Charleston Journals

A Native's Favorites in Charleston

A travel journal to Charleston by Mary Porcher

John Rutledge House Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: I grew up taking day trips to Charleston from Columbia whenever I had a chance. The city just lures you once you've experienced its charm and salty sunshine. The buildings and ocean views are so refreshing! This was also my honeymoon spot.

A Native's Favorites in Charleston

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Street Scenes Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Staying at a world class bed and breakfast, watching the sunset from the rocks at Fort Moultrie, eating unbelievable desserts while sipping coffee, choosing from 50 daquiri flavors at Wet Willy's...the list goes on and on! I could never get tired of gazing at the homes in Charleston or walking the cobblestone streets. I'm not even a beach person, but there's something about the palms and the ocean and the history.Quick Tips: Charleston is beautiful all year long. Even the winter months are comfortable with a jacket, but we just happened to hit the one COLD week they had during our honeymoon (January 3-7). If you don't know where to start, there is a tourist office with every brochure you ...Read More

John Rutledge House Inn

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John Rutledge House Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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The outside of the house is beautiful with its porches and ironwork and spiral stairs. The rooms are amazing - high ceilings, ornate crown moldings, marble tile, canopy beds, brass fixtures, and working gas fireplaces that crackle. It's like a dream, honestly.We spent only a couple of nights here during our honeymoon, because that's all we could afford. The breakfast was delightful - get the Rutledge breakfast with scones and sherry. I had never had anything like it! They bring a full breakfast (your choices) to your room in the morning, at whatever time you specify. The service is excellent. My husband got sick one day, and they even sent someone to buy him some medicine, no ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

John Rutledge House Inn
116 BROAD STREET
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-723-7999

Harbour View Inn

Hotel | "Harborview Inn"

Harbour View Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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When we were here in January 1999, this hotel was still brand new and under construction. The halls smelled a bit like new paint, and some areas were not quite in perfect condition. But even then it had a lot of promise. We had a room with a nice size jacuzzi, and the breakfast they brought each morning was better than any hotel would normally provide. The room had a quality rustic feel to it - one wall was stone, and the rest were papered. The furniture was modern but classy too. There was a good sized television and a dinette table in our room, and everything was very clean. They are a bit more personal than a hotel chain, and they provide snacks in their elegant lobby.Our experience ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Harbour View Inn
TWO VENDUE RANGE
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-853-8439

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

Restaurant | "Kaminsky's Cafe"

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Kaminsky's is my favorite place to relax (and indulge) in Charleston! They are known for their desserts, which are *incredible*, both in appearance and taste. They also have great coffee with sugar on a stick. It's a small place with dim lighting and a coffee-bar atmosphere (they serve alcohol). When you walk in, there is a dessert case on your right, and a server will come up to you and describe the various treats. I went on countless dates here and made many memories, sitting and chatting for hours over a shared piece of triple-chocolate cake. The locals are regulars here, so you won't feel like as much of a tourist.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe
78 North Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 853-8270

Hyman's Seafood Restaurant

Restaurant | "Hyman's Seafood"

Hyman's Seafood Restaurant Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Hyman's has been voted the best seafood restaurant in South Carolina. The seafood is delicious and so fresh, but the fried choices are a bit greasy (you're in the south, remember?). The atmosphere is very casual, so you're definitely paying for the food's taste and nothing else. When I was their, they had a special soup - lobster bisque. It was the first time I had had bisque - it was so cheesy, absolutely delicious.This place gets very crowded and the wait gets up to hours, so you might want to come before or after the normal eating hours. This is the spot for seafood. We also went to A.W. Shucks. Their dishes were a bit more fancy, but I only got four shrimp on a plate! At Hyman'...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Hyman's Seafood Restaurant
215 Meeting Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 723-6000

California Dreaming Restaurant

Restaurant | "California Dreaming"

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This restaurant is located on the waterfront (Ashley River) and has fantastic views from the tall glass windows. The food is excellent, especially the California Dreaming salad, and isn't too expensive. The tall ceilings and wooden tables create the perfect lunch or dinner atmosphere, not stilted and not too country either. If you've never been to a California Dreaming before, this one is the one to visit because of the view.

You may want to ask for directions, because the location is a little bit confusing, and the signs are small.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

California Dreaming Restaurant
1 Ashley Pointe Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29407
(843) 766-1644

Fort Moultrie National Monument

Attraction | "Fort Moultrie"

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The first time I was at Fort Moultrie, a friend and I stumbled upon it. We enjoyed reading the battle history from the Revolution and the Civil War, but we enjoyed even more sitting on the large granite (SC's state rock) stones along the coast and watching the sunset. This is a great spot for watching ships come into harbor in the evening, watching gulls and dolphins. During that first visit, there was no one there that evening, and we sat on the rocks in silence, listened to the waves pound, felt the salt blowing on our faces, and watched the sails in the sunset. How romantic!The second time I went to the fort, it was harder to find. You have to follow the signs to Sullivan's Island,...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

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

Wet Willie's Daiquiri Bar

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Attraction | "Wet Willy's Daiquiri Bar"

Wet Willie's Daiquiri Bar Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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This is a small bar, but it fills up during the school year with College of Charleston students. I went here with a friend and had a mini-bachelorette party (with a guy friend! haha). They have a DJ and dancing during the school year, but it's very crowded. The music is fun (they played some old crazy favorites), and they have a disco ball. There is not much room to dance though! From what I gather, this bar is just one in a chain of bars that students like to visit on the weekends. Where else can you get a white chocolate frozen daiquiri and smoke a cigar? There are some tables to sit at and chat, and my husband and I were there during our honeymoon when the students were away for Christmas. ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 28, 2000

Wet Willie's Daiquiri Bar
209 East Bay St.
Charleston, South Carolina 29401