I am planning a trip this SUmmer which will include about 3- 4 nights in Charleston We have never visited, but I think we want to of course tour the HIstoric area, some plantations, fort Sumnter, and a beach/waterfront area another day. I have found reasonable lodging at the Best Western, Historic district, or we can stay across the river at one of several marriotts (Springhill suites Residence inn, , Marriott on Lockwood, or the Courtyard.) THose outside the HIstoric district do over a shuttle, and more spacious room and a little less expensive.. Since we wont be visiting the HIstoric area EVERY day, I am not sure whether we need to stay there. However, I am wondering if i would regret not staying INSIDE the HIstoric district, as it is our first visit. Is it maybe better to stay in the Historic area because all the dining , shopping , and "flavor" or Charleston is right outside your door, and convenient at any time?.
We are not big "nightlife party people" but we would enjoy strolling the historic streets early morning and afternoon to shop or pick up some icecream! Is most of the shopping/dining area located there?? Thanks for any input