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Savor Charleston's Culinary History, Heritage and Delectable Flavors

Program Number: 19280RJ
Start and End Dates:
3/24/2013 - 3/29/2013; 2/14/2016 - 2/19/2016; 3/6/2016 - 3/11/2016; 10/16/2016 - 10/21/2016;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Charleston, South Carolina
Price starting at: $1,249.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Food & Wine; History & Culture
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

Taste the flavors of the Lowcountry during this culinary immersion into the history and cuisine of South Carolina. Rub elbows with some of Charleston’s top chefs as you explore this historic city and its most notable restaurants and take part in a private cooking demonstration that will introduce you to the techniques of Lowcountry cooking. Discover how Charleston’s cuisine has evolved over the past 300 years as you sample the specialties of local eateries and culinary landmarks.


• Learn the art of Lowcountry cooking from expert chefs in entertaining, hands-on presentations in a state-of-the-art demo kitchen.
• A field trip to the Charleston Tea Plantation — located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island — offers a look at the only tea plantation in the U.S and Angel Oak Tree.
• Soak up the history of Charleston at sites like the Palmer House, the Battery and the City Market.

Activity Particulars

Walking up to two miles per day, some uneven terrain. Bicycle taxi -seats two people- available (your cost) for those who would like to ride instead of walk. Must be arranged ahead of time.

Coordinated by Center for Educational Adventure.

Charleston (South Carolina)

Founded in 1670, Charleston is an old colonial city brimming with museums and historical attractions. In its early days, it was a cosmopolitan trading center whose wealth is on display today in the well-preserved architecture and cultural institutions. Picturesque tree-lined streets and a lovely coastline make it a tourist Mecca.

Luxury hotel located in the heart of Charleston's historic district.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Ruth Miller, Charleston History

Ruth Miller, a graduate of Duke University, has lived all over America and journeyed throughout the world. As a Charleston historian and excursion leader, she enjoys tying local history into the American story and worldwide events. Ruth is the author and co-author of numerous books, including “Charleston Charlie — A Family Activity Book for Kids of All Ages,” “Touring the Tombstones,” and “The Angel Oak Story.” She is a member of the South Carolina Historical Society and the National Trust.
Al Miller, Gullah and Porgy and Bess

Al Miller received a bachelor’s degree in English, speech and drama from Baptist College — now Charleston Southern University. He is a recognized historian specializing in local, black history with emphasis on the Gullah-Geechee culture. He brings his musical talent to his lectures for a unique perspective. Al enjoys leading educational excursions, is a licensed real estate agent, as well as a historian and lecturer on black history. He is also a member of numerous organizations, including the Choraliers Music Club of Charleston, Alpha Phi Fraternity and St. James A.M.E. Church.
Darryl Stoneworth

Darryl Stoneworth, along with wife Angela, has been selling home-crafted sweetgrass baskets in the Charleston City Market since May 2009. If you happen by his stand, you'll know Darryl by his omnipresent smile. The couple is also constructing their first roadside basket stand along Highway 17N in Mount Pleasant, N.C. The town has renamed and dedicated this stretch of the highway in tribute to the hamlet's sweetgrass basket makers.
Judi Edgar

