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Nov 16, 2016

Charleston Restaurants

167 Raw is part seafood market and part restaurant. They have an assortment of fresh oysters, clams, fish and shrimp for purchase to go or you can stick around and try the legendary lobster roll or scallop po boy. The restaurant's chalkboard menu, which changes daily, lists the seafood specials and the daily selection of oysters and where they are from. The restaurant opens for lunch at 11 am, and seating is limited, so you need to arrive early or plan on waiting at least an hour for a table. The restaurant is located at 289 East Bay St and open for business Monday - Thursday 11 am - 9 pm and Friday and Saturday 11 am - 10 pm.

Nov 15, 2016

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

This small boutique hotel has 16 rooms spread out through five restored historic residential buildings. The hotel is located in a quiet area of the French Quarter and is just a short walk to nearby restaurants and attractions. Guests receive a daily continental breakfast, with delicious fresh pastries, fruit, yogurt, juices and meat and cheeses. The rooms are elegant and cozy, and the staff is extremely friendly and professional. After a day of sightseeing and shopping, you can relax on your furnished outdoor piazza or in the tranquil courtyard. The hotel also has a bar and a restaurant the serves up local and seasonal dishes. Visit our booking partner TripAdvisor to compare the best deals, and get information, photos and trusted reviews.

Nov 14, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

There are numerous walking tour guides and companies in Charleston, but one guide stands out among all the others - Michael Trouche. His family has lived in Charleston for more than 200 years, and he has written two books about this enchanting historic city. Michael also won numerous rewards as host of the "Carolina Camera" television program on the local CBS affiliate. He has been entertaining tour guests for the past ten years with his vast knowledge of Charleston's history and culture. You will discover stunning architecture, glorious gardens, Civil and Revolutionary War sites, cobblestone streets, wrought iron gates, and legendary graveyards. The tours are two hours long will cover about 16 - 18 blocks through the French Quarter, South of Broad, White Point Garden and The Battery. The tours are twenty dollars per person and reservations are required.

Nov 13, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

What: Holiday Festival of Lights
When: November 11 - January 1, Sun - Thurs 5:30pm - 10pm & Fri - Sat 5:30pm - 11pm.
Where: James Island County Park, 871 Riverland Dr, Charleston, SC
How much: $20 per vehicle (up to 15 guests). If you visit Mon - Thurs and make a donation of a canned food item or dog/cat food to benefit the Lowcountry Food Bank, you can get in for only $15 a vehicle.

Come out and journey through three miles of over 700 magical light displays of all shapes and sizes or park your car and enjoy shopping, food, and entertainment. Come see why USA Today named it one of the 10 Best Light Shows in America.

Nov 11, 2016

Weather in Charleston SC

Weather in Charleston SC

It is going to be sunny and milder by Friday afternoon, highs headed up into the middle and perhaps even upper 70s. A cold front will sweep through late and bring chillier temperatures for the weekend. Plenty of sun Saturday, a few more clouds on Sunday, highs in the lower to mid 60s.

The weather forecast come courtesy of our friends at ABC 4 in Mount Pleasant.

Nov 10, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

What: Plantation Days at Middleton Place
when: Sat, Nov 12, 2016 and Sun Nov 13, 2016 10am - 4pm
Where: Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Rd, Charleston, SC
How much: General admission is $28 for adults and $10 for children(6-13)

Plantation Days are an annual event reflecting the activities of a Charleston plantation during the harvest season. Each day, the Middleton Place Stableyards will be abuzz with demonstrations on cooking, textiles, blacksmithing, coopering, sugarcane processing, gourd making, basket weaving, leather tanning, and hands-on activities such as pottery, cotton and rice processing, and candle making.

Nov 09, 2016

Charleston Restaurants

The Cru Cafe has been serving up gourmet comfort food to tourists and locals for almost 15 years. This casual, cozy restaurant is located in a classic 18th century single-style home and is one of Charlestons best-kept secrets. The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Saturday and reservations are highly recommended. The talented chefs and attentive staff serve up mouthwatering seafood, steaks, pasta, salads, and sides. Loyal customers rave about the fried green tomatoes, four cheese macaroni, and delicious desserts. Cru Cafe is located near the horse carriage stables, so it's a great place to have lunch or dinner after a horse-drawn carriage ride through historic Charleston.

