We began our morning with a refreshing brunch at 82 Queen. The ambiance of this eatery engulfed us in romance. We were asked whether we would like to dine inside or out, and as the weather was balmy and beautiful, we opted for the courtyard experience. We were seated in a little alcove among trees and shrubbery at a table for two with sea shell backed chairs. I ordered the quiche of the day, while my husband ordered an omelet and we thoroughly enjoyed the low country cuisine. My favorite element of the meal was my delicious pomegranate mimosa.
After filling our bellies, we strolled along the historic downtown of Charleston, eavesdropping on the speeches of the carriage tour guides, as we took pictures of the beautifully quaint architecture and inhaled the fragrance of summer in this historic city.
Finally, we left Charleston to visit Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. This establishment is still owned by the original family, who were benevolent slave holders, as the founder, Reverend Drayton, built a school on his grounds for his slave children, and continued to employ his former slaves even after the Civil War. We toured the plantation home, the farmhouse, as the family calls it, and the gardens surrounding the vintage home. My favorite garden was the Biblical Garden, which grew plants referred to throughout scripture, examples of which are the fig plant and the grapevine.