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Welcome to Charleston! The staff and I hope you’ll find this magazine to be a helpful vacation planning tool. Our goal is to provide our readers with as much information as possible to help them enjoy their stay in the Holy City. With so much to do here, Charleston is the perfect locale for an exciting summer vacation. The cover photo is of the Morris Island Lighthouse. Currently undergoing renovations, you can see the lighthouse from the northern tip of Folly Beach. For more information on the lighthouse or to make a donation, please visit www.savethelight.org. If you’re a new visitor to Charleston, we recommend reading our “Frequently Asked Questions” article on page 10, which will get you on the right track and answer some common questions visitors ask about the city and its environs. The heat and humidity will likely have many of you heading for our local beaches. See our “Which Beach is Best?” article on page 46 for help in deciding which public beach suits your needs best. The beach is a fun and beautiful place to spend time, but danger lurks for those who are unfamiliar with South Carolina’s sandy shore. See page 45 for more information. A highlight for many visitors to Charleston is attending one or more of the fantastic festivals and events that take place in the area. It’s worth taking a look at our “Calendar of Events” section on pages 51 through 53 to see what’s going on while you’re here. Thank you for visiting; we hope you have a great time. Please tell others what a world-class city Charleston is! For even more information on the city, visit our website at www.travelerofcharleston.com. All the best,

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Whether you’re a first-timer or veteran in your travels to Charleston, this article and magazine will serve you well as a handy reference guide in answering any questions that you might have about the Holy City. Q. What are some “must-dos” in Charleston? A. 1. Take a tour - Whether in a carriage, on foot or in a mini-bus, check out your options in the Fun and Recreation section. Try to do this on your first day here in order to get a lay of the land and an overview of the city. It will also help narrow your choices if you have a full itinerary. 2. Start walking - A jaunt through the Historic District south of Broad Street – between East Bay and King (See map on page 54) – is a must.

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3. Do some shopping - You can buy all things Charleston, including antiques and jewelry, at the Market or at the boutiques on King Street. 4. Get on the water - Take a harbor cruise, a trip to Fort Sumter or perhaps go kayaking or fishing. 5. Take a look at history - Visit the famous World War II aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and the Medal of Honor Museum in Mount Pleasant. 6. Explore Charleston’s past - Take a tour of a historic home or two or visit Charles Towne Landing, the birthplace of the Carolinas. 7. Experience the beauty of the Lowcountry - Visit a plantation Q. What are Charleston’s unique attributes? A. They are tough to narrow down, but what instantly comes to mind is the friendliness of the people, the magnificence of the architecture and the preservation efforts of the residents. But don’t forget history, fantastic chefs, restaurants and seafood, charming gardens, the active harbor, peaceful beaches, magnificent live oak trees, plantations, the modern Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the outdoor livability of the Charleston area, including its natural ecology and variety of top-notch festivals and events. Q. Is a car necessary in Charleston? A. Many of Charleston’s attractions are within easy walking distance. The city has a tremendous bus service (CARTA), and you can buy an all-day pass for $5. The bus also goes to the beaches, Mount Pleasant and North Charleston. And the Charleston Water Taxi ferries passengers from the Maritime Center downtown to Mount Pleasant. Q. Is Charleston safe? A. Charleston thrives because of its tourism industry. Not only does it tend to be safer than most cities, but it has a reputation of being very friendly. It is always a good idea to be street smart and stay away from the nontourist areas downtown. Ask your concierge to mark those areas on your map.

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Charleston is known for its beauty, history and fantastic harbor. Many experienced touring companies are ready to show you a great time. On the following pages, you’ll find everything from take-it-easy, slow-paced and relaxing tours to fast, knockyour-socks-off excitement. In addition, kid-friendly and family-friendly activities abound. The best and most respected tours and attractions in Charleston follow. Take a walking, carriage or harbor tour; visit the plantations, a festival, historic sites and museums; or participate in an eco, fishing or water tour. How to use this magazine: In the box below, you’ll find each type of tour and attraction categorized for easy reference. Many listings include a map grid locator. Find the grid location, then reference the maps on pages 54 through 59. Aquariums . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14 Carriage Tours. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 14 Combo Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 16 Fishing Charters . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 17 Museums & Parks . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 18 Performing Arts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Photography . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Plantations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 22 Transportation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 Walking Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 25 Water Tours . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Page 26 12 | TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com


South Carolina Aquarium 100 Aquarium Wharf • Charleston (Map: K-3) • 843-720-1990 • www.scaquarium.org • Discover jawdropping creatures and eye-opening exhibits at Charleston’s most visited attraction! Get up-close to the newest addition, a rare albino alligator; watch as penguins dive and play in Penguin Planet; touch an Atlantic stingray in the Touch Tank; or go behindthe-scenes in the state’s only Sea Turtle Hospital. Enjoy daily shows, educational programs, hands-on fun and much more for the whole family!

Palmetto Carriage Works 40 N. Market St. • (Map: H/I-5) • (843) 723-8145 • www.palmettocarriage.com • Charleston’s premier carriage company! We leave from The Big Red Barn every 15 to 20 minutes, rain or shine, beginning at 9 a.m. Tours are one hour long, covering about 25-30 blocks of the residential and historic district. All of our guides are city-licensed, entertaining and informative. See our ad on the inside front cover.

About Charleston - Charleston is about halfway between Washington D.C., and Miami, Fla.

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Bicycle & Harbor Combination Tour Purchase tickets at Charleston Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • Charleston (Map: K-4) • (843) 7221112 or at Charleston Bicycle Co. • 334M East Bay St. (Map: I/J-4) • (843) 407-0442. Book online at www.charlestonharbortours.com. • Harbor Tour/Bike Combo - $46 • Sailing Trip/Bike Combo $59 • Explore the city by bicycle, then enjoy a 90-minute, live-narrated, “Harbor of Historyâ€? tour or a two-hour sail aboard a three-masted schooner. Bike over and cruise under the famed Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and explore historic areas. Bike, lock, maps and helmet provided. The harbor tour sails three times daily on the Carolina Belle, or sail the afternoon Dolphin Sail or the evening Sunset Sail on the Schooner Pride.