Nov 08, 2016

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

The French Quarter Inn is a 50 room 4-star boutique hotel, centrally located a block from shopping, dining, 18th-century homes, and horse-drawn carriages. Guests are greeted with champagne at check-in, an afternoon wine and cheese reception, and freshly baked cookies. You can also enjoy a free daily gourmet continental breakfast served in your room, in the lobby or on the second-floor garden terrace. Spacious rooms are equipped with modern amenities including refrigerators, flat screen tv's, and complimentary wireless internet access. Private bathrooms with shower/tub combinations feature designer toiletries and hair dryers. Condé Nast Traveler readers just voted the French Quarter Inn their favorite Charleston Hotel and it was number four on TripAdvisors Top 10 Travelers’ Choice Hotels in the U.S. Visit our booking partner TripAdvisor to compare the best deals, and get information, photos and trusted reviews.

Nov 07, 2016

$200M Charleston Airport Renovations Completed

Charleston Airport

The next time you fly into the Charleston Airport, you will notice a lot of changes because the $200 million renovations are finally complete. The 31-year old airport has seen significant growth, with four million passengers expected to come through next year. The improvements made updates to technology, heating and cooling systems, and the baggage claim. The airport also added nine new restaurants and seven new retail shops. Floor-to-ceiling windows and glass walls allow sunlight to stream in and give passengers a front-row view of the jets taking off and arriving. Five airline gates have been added, and two security checkpoints have been consolidated into one. In total, the airport was expanded by more than 100,000 square feet.

Oct 28, 2016

Weather in Charleston SC

Weather in Charleston SC

The weekend is almost here and the weather is going to be great. Into the weekend there will be abundant sunshine and very warm temperatures, getting close to the record high. More warm sunny weather is expected on Halloween, and it will be very nice and mild for the Trick-or-Treaters in the evening. It looks quiet and warm for the first few days of November as well.

The weather forecast comes courtesy of our friends at ABC 4 in Mount Pleasant.

Oct 27, 2016

Things to do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

What: Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch and Maze
When: Mon - Sat 9am - 6pm; Sunday 11am - 6pm
Where: 2330 N. Hwy. 17, Mt. Pleasant, S.C. 29466
How much: Admission is $10 and includes all attractions

The weekend is almost here and if you are looking for some family fun then you should visit the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch and corn maze. The eight acre corn maze is one of the largest in the Southeastern U.S. and is divided into two mazes: a shorter maze for families and a larger, complicated maze for people looking for a challenge. In addition to the pumpkin patch and corn maze, you can also take a hayride, play corn hole, and feed the goats.

Oct 26, 2016

Charleston Restaurants

Charleston Restaurants

R Kitchen is a unique restaurant where Ross Webb and his small team of assistant chefs whip up incredible meals. The atmosphere is very intimate, and guests are seated around the kitchen where you will interact with the chef (some interact more than others) while they are preparing your meal. When you call to make your reservations, let the chef know about any allergies, dietary needs, and preferences because this helps them decide what they will be serving. Since the restaurant is small, you need to make reservations well in advance (at least a week out). The restaurant has three nightly seatings at 6:00 pm, 7:30 pm and 9:00 pm and they offer a $25, 5-course meal that emphasizes local, seasonal ingredients.

Oct 25, 2016

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

Where to Stay in Charleston SC

Guests of the Wentworth Mansion, one of Charleston’s grandest mansions, rave about the extremely hospitable staff, large cozy rooms and beautifully manicured grounds. The historic hotel has 21 rooms and boasts luxurious amenities including complimentary breakfast, afternoon hors d'oeuvres and wine, complimentary parking, and an onsite fine dining restaurant and spa. Each guest room is different in size and design, while all rooms have king size beds and an expansive bathroom with oversized whirlpool tub and walk-in shower. Select rooms have a fireplace, outside porch, and sunroom. The Wentworth Mansion epitomizes Old World Charm and guests rave that once you stay here, you will never want to stay anywhere else. Visit our booking partner TripAdvisor to compare the best deals, and get information, photos and trusted reviews.

