Travel: Charleston

The weekend in Charleston was amazing!  I was there to present at the Taste of Charleston for Southern Living.  The weather was wonderful, the food was fantastic and the people were so delightful.  Here are a few of my favorite photos from the wonderful weekend:
 Boone Hall Plantation hosted the Taste of Charleston Event and our Southern Living Team.  

These are the old slave homes on the property of the plantation. 

Isn’t this tree-lined lane way amazing?  The drive up to the old plantation home was so incredible!  The Oak Trees were planted in 1743 by the son of Major John Boone. 

I presented three holiday tabletops:  Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  I am going to do posts on each of them so check back in for details.  This image is from my Saturday presentation.

Here we are back stage prepping for James Farmer’s presentation on Fall Flowers.  Rebecca Reed, from Southern Living, was all smiles as they prepped!

This was taken moments before my Sunday presentation.  

Details of James Farmer’s amazing florals which he named Austin, Houston and Dallas!

Here I am with James right before our presentations.  His smile is always on his face!  He is so charming and a delight to be around.  Pick up his new book:  A Time To Plant from Gibbs Smith Publishers
Although I didn’t have time to eat there, HUSK was located just next to my hotel and I could see it’s charming facade out my hotel window.  It is getting rave reviews and all of Charleston is buzzing about it!

There are so many fantastic antique stores on King Street and Niche was one of my favorites.

These are the stairs leading up to John Pope Antiques.  I found some real treasures here!  

These amazing porcelain vegetables and the Jane Hutchison for Gorham enamel flowers above are at Vieuxtemps, a gorgeous store at 180 King Street.  They have a beautiful china room in the back!  Don’t miss it!
More of James Farmers flowers backstage.  Gorgeous!  
The Longhorn booth at Taste of Charleston – they were all so delicious! 
This was the presentation tent and we loved meeting all of the wonderful visitors.

This fantastic sweetgrass basket was left as a welcome gift for me in my room.  So wonderful!  You can’t leave Charleston with out a sweetgrass souvenir!
We had a delicious dinner at McCradys!  I can’t wait to go back and visit Charleston again.


  1. Mary at Deep South Dish on October 13, 2011 at 10:47 pm

    Very nice! Wish y'all would come down to Biloxi MS. I used to love when they came & did the cooking shows here – wow, I'm dating myself with that one, because it has been awhile!

    Love the florals y'all used.

  2. Debbie on October 16, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    I love Charleston and your pictures captured this unique, historical city. Love the visual Journey!

  3. Anonymous on October 19, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    Love the post! Can I ask where you got your blue top in the post?

    Thank you!

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