Wish you Were Here: Middleton Place and Inn, South Carolina
by Carolyn Sotka
Picture yourself in a boat on a river, with tangerine trees and marmalade skies… just substitute magnolia trees and like the Beatles song, you will be whisked away to a whimsical land; rich in history and steeped in natural beauty.
Located on a bluff above the tidal waters of the Ashley River, Middleton Place is one of the oldest plantations in the south and the oldest planned garden in the U.S. With over 65 acres, the garden is shaped like a butterfly and colored by centuries-old camellias, azaleas and roses.
Once a rice plantation, the property has remained under the Middleton family stewardship for over 320 years. Tours contrast the lives of those that owned the plantation with the lives of the enslaved African Americans that ran it – both during the period of slavery and after being freed.
When biking or kayaking throughout the plantation and grounds, keep an eye out for the locals, like this basking alligator.
Fall is the perfect time to visit the lowcountry and to check into the contemporary Inn at Middleton Place. Photo by Jeni Becker.
The Inn was designed by famed architect W.G. Clark and Charles Menefee of Charleston to blend nature with a contemporary twist, guest have exclusive moonlight access to stroll through the gardens at their leisure.
Wish you were here… -CS