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Harbor Tours • 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: K-4) • Palmetto Carriage • 40 N. Market St. • (Map: I-5) • (843) 723-8145 • For tickets: www.charlestonharbortours.com • (800) 979-3370 or (843) 722-1112. • $32.50 • $18/kids 4-11 • Charleston Harbor Tours departs from the Maritime Center three times daily with a 90-minute live narrated sightseeing cruise aboard the 1920s style Bay Steamer – Carolina Belle. Palmetto Carriage tour departs from the Big Red Barn every 20-30 minutes beginning at 9 a.m. The onehour tour covers 25-30 blocks of the Historic District.

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Harbor & Plantation Combination Tour

Tall Tails Fishing Charters

For tickets: 10 Wharfside St. • (Map: K-4) • online at www.charlestonharbortours.com or Zerve ticketing: (800) 979-3370 or (843) 722-1112 • Adults $29.50 • Tour a spectacular Southern plantation, the location of many feature films, the new Slave Museum and beautiful grounds paired with a 90-minute “Harbor of History” tour. See great views of Fort Sumter, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge, the Battery and downtown landmarks. Tours may be taken on different days.

Departs from the Isle of Palms Marina (Map: O-5) (843) 209-5153 - www.fishcharleston.com - find us on Facebook as well • Specializing in families, experts and beginners ... lets go have fun! See coupon in ad for 10% off. “There doesn’t have to be a thousand fish in the river. Let me locate a single good one and I’ll get a thousand dreams out of him before I catch him. And if I catch him, I’ll let him go.” ... Jim Deren

Trio Charters Angler Management Fishing (843) 259-1489 • www.AnglerManagementSC.com • Custom, year-round saltwater in-shore fishing charters that cater to families, groups, beginners and professionals. Fish in the Intracoastal Waterway, Harbor and tidal creeks, catching Redfish, Trout, Flounder, Kings, Jacks, Sharks and more. U.S. Coast Guard Certified licensed and insured, Captain Ethan will provide all licenses, bait, tackle and ice to pack up the day’s catch. Eco and harbor tours are available, as well. See ad in this section.

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(843) 345-9321 • www.TrioCharters.com • Charleston, SC, and surrounding areas • Experience a day on the water inshore fishing or sightseeing in historic Charleston, SC, with Capt. Matthew Cline (USCG licensed and insured). All trips are private and catered to each client. Families (kids), groups and all skill levels welcome. Fishing tackle, bait, licenses and ice are provided. Fish light tackle for redfish, trout, flounder, sharks and many more! Half, 3/4 and full day trips.

About Charleston -

Temperate to sub-

tropical, the Charleston area has about 230 days of sunshine each year and an average daily temperature of 65.6 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Audubon Center At Beidler Forest (843) 462-2150 • www.beidlerforest.com • The Lowcountry’s “real swamp” experience! The Audubon Society’s Francis Beidler Forest contains the largest stand of virgin bald cypress and tupelo gum swamp forest left in the world. 1,000-year old trees, native wildlife abound in this untouched sanctuary. 1.75mile boardwalk allows the chance to venture deep into the heart of the swamp. Tues-Sun, 9-5. Harleyville, S.C., I-26 W to exit 187, follow “Beidler Forest” signs.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site 1500 Old Towne Road • Charleston • (see area map) • Phone: (843) 852-4200. Hours: daily 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Web: www.charlestownelanding.travel • Charles Towne Landing is the birthplace of Charleston and South Carolina. Established in 1670, this is where your visit to historic Charleston begins. Today, Charles Towne Landing SHS experiences include a museum, outdoor exhibits along the History Trail with an accompanying audio tour, cannon demonstrations and special events, the Adventure, a reproduction 17th century trading vessel and the Animal Forest zoo. Visit their events page and website for more information.

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Children’s Museum Of The Lowcountry 25 Ann St. • Downtown Charleston (Map: G-2) • (843) 853-8962 • www.explorecml.org • Downtown Charleston’s #1 destination for children and their families - Race boats down rapids, climb aboard our Lowcountry Pirate Ship or explore the towers of our Medieval Castle. These are experiences found only at the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry. Eight interactive exhibits, hands-on activities and programming for children 3 months to 10 years. Open Tuesday-Saturday, 10-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Closed Mondays - Admission $7 and children under 1 are free.

Edisto Island Serpentarium 1374 Hwy. 174, Edisto Island, SC 29438 • (843) 869-1171 • www.edistoserpentarium.com • The first true serpentarium in South Carolina, the facility is dedicated to the recognition, preservation and study of the world of reptiles. Educational and exciting displays of reptiles from around the world and the region. See these beautiful creatures in both indoor and outdoor displays - alligators and turtles play in large outdoor ponds and gardens, while others bask in the large indoor solarium. See coupon in ad in this section.

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Edmondston-Alston House 21 East Battery, Charleston • (Map: G-9) • (843) 7227171 • www.middletonplace.org • The stately Edmondston-Alston House was built in 1825 on Charleston’s High Battery. A witness to many dramatic events in Charleston’s history, the house is a classic example of the city’s changing and sophisticated taste in architecture and decorative arts. The house is a repository of family treasures, including Alston family silver, furniture, books and paintings that remain in place much as they have been for over a century and a half. Look seaward from the second floor piazza, where Gen. Beauregard watched the bombardment of Fort Sumter.

Fort Sumter Tours Departs from two locations: National Park Service Interpretive Center at Liberty Square, Aquarium Wharf (Map: K-3) or Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant (Map Q:1) • (843) 722-BOAT (2628) • www.spiritlinecruises.com • Experience a relaxing 30-minute narrated cruise through Charleston's historic harbor that explains many points-of-interest on your way to Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began! After arriving, historians will provide detailed information about the fort and its pivotal role in the Civil War. After one hour at the fort, cruise back to the port while enjoying panoramic views of the Charleston harbor.

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Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 40 Patriots Point Road, Mount Pleasant (Map: Q-1) • (866) 831-1720 • www.patriotspoint.org • Open daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. • Experience the Congressional Medal of Honor Museum and other exhibits aboard the WWII aircraft carrier Yorktown. Explore the submarine Clamagore, Cold War Submarine Memorial and the Vietnam base camp. Adults 12 & older $16; over age 61 & military with ID - $13; Ages 611 $9; 5 & under FREE.

