Hunting antiques in America’s Deep South

Low country charm: The coastal regions of Charleston and Savannah are brimming with a unique cultural attitude.

*Advertising feature

Antique enthusiast Rene Huard, host of Global Prime’s “The Antique Hunter” calls Savannah and Charleston two of his favourite cities. Anyone with a passion for the past can easily understand why. The coastal regions of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina are brimming with a unique cultural attitude experienced only in this low-country region.

Through the dedication of many, Savannah Georgia (established in 1773) has been lovingly restored to a time of days gone by. One of the most noted preservationist was Jim Williams. His infamous Mercer House (Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evill), stands proud today thanks to Jim’s passionate devotion to her restoration. Dr. Dorothy Kingery, Jim’s surviving sister and now proud owner of this magnificent home, shares all the glorious details and dark secrets of this masterpiece.

There’s no better way to get around Savannah than by horse and carriage, and no trip is complete without indulging in low-country cuisine. To sample the finest, you must include a visit to Paula Deen’s “The Lady and Sons”. Many visitors start lining up for this landmark restaurant long before it opens for lunch to experience the authentic taste of the South.

Further up the coast proudly stands Charleston, South Carolina. Founded in 1670, Charleston quickly rose to prominence as the colony’s most significant seaport. Today the city’s legacy of influences including Continental, European and Asian can be found in its architecture, interiors and gardens.

Each spring Charleston welcomes guests with plantation and garden tours complementing the events surrounding the National Antiques Show. In its fifth year, this event has become a premier destination for antique enthusiasts. Held during the peak of the historic city’s blooming season, the Festival offers guests the rare opportunity to see inside the private residential interiors and gardens of approximately 150 of America’s most distinctive historic homes in 12 colonial and antebellum neighborhoods.

Join Rene Huard, the Antique Hunter himself on an escorted tour of Charleston and Savannah, including the National Antique Show. This special opportunity will be limited to only 20 guests. To find out more please click on the link below.