Judi Edgar grew up near Cincinnati, Ohio, and after a successful career in medicine, followed her passion for history and began recounting stories about the individual exploits of Americans. As an educational excursion leader in Charleston, S.C., she has the opportunity to describe the historical accounts of the people that shaped the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. Judi also shares stories of the USS Yorktown. She enjoys traveling with her husband who is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and has lived in the Netherlands and Hawaii.
Meals and Lodgings
   The Mills House Hotel
  Charleston, South Carolina 5 nights
 The Mills House Hotel
Type: Full Service Hotel
  Description: The Mills House Hotel is a gem among historic Charleston hotels. Blending opulent accommodations, historic ambiance and modern convenience, our luxury Charleston hotel treats you to true southern hospitality, the same hospitality we showed our first guest over 150 years ago. With our recent multi-million dollar restoration, our historic Charleston hotel has recaptured its original splendor, and we're eager to share it with you. Located in the heart of Charleston, The Mills House is the only hotel included in the city's prestigious Museum Mile, and there's no shortage of lively Charleston attractions nearby: Dock Street Theatre (0.0 mile) King Street Antique District (0.0 mile) The Market Place (0.0 mile) Waterfront Park (0.0 mile) College of Charleston (0.5 mile) South Carolina Aquarium (0.5 mile) The Battery/Historic District (0.5 mile) After a day amidst the storied sights of downtown, return to the Mills House where we stand apart from other Charleston, SC luxury hotels by combining a lush, Victorian atmosphere with modern appeal. From our thoughtfully-appointed Charleston, SC accommodations to state-of-the-art meeting space and exquisite service, we continue to exceed our legendary reputation. History and luxury await! Join us at The Mills House Hotel, a Conde' Nast Traveler Gold List Hotel, and stroll the halls once walked by General Robert E. Lee and President Theodore Roosevelt.
  Contact info: 115 Meeting Street
Charleston, SC 29401 USA
phone: 843-577-2400
  Room amenities: 2 phones with voicemail Bathtub Cable/Satellite color TV Coffee and tea makers Connecting rooms Crib upon request Free morning newspaper delivered to room Hair dryers High speed Internet access In-room pay-per-view movies Iron/board Nightly turndown service Private bathroom Rollaway bed/cot Work desk with lamp
  Facility amenities: Housekeeping & Laundry Services Daily Housekeeping Dry Cleaning Pickup/Laundry Same Day Dry Cleaning Concierge Desk to help w/tour plans Entertainment & Recreation Outdoor Pool Hotel Shops Newsstand Gift Shop Business Services Copying E-mail & Internet Facsimile PC available Printer High Speed Internet Access Public Space Data Services Wireless Data Connection Miscellaneous Concierge Services Ice Machine Safety Deposit Box available at Front Desk A/C Public Areas Dedicated Lounge (or 24 Hour Lounge) Porter/Bellman Fitness Center Outdoor Pool Parking Daily Self Parking Fee: $20.00 (USD) Valet Parking Available: $22.00 (USD) County operated garage adjacent to the hotel self parking $20.00 per night There is a 6 feet 7 inch vehicle height limitation in all garages
  Smoking allowed: No
  Elevators available: Yes
  Additional nights prior: call hotel for rate Group rates are not available during times outside of the Road Scholar program week. For early arrival or late stayovers, call the hotel directly.
  Check in time: 3:00 PM
  Additional nights after: call hotel for rate Group rates are not available during times outside of the Road Scholar program week. For early arrival or late stayovers, call the hotel directly.
  Check out time: 11:00 AM

Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Hotel check-in is from 4:00 pm. You will be staying at The Mills House Hotel that night.
  End of Program:
Hotel check-out is by 12:00 pm. Program concludes with final study session. You will be staying at The Mills House Hotel the night before.
  Required documents:
The Participant Information Form is required.
  Parking availability:
County operated garage adjacent to the hotel self parking $20.00 per night and is not included in your program cost.
To Start of Program
  Location:  Charleston, South Carolina
  Nearest city or town:  Mt. Pleasant and Beaufort, SC
  Nearest highway: I-26
  Nearest airport:  Charleston, SC
  From End of Program
  Location: Charleston, South Carolina
    (Additional transportation information same as above)
Travel Details



From Train Station




Public Transportation
phone: 800-872-7245
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Call Amtrak for pricing
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


Approximately 20 minutes 




10 miles


Charleston, SC


From Airport




Piedmont Limo and Car Service
phone: 843-813-1958
Advanced Reservations Required


Per Person/One Way:


Approximate rate from airport to hotel is $30 for taxi for two people
Prices are subject to change.


