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would like advice on our upcoming trip

There are 4 of us couples coming to Charleston the weekend of Oct 15th. We are coming in Friday late afternoon and leaving Monday morning. None of us have been to Charleston, and we are looking for a combo of sightseeing, food, and partying. We are renting a place in downtown, but not Historic District (it’s on Spring Street).

For restaurants, we already have a Sat dinner reservation at Coast. For other meals, we will just play it by ear, but focusing on Jestine’s, Alluete’s, Five Loaves, Toast, Hominy Grill, and D’Allesandro’s. A few people in our group are on budgets so we are trying to avoid pricey places.

We are looking for suggestions on activities and nightlife. For activities, we will do the Charleston Harbor Cruise (90 min tour for $17.50). What other low-cost activities do you suggest? We are open to anything- historical or scenic places would be nice.

For nightlife, I understand rooftop bars are the fun spots. Will these still be popular spots, considering weather might be chilly at night? What specific places do you recommend? We would just want to drink there, and not eat.

Also, are cabs easy to get? Our place is about 2 miles from some of the places we want to go. Or should we try to drive and look for parking?

Any other suggestions?

Thanks!

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1. Re: would like advice on our upcoming trip

Cabs are not easy to get in this area. As a general rule you have to call for one and then wait for it to show up, which may take 10 min or 45, depending on how busy they are. It's very rare to be able to just flag a cab like you do in NYC, Chicago, etc.

Regarding scenic locations - just walk around town, fantastic scenery abounds!! The Battery, Rainbow Row, the many historic churches, 4 corners of law, etc.

I am guessing that you checked out your location on Spring St. pretty well. Many areas of Spring St. are pretty sketchy.

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Thanks. The landlord warned us that the neighborhood is transitional. But we are close to some up and coming restaurants and bars like Fuel, WildFlour Pastry, Five Loaves, etc.

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The cheapest thing to do here is walk around. You might want to consider a carriage ride so you'll learn about some of the places you'll see.

The rooftops will still be fun. It won't be chilly during the day while the sun's out, but it's breezier up there, so plan for that. Drinks are pricier when there's a view.

If you plan on staying out late, drive down and park. If you can find a metered spot it's free after 6. It's not hard to find a place around 6, when the workday ends.

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Don't park in any of the lots with no attendant where you shove money in a numbered slot. You put in cash, but get no receipt, so when you return to find your car booted, you have nothing to prove that you paid. The city gets a lot of complaints about these lots. I know, because they told me, when I called in a complaint. These are NOT city lots.

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Free (yet remarkable) ways to experience Charleston:

•Stroll The Battery – walk up Meeting St. & check out the great old homes. Strike up a conversation with the sweetgrass weavers corner of Meeting & Broad St.

•Swing on the swings at Waterfront Park then have your picture taken in front of the pineapple fountain.

•Window shop on King Street

•Visit our history filled cemeteries & beautiful churches - most are open in the daytime).

Magnolia Cemetery:

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•Dock Street Theatre

•See The Angel Oak on Johns Island – 1400 yr. old Live Oak tree.

•Check out “The Red Barn” operated by Palmetto Carriage Works (especially fun for children) – located at 8 Guignard Street.

•Stroll The Gateway Garden Walk – links The Unitarian Church to St. Phillip’s Church. Map: www.stjohnscharleston.org/index.php…

•Citadel Parade (most Fridays during school year) citadel.edu/main/…parade-schedule.html

•Philip Simmons Gardens, at St. John's Reformed Episcopal Church, 91 Anson St. Perhaps the most famous artisan in the area is the late Philip Simmons, a famed ironworker whose decorative pieces are on display at the Smithsonian and elsewhere. The church had its two gardens decorated with his work. At www.philipsimmons.us/works.htm, find locations of other Simmons ornamentation on display in Charleston.

•Art tours of the French Quarter. It's between South Market and Tradd Street, Meeting Street and the waterfront. Get the map and other info at www.frenchquarterarts.com.

