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Old 02-20-2013, 09:38 AM   #16
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I am loving this thread as we will be in Charleston for a couple of nights in early July before heading to Disney's Hilton Head resort. We are staying at the historic French Quarter Inn @ $219. per night + parking. For all you Charleston experts, was this a good choice? The rating it gets seems exceptional.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #17
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I am loving this thread as we will be in Charleston for a couple of nights in early July before heading to Disney's Hilton Head resort. We are staying at the historic French Quarter Inn @ $219. per night + parking. For all you Charleston experts, was this a good choice? The rating it gets seems exceptional.
That is a lovely hotel and in a great location! Sounds like a good rate too.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:47 AM   #18
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http://gocharlestondeals.net/deals/o...layProduct/492

Here's a gocharleston deal of the day for 1/2 off Historic Walking Tour in case anyone who will be visiting is interested.
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #19
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Charleston and cheap . . . the two words don't go together! Not that I don't love the city, but it's not a budget type of place.

Lots of good ideas already.
I also enjoyed Boone plantation a great deal. It's a little ways out of town, but it's a great view of what life was like for the rich back before the Civil War. This plantation is unique in that they made bricks (as well as growing crops), and the slaves on the estate slept in brick house; thus, you can see the actual houses in which the slaves lived, and you can get an idea of the cramped quarters. We had a great guide at Boone Plantation.

Food -- well, you can't go wrong much of anywhere in Charleston, but I strongly suggest Jessamine's Kitchen. It's a small place, open only for lunch, and it's some of the best food I've ever eaten. Expect to stand in line. It's been on Food Network. Or the Cooking Channel; they run together in my mind.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:05 AM   #20
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Charleston and cheap . . . the two words don't go together! Not that I don't love the city, but it's not a budget type of place.


Food -- well, you can't go wrong much of anywhere in Charleston, but I strongly suggest Jessamine's Kitchen. It's a small place, open only for lunch, and it's some of the best food I've ever eaten. Expect to stand in line. It's been on Food Network. Or the Cooking Channel; they run together in my mind.
I think you mean Jestine's Kitchen. They do have good fried chicken and homemade pickles.
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Old 02-20-2013, 02:47 PM   #21
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That is a lovely hotel and in a great location! Sounds like a good rate too.
Thanks for the quick response, graceesmom. I was hoping I made the right choice. We are really looking forward to it.
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Old 02-20-2013, 03:01 PM   #22
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A friend and I did a weekend in Charleston at the end of January. Chilly weather but low crowds! We stayed at the Hampton in the historic district for $159/night and it included a carriage ride and the ferry to Ft Sumter for both of us. Besides just strolling the streets and discovering hidden graveyards, we managed to fill a Friday evening and a full Saturday with

* Dessert at Kaminsky's (Yummm!)
* Aquarium
* Ft Sumter
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* Carriage Ride
* Ghost walk

Plus a lot of yummy food!

If I get back again in the spring I really hope to get out to a plantation or two. I highly recommend a hotel in the Historic District, as you can easily walk to anything in the area. We probably logged 7-10 miles per day, but they were easy strolls and the exercise may have balanced out some of that food!

Enjoy your trip!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:00 AM   #23
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Charleston native here. *raises hand*

The plantations are beautiful at this time of year but all are expensive.

It's sneaky and underhanded but you can get onto the Middleton Plantation grounds without paying. Park in the lot just off the road and just walk through the pasture and you're in. You can't tour the house or join an official tour but there are enough markers around to read that can help you, brochures are free, and a book for $20 at Barnes and Noble can get you all the info a tour guide would tell you.

Watch out for alligators and those swans? Are mean!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:33 AM   #24
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I live just up the road in Summerville...we did a Bakery Crawl a few weeks ago in search for the "perfect" bagguett...my DH is from France/Germany(military brat/retired..). We hit 9 bakeries in and close to Charleston and found that we love the baked goods at Brown's Court on St. Phillip. It has great breakfast goods and coffee. I bit of a walk, but doable for you.
I think that if you like window shopping any of the streets in downtown will be great. And there are a ton of churches, The Circular Church is great. And we have one of the oldest Jewish populations in the USA...There are great churches that are open free, and the cementaries have some famous people in them.
Also the gardens at the foot of Charleston are a short but nice visit. And the houses on Rainbow Row are great... in fact the Charleston Museum used to have a ticket that allowed you to visit several of the historic houses and other attractions in town for a lower cost then if you do each alone.
We do have some no-see-ems from now to Nov...on and off. And we do get some rain, but even with all that it is a great town to just walk in. It used to be that if a garden gate was open you could walk in and look around...but not sure that is true any more. The Charleston Visitor Center on Meeting St has more info and they will send it to you, they are online.
Hope you all have a great trip... been in the LowCountry for about 20 years now. When we moved here it was my 36th move in less then 35 years....love it here!
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:01 PM   #25
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Charleston is one of our favorite places in the world. Husk and 82 Queen are our favorite restaurants (at 82 Queen, try to sit in the courtyard). Go to Magnolia plantation. Park at the Battery and just walk through the historic district. Get a cupcake at Cupcake. Take a carriage ride. Go to John's Island and see the Angel Oak (must be seen to be believed). Spend the day on the sand at Kiawah. Tour Ft. Sumter. Take a house tour. And, keep an eye out for Rhett and Scarlett.
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We were there for the day the first week in April. Trying to do super cheap (DH just laid off). We went to Ft. Moultrie on Sullivan Island. It was about 15 mins outside of Charleston and a lot cheaper than the boat ride to Ft Sumter. It is a National Park and only $3 per adult, Kids under 15 (I think or maybe 17) were free or there is a family rate of $5. It was very interesting as the fort spans from the Revolutionary War up to WW2. We just drove around in the city of Charleston since it was late in the afternoon. We also went to check out Folley Beach. It would have been nice if it had not been super windy! Hope you have a nice time. I would love to go back when we can spend a few days there.
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Just found this thread and really appreciate the info from the locals! My parents are having their 50th anniversary next year and I would love to vaca with them in Charleston. My Dad's side of the family has ties to Charleston so the tours sound like a great idea but my two kids will revolt unless they can get some beach time. What beaches are close to Downtown/plantations? Google earth is my extent of knowledge about the area. Would it be prudent to stay outside of Charleston and drive in? My parents always prefer a condo type vacation vs a hotel room. Is that possible near Charleston? Any info is greatly appreciated.
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Thanks for all the great tips
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And if anyone hasn't booked a hotel or B&B yet...for our DS wedding my FIL and family booked a whole house for 4 days! It was about $600 in Nov. And it had 4 bedrooms, a wonderfull kitchen, 3 1/2 baths, PARKING!!! free....and it was close to downtown. No one remembers the exact way they booked it, but my SIL said she just searched for "house for rent" in Charleston and looked at rating. It was the best deal to sleep 5 adults, only 1 married couple.
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