Pinning down dates with my daughter, who works three jobs and has to secure a pet-sitter, was the toughest part of making our arrangements for our mother-daughter getaway to Charleston, South Carolina. Once we decided on November 11-15, we found and reserved an Airbnb cottage in Mt. Pleasant, across Charleston Harbor from Charleston.
I started my preparations by reading Moon Handbooks: Charleston (with Hilton Head & the Lowcountry) by Jim Morekis.
I always try to read novels, memoirs or travelogues set in my destination. I read several books many years ago, the two listed by Pat Conroy that have star ratings and Goodreads links below, as well as The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd in 2011. The ones in bold green are books I own. Two I am currently reading, but I probably won’t have time to read the others before I go; they’ll be on my post-travel reading list.
- South Carolina
- Beach Music by Pat Conroy *****
- The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy *****
- The Great Santini by Pat Conroy
- The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy
- The Lords of Discipline by Pat Conroy
- The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd ****
- The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd (currently reading)
- The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
- Sullivan’s Island (Lowcountry Tales, #1) by Dorothea Benton Frank (currently reading)
- Isle of Palms (Lowcountry Tales, #3) by Dorothea Benton Frank
- Pawley’s Island (Lowcountry Tales, #5) by Dorothea Benton Frank
- Plantation by Dorothea Benton Frank
- All the Single Ladies by Dorothea Benton Frank
- The Notebook by Nicholas Sparks
- Dear John by Nicholas Sparks
- Some Sing, Some Cry by Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
- The Indigo Girl by Natasha Boyd
- Bastard Out of Carolina by Dorothy Allison
- The Last List of Miss Judith Kratt by Andrea Bobotis
I love to watch movies set in my destination as well. I’ve already watched many movies set in South Carolina, shown below with star-ratings. If I have time, I may try to watch some of the others on the list, either before or after travel.
- Conrack (1974)
- The Great Santini (1979) ****
- The Big Chill (1983) *****
- The Lords of Discipline (1983)
- Glory (1989)
- The Prince of Tides (1991) *****
- The Fugitive (1993)
- Forrest Gump (1994) *****
- Bastard Out of Carolina (1996)
- G.I. Jane (1997)
- The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
- The Patriot (2000)
- Rules of Engagement (2000)
- The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys (2002)
- Cold Mountain (2003) ****
- Radio (2003)
- The Notebook (2004) ****
- The Secret Life of Bees (2008) ****
- Dear John (2010)
- Accidental Love (2015)
We’re leaving our itinerary as open as possible, but here are a few things we want to do:
- Charles Pinckney National Historic Site
- Fort Sumter National Monument, Sullivan’s Island
- Reconstruction Era National Historical Park
- Historic Charleston
- Rainbow Row
- Middleton Place – garden
- Magnolia Cemetery
- Aiken-Rhett House
- Unitarian Church (cemetery)
- Sullivan’s Island
- Charleston Tea Plantation
- Kiawah Island
- Eat at:
Here are my maps, books and journal.
The following are my creative intentions for this trip.
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Mother/daughter trips are the best. I just returned from a long weekend with my daughter. I too love those “Moon” handbooks. They’re filled with great info on a given destination. Have a great trip!
Ingrid, I’m glad you had so much fun on your mother-daughter trip. I hope mine will be as fun; we generally get along quite well, so I think it should be great. The only thing is that she might not like to be on the go as much as I am. We’ll both have to make some adjustments. I like those Moon handbooks too. Thanks so much for your good wishes. I’m excited! 🙂
Kiaweh! Might you meet Tina? Our world gets smaller all the time. I’m meeting Sue (Words Visual) in Seville next week 🙂 🙂 Hope you had a lovely birthday.
I don’t have any plans to meet Tina as I don’t really know her very well; I only follow her sporadically. Besides, this is a mother-daughter trip and I’m keeping it to that. 🙂 So exciting that you’ll be meeting Sue in Seville. Sounds like a fun time! Tell her hello for me. 🙂
I’m hoping she’ll stay well. It’s an ongoing struggle for her. 😦
I hope so too, Jo. I hope it all works out and you two have a marvelous time. 🙂
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Just booked a flamenco performance for the evening 🙂 🙂
Sounds perfect! Have a grand time, Jo! 🙂
Home for Halloween, Cathy? I’ve left Mick some bags of sweets for the trick or treaters 🙂 🙂
Yes, Jo, I’m home for Halloween, so we’ll be giving out candy tonight. So are you now in Seville? I’m sorry; I’ve now forgotten the dates!
