While there are a number of different plantations in Charleston worth exploring, Middleton Place remains my favorite for its gardens (“America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens” to be exact) and views of the Ashley River.
The best times to visit are in the winter months when the camellias are in bloom, or in the spring when the azaleas are in bloom- which are both gorgeous.
While its more my style to explore at my own pace, if you are the tour type, there are a number of options to tour the Plantation by foot or horse-drawn carriage. The House Museum is also worth a visit, especially if you are an antique-freak like my mama.
Perhaps the thing about Middleton Place that sets it apart from other Charleston plantations (Boone Hall, Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation, Charlestown Landing) is its restaurant- which if you are a foodie is worth a visit itself for lunch or dinner. Home to Lowcountry cuisine and views of Cypress trees along the river, you really get the all-encompassing Southern experience at Middleton. If you know what’s good for you- order the Pimento Cheese, Shrimp & Grits and Southern Pecan Pie.
On select Wednesdays in April, May, September and October, Middleton Place also offers its Wine Stroll Wednesdays- which is pretty much the best Happy Hour around. For $20, you can stroll the grounds with your girlfriends and sip a number of different wines from reds to roses that are scattered at stations around the property.
General Admission: $28/person