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Entertaining my Parents in Charleston

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An April 2005 trip to Charleston by Taylor Shelby

Middleton Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: Whenever my parents visit, I want to keep them as entertained as possible. This is a journal about what we did and where they stayed.

Entertaining my Parents in Charleston

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Overview

Middleton Inn Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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This is the first time my parents have visited me and we have had enough time to really see anything, so I have spent the last few months noting things that I wanted to do when they came. Now, they aren't the types who want to go, go, go all the time (like me), so this wasn't a week of constant activity. Still, we did a few things that were unique and very memorable that most visitors don't think about doing. Here are some things a local does when she wants to impress visitors. Highlights include: Trail-Riding at Middleton Place - Middleton Place has almost 6,500 acres that most people never see. We got to go back in the woods and around the old rice fields on the backs of...Read More

The Inn at Middleton Place

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Hotel

The Inn at Middleton Place Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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My parents were transient on this trip, staying in three different places over the span of a week. Reason being, my mom was here for a conference, so they stayed at Charleston Place in the middle of the week and moved after that. My mom came in a day early, and since I live out by Middleton Place, she just decided to get a room at the inn. I was excited, because I had heard good things about it and really wanted to see it. To get to the inn, you have to drive down a long dirt road, passing by the Middleton Stables and all of their fields full of beautiful horses. It is so idyllic, it just about seems fake. There are huge Spanish moss-draped oak trees. It is misty in the morning and the e...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

The Inn at Middleton Place
4300 Ashley River Rd.
Charleston, South Carolina 29414
(843) 556-6020

Charleston Place Hotel

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Hotel | "Charleston Place"

Charleston Place Hotel Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Charleston Place Hotel is the big one in the city. It has a great location and an upscale clientele, and Gucci is on the ground floor. My mother's meeting was here, and since the boss was paying, it was as good a place as any. Otherwise, I never would have recommended it to my parents. It just isn't their type of place. Or mine for that matter. But, it is very posh. As for location, you can't beat Charleston Place. If you walk across the street, you are literally in the market. It is right smack-dab in the middle of the city, which is very convenient. Maybe that is what you are paying for. The hotel is extremely beautiful. The lobby is solid marble, with some of the most...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Charleston Place Hotel
205 MEETING STREET
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
843-722-4900

Motoryacht Southern Comfort

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Motoryacht Southern Comfort Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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This is the fantastic lodging that my mother managed to find and where my parents spent their last couple of days. This is the coolest place I have ever stayed, I must admit. My parents are sailors, so they love stuff like this. My mom actually managed to keep it a secret until they got here, so it was a surprise for my dad. You don't know luxury until you spend a couple of days on a 61-foot yacht. It was beautiful. And huge. Enormous. Did I mention how big it is? From the outside, it doesn't look that large, but once you go in, you cannot believe it. I kept yelling, "This is a boat!!! There are four bedrooms (the master bedroom has a walk-in closet), three baths (and the master b...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Motoryacht Southern Comfort
17 Lockwood Drive
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(704) 650-2620

Palmetto Carriage Works

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Attraction | "Palmetto Carriage Tour"

Palmetto Carriage Works Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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I don't like to go on carriage tours because they usually make so much stuff up that it just makes me angry. However, my mom had two colleagues with her that had never visited Charleston, and it is an excellent, unique way to see such a beautiful city. I heard that you could rent private carriages for about $100, and since the big carriages that hold 18 people are about $20 a person anyway, it seemed totally worth it to just get a private one. We asked the concierge at Charleston Place about it, and they said that Palmetto Carriage Works does one for $100 and picks you up at the hotel, so you don't even have to do anything. She also said that, after 6pm, the prices go up pretty dramatically, s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Palmetto Carriage Works
40 N. Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 723-8145

Barrier Island Ecotours

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Attraction

Barrier Island Ecotours Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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I wanted to do something unique with my parents, so I asked my boss about going out to the barrier islands. He told me about this company, so I visited it on the Web. They offer a lot of different tours. Everything from dolphin sunset cruises to kayak tours is on the agenda. Since we are kind of in an off-season, they were only offering one tour that worked for us, the Capers Island Sunset Eco Tour. This was a 2.5-hour tour that left in the late afternoon. We got onboard with Capt. Robert, and he gave us an introduction to the differences between barrier islands (ocean front, have a beach) and sea islands (bay front, surrounded by marsh). He also pointed out some of the birds we kept seeing ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 23, 2005

Barrier Island Ecotours
1105 Island View Dr.
Charleston, South Carolina 29464
(843) 216-8300

Middleton Place

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Attraction | "Horseback Riding at Middleton Place"

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We got to Middleton Place about 30 minutes early for our ride. You actually don't start from the stables, but from the visitor center, which is right in the parking lot. We checked in, and the girl told us we would start from near the gift shop, so we just wandered over. Much to our surprise, there were already four horses saddled up and waiting to go. One of the horses was beautiful and enormous! We all guessed that would be the horse our guide was riding. The other three were older and looked very gentle (good for us - we're no experts!). After getting to know the horses a little, our guide arrived. Much to my delight, he put me on the big horse! His name was Chico, and he was t...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 30, 2005

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