As a Matchmaker at ZipSprout, it’s easy to indulge my fondness for cultural tourism. After a few hours of looking at websites for non-profits and fundraising events of a particular city, it becomes apparent what that community values and how they like to party. Let’s take San Diego, CA, and Charleston, SC, for example. Both are port cities with warm weather, but their local flavor is as different as red and white clam chowder.
If you have ever traveled outside the USA, you are aware how geology can shape the experience. It didn’t take me long to see that the ports of Charleston and San Diego have had very different roles in shaping the local culture. In Charleston, the port has primarily been used for import/export. Consequently, there is an abundance of historic homes, antebellum gardens, and fine antiques from the wealth built by sea merchants and commodities traders.