Charleston Journals

The Charms of Charleston

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A travel journal to Charleston by Nahali Croft

Church Street Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: Once asked why she didn't travel, a wealthy old matron from Charleston replied, "But my dear, why should I travel when I'm already here?" Quite correctly, she believed her hometown to be the South's Belle of the Ball.

The Charms of Charleston

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Overview

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Cultured and refined, Charleston is beautifully preserved. Charleston's historic district encompasses more than 2,000 buildings. Any visitor should take a walking tour of the city. The South Carolina Aquarium, Fort Sumter, the plantations, and the beaches are also "must sees" when visiting.Quick Tips: Charleston is one of America's most romantic cities. Walking through downtown gives you a feeling that you've stepped back in time. Charleston also has a reputation (which is definately not unfounded) for good food and that famous Southern hospitality.Best Way To Get Around: There are many walking tour and carriage tour options for sightseeing in Charleston's High Battery and East Bay a...Read More
Kiawah Island Inn at Kiawah Island Resorts Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Sometimes when you roll up to a gated community, you don't realize when a treasure you are about to enter. Such was my case at the gate to Kiawah Island Resort. Kiawah Island Resort is impressive - friendly staff, outstanding service, luxurious accomodations, gourmet food, and golf courses galore. However, the point that made this place so enchanting was the resorts' ability to cater to both couples needing a quiet, romantic escape and families needing exciting activities that every family member could enjoy. The resort opened in 1976, but it has only been under its present ownership since 1993. Since then, the inn and the surrounding villas have attracted couples and families looking ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Kiawah Island Inn at Kiawah Island Resorts
12 Kiawah Beach Drive
Charleston, South Carolina
(843) 768-2121

Church Street Inn

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Hotel

Church Street Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Best Things Nearby:Church Street Inn is located in the heart of historic Charleston, across the street from the old City Market, which is full of specialty shops, award-winning restaurants, and an open-air market for bargain hunters.Best Things About the Resort:The Church Street Inn can accomodate up to six adults in the two-bedroom units, which meant our family didn't have to rent two rooms. Also, the kitchen was spacious and it had all the accessories I could possibly want.Resort Experience:The townhomes are all 2-story, which affords maximum privacy since the bedrooms are upstairs, and there is a half-bath downstairs to insure privacy for guests. The living...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Church Street Inn
177 CHURCH STREET
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-722-3420

82 Queen

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Restaurant

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Nestled in the heart of the historic district, 82 Queen's beautiful buildings are situated on the site of the former Schenckingh's Square, part of the original walled city of Charles Towne dating back to the 1600's. It was 1982 when 82 Queen the restaurant opened its doors. 82 Queen boasts seven private dining rooms and a lush garden courtyard. Each dining room has its own particular ambiance, conveying the splendor of days-gone-by. Visitng during the spring, my family chose to sit in the open air courtyard, where dining is enhanced by warm breezes, blooming Azaleas, and a stately Magnolia tree. For an appetizer, my brother, father, and sister ordered fried calamari, while my mother...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

82 Queen
82 Queen St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 843 723 7591

High Cotton Restaurant

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Restaurant | "High Cotton"

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At a table by the window in High Cotton the view is very Charleston - you look out on a busy corner of the old mercantile district a couple of blocks from the docks. High Cotton takes its name is plantation-era argot for livin' large. There are potted palms, ceiling fans made from old-fashioned heart-shaped palm fans, and mahogany shutters (left open, of course, the better to see and be seen). After we settled into alligator-skin chairs, we looked over the menu. High Cotton spares no expense - even the Worcestershire is house-made. High Cotton is high style, but it's done the Southern way. People in Charleston wanted good food, but they also wanted a good time. Part of having a good time is the...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

High Cotton Restaurant
199 East Bay Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 724-3815

Circa 1886

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Restaurant

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Our family was lucky enough to secure reservations to the American Food & Wine Series at Circa 1886. A special menu is available at this dinner series every Wednesday. Tucked behind the stately Wentworth Mansion,Circa 1886 is one of Charleston's hidden gems. The restaurant is named for the year the Wentworth Mansion was built, and it is home to some of Charleston's finest fare. Each course is served with a different wine. Our first course of the evening was Creamy Carolina Trout Soup garnished with grilled oyster mushrooms. With this course we (the ones over 21) were served Gundlach Bundschu "Polar Bearitage". The soup was outstanding. Of course, it's hard to go wrong with mushrooms....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Circa 1886
149 Wentworth Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 853-7828

