|Subject: Re: Charleston|
Charleston is our spot so will concentrate on that. sorry to send you websites, but I think there is so much to say about that city that it would fill up the Zine.
Neat places to stay that are not inexpensive:
Market Street Inn http://www.marketinn.com a neat place we discovered last year, 5 rooms, all neat places, all different, good breakfast, located downtown and parking is available at $5 a day. Run by a young couple, Tom and Michelle. Avoid big room on Market Street as the noise is too much for sleeping.
Lodge Alley Inn-a perfectly marvelous place where we have always wanted to stay and it is almost too late. I read that it will be turned into time shares in the next year or so. http://www.lodgealleyinn.com/
Places to eat: well, we have lost our favorite place according to Tom and Michelle as it went out of business. There are some great places in nearby Mount Pleasant for shrimp, etc. Slightly Up the Creek, Ronnie's and The Trawler-a landmark, all right together near Shem Creek where the shrimp boats come in and it is a sight not to be missed in the early evening or late afternoon.
Places recommended that we have not tried are: Slightly North of Broad, and another ones whose name escapes me. We have been to Fast and French a long time ago-it has a French name and is on Broad Street. Can find those for you later.
There are expensive places to eat downtown, but we have not tried any of them in a long while.
Inexpensive places to stay: Shem Creek Inn in Mt. Pleasant, hotels/motels out on I-26 before you get into town.
We prefer a location where it is convenient to walk to the attractions without getting into a car. That is a location that is bounded by Calhoun Street on the North, Legare on the Weat and the Ocean on the East. the secret to Charleston is walking.
Our favorite location is to walk through the residential section south of Broad Street where all the old homes are located. Also, to walk down the water side of East Bay Street to Battery Park-and then up through the residential streets. Don't miss the Alleys-they are very interesting. You can enter anyone's yard if the gate is open.
Be sure to walk through the campus of the College of Charleston-it is called the Cistern.
We have never been to Fort Sumter as it is a whole day's outing.
At the Tourist Information Office there is a lot of information and the walking tour booklet (for sale) that will describe the homes and the wrought iron fences, etc.-all south of Broad Street.
Also, the gardens at Middleton Place may still have azaleas as it is so shaded that sometimes the gardens are later there than where we live in the Midlands of SC. I will hunt up a number for them as well.
I will find those two restaurants I can't remeber and post those later. Gretchen