Designer Betsy Berry’s Guide to Charleston, South Carolina
Our Summit alums live in some pretty fantastic places across the South (and beyond!), from small towns to large cities. And how they choose to spend their free time in these places no doubt reflects their creative interests.
One alum for whom this is certainly true is Betsy Berry, owner and interior designer at B. Berry Interiors in Charleston, South Carolina. Betsy is know for her innovative, yet inviting, designs that focus on special details (and shy away from mass production)–so it is no surprise that that her favorite go-tos in Charleston are sophisticated, down to earth…and local. Join us as she shares some of her Holy City favorites in this guide to Charleston, South Carolina.
Pancito & Lefty is my favorite spot in town. Although my husband, Robert is the chef/co-owner and I might be biased, I absolutely love the food. The vibe is an authentic Mexican eatery inspired by several trips to Mexico City. My favorite dish is the Chilaquiles Verde – simmered chips, avocado and cotija, topped with a fried duck egg. It’s the ultimate Mexican comfort food. As for drinks, I love their classic margarita. Pancito has an incredible selection of handcrafted mezcal cocktails, but you can’t beat the crisp simplicity of a great classic margarita.
Hampden Clothing on King Street, because the selection is something I could find in New York or Paris. Owner Stacy Smallwood has done an incredible job of curating pieces from both established and up-and-coming designers. My favorite recent purchase is a Rhode Resort wrap dress in forest green. I bought it because it transcends seasons here in Charleston; I can wear it anytime.
Favorite outdoor activity?
I grew up on Hilton Head Island, so salt water runs through my veins. I love being on the water in Charleston, whether it’s on the beach or a boat.
Favorite cultural activity?
I never miss the annual opening ceremony for Spoleto Festival USA. It takes place at City Hall on Broad Street every year, and features the symphony orchestra and preview performances from the upcoming Spoleto lineup. This year Mayor John Tecklenburg joined in on the piano! The event concludes with a cannon blast of multi-colored confetti into the sky. It’s the best.
Best way to see Charleston?
Grab a bottle of your favorite “chilled beverage” and hail a pedi-cab.
Most inspiring architecture in Charleston?
The staircase in the Nathaniel Russell House is one of the most iconic stairways in the country. It’s a cantilevered spiral staircase that ascends to the third floor. You just don’t see that kind of grandeur anymore, which is what makes it so special.