Natural Home Goes to Charleston, South Carolina

We get the low-down on the best vegetarian cafes and eco-friendly inns in South Carolina.

| January/February 2005

Meticulous gardens, historic homes, plentiful sunshine, and famous beaches are a few reasons Charleston, South Carolina, is a tourist favorite—but plan a visit before mid-June or after September, as summertime temperatures drive even the locals indoors. Charleston is most festive during the annual Spoleto arts and music festival that starts Memorial Day.


Angel Oak
This famous 1,400-year-old live oak casts 17,000 square feet of shade beneath its enormous canopy. Angel Oak Road, John’s Island

Mepkin Abbey
Locally celebrated for its fresh eggs, this Trappist monk’s residence features lovely gardens, a spiritual gift shop, and a glimpse of the monastic life. 1098 Mepkin Abbey Road; (843) 761-8509

Carolina Beaches
Wide sandy stretches, temperate waters, and surf-friendly waves characterize the area’s beaches. Twenty minutes from downtown Charleston, Folly Beach draws the surfing crowd, while Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms to the north attract swimmers.


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