Peninsula Grill

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Restaurant

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Peninsula Grill, in the Planter's Inn at the corner of Market and Meeting Streets, offers a perfect dining experience. I mean perfect! Entering the Peninsula Grill, I immediately felt like I had been transported to a sophisticated New York restaurant. The menu is exciting and creative, the food is sophisticated and sublime, the ambience is comfortable, and the service is perhaps the best in town. Our dining experience began with the choice of six glasses of champagne or sparkling white wine and more than 20 wines by the glass. I counted more than 300 bottles of wine with lots in the $20-$50 range. The menu lists 12 specialty cocktails such as the Classic Martini, Cosmopolitan, Perfect Manhattan ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Peninsula Grill
112 North Market St
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
+1 843 723 0700

Charleston City Market

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Attraction

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One of the few remaining city markets left in the United States, Charleston's city market still sells everything from vegetables to Civil War memorabilia. In this market, visitors to the city have the best definition of what Charleston is really like. While mush of the market has been turned into a tourists' bazaar, sometimes surprises find you. When browsing through the many stands, my family and I spotted a stall dedicated to the Confederacy, complete with rebel flags, Dixie shot glasses, and bumperstickers proclaiming, "If at first you don't Secede, Try Try Again." The man behind the stand was a scragly character with tobacco oozing from the side of his mouth and a Condeferate bandana wrap...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Charleston City Market
Meeting Street To East Bay
Charleston, South Carolina

Fort Sumter National Monument

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Attraction

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Fort Sumter, a brick fortification buit during the years 1829 through 1860 on a manmade island in Charleston Harbor, is accessible only by boat. On April 12, 1861, Confederate troops directed the opening shots of the Civil War at Fort Sumter. After a two-day bombardment, the small Union garrison surrendered. Confederate forces occupied the fort until 1865, successfully defying the Union's blockade and foiling Federal attempts to capture Charleston. Charleston remained a major port for the Confederacy throughout the Civil War because of the defence at Fort Sumter. The fort still contains a few large cannons, and projectiles fired during the Civil War are still embedded in Fort Sumter's ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Fort Sumter National Monument
1214 Middle St
Sullivan's Island, South Carolina 29482
+1 843 883 3123

Middleton Place

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Attraction | "Middleton Place Plantation"

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From 1741 through the Civil War, four generations of the Middleton family successively owned Middleton Place. In 1678, Edward Middleton emigrated from England to Barbados and from there to South Carolina, eight years after the founding of Charleston. However, it was not until his son, Henry, married that the family moved into Middleton Place. Henry Middleton, an influential political leader, was Speaker of the Commons, Commissioner for Indian Affairs, and a member of the Governor's Council until he resigned his seat in 1770 to become a leader of the opposition to British policy. Henry was chosen to represent South Carolina in the First Continental Congress and on October 22, 1774, was elected it...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 556-6020

South Carolina Aquarium

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Attraction

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The South Carolina Aquarium is a showcase for the animals, plants, and habitats of the Southeast Appalachian Watershed. The new Mountain Forest Gallery, a glass-enclosed aviary, contains free-flying bluebirds, cardinals, thrushes, and Eastern towhees. The area depicts a mountain ravine at a cascade, and the plants are exactly what you would expect to see in a mountain forest. Animals roam throughout the exhibit, including fish, salamander, snakes, and river otters. The Piedmont Shoals exhibit provides a below-water view of a rushing stream flowing over a rocky outcrop. In this fast-flowing environment, the fish have small, streamlined bodies adapted for fast swimming in fast-moving wa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 28, 2002

South Carolina Aquarium
100 Aquarium Wharf
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 720-1990

Old South Carriage Company

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Attraction | "Olde South Carriage Company"

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Upon stepping into the horse-drawn carriage, our family was excited about seeing the historic homes in downtown Charleston. Every member of the family rides horses, but there is something magical about meandering through a city in a carriage behind the clip-clop of horses' hooves. Our guide, dressed in a Civil War uniform, pointed out the more famous and spectacular buidlings along the route. He also knew the backgound of each home and was able to answer most of the questions we had throughout the trip. The horse was well-mannered, making our tour all the more pleasant. I would recommend taking this carriage tour to anyone who plans to visit Charleston, whether they are on a family vac...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Old South Carriage Company
14 Anson Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 723-9712

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

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Attraction | "Magnolia Plantation"

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The true legacy of Charleston's rich history can be found within minutes of leaving the historic district. Outside the city of Charleston, Spanish moss still gows on trees, the Southern accent gets so thinck it's almost unbelieveable that the locals are really speaking English, and the stately plantations still welcome visitors. The Drayton family that purchased Magnolia Plantation in 1676. Listed on the National Register of Historical Places, Magnolia Plantation has the distinction of being the northern hemisphere's oldest established gardens. The gardens include one of the largest collections of azaleas and camellias in the country. While visiting the estate, guests can choose to rid...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 27, 2002

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens
3550 Ashley River Road
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 571-1266