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Review Final Charleston Itinerary

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Review Final Charleston Itinerary

OK here it goes TA DE's...I put together a nice 8 night trip down to Charleston for our 2 year anniversary...let me know if this was too ambitious...also any suggestions would be greatly appreciated! *I am looking for the perfect balance of sightseeing and relaxation.*

Day 1...leave NJ and head to Raleigh, NC - catch a Durham Bulls game on 7/4/13

Day 2...While in Raleigh visit UNC and Duke...leave Raleigh and head to West Ashley. Staying at a Hampton Inn. Check in and head to Red's ICe House for a casual bite to eat while watching the sunset. If time...a cup of awesome cappuccino at Kudu before heading back to West Ashley.

Day 3...go to Sunflower Cafe for breakfast before visiting Middleton Place. Depart from MP and head to Church Ruins before going to Beaufort. Walk around Beaufort, have lunch (great lunch reccs please) and then a quick stop at Parris Island to see the Marines! Head back to West Ashley (dinner & evening plans are not set...any reccs?)

Day 4...Head to Kiawah Island for a full day of golf and spa action. Tee time is for 10:00 a.m. We plan on enjoying the resort for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and then heading back to West Ashley after dinner.

Day 5...OUR ANNIVERSARY...start off the day with breakfast at Hominy Hill...carriage ride afterwards...Boone Hall Plantation...Poe's Tavern while visiting Sullivan's Island then a quick stop at Fort Moultrie. On the way back a 45 min audio tour at the Aiken-Rhett House. Rest up for dinner at Hall's Chophouse then drinks on the rooftop bar where we are staying (Vendue Inn). TOO MUCH? I don't know...

Day 6...Breakfast at TOAST...then off to Fort Sumter. After tour walk through Waterfront Park and Rainbow Row then time for lunch at Cru Cafe. Maybe some shopping at the Market and King Street then rest up for dinner at The Peninsula. CAN WE DO MORE? or is is the right balance?

Day 7...Breakfast (any suggestions?) Possibly shop...Lunch at Slightly North of Broad (or should we have dinner here?). Maybe visit some pubs (The Blind Tiger / The Griffin) and then dinner at Magnolia's.

Day 8..departing Charleston but would like to see Magnolia Cemetery and maybe have lunch at the Tattooed Moose before heading to Richmond for the night.

Some questions...

1. We would like to go to a few local breweries (Palmetto / Holy City / Coast) is it worth it? Can we get a good taste just from visiting Griffins?

2. Do we get a good sense of the city's history from a 1-hour carriage tour? Since we are visiting in mid-July and the weather will probably be uncomfortable, we do not think a 3-hour walking tour is in the cards...especially when we will be tasting many different types of spirits along the way.

3. Should we squeeze in a ghost tour or pub tour?

4. What should we add, eliminate, reconsider...

5. We are foodies...please let me know if we should not miss an excellent breakfast, lunch, or dinner spot...any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks TA yet again!

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31. Re: Review Final Charleston Itinerary

How long will you be in the area? Young adults enjoy the plantations and walking tours, but I doubt they'll want to give up a great golf and beach day if you're only in the area for a short time.

Definitely walk around the historic district! If you don't want to give up prime beach time, late afternoon and evening walks through Charleston's historic district are extremely pleasant in summer. You can combine the "tour" with a nice dinner in one of the great restaurants.

I suggest you hold off on planning a plantation visit until you get a sense of the weather and gauge the mood of the group. Could be a nice activity for a cloudy day after a few beach days. Keep in mind that the plantations are located on an inland river, far from the ocean breezes; the heat and humidity at the plantations can be intense I summer.

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Just got back from our New Jersey - North Carolina (Chapel Hill / Durham) - Charleston road trip. Here is just a quick overview of our experience. (The service is impeccable, the people are friendly and hospitable, the food was second to none, and the history was extremely interesting.

Day 1 - Chapel Hill / Durham Bulls game. The UNC campus was pretty nice and the Durham Bulls stadium and surrounding amenities were pretty cool.

Day 2 - Duke visit - Gorgeous / clean campus...worth a stop (2-3 hours)

Days 3-4-5 - West Ashley - Hampton Inn was perfect. (2) dinners on John's Island (Wild Olive & Fat Hen = both pretty awesome with a great atmosphere to boot) Also stopped by Angel Oak which was worth a picture. We also went to Kiawah Island for Spa & Golf - overpriced for golf and spa but the amenities were really nice...would do once but not again.

Days 6-7-8 - Downtown Charleston - Fort Sumter (a must visit / perfect amount of time) and a burger at Poe's tavern! Checked into Vendue Inn (great location) and dinner at Halls Chophouse (southern hospitality and quality food at its best! Day 2 was Sunflower Cafe for breakfast (awesome sweet potato pancakes) and Middleton Place (3+ hours but worth a visit...slighty overpriced). Browsed THE MARKET...second to none and everything you would need is right there. Shopped on Kings Street...nothing that special when coming from New York area. Strolled down the Battery...pretty, quaint, historical, quiet, clean, and awesome!

Dining Opinions while in Charleston

Sunflower Cafe - awesome!

Toast - pass on it

Hominy Grill - amazing!

Cru Cafe - do not miss / great lunch

Magnolia's - great service and quality southern food

Halls Chophouse - a must try

Husk - pass on this one

Slightly North of Broad - excellent

P.S. = We felt that Boone's Hall was a ripoff and that you did not have to do a carriage tour as we felt that we got a good lay of the land by just walking around for 2 days.

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33. Re: Review Final Charleston Itinerary

Did you go to Boone Hall? You don't mention it if you did. We usually suggest that as 3rd or 4th choice of plantations to visit. The others are better. Regarding prices at Middleton, it takes a lot of money to maintain all that stuff.

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34. Re: Review Final Charleston Itinerary

We tried to visit but they were not hospitable when we wanted to drive down the avenue of the oaks...$40 for 5 min? I was offering them 10 just for a quick drive.

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