Suggestions for Vacation in Charleston SC?

JavachikSeptember 21, 2012

I will be vacationing in Charleston, SC at the end of April next year with 9 friends, staying in a rental home in Isle of Palms. Besides golfing and garden/plantation tours, does anyone have any must see/do activities to suggest? TIA!

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tinam61

I woudl suggest first off visiting the visitors center. There is great info there. Most of the tour companies have info there and many pick up in that area. My favorite is a habor tour, so I would strongly recommend that. The city is great - check out the market area and shopping nearby. Check out Sullivan's Island, you will have to cross through there when coming/going to IOP. We have been to almost all the islands in that area and enjoy driving to nearby locations (SUmmerville is one suggestion). We are antiquers, so we have fav shops we like to visit in these areas. You are within about 2 hours of Savannah, GA and it's a nice drive down the coast. You might like to do that one day. It's a wonderful city/area - I know you'll have a great time!

tina

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 11:57AM
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dawnp

I love Charleston and the Isle of Palms!

April is a perfect time to be in Charleston.

Here is a previous discussion on the subject - link posted below.

Here is a link that might be useful: Charleston

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 9:15PM
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dedtired

Do you need to have a car to get around or is there good public transportation?

    Bookmark   September 21, 2012 at 9:47PM
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gsciencechick

If you are staying out on Isle of Palms, you will definitely need a car to come into the city.

Last time I was there I did a walking tour of gardens, really awesome.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 7:32AM
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dedtired

Thanks. I'd love to visit some day.

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 8:41AM
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Javachik

OK -- garden and plantation tours and EATING. I can do that! Looking at ecotours and shelling, too. We'll have several cars (driving from SE VA), so transportation is no problem. We'll be going to Savannah, too. And golfing...

    Bookmark   September 22, 2012 at 8:07PM
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mustangs81

Some members of from the Gardenweb Cooking Forum rented a condo for a week on the ocean side on Isle of Palms. We, the Beach Bound Buddies, had a great time obviously. We did a plantation tour that was very informative; we took a cooking class downtown (but we could have taught it); day trip to Savannah; historic buggy tour of old town; walked down the balustrade to see all the beautiful homes; aquarium.

While we did enjoy cooking for each other, we did eat 1 breakfast a 1 lunch at Charleston's Cafe, 1039 Johnnie Dodds Blvd; Mount Pleasant, it was good!

Lots to do, great restaurants and market shopping downtown.

Enjoy!

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 5:11PM
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stinky-gardener

Your trip sounds incredible, Javachik! Woo-hoo! Have a great time (and tell us all about it when you return!).

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 5:50PM
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Javachik

mustangs -- We, too, enjoy our own culinary achievements, especially amuse bouches, tapas, hors d'oeuvres...it can take hours to get to an entree -- thus a house rather than hotel! Thanks for the resuarant recommendations.

S-G: It's all still in planning. We're headed to Brevard, NC week after next as a group.

    Bookmark   September 24, 2012 at 6:50PM
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