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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

The Charleston Tea Plantation

I mentioned Charleston, South Carolina in yesterday's post, so today we're going to stay in South Carolina just long enough for me to give a shout out to the Charleston Tea Plantation. For those who don't know, tea is grown in America and it's grown in Charleston, South Carolina at the Charleston Tea Plantation.

The plantation is owned by the Bigelow Tea Company and they are doing a fine job of turning tea leaves into American Classic Tea. (By the way, Bigelow's website contains some good information about the history of tea in America.)

The 127 acres of tea plants at the Charleston Tea Plantation are absolutely beautiful, making it a fantastic place to visit. You can enjoy a trolley tour through the tea gardens, or tour the on-site facility to see and learn how tea leaves are processed. It's very interesting even if you aren't particularly interested in tea. There's a gift shop, too (always a plus).

The lush, green surroundings make it a perfect location for the Charleston Tea Plantation's First Flush Festival - which has nothing to do with plumbing and everything to do with the first tea harvest ("flush") of the season. This family-friendly music event is in its 6th year already and has become very popular. I've been to it a couple of times and personally recommend it.

Charleston was recently voted "Top City in the U.S." by Condé Nast Traveler and is well worth visiting in its own right, but should you find yourself down there for any reason, a day trip to Wadmalaw Island and the Charleston Tea Plantation would be a worthwhile, unique experience to add to your itinerary.

Image source: Bigelow Tea Blog

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