Charleston: Fort Sumter
On our first full day in Charleston, we started the day off with a boat ride to Fort Sumter, at the entrance to Charleston’s harbor. Fort Sumter’s construction began in 1829, but it remained incomplete in 1861, when the first shots of the Civil War were fired on its grounds.
Once there, we immediately fled the herd of people and starting exploring the fort from back-to-front, leaving us nearly alone everywhere we went (which was nice). Our favorite part, surprisingly enough, was actually climbing the rocks and exploring the sandbar immediately outside of the fort’s walls. The sand was strewn with remnants of bricks and pieces of mortar that had washed away over the years, as well as huge old oyster beds. In fact, many of the walls we saw at Fort Sumter were sturdily constructed with pieces of oyster shells.
After leaving Fort Sumter, we went straight to Hominy Grill for brunch. Many things are closed on Sundays in Charleston, so Hominy Grill was very clearly the hotspot, as locals and tourists alike waited for tables on the shady patio.
We took a quick stroll around the surrounding neighborhood while we waited, admiring the pastel-hued homes and even ducking into an old Jewish cemetery.
We came with one menu item in particular in mind: the Big Nasty. It’s not quite as overwhelming as it sounds, but the combo of a fried chicken breast and sausage gravy on a big, fluffy biscuit did indeed live up to the hype. I had a fried green tomato BLT, which was equally as fresh, hot, and tasty. We definitely recommend Hominy Grill for quick, inexpensive brunch.