Beach Studios Family Portraits 215 East Bay St. Suite 300A • (843) 277-1481 • www.BeachStudios.net • When was your last family portrait? The love of your family and the memories you share together are precious gifts. Beach Studios specializes in capturing these moments through family portraits, engagements, weddings and special events. The beautiful settings of historic Charleston and its beaches provide spectacular backdrops for a variety of portraits. Gather your family and friends for a private photo session and receive a complimentary 11x14 print with a paid session fee. Visit our website to view our galleries and all Beach Studios has to offer.

Theatre Charleston (843) 813-8578 • www.theatrecharleston.com • Theatre Charleston, a non-profit organization comprised of the area’s leading local theatres, is dedicated to helping you easily find out what’s playing when and where. For a full calendar of this season’s live productions, check us out at www.theatrecharleston.com, and see a show tonight!

About Charleston - Though it was first settled in 1670, Charleston did not become a city until 1783.

Boone Hall Plantation 1235 Long Point Road • Mount Pleasant • (Map: M4) • (843) 884-4371 • www.boonehallplantation.com • “One of America’s Oldest Plantations,” with more than 320 years of history and heritage, is located only eight miles north of Charleston on Hwy. 17. The famous “Avenue of Oaks,” nine original slave cabins, house tours and shows are all offered for one price. Mon-Sat: 8:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.; Sun: 1-5 p.m.

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Charleston Tea Plantation

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

6617 Maybank Hwy., Wadmalaw Island • (843) 5590383 • www.charlestonteaplantation.com • The Charleston Tea Plantation is located on quiet and beautiful Wadmalaw Island, just 25 miles outside downtown Charleston. Traveling through the tranquil beauty and endless sea of green, visitors can experience how tea is planted, grown, nurtured and harvested from the raw leaf to finished black tea – made possible by the farm’s several hundred thousand historic tea bushes.

3550 Ashley River Road (Hwy 61) • Charleston • (843) 571-1266 • www.magnoliaplantation.com • Open daily 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. • Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, this plantation contains one of America’s oldest gardens (c. 1680). The gardens are planted for abundant color in every season and include one of this country’s largest collections of azaleas and camellias. The house contains museum-quality early American antiques. Other features include a petting zoo, guided tours, swamp garden, gift shop, Barbados tropical garden, nature train, café and much more.

Drayton Hall 3380 Ashley River Road (Hwy 61) • Charleston, S.C. 29414 • (843) 769-2600 • www.draytonhall.org • Circa 1738, Drayton Hall has survived the centuries and is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America open to the public. Admission includes hourly tours and daily programs, river and marsh walks, the AfricanAmerican Cemetery, rental of an interactive Landscape Tour on DVD and artisan-inspired Museum Shop. A National Historic Landmark and a historic site of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Open to the public daily except major holidays.

Middleton Place • National Historic Landmark 4300 Ashley River Road • Charleston • (843) 556-6020 • www.middletonplace.org • An 18th-century rice plantation and National Historic Landmark comprising 65 acres of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. A tour of the House Museum highlights family collections and the Middletons’ role in American history. Explore the stable yards, where craftspeople re-create the activities of a self-sustaining Lowcountry plantation. AfricanAmerican focus tours, carriage rides, garden market & nursery. Open daily, 9-5.

About Charleston - Charleston can boast of many firsts, including: the first public college, museum and playhouse in the United States; the site of the first game of golf played in this country; the first shot of the Civil War.

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CARTA

Charleston Pirate Tours

(843) 724-7420 • www.ridecarta.com • The public bus system is known as the Charleston Regional Transportation Authority or CARTA. There are numerous routes that can take passengers all over downtown, North Charleston, Mount Pleasant, the beaches and beyond. It costs only $1.50 each time you get on and is just 75 cents for seniors. Children under 6 ride for free, and all-day passes can be purchased for $5. The downtown map in this magazine includes the CARTA routes.

Tours meet at the Powder Magazine (79 Cumberland St.) • (Map: H-5/6) • Call (843) 442-7299 or (800) 8383006 or visit www.CharlestonPirateTour.com Reservations required • Journey back to Golden Age of Piracy in Charles Towne & learn what the Holy City was really like with Eric & Captain Bob the parrot. Guests say, “5 STARS! What an awesome tour. Highly recommended & definitely a must in Charleston,” & “We were looking for an informative, family, fun tour; you delivered! You have a natural ability to paint grand pictures in our minds.” See ad on page 17 for $3 Off!

Charleston Water Taxi See ad on page 18.

Bulldog Tours 40 North Market St., Downtown • (Map: I-5) •(843) 722-TOUR • www.bulldogtours.com • As seen on the Travel Channel’s “America’s Most Haunted Places,” this premier walking tour company will have you exhilarated and entertained at the same time. There are four tours to choose from, such as the Ghost & Graveyard, The Dark Side of Charleston, Ghost Dungeon and Haunted Jail Tour. See their ad in this section for more information.

Charleston Strolls Walk With History (843) 766-2080 • www.charlestonstrolls.com • As featured in The New York Times, this-two hour walking tour is the best way to see Charleston’s Historic District. Discover famous landmarks, historic highlights, antebellum mansions, quaint alleys and hidden gardens. $18 per adult. Mon-Sat at 10 a.m. Departs from the Mills House Hotel (corner of Meeting & Queen). Reservations are recommended.

About Charleston - Charles Town was established by English settlers in 1670 on the west bank of the Ashley River, a few miles northwest of the present city of Charleston.

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Culinary Tours Of Charleston 40 N. Market St., Charleston • (Map: I-5) • (843) 727-1100 • www.culinarytoursofcharleston.com • Come join us as we walk, talk and taste our way through Charleston and experience the history through our Lowcountry cuisine. Daily tasting tours introduce guests to tasty bites at many great “food finds.” Go behind the scenes and visit with chefs, bakers, artisan food producers, chocolatiers and specialty shops. See their ad in this section for more info. Reservations are required.

Fried Green Tours Downtown Charleston, Meet at Marion Square (Map: G3) (corner of King & Calhoun Streets), Zerve: (800) 9793370, www.friedgreentours.com • Venture off the beaten path and awaken your senses as you walk under the majestic oaks that fill the historic campus of the College of Charleston and site of the old Citadel. Meet us at Marion Square on the corner of King and Calhoun streets to be energized by the past as recorded in Ed Macy’s best-selling book “Haunted Charleston.”

