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Sweet Tea Trail



The Sweet Tea Trail, designed to help visitors and locals alike explore all that Summerville has to offer, guides folks from the I-26 interchange at Exit 199A through the five districts of town – while offering uniquely Southern dining, shopping, historical and cultural experiences along the way.


Yes, Summerville is the birthplace of Sweet Tea - and so it seems perfectly natural that Summerville would celebrate this delicious, traditional Southern beverage with places and events for those folks who enjoy sweet tea and the simple pleasures of life.


You'll enjoy:

  • Sweet Tea Trail of Antiques - if you like antiques, you'll love the Sweet Tea Trail - local antique dealers invite the public to come browse their shops on the 2nd Sunday of the month from 1:00 to 4:00 pm - traditional iced sweet tea is served for your enjoyment. See the list of participating antique shops (below).

  • Sweet Tea Festival - is an annual event held the 3rd Thursday of September and celebrates our Historic Downtown. Local restaurants host the 'Best Sweet Tea Contest' at the festival, the popular Southern beverage of choice. This makes this event one of the most refreshing competitions in the South!

  • Sweet Tea Delicacies - local Summerville bakeries are serving up their own unique treats: Sweet Tea cupcakes, Sweet Tea cinnamon rolls and of course some Sweet Tea jelly!

  • Sweet Tea Savories  - enjoy a Sweet Tea pork chop sandwich and Sweet Tea brined chicken salad while dining in Summerville.

  • Sweet Tea Beverages - Sweet Tea is such a southern thing you will find it on every menu, but you will also find Sweet Tea bars with a host of different flavored teas. Don't forget to visit our local pubs and bars for that special Sweet Tea cocktail!

  • Sweet Tea Spa Experience - experience a Sweet Tea scrub for your southern manicure and pedicure plus a Sweet Tea facial.

  • Sweet Tea Trolley Tour-Historic Summerville - this guided tour gives you the ultimate experience of the town and includes a local historian who covers the rich history of Summerville with a stop at the Linwood Gardens, selected as a Top 10 Garden Inn by BedandBreakfast.com®.

  • Good Eats on the Sweet Tea Trolley – join nationally-known Storyteller Tim Lowery on a special trolley tour featuring Good Eats on the Sweet Tea Trail. Tim will introduce you to Lowcountry delicacies along the way while regaling you with stories and the history of tea in our Southern town.

  • Get Tea-ed off - at the historic Summerville Country Club, over 75 years old and right in the middle of the original tea farm. The club hosts Monday night free shag lessons at the pavilion. The Shag is a swing dance that originated in South Carolina in the 1940s and is still our state dance today.

Sweet Tea TrailSummerville, SC is quickly becoming known for more than flora and pigskin. Summerville is the “Birthplace of Sweet Tea,” and with this new distinction comes new adventures, like the Sweet Tea Trail. The trail was designed to help visitors and locals alike explore the wonderment of Summerville. The Sweet Tea Trail is to guide folks from the I-26 interchange at exit 199 through the five districts of the town, offering uniquely Southern dining, shopping, historical and cultural experiences. Starting with the shops and restaurants at Azalea Square, the trail continues to historic downtown Summerville, with distinctive entertainment, shopping and dining offerings. From there, the trail visits the storied Azalea Park and features a self-guided walking tour of fine historic homes. The trail continues to Colonial Dorchester State Park and concludes at the scenic Plantation District, starring the world class attractions; Middleton Place, Magnolia Gardens and Drayton Hall Plantation.


Click here for official stops on the Sweet Tea Trail.



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