Travel Time:


20 minutes 




12 miles


Another taxi service recommended is Metro Limo. They can be contacted at 843-572-5083. The airport website is Additional ground transporation information can be located here.

Driving Directions
  Charleston: Interstate 26 to Mills House Hotel Travel on Interstate 26 until you reach the Meeting Street Exit, 221B. Continue on Meeting Street for 2 miles until you reach the corner of Meeting Street and Queen Street. The Mills House will be on your right.
The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Daily Schedule

Day 1: Arrival & Check-in, Registration & Orientation, Introductions & Getting to Know You
(Sunday, March 24)
 Afternoon: HOTEL CHECK-IN: From 4:00pm.

PROGRAM REGISTRATION: 5:00pm. After you have your room assignment and have dropped off your bags, please register with the Road Scholar program staff at our desk in the lobby beginning at 5:00pm. You’ll receive your arrival packet containing the most up-to-date schedule and program information that we’ll review during our orientation session after dinner.

 Dinner: Dinner at hotel.
 Evening: ORIENTATION: You'll have an informative overview of the program to come plus an opportunity to meet the program staff and your fellow participants during an introductory get-acquainted session. We’ll review the updated schedule, answer any questions you may have, and cover responsibilities, safety guidelines, and emergency procedures. Take the remainder of the evening to begin getting to know one another or just relax and prepare for tomorrow’s full day of activities. (If you arrive late, please pick up your packet at the hotel front desk.)

Please be aware that program activities and scheduled times could change due to local circumstances. In the event of any changes, we will alert you as quickly as possible. Thank you for your understanding!

You are about to embark on a wonderful new learning adventure that will involve savoring the culinary history, heritage, and delectable flavors of Charleston and the Lowcountry. You will discover how a unique cuisine has evolved over the past 300+ years while sampling delicious specialties from local eateries, markets, bakeries, restaurants, and culinary landmarks. As we dine out, keep mental notes and then jot down your "review" of the experience. Each participant will have an opportunity to share the review of your favorite culinary experience in the closing session.

