Southern Hospitality + Fried Chicken.
I consider myself fairly well traveled outside of the US. Ironically enough though, I haven’t spent much time traveling within the states. Growing up on an island means that road trips weren’t so easy. So, I was excited to get the opportunity to spend a few days in South Carolina for a conference earlier this month. Most marketing conferences are geared around working hard, and then playing hard. This one was no different. After daytime panels and networking events were through, we had a chance to experience the local area through food, art and hospitality.
In some ways, South Carolina actually reminded me of home. Southern hospitality is reminiscent of the aloha spirit, and the locals we met were all kind, generous and patient – both in Charleston, as well as the small town of Kiawah Island where the conference took place.
Although South Carolina was a trek from Portland, I’d love to go back one day. Until then, here’s a glimpse at some of the highlights from my trip.
^^ Early morning run on the beach before conference sessions. Between the sea shells and the humidity, I almost felt like I was home in Hawaii!
^^ My first oyster bake was a huge success. I had no idea how delicious roasted oysters were – especially when smothered with hot sauce and lemon juice. It was messy and delightful, all at the same time.
^^ Nearly every building, home and old shop front was historic and interesting to look at. I took about, oh, 3,712 pictures of the local architecture. These were just two of my faves.
^^ Food is everything in the South. And believe me, I had a taste of it all. Fried green tomatoes, bacon corn bread, fried chicken, crab soup, biscuits… need I go on? Never have I ever been to such tasty meetings.
^^ In between fried chicken for lunch and fried chicken for dinner, there was only 1 way to combat the 90 degree weather. POPS!
^^ Last but not least, this little lake (and it’s creepy inhabiters) was right outside of my front door. Just sayin.