Day Trips Around Charleston: Wadmalaw Island

Bordered by Bohicket Creek and just southwest of Charleston, the rural Wadmalaw Island has some of the best must-see locations that are perfect for a day trip. It’s climate and rich soil create ideal growing conditions, allowing the island to support family and commercial farms including a tea plantation, a vineyard and one of the nation’s oldest oak trees.

Charleston Tea PlantationCharleston Tea Plantation
6617 Maybank Hwy

Trade in your morning coffee for a cup of tea. The Charleston Tea Plantation is the only working tea farm in America and is the home of American Classic Tea. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. You can also learn about the production of the tea while exploring the scenic grounds by taking a Trolley Tour.

Firefly DistilleryIrvin-House Vineyards
6775 Bears Bluff Road

Irvin-House Vineyards is the perfect place to unwind after a long day and take in the beauty of the Lowcountry while lounging under the oaks and sipping muscadine wine. Charleston’s only domestic vineyard and winery, also features walking trails, a petting zoo, a garden and a large pond. Firefly Distillery, whose products include Firefly Vodka, Sea Island Rum and Sweet Tea Bourbon, also calls the vineyards home. It is the largest micro-distillery in South Carolina and even has a tasting room where people may taste Firefly products and purchase bottles right on the property.

Angel Oak TreeAngel Oak
3688 Angel Oak Road

On your way back to Charleston Place Hotel, be sure to stop and see the Angel Oak on Johns Island. With a height of 65 feet and an area of foliage that reaches 17,000 square feet, it is easy to believe that the Angel Oak Tree is known for being one of the oldest living oaks in the country. The tree itself is named after the property’s original owners Martha and Justis Angel. Thanks to the help of the local community, the Angel Oak has with stood Hurricane Hugo and many other natural disasters. In 1991, The City of Charleston acquired Angel Oak Park and now maintains these historic grounds for visitors to come and experience it free of charge.

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Day Trips Around Charleston: The Old Village of Mt. Pleasant

For your next trip to Charleston, we would like to suggest you stay an extra day or two and explore areas outside the Peninsula of Charleston. The first in our series of recommendations is the Old Village of Mt. Pleasant, just across the Cooper River.

Set along the Charleston Harbor, the Old Village Historical Section of Mt. Pleasant, presents a wonderful day trip opportunity. This historic neighborhood dates back to the 1800’s with Spanish moss draped Oak trees lining the picturesque streets.

Pitt Street BridgeOtis Picket Bridge Recreation Area (Old Pitt Street Bridge)
Pitt Street and Schweers Lane, Mt. Pleasant
Start your day with a walk down the Old Pitt Street Bridge, a bridge that used to connect Mount Pleasant to Sullivan’s Island. When a new bridge was built, the town created a pedestrian walkway perfect for walking, jogging or fishing. At the end of the walkway, you can see the remains of the old bridge, as well as a great view of the Intracoastal Waterway.

Pitt Street Pharmacy
111 Pitt Street, Mt. Pleasant
Pitt Street Pharmacy
After wandering down the Pitt Street Bridge, take some time to explore the boutique shops on Pitt Street. One can’t miss stop is the Pitt Street Pharmacy, an old fashioned pharmacy and soda fountain built in 1938. They have a specialized compounding pharmacy, but we think their Fountain Cherry Coke and Chicken Salad Sandwiches will cure anything that ails you.

Alhambra HallAlhambra Hall
131 Middle Street, Mt. Pleasant
Spend the afternoon exploring Alhambra Hall, an old ferry terminal building that offers one of the best views of Charleston Harbor. The lawn outside the main building is home to many games of catch, there are walking paths to the marsh and a large playground is across the street.

Let us know what other areas in the Old Village you would recommend as well as other day trips around the Charleston area that you suggest. Take advantage of Charleston Place’s Leisure Longer Offer and enjoy 40% off your third night, giving you plenty of time to explore.

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