Double Take: Charleston, SC, vs. Portland, ME
By Tracey Minkin
Face-off Charleston vs. Portland
LEFT: South Carolina's star is equally refined and hip.
RIGHT: Portland, Maine, draws food and style lovers.
CHARLESTON, LEFT: Visitors who think that shopping begins and ends on King Street miss out on an insider favorite just across the bridge in the Old Village: Out of Hand, a beautifully curated emporium of home decor, stationery, jewelry, gifts, and even fresh-cut flowers.
PORTLAND, RIGHT: Local style icon Kazeem Lawal, owner of Portland Trading Company, has assembled an impeccable collection of rustic-chic clothing and accessories for men and women, plus choice homewares both new and vintage.
CHARLESTON, LEFT: With his pickled shrimp, The Ordinary's chef/partner Mike Lata gives this Charleston staple a spin that makes it his own, not to mention the culinary talk of the town.
PORTLAND, RIGHT: Eventide Oyster Co. revolutionizes a shore classic with its fried oyster bun, featuring a delicate batter that lets the local oysters' natural brine shine through.
CHARLESTON, LEFT: Tara Guérard channels Charleston's grace into high-wattage wedding and event design. The interior designer and entertaining guru also has her own line of letterpress invitations.
PORTLAND, RIGHT: Designer Angela Adams creates bright, graphic rugs that are a favorite of coastal designers everywhere. Her downtown Portland retail shop features her charming textiles.
CHARLESTON, LEFT: The Red Wedding at Edmund's Oast brew pub dresses up the Southern pairing of bourbon and sweet tea with Elijah Craig bourbon and hibiscus-and-tea ice cubes. Want to make your own? Get the recipe.
PORTLAND, RIGHT: Portland Hunt & Alpine's Remember The Maine is named for a battleship, but this rye whiskey cocktail is the perfect warm-up for Maine's cool spring weather. Want to make your own? Get the recipe.