•The farmer's market at Marion Square (King and Calhoun streets) is held Saturdays through mid Dec. Besides produce, there are crafts for sale, art on display and some very good food vendors (crepes are quite popular).

•Charleston Tea Plantation, 6617 Maybank Highway, southwest of downtown on Wadmalaw Island. America's only working tea plantation is a 127-acre plantation harvesting more than 150,000 tea bushes. Free admission. Free tours 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesday-Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday. Details: 843-559-0383; www.charlestonteaplantation.com.

•Irvin Vineyards http://charlestonwine.com and Firefly Vodka Distillery charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/… . There's no admission charge, you can sample 5 flavors of Firefly sweet-tea vodka for $6 or try the free wine tasting - and even the oldest kids love to see the animals — pigs, a cow, horses, a couple mules, goats, rabbits, a macaw, etc.

•Stroll through the ever popular outdoor Charleston City Market & Market Street shops.

•Several beaches to choose from: Folly, Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms

•Walk the Ravenel Bridge

•Visit the Waterfront Park, pier & visitors center on the Mt. Pleasant side.

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Mid-October is a perfect time to visit Magnolia Cemetery, which is ah-mazing! You’ll need to drive, but it’s not far at all from where you are staying, 5 or 6 minutes. The cemetery is free & closes at 5:00 p.m., perfect timing for happy hour at nearby is Santi’s authentic Mexican – with some seriously good margaritas and kind of catty-corner to that is The Tattooed Moose. Both great for easy-on-the-budget eating and drinking & parking is free. (Tattooed Moose also serves a heck of a Sunday Brunch) Another fun, close by place you’ll need to drive is Taco Boy – parking is free there too. As your landlord mentioned, it’s a little sketchy getting there but the actual places are great, just do your Google maps in advance and you’ll be all set!

If you are staying near Five Loaves, you can walk to most places (especially upper King St.) because the College of Charleston folks do it all the time. Use common safety sense as you would anywhere, i.e. don’t flash cash, stay in groups after dark, don’t let anyone walk home alone. Coast will be an easy walk for dinner. You won’t have any trouble finding places on King St. to drink. Just avoid the places with a) a line and b) no one inside. D’Allesandros delivers! Try AC's Bar & Grill on King St. for good, cheap, Sunday Brunch or Toast has bottomless mimosa's for $10 (I think it's $10).

I would drive and drop the car for anything you want to see/do in the French Qtr. / East Bay @ Waterfront Park/South of Broad areas. If you get there early enough, there’s free parking along the south battery on Murray and this is the area most people imagine when they think of Charleston. Easy way to remember how to get to and from: King St. is one way from Calhoun all the way down toward the battery (White Point Gardens). Meeting St. will take you back from the battery to Spring St.

Bars in this area: Check out Blind Tiger on Broad St. and be sure to go out back to the walled garden. The Griffon on Vendue Range is a fun pub. Across the street is The Rooftop at Vendue fun, usually live music & no cover. If it’s too cool, most all the outdoor bars will have outdoor heaters. Pearlz Oyster Bar has fabulous happy hour prices on both food and drink. Other notables on East Bay are Social and Squeeze. The rooftop at the Market Pavilion is very nice but pricey. They have a fantastic view of the harbor, but if you miss getting there before sunset, I don’t see a reason to go unless you just like paying premium prices.

If you like cover bands, there is a fabulous one booked every Sunday night at Wild Wings on the Market and they sure enough play everything -- and they play everything very well. Plane Jane. http://www.planejanerocks.com

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Some of the pricy restaurants have lunch menus and lunch specials that are very affordable.

You might find the pedicabs to be a fun way to get back home. You sit in the back and a college student peddles. They are fun!

The historical district is very walkable and safe. The area you are staying is not one that I would walk around in alone. It might be worth the price of a taxi when you come back at night.

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Thanks for the advice all!

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