“My Charleston”

Vol. 14 No. 2

Emily R. Gifford is a shareholder with Richardson Plowden & Robinson, PA, in Columbia, South Carolina, where she focuses her practice on construction law, including surety law, and commercial litigation. She serves on the TortSource editorial board as executive editor and can be reached at egifford@RichardsonPlowden.com.

TIPS Spring Meeting
May 17–20, 2012

Welcome to the Holy City! Charleston, South Carolina, is a city rich in history, tradition, and southern hospitality. Named in honor of King Charles II, Charles Town has been shaped and challenged by many events throughout history, yet has retained its beauty and charm. Voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine as the top American travel destination in 2011, Charleston will welcome you with open arms.

As a visitor to Charleston, you will experience why it also has been named one of the friendliest cites in the United States. Whether you are a history buff, shopaholic, or beach-lover, you will find activities to suit all tastes. Walk through the historic City Market, stroll on the Battery, see Rainbow Row, and check out what’s happening in Marion Square. You can shop on King Street for the latest fashions, or you can browse in Charleston’s remarkable antique stores. Watch for horse-drawn carriages, wander the cobblestone streets, and discover beautiful homes, unique boutiques, and history at every turn. 

Guided tours are available of Charleston’s most beautiful homes, its historic sites, and its ghostly haunts. Watch local weavers craft traditional Gullah-style sweetgrass baskets, or see the H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine, which mysteriously vanished in 1864 only to be recovered off the coast of Charleston in 2000.

Charleston has survived the devastation of two wars fought within its boundaries. Visitors can explore several sites related to the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, including Fort Sumter, where Confederate soldiers fired the first shots of the Civil War. You can tour plantation homes and manors that survived both wars and experience a glimpse into centuries past.

If you prefer a seaside venue, head to Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, or Isle of Palms for a relaxing day at the beach. Or you can hit the links at a number of golf courses in the area. The weather promises to be sunny and warm, with May temperatures averaging in the mid 70s.

You also will have your choice of delicious local cuisine, ranging from classic southern comfort food to cutting-edge fare. Many Charleston restaurants have been recognized among the best in the nation, and whether you want great seafood or modern American cuisine, you will not be disappointed. Try the coconut cake at Peninsula Grill, the she-crab soup at 82 Queen, or enjoy McCrady’s, Fig, or Husk. Husk was named by Bon Appétit as the best new restaurant in America in September 2011. And don’t forget about breakfast at The Hominy Grill.

Charleston weaves the present day with the past, and she will delight you with all she has to offer. See ya’ll there soon!

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