Adventure Harbor Tours Tours depart from Ripley Light Marina • 1 Ashley Point Drive • (843) 442-9455 • www.adventureharbortours.com • Family boating fun for everyone! Daily dolphin viewing excursions ($35 per adult); shell & shark-tooth hunting trips to beautiful undeveloped Morris Island ($55 per adult); in-shore fishing charters; 3-4 hr. “Off the Beaten Path” history tours (go where the other tour boats can’t!) • See coupon in ad this section; combo tickets are also available - reservations encouraged. More info, pics and pricing are on our website.

AquaSafaris 24 Patriot’s Point Point Rd., Mount Pleasant • (Map: Q-1) • (843) 886-8133 • www.aqua-safaris.com • We have been providing quality, affordable inshore and offshore fishing, power yachts and sailing vessels since 1987. Featuring PALMETTO BREEZE, our 100-passenger sailing catamaran for dolphin wildlife cruises, children's pirate sails, & Charleston Harbor sunsets. Wednesday nights at Red’s on Shem Creek, and Charleston Harbor all week! Charleston's largest fleet for private and public cruises.

Barrier Island Eco-Tours 50 41st Ave. • Isle of Palms Marina • (Map: P-5) • (843) 886-5000 • www.nature-tours.com • Naturalist guided boat excursions to Capers Island Preserve. Explore salt marsh creeks to find dolphin and other wildlife as they pull habitat traps for up-close viewing of marine creatures. Arriving on Capers, you’ll explore the “boneyard” beach and walk inland trails to visit brackish ponds. Choose from morning and sunset eco tours, creek fishing, crabbing, kayaking and beach-side cookouts aboard 6, 16, 22 and 42 passenger boats.

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Charleston Harbor Tours Charleston Maritime Center, 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map: K-4) • (800) 979-3370 or (843) 722-1112 • www.CharlestonHarborTours.com • Board the Carolina Belle for Charleston’s only live narrated Harbor History Tour. Relax and enjoy a beverage from the snack bar as the captain informs you about the forts and landmarks that shaped Charleston’s historic harbor. Private charters and group dinner cruises are available. Adults - $16.25.

Charleston Water Taxi (843) 330-2989 • www.charlestonwatertaxi.com The best value in town! The Water Taxi runs a continuous hourly ferry service between Mount Pleasant, at Patriots Point, and downtown Charleston, at Aquarium Wharf. They also offer hourly dolphin and sightseeing cruises, and all for just $8 – and children under 5 are free! The Water Taxi is the only way to get to the USS Yorktown by water. Departs Mount Pleasant from the Harbor Resort (Map P:1) at the top of each hour and departs the Charleston Maritime Center (Map: K-4) at 30 min. past each hour. Bikes/pets welcome. 10 a.m.-7 p.m. daily.

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Nature Adventures Outfitters Kayak, Canoe and Hiking Nature Adventures • 1 Seafood Dr. (Shem Creek), Mount Pleasant • (Map: Q2) • (800) 673-0679 or (843) 568-3222 • www.KayakCharlestonSC.com • Charleston’s outstanding naturalist-guided tour service. Paddle through saltwater marshes, swamps, rice plantations and to beautiful islands! See dolphins and pelicans at eye level on gently moving waters. “Recommended Outfitter” by National Geographic. Families welcome. Expedition Sea Kayaks and carbon paddles! Rentals also available. Five minutes from downtown Charleston. See coupon in ad.

Sandlapper Water Tours Departs from the Maritime Center (by Aquarium) at 10 Wharfside St., Charleston • (Map: K-4) • (843) 849-8687 for info • for tickets call (800) 979-3370 or www.SandlapperTours.com • Come aboard the only haunted “Ghost & Pirate Tour” on the water by night, or experience the Charleston Harbor by day on the “History Tour”! Go shelling on Morris Island and see dolphins with a naturalist guide on the “Nature Tour.” Relax and take in the sights on the “Sunset Cruise.” Private charters & group rates available - reservations recommended - see ad for coupon - call about the “Early Bird Tour.”

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Schooner Pride

Tidal Wave Watersports

Aquarium Wharf • 360 Concord St. • Charleston 29401 • (Map: F-7) • (800) 979-3370 or (843) 7221112 • www.SchoonerPride.com • Sail on a 3 masted, 19th century replica coastal schooner. Relax and see Charleston from the water and enjoy the views of the city on an afternoon or sunset sail. Mingle with pelicans, gulls and dolphins. Help raise the sails and learn about traditional sailing. Private charters are available. Day-sail $29, Sunset $37, and Moonlight $42.

50 41st Avenue, Isle of Palms at the Marina • (Map: O-5) • (843) 768-3482 • www.tidalwavewatersports.com • Choose a day and have a great time on the water parasailing, wake-boarding, guided and self-guided wave-runner safaris, renting a powerboat, water skiing, banana boat rides or fishing both inshore and offshore. They are conveniently located at the Isle of Palms Marina, where you can stock up on supplies, only a 15-minute drive from downtown Charleston. See their ad and coupons on page 3.

Thriller Charleston

About Charleston - Charleston’s City

Tours depart from the Ripley Light Marina • 1 Ashley Point Dr. • (843) 276-4203 • www.ThrillerCharleston.com • Experience Charleston’s only offshore adventure tour boat. Feel the rush of adrenaline as we burst through the jetties and surf the waves on our way to the Morris Island Lighthouse. Feel the wind, sun and spray on your face as our stereo system plays great music and you see and hear about five forts, the Lighthouse and Charleston.

About Charleston - More than 8 million tons of cargo pass through the port of Charleston every year. It is the largest cargo port on the Southeast Atlantic coast.

Market, where an assortment of wares are offered by hundreds of vendors, includes four buildings that span from Meeting Street to East Bay Street. More than two centuries ago, a wealthy Charleston family willed the land to the city, with the stipulation that the property would revert to the family if it was used for any other purpose. The Market has survived hurricanes, a major earthquake, fires and the devastation of two wars.

