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Noni Brueckner is a lifestyle and wedding photographer based in Charleston, S.C. She shared with us her recommendations for visitors to this gem of the Lowcountry.
A tourist activity that is actually worth the hype:Visiting one of Charleston’s big plantations. Not only are they extremely interesting and an important part of regional history — the grounds are usually breathtaking, too. Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place and Boone Hall are the best, and they’re each a quick drive away from downtown.
The food everyone should eat before leaving:Shrimp and grits. Charleston is a fantastic town for restaurants, and there are so many classic Lowcountry dishes to try.
The best place to eat it:Hominy Grill. Plus, try their buttermilk pie. Yum!
It’s Friday night. Where should I go? The Rooftop Bar at Vendue Inn offers great views, delicious cocktails and a party-like atmosphere. In case you want to bar hop, the inn is located in the heart of the French Quarter, which has a bustling nightlife every day.
A great location for a wedding:Lowndes Grove, though I have so many favorites in Charleston. It’s a historic home overlooking the Ashley River, with beautiful grounds and three stories of amazing, ornately decorated rooms ideal for mingling.
The best spot for a photo op:Around the Battery, where I shoot all the time. There are so many beautiful streets, buildings, parks and viewsof the harbor, so you are bound to find the right light and backdrop for your photo.