Last week, Mike and I took off from work so that we could go explore Charleston, SC and Savannah, GA. We had so much fun and fit so much into the week. It was the perfect time of year to visit these cities as the temperatures were mostly in the sixties and there weren’t many crowds due to it being a lighter time of year for tourists.
We flew to Charleston for the first three nights of our trip. When we arrived we went to Drayton Hall.
When I started to plan our trip, I knew we had to visit one plantation. I chose this one because of it’s proximity to the airport and because it was not restored but preserved. There isn’t fancy furniture or really anything but rooms that show their age but maintain their originality.
We had a great tour of the house and then wandered around the grounds which are right on the Ashley River.
Before we left, we stopped at the African American Cemetery on the property.
That night we had dinner reservations at Trattoria Luca.
We picked this restaurant because on Mondays they have a family supper with a prix fixe menu that got great reviews on Yelp. I think this was my favorite dinner of the trip.
The four course meal was served family style at the table for us to share. It started with an amazing appetizer course.
Salad with apples, walnuts, shaved parmesan and a delicious dressing.
A charcuterie plate with prosciutto, capicola, salami and pickled vegetables.
Marinated mushrooms with crispy onions.
And delicious brussel sprouts.
And that was just the first course. After that was the pasta course which was fresh with tomato, onion and a smoked cheese (I can’t remember what kind but it was so good).
The next course was pork which was served with roasted vegetables and a pesto on top.
And finally there was dessert. Even our waitress said she didn’t know how to describe this. Calling it a mousse would imply it was lighter and airy but calling it a pudding doesn’t seem special enough. It was chocolatey without being too rich and the touch of sea salt on top was the perfect compliment.
This was the perfect end to a great first day.