A South Carolina tour that could be just your cup of tea
Thanks to the Green Giant, our guide said, this plantation — the only commercial tea plantation in North America — needs a staff of just a few to grow and harvest the tea leaves, in contrast with other tea plantations around the world that still use lots of human laborers rather than machinery in the fields.
My husband and I and our 15-year-old daughter drink tea constantly at home (hot and iced, caffeinated and decaf, and a variety of flavors). Our 7-year-old is usually filled with so much energy that the thought of giving him caffeine scares us, but even he enjoys some soothing herbal tea. So when we discovered this gem while planning a trip to Myrtle Beach, S.C., we knew that it would be worthwhile to drive roughly 120 miles farther south to see how tea is grown, harvested and manufactured.
The next closest tea plantation in the world is in Guatemala, I’d learned from a large map on the gift shop wall that used red lights to show the various locations where the world’s tea is grown. Most of the plantations are in Asia and Africa, which lit up on the map like Christmas trees at a mall.