Oct 24, 2016

Things to do in Charleston SC

Things to do in Charleston SC

What: Haunted Arsenal Tour
When: Saturday and Sunday 8pm
Where: 18 Anson St
How much: $25 for Adults and $10 for children(7-12)

Are you looking for something fun to do this weekend? How about taking a spooky walking tour of Charleston’s oldest public building on the Haunted Arsenal Tour. You will get the exclusive opportunity to visit The Powder Magazine, which was built in 1713 and said to have been haunted by ghosts. You will also tour some of Charleston’s most haunted graveyards and hear tales about the famous people who found their final resting place in the Holy City. The tour lasts an hour and a half, and you are encouraged to bring a camera and take lots of photos. Visit Bulldog Tours to book your reservation in advance.

Oct 21, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Southern Fried Chicken Challenge Charleston

This Saturday is the inaugural Southern Fried Chicken Challenge at The Grove at Patriots Point. 20 local restaurants and vendors will be competing to see who makes the best Fried Chicken.

Sample tasty dishes from top chefs and restaurants, listen to live music, and help give tribute to our love of this Southern comfort dish. Bring your friends, family, and a chair or blanket, and get ready to spend an afternoon indulging in the best foods Charleston has to offer.

The restaurants competing for Charleston’s Best Fried Chicken include 82 Queen, Bohemian Bull, Fleet Landing, Lowcountry Bistro, Sticky Fingers Ribhouse, Virgina’s On King and more.

Oct 20, 2016

Charleston SC Restaurants

Halls Chophouse

If you are looking for a cheap dinner or a quiet evening, then don't go to Halls Chophouse. But if you want a succulent steak and exceptional service, then Halls is the place to go. All of their steaks come from Allen Brothers of Chicago which offers the highest quality grade of beef you can buy. The cuts of meat are aged in a climate controlled room with ultraviolet light. They are then rotated on a daily basis until the aging process is complete. This process creates a “bark” around the cut of meat that seals in the juices. The steaks are then cooked on a 1600 degree broiler, charring the meat and locking in the flavor. This Charleston Steakhouse never disappoints and was just ranked one of the top five best restaurants in the US by Tripadvisor.

Halls Chophouse is located at 434 King St

Oct 19, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Old Charleston Tours Pleasing Terrors Tour

With Halloween fast approaching and the weather cooling down, now is a perfect time for a ghost walk. One of my favorite walking tour companies, Old Charleston Walking Tours, offers a 90 minute Pleasing Terrors Ghost Tour. You will roam the city while being entertained by spooky history and scary stories. This company has excellent tour guides, who will leave you wanting more. The tours are selling out quick, so if you want to go before Halloween, you need to visit their website and book now. The cost is $20 for adults and $10 for children if you book online.

Oct 16, 2016

Things to Do in Charleston SC

Haunted pub Crawl

As Halloween nears, now is a great time for a haunted pub crawl in one of the most haunted cities in America. You will be provided with light appetizers while you listen to your licensed guide share some local history and spooky stories from Charleston’s past. You can purchase local craft beer and cocktails while you visit three to four locations.

Come enjoy some “spirits” while you explore Charleston’s spookier and creepier side.

The tour is $29 per person and you can make reservations by calling 843-345-7827 or emailing

The Haunted Pub Crawl departs from Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub @ 160 Church St October 1st to October 31st.

Sep 19, 2016

Public Restrooms in downtown Charleston

Map of public restrooms in Charleston

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from visitors to my site is “where are the public restrooms located in downtown Charleston” and “why are there no public restrooms located near White Point Gardens or the Battery?” The Post and Courier recently printed a map (shown above) that shows the locations of all of the public restrooms in downtown and they also announced that the city is testing a new public restroom at Hazel Parker Playground on East Bay Street. If all goes well, this will become permanently open to the public, and it will be the only public restroom that is located South of Broad. If you look at the Post and Courier map, the public restroom at Hazel Parker Playground is located under the words “Vendue Gallery.” Several new public parking garages area also being planned for downtown, and all of these will also have public restrooms.

Sep 17, 2016

Things to do in Charleston SC

Taste of Charleston

What: 36th Annual Taste of Charleston
when: Sunday, September 25, 2016 10am - 5pm
Where: Boone Hall Plantation, 1235 Long Point Rd, Mt Pleasant, SC
How much: $17.50 - General Admission Ticket Holders grants guest entry into the event. Food & beverage tickets sold separately inside the festival. Children under 10 free. Free Parking.

40 local casual and fine dining restaurants serving sample size portions, beer and wine. Event includes cooking demos, specialty and imported beer tasting tent and live music. No pets, coolers or tailgating.

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