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Old 05-25-2010, 07:28 PM
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The family trip to DC, Williamsburg and Inner Harbor is all set. Thanks to everyone for the info on the Williamsburg area.

Now I need some help from members who know the Charleston area.

We celebrate our 30th anniversary on July 5th (I know, suitably the day after Independence day!). I had planned a three day two night stay at the Grayfield Inn on Cumberland Island, something we both have wanted to do for a while. This evening the missus drops Charleston on me! Says she would really like to go see it - we only live 4 hours away but have never had the chance.

So it looks like we will arrive July 4, and stay until July 6.

Need info on:

Nice places to stay within walking distance of historic district. Really want to do it nice for a couple of nights.
Best antebellum plantation to visit.
Other attractions (keep in mind the heat of summer!).
Best places to eat (perhaps a Fourth celebration that is worth doing?).

Thanks in advance.
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Old 05-25-2010, 07:37 PM
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Charleston Place NJ!!! Own entertainment and food. No historic distric except for the residents,enjoy!! You should feel at home
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Old 05-25-2010, 09:11 PM
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Menzies- We spent our 10th anniversary there 16 years ago and had a great time. The only restaurant that I could remember was Poogan's Porch. It was excellent 16 years ago and it looks like it is still in business. It might be worth checking out and maybe someone else can comment on their current status.
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Old 05-26-2010, 04:48 AM
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Charleston Place for sure. Lots of good local flavors as for eating.
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Charleston Place is nice. So is the Marriot at Market Pavillian. The King Charles Best Western is also nice. All are downtown and walking distance to most places. As far as restaurants are concerned, you could eat at a new place every nite for a month and never have a bad meal. Carolina's is great along with Penninsula Grill. Slightly North Of Broad (SNOB), Rue de Jean and Grill 225 are also very good. You could support a THT member and go to High Cotton. Coast is also good and a little more casual and inexpensive. Somebody mentioned Pooghan's Porch above. I like that more for brunch. They have a great brunch on Sunday with half price bloody marys and mimmosas. For brunch/lunch I like Cru Cafe and Fleet Landing. Bull Street Gormet is also good. For down home cooking that is great go to Justine's if you can get in. The fireworks off of the bridge will be amazing I am sure. I would try to get a table at the rooftop bar at Market Pavillian to see the show. It overlooks the market downtown and the harbor. Very cool place. As far as things to do, the wife will probably want to shop. Boone Hall Plantation is pretty cool I hear. There may be some better ones a little farther north of there. Go tour Ft. Sumpter. Take a rigshaw guided tour around town and hear some of the history of Charleston. Have fun. Charleston is a great place.

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Originally Posted by Menzies View Post
The family trip to DC, Williamsburg and Inner Harbor is all set. Thanks to everyone for the info on the Williamsburg area.

Now I need some help from members who know the Charleston area.

We celebrate our 30th anniversary on July 5th (I know, suitably the day after Independence day!). I had planned a three day two night stay at the Grayfield Inn on Cumberland Island, something we both have wanted to do for a while. This evening the missus drops Charleston on me! Says she would really like to go see it - we only live 4 hours away but have never had the chance.

So it looks like we will arrive July 4, and stay until July 6.

Need info on:

Nice places to stay within walking distance of historic district. Really want to do it nice for a couple of nights.
Best antebellum plantation to visit.
Other attractions (keep in mind the heat of summer!).
Best places to eat (perhaps a Fourth celebration that is worth doing?).

Thanks in advance.
Magnolia Plantation. I have a buddy that works there. I love it every time I go.

Walk the Bridge from the Mt. Pleasant side. There's parking at the new Mt. Pleasant park underneath the bridge and it's a great walk with a great view. Safe and cooler in the mornings.

There will be a major fireworks show off the Yorktown. Usually there's a baseball game at the Joe that night.

Take either the water taxi or one of the harbor cruise vessels to Ft. Sumpter.

Walk down E. Bay down through Rainbow Row to the Battery. Great views.

You'll love Charleston. It's run by Democrats.
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Old 05-26-2010, 09:02 AM
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Menz, go to Charlestonfishing.com, you will get a ton of input from the locals on that site.
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Old 05-26-2010, 10:52 AM
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Basil and Magnolias are great restaurants. Go have drinks at Red's on Shem Creek but dont eat. Middleton is the best plantation. Hunley is nice to see but is in a bad part of town bring a gps. Red Drum is also a great restaurant. Carriage tours downtown are also nice.
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Patriots Point across the bridge is a cool place to spend a few hours if your into naval/military ships and aircraft.
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Don't forget Hall's Chop house....very good red meat and vino...lots of capitalist pigs there you might not like it
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Originally Posted by carolina rig View Post
Basil and Magnolias are great restaurants. Go have drinks at Red's on Shem Creek but dont eat. Middleton is the best plantation. Hunley is nice to see but is in a bad part of town bring a gps. Red Drum is also a great restaurant. Carriage tours downtown are also nice.
Yeah, Magnolias is fantastic. I like Magnolia plantation too, but those gardens are the best in early April. Just like the Masters tournament then.

I stayed at the Governors House Inn on Broad Steet with my wife for a weekend once, that was incredible. We just walked the historic district every night to dinner. So many cool buildings to tour during the day, it was one of the best few days ever. Got lucky a few times!
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Nathanial Russel House and Aiken Rhett House are by owned by Hist. Charleston Foundation, by far the two best Antebellum homes in Charleston.

Eat at Magnolias or Pooghans Porch.

Spend an hour or so just hanging out on the Battery.
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