Accommodations: The Mills House Hotel
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Historic Restoration, Restaurant Field Trips & Lowcountry Cuisine, Dine Like A Critic
(Monday, March 25)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: PRESENTATION: Learn about historic structures that have been restored as kitchens and restaurants to present some of the finest dining in Charleston, SC.
 Lunch: Part of what makes this program special is experiencing some of Charleston's characteristic eateries. Lunch today is at a favorite local restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: Walk, talk, and taste your way through Charleston. This field trip will immerse you in Lowcountry history and culture as you become familiar with some local chefs and their menus in Historic Charleston. We'll make stops at several venues (subject to change): Market Street Sweets, The Spice & Tea Exchange, Lucas Belgian Chocolate, Charleston Cooks, Dixie Supply Bakery & Café — featured in “Southern Living” as one of the top 5 places for breakfast in South Carolina, and A.W. Shucks Restaurant.
 Dinner: Dinner is out at one of Charleston's Gullah Cuisine Restaurants. Savor the experience and remember to make mental notes you can jot down later for a "review" of the dinner.
 Evening: EVENING: Continue socializing with newfound friends after returning from the Gullah Restaurant.
Accommodations: The Mills House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Charleston Historic District, City Market, Dining Renaissance
(Tuesday, March 26)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: No exploration of Charleston would be complete without an introduction to the Historic District. Our motorcoach will take us through one of America’s most extraordinary neighborhoods with several stops along the way including the Palmer House, the Citadel & Hampton Park. As the Historic Charleston Foundation notes, the city’s history has been shaped by many things: the exuberant and artful influences of King Charles II himself; periods of great wealth and prosperity followed by generations of great poverty; two major wars being fought within its boundaries and countryside, followed by the occupation of invading armies; and much, much more.
 Lunch: Lunch will be in the City Market area and will include choices from some of the most popular dishes at this special restaurant.
 Afternoon: FIELD TRIP: We'll board the motor coach for a field trip that will include the Battery and history of homes and gardens on the Battery. We will visit the Palmer Home on the Battery where we will be treated to lemonade and cookies on the porch overlooking the water and Fort Sumter.
 Dinner: Dinner out at selected restaurant picked especially for this culinary program.
 Evening: PRESENTATION: Hear Gullah stories and music from an African American who has performed in musicals.....a favorite local talented person.
Accommodations: The Mills House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: A Taste of the Low Country Cooking Demo/Lunch/Free Afternoon and Evening
(Wednesday, March 27)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: DEMONSTRATION: Learn the artistry of Lowcountry cooking from expert chefs in an informative and entertaining presentation in a state-of-the-art demonstration kitchen. Get the secrets of good taste while enjoying generous tastings of regionally-based recipes and sipping a glass of wine. Today you will have A Taste of the Low Country, the most popular cooking demonstration. Afterwards, you'll enjoy the food that has been cooked just for you.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the cooking school - Charleston Cooks! You will also love their kitchen store!
 Afternoon: Free afternoon to explore the city on your own. We will be happy to help you in planning your afternoon activities. Some suggestions: City Market, plantations outside Charleston, Charleston museum, historical homes open to the public, Fort Sumter.
 Dinner: Dinner will be on your own to experience the restaurant of your choice. We will make suggestions for restaurants within walking distance to the hotel and other restaurants as well.
 Evening: Free evening to explore on your own or just take time to sit and enjoy the moment.
Accommodations: The Mills House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Tea Plantation/Ambrose Family Farm/Tomato Shed Lunch/Angel Oak
(Thursday, March 28)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: FIELD TRIP: We will visit the Charleston Tea Plantation, home of American Classic Tea, the ONLY tea grown in America. It is located on picturesque Wadmalaw Island in the heart of South Carolina's Lowcountry. Its grounds include 127 acres of Camellia Sinensis tea plants, a working Tea Factory and a charming Plantation Gift Shoppe. FIELD TRIP: Ambrose Family Farm is the Charleston Area's favorite You-Pick Farm for Strawberries, Onions, Peas, Squash, Zucchini, Collards, Cabbage, Potatoes, Tomatoes and perfect bedding plants from the greenhouse. We will hear from the owners how restaurants use their fresh vegetables and how the community benefits from boxes of fresh vegetables sent to designated pick up points.
 Lunch: Lunch will be at the Tomato Shed Cafe, owned by the Ambrose Farm. This popular local restaurant is a delightful and fun place for a tasty lunch right from the farm.
 Afternoon: After lunch we'll visit Angel Oak, the oldest living live oak tree ever recorded. The Angel Oak is a Southern live oak tree located in Angel Oak Park on Johns Island, one of South Carolina's Sea Islands. It is estimated to be in excess of 1500 years old, stands 65 ft (20 m) tall, measures 28 ft (8.5 m) in circumference, and shades with its crown an area of 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2). The Angel Oak is thought to be one of the oldest living organisms east of the Mississippi River. It has survived countless hurricanes, floods, earthquakes, and human interference.
 Dinner: Dinner will be at a special historical restaurant set up just for Road Scholar. It will be our farewell evening and we will enjoy the company and the fine dining.
 Evening: Our evening will be saying farewell to our fellow travelers and enjoying stories about our week adventure in Charleston.
Accommodations: The Mills House Hotel
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Wrap-up Session & Culinary Reviews, Program Concludes
(Friday, March 29)
 Breakfast: Breakfast at hotel.
 Morning: WRAP-UP SESSION & REVIEWS: We'll discuss what we've seen and learned as well as sharing our personal "reviews" of favorite culinary experiences during the program.

This session concludes our appreciation of Charleston's culinary history, heritage and delectable flavors. We hope you have enjoyed this new program and will join us for other fascinating and fun Road Scholar learning adventures in the future. Best wishes for all your journeys!

Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

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