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Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

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Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

We just got home from almost 2 weeks of a working vacation in the Charleston area. Of course we did all the sightseeing we could in Charleston and the environs. However, we fell in love with the old downtown North Charleston Park Circle area for everyday living.

Stayed at a convention center hotel (Hyatt Park) which was fine for a big hotel. The serendipity for us was on our first night when the hotel shuttle driver took us to the North Charleston downtown area for dinner, and we found a great selection of wonderful restaurants. Over the course of our time there we appreciated the excellent food (Fratello's, Madra Rua, Cork, EVO, Sesame) as well as DIG in the Park outdoor sports bar, Park Circle outdoor sports/fitness area, the family atmosphere everywhere we went, and small town relaxation away from the hustle and bustle of city life. We saw people of all ages and ethnic groups, everyone was very friendly, and it was delightful to enjoy the atmosphere. Lots of young families in restaurants and out for strolls on lovely fall evenings added to the charm.

We were there for the first (?) annual Halloween Street Party - what a hoot! The streets were blocked off, dogs/kids/adults in costume, restaurant dining on the sidewalk, games for kids, music for all ages. Just tons of fun!!

North Charleston is apparently trying to re-establish the old downtown Park Circle, and IMHO it has a lot to offer.

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1. Re: Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

I enjoyed your report, thanks for sharing...:) North Charleston gets a bad name here; IMO unnecessarily. I agree there are some real good restaurants, as well as neat shops, etc.

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2. Re: Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

Park Circle is a nice area, now. Not so long ago that was not true. And there are still areas of N. Charleston (and to be fair, some areas downtown, but not in the historic district) that DO deserve the bad name.

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3. Re: Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

I love EVO. A lot. And I have enjoyed walking around the neighborhood there

.But there are parts of North Chuck that visitors might want to skip. North Charleston is big.

The Park Circle area is great.

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4. Re: Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

I like the Park Circle area, too. You just have to know which areas of NC are ok because some areas have some of the highest crime rates in the state. Park Circle is fun and does have some great restaurants.

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5. Re: Take a detour to old downtown NORTH Charleston!

Thanks for posting. North Charleston is a sprawling municipality, but the Park Circle "Old Village" area has always been a decent neighborhood.

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