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Ok lets see more great Charleston stuff…
There are many great hotels in this city… so it is hard to go wrong.
You want to stay in the Historic District, so you are close / convenient to everything.
We like the Doubletree (not crazy expensive… particularly good if you join the Hilton Loyalty Program = Hilton Hhonors). The Doubletree puts you right in the Historic District… half a block off of the City Market (Market Street).
BUT there are other great places too… check out TripAdvisor for Hotel Reviews
When choosing a Hotel, keep transportation in mind. You don’t need your car so much if you are in the Historic District (parking is expensive… both on Lots and at Hotels… this comes down to little to NO Room… as the city is old and compact, with narrow streets etc).
Another reason we like the Doubletree (or that general area) is convenience to the FREE DASH Trolley. And the Doubletree is also close to a large number of the Starting Points for the Carriage Rides… we walked over to Palmetto Carriage House (stable)… you cannot miss it, it is the BIG Red Barn and went with one of their tours (but there are many others). We enjoyed it thoroughly… the Guide was great (as were the Mules, lol).
Overall Charleston is a very walkable city (flat). But do wear shoes meant for walking an extended period of time, as you’ll want to do a lot of exploring… and there are cobblestones in places !!
Charleston is a gorgeous city… and very romantic. The Historic area is beautiful with the Battery along the waterfront and the scenic promenade.
WHAT TO DO
As I said in my previous post, there is TONS to see… if the weather is good a visit to Fort Sumter is a must (do this BEFORE you do a lot of other historical stuff, cause it is where the Civil War started, and so can put a lot of other things into context for you)
A visit to Charleston Museum is a MUST DO too… oldest Museum in the USA. We enjoyed the exhibits there… Revolutionary War – Civil War – Charleston Silver – and the Textile / Fashion Section… expect to spend a few hours exploring (good for a rainy day if you should get one)
Going to Charleston, and one MUST see historic homes… be it the one’s “in town” (2 are associated with the Museum… but there are several others)… or the nearby grandiose Plantations… as I said above, they all offer up something different. Mr TTR & I spent 2 full days just Plantation exploring…
Our faves are Drayton Hall… start here as it is one of the oldest Plantations in the USA (1738) and escaped the burning by Gen Sherman’s troops by utilizing a “smart idea” to keep the Unionists off the property (I’ll save that tidbit for the Tour Guide). It is still owned by the Drayton Family… altho not lived in. The house is “preserved” not restored. So you can see it as it was, and how it has faired over the years. It is a National Historic Landmark, and the National Trust does the Tours… and they also have talks they do about the History & Times (we attended one on the Slaves Come to America, and it was excellent). The history here is incredible.
You’ll get a real understanding of how the Plantation Owners & their Families (and Descendents) lived. And the relationship between the Manor House, the Plantation, the Slaves, Society and the River all functioned.
Next door to Drayton Hall on Ashley River Road is Magnolia Plantation (and Gardens). This one dates back to 1600s (and was owned by John Drayton’s Father, and where he was born). The Manor house was burned down during the Civil War… but the fantastic Gardens remain. The beauty here is unbelievable (altho I’m not sure what will be “in season” say in November).
Boone Hall Plantation (this is where Ryan Reynolds got married) is over in Mt Pleasant… and it offers up another view of Plantation life. The Manor House is long gone here too… but the Live Oaks Avenue here is stunning !!
The unique thing about Boone Hall is that there was a brickyard on the property… so many buildings that would have long ago been detroyed if they were made of wood… (like Slave Cabins) still remain. So altho they aren’t “the norm” they do convey important history. And Boone Hall excells at this… they do Gullah Presentations that are fabulous. This is the Plantation where you will learn the most about life as a Slave… and also hear about their progression to being Free Men. By far the most “moving” educational experiences for us happened at Boone Hall. Their Black History (and in some case Slave Descendents from the area) were fantastic !!
WHERE TO EAT
Charleston is chock-a-block filled with GREAT Eats. From casual fare to fine diining. Some of our faves:
Like @kittyface: another vote for Fleet Landing… they have excellent She Crab Soup, Fried Green Tomatoes, Lump Crab Cakes, Hush Puppies… for starters… and Fish & Seafood for mains… they even have a Low Country Boil on the menu. This is a regular stop for us.
If you want a fancier Fish & Seafood meal (and more expensive), check out Hank’s Seafood on Church (practically next door to the Doubletree).
Other than that we went low key (we were there only a few nights last trip). Most of the Restaurants post their menus outside, so you can take a look and decide what you are in the mood for and can afford. Most places take Reservations, and for many of the more popular places (or if it is a touristy time) they are smart to have.
Hope this helps,