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Charleston was founded in the late 1600s as a port city, and it has remained a thriving place to buy goods ever since! Downtown - Venture to King Street, where one-of-akind boutiques, antique and art dealers, Charleston Place and luxury clothing stores are located. The Market is a visitor favorite, where you can buy everything under the sun that relates to Charleston. Mount Pleasant - Towne Centre has a great selection of local and national retailers. North Area - Tanger Outlets is the place to be, with more than 100 retail stores in an open air setting. TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com | 33


Carolina Gifts & Sea Shells 1405 Ben Sawyer Blvd. • Mount Pleasant • (843) 8840320 • (Map: O-3) • Mon-Sat 10-6 • For all those who love the Lowcountry, this store is a great shopping adventure! Charleston prints, books and souvenirs, shells, wreaths, mirrors and treasure chests, beach decor, Tshirts, hats, beautiful shell jewelry, Gullah gourmet, Benne Wafers and Charleston tea. Shells from around the world and from our local beaches. From downtown take Ravenel Bridge to Coleman Blvd./Sullivan’s Island. From I-526, take Hwy. 703 to the islands.

Dacuba’s Fine Jewelry 84 North Market St. • Downtown • (Map: H-5) • (843) 853-0103 • www.dacubasjewelry.citymax.com • Nestled in the heart of Charleston ... Dacuba’s is a unique fine jewelry store with a wonderful selection of Sterling Silver and 14kt Gold Jewelry. Their featured “Southern Gate” collection is fashioned after the wrought-iron work seen throughout this historical city. Custom-made Charleston charms are just some of the many treasures you’ll find in their shop. They strive to bring beautiful custom quality jewelry to their customers! (See ads on pages 7 and 36 for more info).

Nice Ice Fine Jewelry 145 Market St., Charleston • (Map: G-4/5) • (843) 5777029 • Exclusive boutique to such renowned designers: Slane & Slane, Charriol, Jude Frances, Philip Stein Watches, Marco Bicego, Dominique Cohen and Bellarri. We also offer an extensive and unique collection of fine jewelry, engagement rings and pearls. Custom designs are a specialty for this charming shop with a knowledgeable, friendly staff and extraordinary customer service. See their on the inside back cover.

Oil & Vinegar 1329 Theatre Drive • Mount Pleasant in Towne Centre • (Map: N-4) • (843) 654-1556 • e-mail - charleston@oilandvinegarusa.com • Are you passionate about taste? Then you will be sure to enjoy Oil & Vinegar! Visit us in Towne Centre and you’ll find a vast selection of imported olive oils, vinegars, pasta, sauces, tapenades, spices, exotic herb mixes and more. You don’t have to be a culinary expert to enjoy the Oil & Vinegar experience. Looking for the perfect gift? Free shipping on orders over $75 outside of Charleston.

Spice & Tea Exchange 170-A Church St. (Map: H-5) (corner of S. Market & Church Streets) • (843) 965-8300 • A truly unique sensory experience! Their cooking herbs, spice blends and rubs are hand-selected for your cooking needs, and gourmet teas are enjoyed by tea lovers across the nation. Combine traditional and exotic gourmet spices, cooking herbs and seasonings from around the globe in the preparation of our 60+ hand-mixed signature blends and rubs. Packaging by the ounce allows you to experiment as you journey through our vast selection of spices and seasonings.

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Tanger Outlets 4840 Tanger Outlet Blvd., North Charleston (Map: V-3). Phone: (843) 529-3095. Web: www.tangeroutlets.com/charleston. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. - 9 p.m., Sun. 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. • Find the brands you know, choices you want and prices you’ll love at the Tanger Outlet. Buy direct from the manufacturer at over 90 brand name stores such as Banana Republic, Nine West, Nike, Lucky Brand Jeans, Coach, Gymboree and more, just north of Charleston. From downtown Charleston take I-26 westbound, exit 213A, left on Montague, right on International Blvd. Bring in their ad (this section) and receive a free Tanger Coupon Book worth hundreds in additional savings.

Terrace Oaks Antiques Mall 2037 Maybank (Hwy. 700) - James Island - (843) 795-9689 - Mon-Sat. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m. - www.terraceoaksantiques.com • Since 1988, Terrace Oaks Antiques has been the leader in the Charleston area for multi-dealer antique shops. Their 10,000-squarefoot, climate-controlled shop houses 90+ booths with all different tastes and styles. When it comes to antiques, they have just about anything your heart desires. Located just one mile off of Folly Road on the way to Kiawah and Seabrook Islands.

The Brass Pirate 40 N. Market St. • (In the Rainbow Market)• (Map: I5) • (843) 937-4040 • www.thebrasspirate.com • Come visit Charleston’s only Pirate shop! We have a wide variety of Pirate collectibles, brass accessories, paintings and many more unique gift items! We have the largest wine bottle holders, Pirate statues, Pirate reproduction paintings and Pirate shirts. In addition, we have extensive nautical gifts to meet anyone’s tastes. Purchase tickets to Charleston’s only Treasure Hunt, which includes a gift packet valued at over $40.

About Charleston - In its early days, Charleston was the hub of the deerskin trade. Alliances with the Cherokee and Creek tribes ensured a steady supply of deer hides. Between 1699 and 1715, an average of 54,000 deerskins annually were exported to Europe through Charleston. ***** Famed newspaper publisher Joseph Pulitzer died in Charleston in 1911. He was aboard his yacht in Charleston Harbor when he passed away, leaving behind a fund that established annual prizes for literature, drama, music and journalism. 36 | TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com


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Fine & Casual Dining When in Charleston, do as the Charlestonians do, and treat yourself to some of the best fare and entertainment on the East Coast – from Lowcountry cuisine and fresh local seafood to traditional steakhouses, Italian and desserts. How best to utilize this section: For organizational purposes, the text listings are broken up into casual dining, fine dining and night life. There’s also a dining chart on page 43 with all the information you need to make a decision and book a reservation. 38 | TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com


Bocci’s 158 Church St. • (Map: H-5) • (843) 720-2121 • www.boccis.com • USA Today mentioned Bocci’s as one of the leading Italian restaurants in the United States! Featuring full Italian fare at affordable prices, this family restaurant brings everything that is right about Italian food to the table. Open for dinner nightly; reservations are recommended; use their $5 off coupon found in this section!

Cru Cafe 18 Pinckney St. • Downtown Charleston • (Map: I-4/5) • (843) 534-2434 • www.crucafe.com • In an 18thcentury home on Pinckney Street, Charlestonians sip mint julep tea on the porch and dine on upscale comfort food at John Zucker’s creation: Cru Cafe. “Do it right and use the best posssible ingredients” is his mantra. Serving lunch Tues. -Sat., 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and dinner Tues. - Sat., 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

About Charleston - In 1690, Charleston was the fifth largest city in North America and remained among the 10 largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.

