So you’re from Massachusetts and you’ve found yourself in Charleston, SC for a length of time. As we know, travel is about getting out of your comfort zone and seeing and experiencing the new and unfamilair but sometimes it’s nice to settle back into what we know and love. Born and raised in Western Massachusetts and now having lived here for eight years, I sometimes find myself a bit homesick living in the South, so I compiled a short list of places here in Charleston every New Englander should visit to feel right at home.
While the lowcountry is home to some of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast, what makes them even bettah than at home is that you can actually go in the water and enjoy yourself without feeling like you have to jump out for fear of going completely numb from cold. Head over to Sullivans Island, it’s where the locals go, after a day on the beach head to Poe’s Tavern for a burger and beer. Boston born Edgar Allan Poe spent about a year and half on Sullivans Island where he wrote three stories while stationed at Fort Moultrie.
Pizza Like Back Home
Market Street is a fun, upbeat shopping and dining area that is not to be missed when perusing downtown Charleston, you’ll find a restaurant and store for every taste and whim. When you’re really feeling like a slice of home though, none other Pizzeria de Giovanni’s will do. I’ve been a Papa Gino’s girl since the 80s; tabletop juke boxes, the whole nine, right? While you won’t find the jukebox at Giovanni’s, you will find the best and biggest slice of pizza in Charleston! Tucked away inside The Rainbow Market at 40 N. Market Street you can get your pizza by the slice, fix.
The Red Sox
While Greenville, SC is a bit of a hike from Charleston, if you happen to be visiting during baseball season you may be able to catch a game locally between the Riverdogs (Yankees affiliate) and more importantly Red Sox Class A affiliate, The Greenville Drive. If you do end up getting to Greenville, Fluor Field is an almost exact replica of Fenway Park, right down to the Green Monster and Pesky’s Pole in right field, they’ll even play Sweet Caroline, I mean, come on…. Wicked pissah, right?
My life in the Commonwealth prior to becoming a mom kids consisted of comedy clubs and bars on The Fenway. Charleston like Boston is a college town, so for that northern nightlife feel, look no further than Charleston Beer Works on King Street, a real-live Red Sox bar in the South and The Improv at Theater99 on Meeting Street for an inexpensive comedy show.
Once you leave the Northeast you’ll quickly learn to never order anything other than Maine (or Boston) lobster; they’ll serve you up some freakish looking spiny thing at a sit-down fancy-pants dinner where you have to use your manners, forget that! In my world, lobster is meant to be eaten outdoors while sitting on a back deck on a lobster trap table as one does at Roy Moore’s in Rockport. The closest laid-back way you’ll find lobster here in Charleston is from the Immortal Lobster Food Truck. Real Maine lobster rolls done Maine style with mayo or Connecticut style with butter. You can also snag a homemade whoopee pie or a fluffernutter from the food truck. It doesn’t get any more New England than that!
So while you’re here in Charleston trying the amazing local favorites like shrimp & grits, She-Crab Soup and hush puppies, just know that Charleston has some options to keep everything on an even keel for you. Now, as far as driving goes, I’ll let you figure that one out on your own.