Yes, arrived lunchtime and spent the afternoon and evening with Sue. Wrecked now but it was great 🤗🎃💕
Nice! Sounds fun. 🙂
Gosh Cathy, you are never still for long are you? Sounds like a fab trip and mother / daughter trips are always a pleasure and lots of fun. Been three years since I did one with my daughter so time we sorted another one out. Trouble is like yours, she is always so busy with here work and her family to escape.
I think I’ve had a few too many trips this year, Jude. Even I’m getting a bit travel weary. That being said, I do look forward to an adventure with my darling daughter. It’s hard to pin down daughters with busy schedules. 🙂
You leaving your itinerary open must be a bit of a challenge. But that list suggests you won’t merely take what comes your way. I’m a bit envious of the richness of film and book for your destination: I don’t think I have that here, but maybe I haven’t looked hard enough. Do you google settings? remember what you’ve seen or read? use a particular site?
Your intentions include some interesting new ones: watercolour and your travel song for two.
I was about to start an anticipation piece for two days in Nowra picking up a friend returning from England: then I heard that my daughter was coming from Queensland to visit. Definitely a better offer! I’ll just collect the friend, rather than tracking down murals, visiting botanical gardens and the regional art gallery, and car-ferrying to an island notable for shorebirds!
You’re right, Meg, I usually have my itinerary plotted out. But since my daughter will have a say in it, I’ll leave it open and we’ll see what we squeeze in. She’s mostly interested in trying out restaurants.
As for my reading and movie list, I’m a big list-maker in general. I have a huge collection of books on my shelves that I haven’t yet read. I spent some of last year cataloguing them by setting; I hope to read the ones I have on hand whenever I travel anywhere. I also google “novels set in ______” to find others that seem interesting to me. I use Goodreads to keep track of everything I’ve read, am currently reading and hope to read in the future. I’m a real book fanatic, so this part of planning is fun for me.
I took a watercolor class right before my big road trip. It was an elementary one, but I need to force myself to practice. I’ll never get better otherwise! Thus I added the watercolor intention. I really don’t think I’ll be any good, but I want to at least try, and have some fun with it. The travel song poem I got from Poets & Writers Magazine and it sounded interesting.
I hope you have fun with your daughter coming to visit from Queensland. Maybe you’ll make it to those other places in the future. I have a dream of going to Trinidad and Tobago next year. Mike has pretty much nixed it, but I still may write about a call to place! Maybe I’ll get there one day! We can always dream, right?
Let me tell you, Nowra is no Tobago or Trinidad! My family have only experienced it through the bus-station and they despise it. I have a more enquiring and sophisticated eye.
I doubt whether there are books with it as a setting. I’m off to check.
Thanks for you very generous response. You always answer everything I ask.
I know you have a sophisticated and inquiring eye, Meg. I’m like you in that I believe there is usually something interesting to be found everywhere. I hope you can find a book set there. If not, maybe you could write one! 🙂
(Unfortunately we have a well-known playwright called Nowra! Rather derailed my search.)
Haha! I can imagine! 🙂
Do you use this site for books set in a particular place?
If not, it might be worth a look.
I never knew of this site, but I tried it out and it seems to be quite good! Thanks for sharing this, Anabel. 🙂
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Greetings Cathy – I’m happy to see you’re headed to charleston with your daughter and would be happy to send you some thoughts on places to visit that are not included on your list. Also, if you go to my site https://travelsandtrifles.wordpress.com/ do a search for Charleston and/or Kiawah and you’ll see lots of the city and surrounding towns. The bridge you’ll cross from Mt. P to Charleston is home to our annual marathon so visualize 10s of thousands running across as you drive over. (avoid it at rush hour!) I used to do it annually but not any more. Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like some suggestions and whether you do so or not, have a WONDERFUL visit! We absolutely love it down here.
Maybe I’m not looking in the right place, Tina, but I can’t seem to find a search box on your blog. I may email you but it won’t be till next week as I’m swamped preparing for several things right now. Thank you so much for the offer. I would love to know some insider suggestions! Thanks so much! 🙂
Click on any post and go to the bottom after the comments. It’s a bit hard to see as the search field is black on black. Sorry about that
Ah, thanks. I found it and will explore over the next week. Thank you. 🙂
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