Charleston is a city with an irresistible charm. From the history, to the wealth of activities and sports for the outdoors enthusiasts, there’s pretty much something for everything. But for those of us that grew up here, Charleston isn’t so much of a place as it is a way of life and a set of shared experiences. With that said, there are a few experiences that almost feel unique to Charleston, and if you grew up here or have lived here for a while, you’ll probably agree. These four signs are a surefire signal that you were born and raised in this charming little port city.
1. Oysters are a Way of Life
Period. You’ve had them raw, steamed, fried, and (a Charleston favorite) roasted, and you love them all. In fact, it’s just not Summer or Fall (or Spring, for that matter) if you haven’t RSVP’d to at least a few oyster roasts thrown by friends. You even have a few oyster knives that you keep handy in case you need to do some shucking.
2. You’re a Beach Bum Through and Through
How could you not be with five beaches within driving distance? You grew up partying on Folly Beach, learning how to surf (and kite surf!) on Isle of Palms, and relaxing on Sullivans Island. You’ve got plenty of sea shells collected over the years, and washed up jellyfish and horseshoe crabs scuttling down to the beach don’t make you bat an eye. It’s just par for the course.
3. Seersucker is Always Appropriate and Never Goes Out of Style
Need some casual wear for the weekend? Seersucker works. Need a suit for an outdoor wedding in Charleston in July? Seersucker is pretty much the only option. When you’re dealing with Southern heat and humidity, seersucker is the perfect fabric for looking good while still staying cool. We even dress our kids in seersucker.
4. Brunch Means Shrimp and Grits.
Namesake aside, brunch just isn’t brunch without having shrimp and grits on the menu. Chicken and waffles and biscuits and gravy are also very important brunch foods, but neither holds the place of shrimp and grits. There’s nothing quite like having a hot bowl of grits topped with shrimp to start the weekend off right.