When it comes to hitting the road, the Chambers Village has become traveling experts behind the wheel. We love a good road-trip, but no good road-trip would be complete without those key cities along the way. We’d like to share three of our absolute favorites with you, and the best spots to hit when you’re in town. As you enjoy your summer (and especially this Independence Day weekend!), we hope you’ll pay some of these spots a visit, and let us know when you do!
1. South of Broad - If you look through most lists of things to do in Charleston, this will not be there. Sure there are plenty of carriage tours that trod South of Broad, but it’s worth more than a quick cruise. About once every couple of months I find myself walking South of Broad for hours at a time. From houses visited by the likes of George Washington to some of the oldest churches in the US, this is one of the most aesthetically enchanting residential areas in the United States.
2. The Battery - After you’ve perused the lovely quarters South of Broad, you’ll find yourself at the Battery (the southernmost point of the peninsula). Apart from being a beautiful park, the battery was a coastal Civil War defense point. You’ll find brilliant views of the harbor, replicas of the cannons that lined the sea wall, stunning mansions, and rows of vibrant palms.
3. Angel Oak - Charleston is also known for it’s aesthetically enchanting nature. Angel Oak is said to be one of the oldest trees in the south being estimated at 500-1500 years old. It is a breathtaking sight that can be appreciated by all.
1. Edmund’s Oast - If you’re the person who has trouble choosing just one thing from an expansive delectable menu, Edmund’s Oast is for you. EO is known for their creative shared plates. Whether you want the Beef Tartare, Vegetable Crudite, or Pickled Shrimp, the good news is you can have it all. Not to mention they have a comprehensive list of house-brews and meticulously crafted beverages.
2. Xiao Bao Biscuit - Xiao Bao Biscuit is one of the more interesting fusions of culture and style for food and drink. Coined as “Asian Soul Food” XBB has taken dishes from many Asian countries and given them a local southern twist. Do yourself a favor and enjoy Okonomiyaki (Japanese cabbage pancake with pork candy) and a Saigon Beer from Vietnam.
3. Little Jack’s Tavern - Little Jack’s Tavern has quickly become one of Charleston’s newest hot spots in the food scene. I’m not going to tell you what to do... but if I were to tell you what to do I’d tell you to get the Shrimp Burger and Garlic & Herb Fries.
4. Butcher and Bee - Butcher and Bee is the perfect quick lunch spot for someone who wants to experience a local menu. Each day they change their menu accordingly to what is freshest and in season. Some of our favorite options are the Roast Beef Sandwich (Chimichurri, smoked onion jam, mayo, dozen rye bread) and the Homemade Hummus and Pita.
1. Folly Beach - If you’re looking for a fun balance between a peaceful serene beach setting but still a spot with good vibes and energy, throw on your sandals and head to Folly Beach. Whether fishing off the pier, playing beach volleyball, or just relaxing to your favorite tunes, Folly Beach makes sense. (Fun fact: Folly was the location for our Ford shoot!)
2. Standup Paddle Boarding on Shem Creek - If standup paddle boarding isn’t a challenge for you feel free to grab a couple drinks at the many local Shem Creek bars and give your balance a fun test.
3. The Aquarium - The South Carolina Wharf Museum is a masterful display of water wildlife locally and around the world. The aquarium is home to over 5,000 species. Beyond the experiences and exhibits there is one of the best views of the Ravenel Bridge and often dolphins swimming in the channel behind the aquarium.
1. Downtown Asheville - filled with shops, eateries (not mention great drinks as well - the brewery/beer scene is glorious!), music, art, street performers, parks, and beautiful, historical architecture surrounded by mountains. Don’t make a schedule, just wander...you never know what hidden gem you’ll stumble upon (ever been to a salt cave?).
2. The Biltmore and/or Grove Park Inn - who doesn’t love some Downton Abbey-esque tours from days gone by, stunning gardens, or ivy-covered stone? The Biltmore should always be on your list, as it’s a wonder to behold, but when you’re finished, wrap up your day with a sunset drink on the porch at the Grove Park Inn. There’s a large fireplace for the cooler evenings, and one of the most stunning mountain views you’ll encounter anywhere.
3. Spa Theology - it’s more than relaxing, it’s a retreat. The staff is magnificent, their services are custom and unique, and you’ll step back out into your Asheville adventure feeling like a new person. Besides, sipping champaign in a plush robe ain’t half bad.
1. Posana - all gluten free, all locally sourced, and all completely delicious. From the cocktails to the starters to the main courses, what shows up on the plate in front of you won’t stay there long.
2. Curate - Chef Katie Button is one of our absolute favorites, and her penchant for packing her tapas plates with other-worldly tastes is a gift. Besides...Anthony Bourdain ate there and loved it. What else do you need to know?!
3. Mamacita's - in the middle of a beer crawl and need some sustenance for the next round? This is it. Seriously, the most delicious Mexican delights we’ve encountered in quite a while. Brush up on your Spanish too... obviously.
4. Nightbell - Owned by the same family from Curate, they serve more unique small plates, but our favorite bit are the mixologists. Want something new and different? Tell them what you’re thinking, and let them create something amazing from scratch!
1. Zip lining - Adrenaline. Beauty. Outdoors. Adventure. That is all.
2. Blue Ridge Parkway - This is the drive you’ll never want to end...
3. Chimney Rock - The freshest air, invigorating hikes, and that feeling of being on top of the world. Don’t miss this!
1. Downtown – From great music and entertainment to great food and drink, the quality in Nashville’s lifestyle scene is quickly growing.
2. The Parthenon — This Greek-replicated structure is the perfect escape for a picnic or sports game on a sunny day.
3. The Grand Ole Opry — Perhaps Nashville’s most iconic venue, The Opry is a world class venue, a nod to history’s most legendary country music artists.
1. Rolf & Daughters — A fine place to gather, offering chic design, inventive, shared dishes, and focused, quality sips.
2. Mas Tacos Por Favor — An original East Nashville joint...a-hole-in-the- wall, serving up true Mexican fare.
3. Martins BBQ — Whole hog smoked meat, a Western Tennessee BBQ tradition.
4. Husk — An updated approach to elegant, Southern cuisine, applying locally sourced, farm-to-table ingredients.
1. Pinewood Social — Work. Drink. Bowl. Dine. Pinewood Social has it all. A fitting place to gather whether you’re having Sunday Brunch, Wednesday meetings, or Friday night bowling.
2. Radnor State Park — Nashville’s serene park, scattered with hidden trails, roaring creeks, and a still, beautiful lake.
3. Downtown Franklin and Leiper’s Fork — Quaint Tennessee aesthetic. Franklin’s Victorian-era homes provide peace from the city, while a trip down the road to Leiper’s Fork is a step into classic country living.
Oh, and one more thing, as you're adventuring and celebrating freedom, please make sure to do so responsibly! No drinking and driving shenanigans. Let's all do our part to make sure those around us can celebrate, holiday, and road-trip for many years to come!
Happy July 4th from the Brothers (and our traveling partners on this journey, Ford!)