Subject: Charleston/Savannah
I love Charleston, got to go last year for the first time and stayed a week! You picked a great time to go when everything should be starting to bloom. You should still pack some warm clothes though, I was there last April and froze my tush off! :) I don't think we had one bad meal while we were there, they have a lot of great restaurants, one of my favorites being The Charleston Grill, its right across the street from Charleston Place Hotel, and also the Market Place. Another great place was Charleston Chops, they have a wonderful Piano player there and the food was outstanding! There is so much to do there, I would definitely take the horse and carriage tour of the city right off the bat to get you acclimated with the city, worth the price. I also took a guided walking tour, which was fun and you get to see some private gardens and go into some homes you would not be able to if you were on your own. Sign up for one of the Strolling Ghost Tours for after dinner. I choose to go to Middleton Place for my Plantation tour, which was the one suggested by the hotel concierge (sp?). I did not even go into the house, think I was there for 3 hours and just spent my time exploring the gardens, which were fabulous. You can also have an authentic low-country lunch in there restaurant. There's also Fort Smuttier you can take a ferry over to tour, I've heard it's worth it. It''s were the First shot of the Civil war started I believe. My most favorite thing to do was just walking and exploring the city on my own, can't wait to go back!

Joann Creekmore