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The Best of the Lowcountry: Charleston 2013!

The Cooking Cottage Experiences the Best of the Lowcountry
Charleston, SC
April 7-11, 2013 ~ April 14-18, 2013

Let’s travel to the city everyone’s talking about:

Charleston, South Carolina…

Ask someone if they’ve been to Charleston and watch their eyes light up….

Founded in 1670 and originally called “Charles Towne,” in honor of King Charles II of England, Charleston is one of America’s most beloved cities. In both 2011 and 2012 the city was named “Best U.S. City” by Conde Nast Traveler, receiving the additional distinction in 2012 of “Top World Destination.” The city is known for it’s rich restaurant scene, hospitable and kind people, vibrant architecture and historical significance.

We’ll stay in the heart of Historic Charleston at the French Quarter Inn, a hotel consistently ranked as one of the nation’s finest. From our elegant home base we will travel to the islands of Charleston County to experience a real Southern roadside BBQ shack, a tea plantation, winery and distillery. Another day we’ll visit Fort Sumter and then dine at a restaurant called “Best New Restaurant in the Country, 2011” by Bon Appetit. Our first night there we’ll dine at the exclusive Chef’s Table at one of the city’s most celebrated fine-dining restaurants. We’ll get to know Charleston from carriages, pedicabs, ferries and luxury transportation. We’ll take a cooking class in one of the city’s most stately historic homes; another day we’ll take one in a modern cooking school. Experts on local culture and food will share their city with us over and over again. Won’t you join us?

Trip Fee: $1,975, based on Double Occupancy (Single Supplement $600)
– Includes hotel accommodations, daily breakfasts and most meals and beverages, cooking classes, and admission and transportation to all activities. Taxes and gratuities included.
– Please inquire about assistance with air & airport transportation.
$500 Non-Refundable Deposit Upon Booking ~ $1,475 due by Feb. 28, 2013

Food & Wine in the Finger Lakes

This past weekend we headed north to The Finger Lakes, checked into a B&B and visited some of our favorite wineries and restaurants. One notable spot is Dano’s Heuriger in Lodi. Our family has made some special memories there and it is always nice to enjoy Viennese-style cuisine while watching the sunset on Seneca Lake. I had a wonderful dish of local vegetables with grilled polenta and cheese from nearby Lively Run Farm.

On the southern tip of the lake, in Watkins Glen, you’ll find The Harbor Hotel, where you can dine al fresco while watching the sailboats that dot the lake. The Lobster Cob salad is delicious!

Our favorite winery is Lakewood, on the west side of Seneca. This family –owned winery produces good wines, including a nice port and a lovely sparkling wine called Candeo – can’t leave New York without grabbing a case!

Fabulous Seneca Lake Views

Where to Stay

Harbor Hotel in Watkins Glen, NY – http://www.watkinsglenharborhotel.com/

Where to Eat & Drink

Danos Heuringer on Seneca Lake – http://www.danosonseneca.com/
Stonecat Cafe – http://www.stonecatcafe.com/
Lakewood Vineyards – http://www.lakewoodvineyards.com/
Finger Lake Wine Country – http://www.fingerlakeswinecountry.com/

Nearby Places to Visit

Cornell University  – www.cornell.edu
Farm Sanctuary – www.farmsanctuary.org
Watkin’s Glen State Park – http://nysparks.com/parks/142/details.aspx
New York Wine & Culinary Center – http://nywcc.com/ 

 

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