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“Our First Visit to Charleston, SC”
Review of Charleston, Period

Charleston, Period
Ranked #148 of 232 Tours in Charleston
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Owner description: Why walk when you can stroll? Charleston, Period offers comfortably paced strolls focusing on specific time periods in the rich and storied history of Charleston. Your licensed tour guide will be dressed in the style of the specific period and provide educational and entertaining insights as to what it was like to live, work, and play in historic Charleston. Each stroll is limited to 10 people ensuring a unique and interactive experience. Strolls last approximately 2 hours and depart from different points around the city. For returning visitors or those who would like to see just a little bit more, Charleston, Period offers 30 minute mini strolls exploring historic neighborhoods, parks, and other sights not available to tour buses or carriages. Private and custom tours may be arranged.
Reviewed September 30, 2013

Having arrived several days early for a wedding in Charleston, my husband and I had many hours to ourselves for exploring Charleston. We arrived at Charleston's Marriott Waterfront at 5:00 PM . (Let me say right here that the staff all over the hotel were friendly, happy, extremely courteous and helpful; any question you had, they knew the answer, suggested places to see, how to get there, where to eat, etc..). We checked in, dropped off the luggage and went back to the desk to ask if they could get us a taxi to downtown. Imagine our pleasant surprise at learning there are shuttle buses that pick you up at the hotel door and take you downtown every half hour!

That night we walked around for several hours, ending with a wonderful burger at a sports bar (whose name we most unfortunately cannot recall!) We returned downtown the next day. We strolled through the markets with their hand made arts including jewelry, paintings, purses, scarves, clothing, etc. At lunchtime, we went to Kaminski's - (a not to be missed bakery with the MOST delicious pies and cheesecakes!!) We settled on pie - I had coconut cream, my husband had banana cream. VERY rich, very delicious, and the coffee was excellent too.

After finishing our pie we walked to the park at the ocean, sat on swings that can hold 4 people, walked to the water, watched the men who were fishing and the boats coming and going to/from Charleston. After walking around and taking many pictures, tired and hot we hopped onto the shuttle to return us to our hotel, where we changed into bathing suits and jumped into the beautiful pool

The following day, we again returned to Charleston. After walking areas we had not yet seen, we signed up for a carriage ride (can't remember the name, but they have beige shirts and red 'flags').. The carriage ride took us.past the most gorgeous old mansions and gardens! These homes were built in the 1700's and were absolutely unbelievably large and gorgeous. One story that stands out in my mind is about the home a man built for his daughter in secret, and on the night before her wedding, left an envelope on her pillow at night with a key and a note that told her he had built her a house as his wedding gift to her! The house is still so very beautiful!

After the tour, we returned to Kaminsky's; rather than another piece of pie, we settled on sharing a Brandy Alexander ice cream shake - - yummy!!

Each morning we were there, from the first to the last, we tried different places for breakfast, but we had the same meal at each place: eggs, grits, bacon, biscuits and coffee. We could NOT get our fill of those southern grits and biscuits! We enjoyed our breakfasts more than any other meal we had there - - perhaps because we can't find grits and biscuits like that in Chicago!.

On the day of the wedding we took a ride to Foley Beach. A long beach at the edge of town, the sand was different from any we had ever seen - the sand was so hard walking on it did not leave foot prints, and, in fact, a young man was riding his bike on the beach with ease, and left no tracks in the sand. Very unusual - and SO easy to walk on!

I would highly recommend not only Marriot's Waterfront hotel, but the whole of Charleston, SC. The southern charm of the city and the people with whom we came in contact most certainly seduced us to wish to return at another time!

4  Thank Dianne S
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Reviewed August 1, 2013

Thoroughly enjoyed Beth's walking tour. She is knowledgeable in Charleston history and architecture, but she also knows all the stories and Charleston has some great stories. The easy 2-hour walking tour highlighted the best of old Charleston. I'm looking forward to my next tour with Charleston Period. Thanks!

Thank LC H
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Reviewed February 25, 2013

My first walking tour of a city and it was MARVELOUS! Mrs. Hendrix was very informative and entertaining. Her period costume added to the tour. We can't wait to go back and take another tour. Well worth your time!!!! I learned things I never knew about the War between the States.

Thank FranMurphy
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