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Recent Charleston reviews
"we had a wonderful stay here. john was very accommodating and helpful and the place was not only nice but very convenient to downtown charleston & daniel island. would definitely recommend!"Guest: A Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 14, 2014View listing
"I found the apartment to be exactly the way it was in the photos. I loved every thing about it, including the location. I liked the idea of staying in a neighborhood.It was spotless and the beds were really comfortable. I had thought it would be smaller, however it was very spacious and not at all cramped. Much better than a hotel room, for the price.I loved the historical features and all of the wood floors and walls.The porch was fantastic! After taking a tour in the historical section,I appreciated the apartment even more, as I learned more about the designs of homes like this one.We had plenty of linens and the kitchen was well stocked. I did not hear any noise at night to be disturbing.I felt I was very lucky to find such a great place to stay in a city as wonderful as Charleston.You can stay in hotels so often that pretty soon they all seem the same and you can't remember where you stayed when, however, when you stay in a beautiful old home the memory stays with you.Also this delightful experience was also due to Lois the owner, who was very easy to talk to. She made sure we were satisfied with everything, which we were. When I visit again this will be my first choice to stay. Thank you Lois!"Guest: Bug Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: July 31, 2014View listing
"Our daughter stayed here while attending a session of summer school at the College of Charleston. The townhouse was much bigger than she needed, but the location made it ideal. The neighborhood felt safe, and she was close to the school, a grocery store, lots of restaurants, and many historical attractions. The home was clean, well-maintained, well-appointed, and accurately reflected the description posted on VRBO. The owner of the townhouse was friendly, knowledgeable, and prompt in replying to questions. We definitely recommend this property."Guest: Karin H. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 13, 2014View listing
"My husband and I recently traveled to Charleston for our first visit to the city. The condo was a very pleasant surprise, and is true to the description and pictures. The kitchen has everything you could want but the food, if you do want to cook while there. It is in a vibrant neighborhood, not far from good food and shopping. There is a lot of foot traffic/ runners in the neighborhood, so we felt perfectly safe. It is a one-way street, so just be aware of that. There is some traffic, but not too bad. The condo is situated upstairs, so people with disabilities or health problems might want to consider this. However, for those who don't, the upstairs veranda is a wonderful place to take your morning coffee. I highly recommend this little gem and hope to return one day."Guest: Mary Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: September 2, 2014View listing
Charleston Travel Tips
Experience the true meaning of Southern charm with a trip the Charleston, S.C. This city is an ideal spot to experience exceptional down-home cooking, welcoming hospitality, exciting culture and unique coastal history.
Charleston features an interesting and unique blend of culture and is known for its local art, music and food scenes. No matter what season you visit, there's always something fun happening in the area for both indoor and outdoor lovers.
You can stroll the tree?-lined streets and view the lovely Antebellum architecture, enjoy dinner on the patio of a restaurant and wander through the various shops, museums, galleries and theaters.
Charleston is home to many festivals throughout the year, including the Spoleto Festival USA, a 17-day fest with more than 100 performances by different artists, as well as the Charleston Food and Wine Festival, Charleston Fashion Week and the Holiday Festival of Lights, to name a few.
In 2011, Charleston was named one America's favorite cities by Travel + Leisure, and in 2013 Conde Nast Traveler, was placed at no. 1 in their top 10 best cities list.
Things to Do
- Dock Street Theatre: Experience history with a visit to the Dock Street Theatre, America's first theater. It opened in 1736 and hosted the first opera performance in America, "Flora." Now, this space is home to South Carolina's largest theater company, so be sure to catch a show while you're in town. The theater also hosts different festivals throughout the year and produces more than 120 performances each season.
- Magnolia Plantations and Gardens: Enjoy the Southern climate and get some fresh air at the Magnolia Plantations and Gardens. It opened in 1870 and features a stunning display of flowers and plants throughout. In addition to exploring the flora and fauna, you can check out the nature train or take a boat tour. There's even a petting zoo for the kids.
- The Charleston Museum: After you see America's oldest theater, you can visit America's oldest museum - The Charleston Museum - which was established in 1773. It was partly inspired by the British Museum and displays collections about natural science, ornithology, historical culture and documentary and photographic resources. Learn about the history of the area and how Charleston has developed through time.
- Firefly Distillery: If you enjoy Southern libations, head to the Firefly Distillery for a tasting. It's South Carolina's first and largest distillery and produces Sweet Tea Vodka, Firefly Moonshine and other liquors. Enjoy the Southern hospitality as you sip on the different cocktails and take a tour of the Irvin Vineyards.
- Fort Sumter Tour: Step back in time with a tour of Fort Sumter, the site where the famous shots that started the American Civil War were fired. Departures for the tour start at Liberty Square in downtown Charleston or Patriot's Point in Mount Pleasant. On a 30-minute tour, you'll hear all about the history of Fort Sumter, events that lead to the war and facts about the area. The fort also houses an informative museum with historic artifacts.
Shopping and Dining
- Poogan's Porch: This Victorian mansion-turned-restaurant was voted as having the best grits in the Lowcountry, so you can be sure you'll dine on amazing Southern cooking at Poogan's Porch. It was named after the dog of the home's previous owners. Poogan's Porch is known for its signature buttermilk fried chicken, she-crab soup and homemade buttermilk biscuits and sausage gravy.
- Hank's Seafood: Seafood is a must when dining in Charleston and a trip to Hank's Seafood fits the bill. The menu features classic Charleston fish house favorites with a blend of traditional seafood plates and Lowcountry dishes - all with a contemporary flare. Enjoy the laid-back, charming ambiance as you feast on Lowcountry bouillabaisse and she-crab soup, oysters casino, shellfish cocktail with loverster, Charleston oyster stew or Hank's signature pan-fried crab cakes.
- Charleston Historic Market: Do a bit of shopping as you stroll through the Charleston Historic Market, a hub of activity in the city. The Greek Revival-style Market Hall houses the Daughters of the Confederacy museum, and behind it, there are a variety of vendor sheds where you can peruse clothing, jewelry, souvenirs, artwork, crafts and goods. Pick up some souvenirs to remember your trip, then take a carriage ride through the city's back streets starting and ending right in the market.
- Toast: Brunch is a favorite meal of many, and you can feast at one of Charleston's best at toast. With bottomless mimosas and a tasty menu, this is the perfect place to get your day started right. Choose from French toast, eggs, omelets, surf and turf and much more.