The year comes to a close in Charleston in a beautiful, colorful way. Here, things tend to happen at a slower pace, and the shifting seasons are no exception. Our climate may cling to warmer temperatures than most of our northern neighbors, but we get just as excited about the changing seasons as any place. Take a look at some of our favorite made-in-Charleston fall and winter products:
Joggling Board from The Old Charleston Joggling Board Company
Picture fall porch-sitting on your Old Charleston Joggling Board, cup of coffee in hand. — Photo courtesy of Josh Bunting
If you haven't met a joggling board in your lifetime, there's no season like the present. Snag your own joggling board –you've likely seen one in front of a fine southern restaurant or two – to keep and use on a sunny front porch at home. Order online at jogglingboard.com and tell 'em we sent you.
Cotton Wreath from Tiverton Farms
Transition into colder weather in style with a stunning Tiverton Farms cotton wreath hung on your front door. — Photo courtesy of Charleston Farmers Market
Welcome the seasons to your home with a holiday wreath that has a uniquely Charleston look. These beautiful cotton wreaths from Tiverton Farms are lovingly handmade, and can be found at the Charleston Farmers Market each year.
Candlefish Library Scent #78
Yes, you can recreate the smells of fall inside–Candlefish has you covered. — Photo courtesy of Candlefish
Ever wanted to fill your home with seasonal scents, without smelling overly sweet? We recommend Candlefish Library scent No. 78, with subtle yet sensational notes of warm Saffron, cinnamon, pumpkin and fresh nutmeg. Find this scent and hundreds more at Candlefish downtown.
The Southerner's Cookbook by Garden & Gun
Pick up your copy of newly released The Southerner's Cookbook by Garden & Gun for a multitude of southern recipes. — Photo courtesy of Goat. Sheep. Cow.
Tie on an apron and tackle a recipe from the newest release by the editors of Garden & Gun, aptly named The Southerner's Cookbook. Inside, you'll find recipes like Sweet Tea-Brined Country Ham and Strawberry Moonshine-Fried Hand Pies. Yes, we're free for dinner anytime. Get your copy online or at Mac & Murphy downtown.
Holy City Brewing Brain Squasher
Holy City brings us a pumpkin American Stout just in time for fall feasting. Cheers! — Photo courtesy of Chris Brown/Holy City Brewing
Pumpkin flavor isn't basic if it's pumpkin beer! Try the Brain Squasher from Holy City Brewing, an American Stout with a 7% ABV, next time you're in the mood for a fall-ish beer. Sample the Brain Squasher at the brewery or pick up a six-pack of cans at The Charleston Beer Exchange.
Shelter Collection Beer/Tea Stein by The Commons
The Shelter Collection ceramics make a fantastic addition to the holiday table setting. — Photo courtesy of The Commons
You might need a vessel for that pumpkin brew. Sip your beer (or tea) in style with a stein from the new Shelter Collection of ceramics by The Commons, our personal recommendation for a beautiful table setting. This home goods shop has an adorable downtown location on Broad Street, and is dedicated to offering unique, all-American products.
Striped Pig Distillery Striped Spiced Rum
Notes of cinnamon and cloves bring this rum to the front of our bar cart this season. — Photo courtesy of Striped Pig Distillery
Need a cup of something to warm your bones after the Charleston Christmas Parade? Mix up a cocktail with Striped Spiced Rum from local Striped Pig Distillery, a fan favorite sure to kick things up a notch at your next company holiday party. Expect flavors of all spice, cloves, and cinnamon, and, according to Striped Pig, "What the holidays taste like if the holidays went down smoothly."
Rio Bertolini's Pasta Co.'s Roast Butternut Squash Ravioli
The Roast Butternut Squash Raviolis from Rio Bertolini's taste like fall in your mouth in the best way possible. — Photo courtesy of Rio Bertolini's Fresh Pasta Co.
You don't need to wait for a special occasion to taste the Butternut Squash Raviolis from Rio Bertolini's! Next time you're at the Charleston Farmers Market or The Vegetable Bin, be sure to pick up a package of these beauties, full of fall flavor whether fresh or frozen. Simple prep and high-quality ingredients make these the best ravs you've had this year.
Gingerbread Eggnog Macarons by Swank Desserts
Champagne, Chocolate Cherry Pop and Gingerbread Eggnog macarons — Photo courtesy of Swank Desserts
Local rising star Swank Desserts has a passion for desserts as delicious as they are eye-catching, offering special macaron flavors that change monthly! December's macarons lineup includes Champagne and Gingerbread Eggnog flavors, as well as the regularly-featured Chocolate Cherry Pop. Yes, we can confirm that you've died and gone to sweet-tooth heaven. Order online: swankdesserts.com
Grey Ghost Bakery Cinnamon Pecan Cookies
Mm, Cinnamon Pecan Cookies from Grey Ghost Bakery go nicely with a hot cup of tea. — Photo courtesy of Grey Ghost Bakery
We think you'll make room for dessert after dinner when they're the Cinnamon Pecan Cookies from local Grey Ghost Bakery. Perfect for dunking in tea or coffee, these cute little cookies also make a nice seasonal gift. Pick up a bag at Caviar & Bananas or any local Charleston gourmet grocery.
There you have it–some of the best fall and winter goodness the lowcountry has to offer. Pick up one or two (of each) to celebrate the season!