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Middleton Place Restaurant

A.W. Shuck’s

4300 Ashley River Rd., Charleston • (843) 556-6020 • www.middletonplace.org • Savor Lowcountry cuisine while taking in views of America’s oldest landscaped gardens. For lunch, Middleton Place visitors enjoy a three-course, Prix Fixe menu. Lunch served daily 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Dinner guests pay no admission after 5:30 p.m. and can stroll through the gardens prior to an elegant, candlelit evening. Dinner served Sunday, Tuesday-Thursday from 6 p.m.-8 p.m. and Friday & Saturday from 6 p.m.-9 p.m.

35 South Market St. • (Map: I-5) • (843) 723-1151 • www.a-w-shucks.com • A great place to get a plate of fried shrimp, a dozen raw oysters and an ice cold pitcher of beer, all located right on the historic Market. Fresh-off-the-boat daily specials … this is where the locals eat seafood. Find out what the buzz is about and use their $5 off coupon in this section!

SpiritLine Dinner Cruise Departs from: 40 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant (Map: Q-1) • (843) 722-BOAT (2628) • www.spiritlinecruises.com • There’s no better way to experience Charleston and her history than from the deck of a SpiritLine yacht. Enjoy an unforgettable three-hour harbor tour as you savor a three or four course gourmet meal, choosing one of five entrees. Live entertainment and dancing on each of their two dining decks. The yacht departs from Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant. Reservations are required. Please call for information.

About Charleston - Charleston is known as The Holy City because of the numerous steeples that dot its skyline.

Baskin Robbins 280 W. Coleman Blvd. • Mount Pleasant (Map O:1) (843) 881-6741 • For 62 years Baskin Robbins has been delighting customers with irresistible treats. Like founder Irv Robbins says, “Not everyone likes all our flavors, but each flavor is someone’s favorite.” Come on in for your old favorite or get a free taster spoon and find your new favorite. We now have many new toppings, fresh baked waffle cones and soft serve ice cream. See coupon on page 41 for 10% off!

About Charleston - The Charleston Library Society, established in 1748, helped found the College of Charleston in 1770, the oldest college in South Carolina and the 13th oldest in the United States.

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Cupcake 433 King Street, Downtown Charleston • (Map: G-2) • (843) 853-8181 • 644 Long Point Rd, Belle Hall Shopping Center, Mount Pleasant • (Map: M-3) • (843) 856-7080 • www.freshcupcakes.com • Featured by USA Today, Martha Stewart and also by Ellen as “the best cupcakes in America!” Cupcakes: they’re sweet and delicious... tiny works of art that bring back the delights of childhood. Baked fresh daily, our cupcakes are concocted from the finest all-natural ingredients, like real vanilla beans, sweet cream butter, fresh fruit, and rich chocolate – finished off with homemade icing and an assortment of toppings, creating a fun, swanky update of a vintage favorite.

Charleston Crab House 3 great locations • Waterfront on the Intracoastal, James Island: 145 Wappoo Creek Dr. • (843) 795-1963 • North of Towne Center in Mt. Pleasant: Hwy 17 N. (Map: N-4), (843) 884-1617 • Downtown Charleston rooftop dining: 41 S. Market St. (Map: I-5), (843) 8532900 • www.charlestoncrabhouse.com • A landmark in Charleston for the past 18 years, The Charleston Crab House has been serving locals and visitors Great Seafood and “A Darn Good Time.” Featuring steamed crab legs - lump crab cakes - wasabi encrusted ahi tuna -“world famous” steamed crab pot - seafood platters slow-cooked prime rib - kids menu and more.

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Discovery Ice Cream

Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant

1640 Palmetto Grande Drive, C-11, at Towne Centre, Mount Pleasant (Map: O-4) • (843) 216-7240 • www.discoveryicecream.com • It’s ice cream. It’s technology. It’s the ice cream experience reinvented. From the minute a child walks into a Discovery Ice Cream store to the moment they take that last bite, they’re in control, and the experience is all their own – with the help of a few friendly robots, of course. They serve unique espresso-based ice cream and drinks as well. See coupon in ad in this section!

Downtown Charleston (at the end of the Market) (Map: J-5) •14 N. Market St. • (843) 853-2244; Goose Creek • 219 St. James Ave. • (843) 818-2244; Johns Island • 160 Main Road • (843) 766-2244; Moncks Corner • 582 Dock Road • (843) 761-2244; Mount Pleasant • 1475 Long Grove Drive • (843) 849-2244; Summerville • 3852 Ladson Road • (843) 821-2244. www.gilligans.net. • Established in 1991 on Johns Island, Gilligan’s has grown to 9 family friendly locations and serves the freshest seafood, all in a casual atmosphere. The menu includes items such as fresh oysters, 100% domestic shrimp, fish, steaks, chicken, pasta, the best hush puppies in the area and a great kids menu offering something for everyone. Open 7 days a week for lunch, dinner and to go. See coupon in this section!

East Bay Deli 334 East Bay St. • downtown Charleston • (Map: J-4) • (843) 216-5473 • 1120 Oakland Market Road • Mt. Pleasant • (Map: M-5) • (843) 216-5473 • 9135 University Blvd. • N. Charleston • (843) 5537374 • 4405 Dorchester Road • N. Charleston • (Map: X-4) • (843) 747-1235 • Charleston’s real New York-style deli slices sandwich meats fresh every morning and uses only quality products such as Thumann’s deli meats and Hebrew National deli dogs. The varied menu comes with many options from which to choose: soups, chili, both hearty and heart-healthy sandwiches, wraps, giant spuds and desserts.

Joe Pasta 428 King (Corner of King & John St.) • (Map: G-2) • Downtown Charleston • (843) 965-5252 • A specialized menu, with great Italian food that’s easy on the pocket and serves guests all day, everyday. Features include an extensive array of selections - soups, salads, parmesan sandwiches, pizza, superb pastas, exquisite desserts, a full liquor, wine and beer bar. The atmosphere is casual and family friendly and there is also sidewalk cafe seating. The upstairs bar, The Black Cart, is open nightly, features bands and DJs on the weekends and is available for private functions. See coupon in this section.

