Charleston Journals

Charming Charleston Weekend

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An October 2008 trip to Charleston by Carmen

Palmetto Carriage Works Photo, Charleston, South Carolina More Photos
Quote: We spent a very rainy long weekend in this southern city, and enjoyed it despite the weather
Charleston Suspension Bridge Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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I don’t know what wild bug possessed us to decide to drive from Virginia to South Carolina, rather than flying, but seven hours in a car makes me a bit bonkers. So, to entertain myself, I began taking note of the exits and sights along Interstate 95 so that other hapless travelers might benefit from my boredom. Keep in mind that I’ve written this in the southerly direction on I-95, coming from Virginia. So if you had the mind to drive from South Carolina north, everything would be backwards. I also haven’t written about every exit and every gas station along the way. There are already books for that. I’ve just mentioned the highlights – and lowlights – that I had along my own j...Read More

Hominy Grill

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Restaurant | "Brunch with a Side of Yum"

Hominy Grill Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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As I planned my trip to Charleston, I posed a question for my friends on Facebook asking for recommendations for good restaurants. Almost everyone who responded mentioned the Hominy Grill, giving it an enthusiastic two thumbs up for its breakfast/brunch menu. Never one to pass up a good opportunity for breakfast foods, we planned to make the Hominy Grill our last stop after an early-morning carriage tour before heading home a day early. (The incessant rain drove us back to our sunny hometown.)This quaint little restaurant is just that, quaint and little, so there was a wait. Outside. In the rain. With no shelter. However, everyone was dutifully waiting, so I took that as a sign that it was...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on November 18, 2008

Hominy Grill
207 Rutledge Ave.
Charleston, South Carolina 29403
(843) 937-0930

Palmetto Carriage Works

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Attraction | "Salt & Pepper Pull Us Through Charleston"

Palmetto Carriage Works Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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Had we not chosen to visit Charleston during a stationary front storm off the coast, I would’ve preferred to take a leisurely stroll through the city to enjoy the architecture and history. However, I wouldn’t have gotten to see as much laden with an umbrella over my head, so I thought I’d let someone else do the driving. As far as I can tell, there are two major horse-pulled tour companies in Charleston, and honestly, we’d planned to use the other one, because we had a coupon. However, we quickly grew tired of driving our rental car up and down the one-way streets looking for them, and we saw the sign for Palmetto Carriage Tours and the "Free Parking" sign and said, "Sold!" They then sold ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2008

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

Kaminsky's Most Excellent Cafe

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Restaurant | "Sweet Tooth Satisfaction"

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Connected to the hapless TBonz restaurant is a dessert shop called Kaminsky’s. One glance at the baked goods in the case and passing the place up becomes a non-issue. Once you step inside, the aroma of not only cakes and cookies but specialty coffees and other desert drinks fills your nose and leaves you wanting more.That desert case would’ve been my downfall had I not been so set on eating actual dinner first at TBonz. However, it was my saving grace after a half-hearted steak dinner at its companion eatery. The hardest part was deciding what I would get after the waitress in TBonz slipped next door to write down the evening’s desert selection (the deserts vary each day and season.)...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 18, 2008

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

TBonz Gill and Grill

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Restaurant | "TBonz Cooks Like it Spells"

TBonz Gill and Grill Photo, Charleston, South Carolina
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In celebration of almost every trip I’ve ever been on, I always plan a nice steak dinner to check out the local "moo" scene. I posted on my Facebook page for suggestions, and got a few recommendations for TBonz. Reservations aren’t allowed for small parties, so when we decided to head into the heart of downtown Charleston on a rainy Friday evening around 6 p.m., I was sure we’d have a fair wait ahead of us. I don’t know if the weather was a factor, but our wait time ended up being a short one – 20 minutes. While we waited, we checked out the menu so when we were seated, we could order right away. The ambience of TBonz is a little bit western bar combined with a little bit bistr...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 18, 2008

TBonz Gill and Grill
80 N Market Street
Charleston, South Carolina 29401
(843) 577-2511

Hampton Inn Charlston Daniel Island

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Hotel | "In a Hotel Far, Far Away"

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When we were looking at hotels for our long weekend getaway to Charleston, we were astonished at the rates for the hotels in downtown Charleston. Admittedly, they were close to the action, but I’ve stayed in 4- and 5- start hotels for what it would cost for a 3-star there. While researching other options on the Internet, we learned of the Hampton Inn, on Daniel Island. It’s a ritzy suburb of Charleston, about a 25-30 minute drive in your rental car to get to downtown.As hotels go, it was satisfactory. For our $159 a night on Thursday and our $189 a night on Friday and Saturday (though we would depart a day early), there was a comfortable bed, an incredibly pleasant staff and a free contine...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on November 18, 2008

Hampton Inn Charlston Daniel Island
160 Fairchild St
Charleston, South Carolina 29492
843-216-6555