just plain comfort.
Above is an antique buffet with pink and white Staffordshire plates that the owner purchased in Stoke-on-Trent (England) placed in a lovely arc over the hanging picture.
Sojourn to Charleston, S.C.
A few years ago my husband and I took a little trip to Charleston since we’d never been there before. It’s a beautiful, historic city. I’d recommend a trip there to everyone, but not during July like we did! It’s unbearably hot and humid. The good thing was that nothing was very crowded!
We stayed at the HarbourView Inn which is located exactly where you’d think, next to Charleston Harbor. It’s a small, boutique hotel with 52 rooms.
It was a bit of a walk to the restaurants and downtown sights, but we were right next to a beautiful park. The interior decor is in an elegant and timeless style with a few old Charleston maps and hand-crafted wood furniture done by a master craftsman.
There are many lovely hotels in Charleston, but here’s a little peek where we stayed.
The four-poster bed had a heavenly TempurPedic mattress. Another nice feature is the daily silver service Portside breakfast delivered to your room.
While in Charleston I recommend: (what we did)
* Take a horse-drawn carriage tour (the Battery)
* Take a tour of an historic home (Nathaniel Russell)
* Tour a plantation (Middleton)
* Take a walking tour (the Ghost and Graveyard tour was great)
* Eat lots of great food (barbecue at Jim ‘N Nick’s, fried green tomatoes at Magnolia’s, happy hour at the Blind Tiger Pub with a cool, historic patio, to name a few)
* Shop at Charleston City Market for authentic and hand-made Gullah baskets
So if you are looking for a great southern city to visit, go to Charleston, where the charm of the city meets southern hospitality extraordinaire.
For more southern stylings, check out Savvy Southern Style!
(featured image is house built for Samuel Stevens in 1843 in Charleston, SC)