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(843) 246-7240

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(843) 723-1234

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(843) 853-2244

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(843) 965-5252

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Tommy Condon’s 160 Church Street • (Map: H-5/6) • (843) 577-3818 • www.tommycondons.com • Have you ever been in an authentic Irish pub and restaurant? Well, tucked away on Church Street, just a half block off Charleston’s historic Market, you will find Tommy Condon’s, a pub that will delight your soul. At Tommy’s you will very likely happen upon a bit of frolic, friendly conversation, laughter and song. Serving lunch and dinner daily. Use their $5 off coupon found in this section!

Club Habana 177 Meeting St. (above Tinder Box) • (Map: H-5) • (843) 853-5900 • After more than a decade, Club Habana, in the renovated 167-year-old Madren Building, is Charleston's premier martini and cigar bar. Our reputation precedes us for offering a unique beverage menu, gourmet desserts and upscale, cozy seating, featuring the state-of-the-art Smokeeter ventilation system. Enjoy everything from light jazz to modern rock while enjoying your favorite libation from the most extensive liquor selection in Charleston – from single malt scotches and small batch bourbons to fine ports and Madeiras. Experience why Club Habana has been voted best martinis, best cigars and best atmosphere in Charleston. Check out our knowledgeable staff and nightly specials. Relax and pamper yourself at Club Habana.

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With the heat and humidity of the Charleston area, many Lowcountry visitors will head to the local beaches. The beach is a great place to spend quality time with friends and family but has the potential for disaster if precautions are overlooked. Please take a minute to look over what to look out for. Knowing how to swim isn’t enough ... Just because you swim with ease in a pool doesn’t mean you’re a strong swimmer. Swimming at the beach requires a different set of skills that can only be learned with experience. Don’t go out beyond where your feet touch the bottom. Know how to escape a rip current ... It’s easy to get caught in a rip current, which can be hard to spot when you’re in the water. Please look over the diagram at the top right of this page to navigate out of a rip current. Staying calm is important. Wear adequate sunscreen ... A nasty sunburn can make an otherwise enjoyable vacation a real pain. If you’re visiting from the northern United States, be aware that the SPF 8 that is used at home isn’t enough. The sun is more intense here, and a minimum of SPF 30 is recommended for adults, while children should use SPF 50. TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com | 45


What beaches are near Charleston? ... Three public beaches are in close proximity to downtown Charleston: Folly Beach, the Isle of Palms and Sullivan’s Island.

How far are they from downtown Charleston and how do I get to them? ... They are all about a 20-mintue drive. Reference our maps on pages 54 to 59 for driving directions.

Which beach is best? ... That all depends on your needs and preferences. Keep reading. Folly Beach ★ This barrier island is laid back and known as the “Edge of America,” with a unique culture and the best waves of all the beaches. ★ It is the only beach where alcohol is permitted (in plastic containers). ★ Folly Beach has a great pier – you can see the Morris Island Lighthouse from the northern end of the island. ★ Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 11 a.m. during the busy season, but it’s still manageable. ★ There are many beach shops, restaurants and bars within walking distance. Isle of Palms ★ IOP is the most commercialized beach of the three, with many shops, places to eat, bars and public restrooms. ★ The Isle of Palms has been certified as a Blue Wave Beach because it meets the criteria related to cleanliness, safety and access to the public for the ninth year in a row. ★ Parking is more abundant, at $6 to $7 per day or $1 per hour. ★ More families frequent IOP because of its strict alcohol rules and atmosphere. Sullivan’s Island ★ The island has a mix of locals and visitors. ★ It is best described as undisturbed and natural. ★ Parking can be a problem if you arrive after 10 a.m. There are no public parking lots; you must park on the streets. ★ There are no public restrooms and alcohol is prohibited. 46 | TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com


What About Dogs? ... ★ All dogs must be on a leash at all times on all beaches. ★ Folly - From May 1 through Sept. 30, dogs are prohibited between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. ★ Isle of Palms allows dogs on the beach. They do not have to be leashed from 4 p.m. to 10 a.m. from Sept. 15 through March 31 and from 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. April 1 through Sept. 14. ★ Sullivan’s Island - Dog owners must have a dog license issued by Sullivan’s Island. Sunday mornings is a doggie “free for all,” where they may be off-leash but within voice command of the owner. Otherwise, from Oct. 1 to April 30, dogs must be leashed from noon to 5 a.m. From May 1 through Sept. 30, dogs must be leashed from 6 p.m. to 5 a.m. and are not permitted on the beach from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. ★ Cleanup bags are available at all beaches, and we ask that you please use them or risk having to pay a hefty fine.

Tide predictions provided by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) at the Custom Wharf House in Charleston Harbor.

July 2010 Low Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

am 5:56 6:33 7:12 7:55 8:41 9:33 10:28 11:23 12:25 1:19 2:10 3:00 3:49 4:38 5:27 6:17 7:08 8:02 8:58 9:55 10:52 11:46 12:39 1:27 2:12 2:53 3:32 4:08 4:43 5:16 5:51

High pm 5:58 6:43 7:33 8:29 9:29 10:30 11:29 —— 12:19 1:14 2:08 3:02 3:56 4:51 5:47 6:45 7:45 8:47 9:50 10:50 11:47 —— 12:38 1:26 2:10 2:52 3:32 4:10 4:48 5:27 6:09

am 11:58 12:17 12:56 1:40 2:27 3:20 4:16 5:13 6:10 7:06 8:02 8:57 9:52 10:47 1:44 —— 12:48 1:42 2:38 3:36 4:33 5:29 6:23 7:13 8:00 8:44 9:25 10:05 10:43 11:21 11:59

pm —— 12:42 1:27 2:15 3:07 4:00 4:55 5:51 6:45 7:39 8:32 9:23 10:14 11:05 11:56 12:41 1:39 2:38 3:37 4:36 5:31 6:24 7:13 7:75 8:39 9:18 9:55 10:30 11:03 11:37 ——

