MY COVID SUMMER! A Stop In Charleston, S.C. Is A DelightBy Samantha Bessudo Drucker and Delaina Dixon | September 1, 2020 | Travel
We haven’t been able to travel like normal this summer, but ImageGal and TV DivaGal both got in some time in Charleston, S.C.!
ImageGal: “This was my second trip to Charleston, S.C. My husband Jeffrey and I were passing through as we were driving from New York to Florida at the summer’s start. We decided to make a pit stop in the beautiful and historic town of Charleston. We had the pleasure of staying at the five-star Hotel Bennet.
We arrived late at night, like two refugees, tired and shaken up from the intense situation in New York during the early days of the pandemic.
We walked in, fully masked, face shields in place and our surgical gloves on. The warm welcome we received at the partitioned reception desk was perfect. “Hi y’all, welcome to the Hotel Bennett. How y’all doing? Would you like some hand sanitizer?” Wow! She was basically offering us gold. I had been buying mine from the black market on the street corner near our Queens, N.Y. apartment, or making my own from vodka and aloe vera for a couple of months. Enthusiastically we accepted. We checked into our room and went straight to bed.
I hope to visit again soon one day when things calm down.”
TV DivaGal: “I took a trip to Charleston in March, right before the city shut down. We took a walking tour to see the historic side of Charleston.
We got to see its famous Rainbow Rowhouses, which got their unique colors in the early 1920s. The colors are considered historically significant and can not be changed.
We also visited the Edmondston-Alston House. Across from the Charleston Harbor, it was a visual vantage point of Fort Sumter, where a bombing on April 12, 1861, signaled the start of the Civil War.
It’s important to note that the city of Charleston was built on the backs of enslaved people, even children, who were sent to lay wet bricks in walls. Their little handprints are outlined in the cement. We can never forget our past if we want to move forward.
We give Charleston props for this little gem, which claims to be the oldest liquor store in America. After a few tastings, we’re sure all would agree!”