I can't add a lot to the great review by "Debbie P" in September 2013. Read her review, because it's excellent. The tour bus picks up from Mt. Pleasant area, the visitors centers at Mt Pleasant and downtown, and various stops on the way out to the plantation.
We had a great time, and the tour guides were very helpful, friendly, and knowledgeable about the area. They learned a little bit about each person on the trip, and threw in tidbits they would appreciate, or related stories involving their hometowns or interests.
The tea plantation was the first stop -we took a bus tour around the plantation, learned the history and methods used. Had some time in the shop to taste tea, buy a few things, take a short inside, and walk around the immediate area.
Then the winery and distillery. We had lunch first - a nice lunch with an awesome chicken salad. If you have any preferences/dislikes, be sure to let them know ahead of time!. One gentleman did not like chicken salad, but - they took care of him! The staff had just brought back food from another restaurant, and one sandwich was turkey. She traded him sandwiches on the spot!
After the wine tasting, we had a few minutes to shop, and then walked to the distillery which is just across the patio. As in other reviews, the tip here is - partner up with someone, and get 6 different tastes each, and share. You STILL won't have enough tastes for everything, but you'll get most of it. Had a little more time to shop, and walk thru the vineyards. It was October, so we could pick & eat any grapes we wanted right by the shop. Yum !
We had a little time, and went on to see Angel Tree - a 500+ year old live oak in a park on a dirt road just outside Charleston.They can't tell exactly how old it is - somewhere between 500-1500 years. It isn't very tall, but it spreads out over 17000 sq feet. It's beautiful !
Great way to spend a day !
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