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 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.

Irvin-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
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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