My Five Favorite Things About the Lowcountry by Claudia Mayrant – Guest Blog

Long and Short Reviews welcomes Claudia Mayrant, who is celebrating the recent release of Place Setting.

Hi, I’m Claudia. My novella Place Setting takes place in the South Carolina Lowcountry, one of my very favorite places. I’d like to share with you five of my favorite things about it.

5. ruins and cemeteries
4. history
3. bird watching
2. salt marshes
1. Food and drink

5. The ruins and cemeteries have charmed and intrigued me since my earliest visits. Perhaps the structures most famous for Lowcountry visitors are the beautiful grand houses built in the 18th and 19th centuries that delight so many visitors to Charleston, Beaufort, and other towns. As much as I admire them, sometimes the ruins, cemeteries, and churchyards of the region are overlooked. They are beautiful and haunting (and some rumored to be haunted, a notion that thrilled adolescent me), often set amongst oaks draped with Spanish moss and meandering paths where your feet, and imagination, can wander. Some of my favorites include
Chapel of Ease (St. Helena’s Island), Magnolia Cemetery (Charleston), and Old Sheldon Church (Yemassee).

4. That the Lowcountry is rich in history is no secret, but there is history to explore beyond that goes beyond that of wealthy plantation owners that usually get screen time in films and TV shows set here. Next time you’re in the Lowcountry, consider taking a Gullah heritage tour.

The Gullah people have preserved much of their African cultural and linguistic heritage. Today, Harvard university teaches Gullah in its African languages program!

3. The Lowcountry is a must-visit for birdwatchers. Although anyone who spends more than a few minutes outside there is likely to find themselves watching birds soon whether than planned it or not! My favorites are the herons and egrets, but you’ll likely see many more if visiting one of the many parks or nature preserves like the Caw Caw Interpretive Center in Ravenel, SC. (They have a bird checklist which lists over 250 species that have been spotted there.)
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2. I have always found the salt marshes of the South Carolina Lowcountry some of the most beautiful and peaceful places in the world. The way the South Carolina has over 350,000 acres of salt marsh, known for its tall grass and its waters that change with the tide. Spending an evening in the breeze, looking out over the marsh and listening to the birds and creatures who live there is one of my favorite ways to spend an evening.

1. And speaking of a favorite way to spend an evening, it isn’t complete without some of the amazing food and drink the Lowcountry has to offer. Seafood lovers shouldn’t miss the classics like shrimp and grits or she-crab soup and tea drinkers can visit Wadmalaw Island and the only tea plantation in the United States. There’s a distillery on Wadmalaw as well. (they make sweet tea vodka which is delicious!) Charleston especially is a dream for foodies and cocktail aficionados. Some are dressy, some casual but my best tip is wear something with a comfortable waistline – you’re going to need the room!

Cameron Dunlop has lived in the Lowcountry town of Summer Corners, South Carolina, his whole life. He loves his home, but his little town in the Deep South doesn’t offer much in the way of dating options. Chef Gray Callahan has enjoyed success in the kitchen, but his last relationship sunk like a bad soufflé. When plans for his sister’s wedding go awry, it provides the perfect excuse to pack up and go home, where he can help out as he decides how to start his life over. Gray’s path crosses Cameron’s, and he realizes together they might have all the ingredients to save the day—with maybe enough left over for something sweet just for the two of them.

About the Author: Claudia Mayrant has been exploring the world around her since she was old enough to get around under her own power. Since then, she’s enjoyed visiting as many places as she can.

For all her love of travel, she’s most relaxed back in the South on a Gulf Coast beach with good friends, refreshing beverages, and plenty of sunscreen.

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