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31

August 2010 Low High am pm am pm 6:28 6:56 12:13 12:41 7:10 7:49 12:53 1:28 7:59 8:49 1:41 2:21 8:54 9:53 2:36 3:20 9:54 10:57 3:37 4:21 10:56 11:57 4:40 5:23 11:57 —— 5:43 6:22 12:52 12:55 6:43 7:18 1:45 1:52 7:41 8:11 2:35 2:47 8:38 9:03 3:24 3:41 9:33 9:53 4:12 4:35 10:28 10:43 5:01 5:30 11:23 11:34 5:50 6:27 —— 12:18 6:41 7:26 12:25 1:16 7:53 8:26 1:19 2:15 8:33 9:28 2:16 3:15 9:32 10:27 3:14 4:14 10:31 11:23 4:13 5:10 11:27 —— 5:09 6:01 12:14 12:18 6:02 6:48 1:00 1:05 6:50 7:31 1:42 1:48 7:35 8:11 2:12 2:29 8:17 8:48 2:57 3:08 8:57 9:23 3:31 3:45 9:34 9:37 4:04 4:22 10:09 10:29 4:37 4:59 10:43 11:01 5:12 5:40 11:19 11:35 5:50 6:26 11:59 —— 6:34 7:18 12:16 12:47

Day 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30

September 2010 Low High am pm am pm 7:26 8:19 1:05 1:44 8:25 9:25 2:04 2:48 9:30 10:30 3:11 3:54 10:36 11:30 4:18 4:59 11:39 —— 5:24 5:59 12:26 12:39 6:25 6:55 1:18 1:36 7:23 7:48 2:08 2:31 8:18 8:39 2:57 3:25 9:12 9:29 3:45 4:18 10:05 10:19 4:33 5:11 10:58 11:09 5:22 6:06 11:53 —— 6:13 7:02 12:00 12:49 7:08 8:01 12:54 1:47 8:06 9:01 1:51 2:47 9:06 9:59 2:50 3:46 10:07 10:53 3:49 4:41 11:03 11:43 4:45 5:31 11:55 —— 5:37 6:17 12:27 12:41 6:24 6:59 1:07 1:24 7:08 7:38 1:45 2:05 7:49 8:16 2:20 2:43 8:27 8:52 2:55 3:21 9:03 9:26 3:28 3:58 9:37 9:58 4:03 4:36 10:11 10:31 4:40 5:18 10:47 11:07 5:21 6:04 11:29 11:49 6:08 6:57 —— 12:19 7:02 7:57 12:42 1:18

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Summerville, only a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston, is where charm and Southern hospitality blend gracefully with a modern and progressive outlook. Summerville’s lovingly preserved downtown, lush public parks, friendly town square and historic homes and gardens reflect its reputation as the Flowertown in the Pines. Summerville’s downtown features quaint shops, restaurants and art galleries; it’s a great place to spend the day.

Cool breezes whispering through pine forests brought Summerville its first visitors in the late 1700s, when Lowcountry residents found refuge in the town’s lofty location from the summer’s subtropical heat and mosquito-borne diseases. In 1888, the tall pines brought good fortune when the International Congress of Physicians in Paris declared that Summerville was one of the healthiest places in the world for victims of lung disease, citing the beneficial “pine-scented mild climate.” The town also was known as a refuge from the hard winters of the north, drawing tourists as well as patients recovering from lung disease. Grand inns and many smaller guest houses were built, attracting the rich and famous. Presidents Theodore Roosevelt and William Howard Taft were guests at one of the most famous inns, The Pine Forest, and celebrities from all fields, including music, the theater and the literary arts, enjoyed Summerville during an era know as The Golden Age. Since the 1890s, day tourists have visited Summerville for the local floral fairs and to enjoy millions of spring blossoms, particularly azaleas, in private and public gardens, including the mid-town Azalea Park. In April of each year, hundrds of thousands of visitors assemble there to view the blooming azaleas and camellias and enjoy the annual Flowertown Festival. In May, crowds come to Azalea Park for “Sculpture in the South,” an annual exhibit and sale where nationally known artists display their work, creating an outdoor sculpture gallery. 48 | TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com


Events In Summerville See our Calendar of Events on pages 51 through 53 for detailed information about these great events: ✖ July 3, 4 - Independence Day Weekend ✖ Third Thursday Celebration The Summerville Community Orchestra www.summervilleorchestra.com www.summervilleorchestra.com • 128 S. Main Street, Suite 2A • Summerville, SC 29483 • (843) 873-5339 • SCO has exploded onto the Summerville cultural scene to critical acclaim. With 9 concerts each season, many of them free, the orchestra delights audiences of all ages with familiar classical pieces, pops and patriotic concerts and performances highlighting children’s music. The 2009-10 season runs from October to July. Visit our website or call us for details. Alexander Agrest, music director and conductor.

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MOJA Arts Festival

Summer Wine Stroll

When: Sept. 23-Oct. 3 Where: Events held all over Charleston - See website or call for more information Contact: www.charlestonarts.sc (843) 724-7305

When:

The MOJA Arts Festival is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the city of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the MOJA Planning Committee, a community arts and cultural group, and the MOJA Advisory Board, a group of civic leaders who assist with fundraising and advocacy. MOJA, a Swahili word meaning “One,” is the appropriate name for this celebration of harmony among all people in our community. The Festival highlights the many African-American and Caribbean contributions made to western and world cultures. MOJA’s wide range of events include visual arts, classical music, dance, gospel, jazz, poetry, R&B music, storytelling, theater, children’s activities, traditional crafts, ethnic food and much, much more.

Every Wednesday 5:30 - 7 p.m. Where: Middleton Place Contact: (843) 556-6020 www.middletonplace.org Enjoy wine tasting in the gardens of Middleton Place! Wine Strolls will be held every Wednesday from 5:30 to 7 pm. The cost is $10 per person. Each Wednesday, Middleton Place will host the wine tasting in a different garden location. Enjoy strolling through America’s oldest landscaped gardens while sampling a variety of summer wines. Wine Stroll participants are urged to extend their evening with dinner at the Middleton Place Restaurant. For dinner reservations, call (843) 266-7477.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

July 2010 3

Drayton Hall’s Preservation Tech Tour - Special program for those interested in architecture, history, and preservation • 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. • $25 • (843) 769-2638 for reservations.

3,4

4th of July Weekend at Middleton Place - War re-enactors from the 2nd SC Regiment. Visit their encampment. Musket firing, cooking and camp-life demonstrations and special House Museum tours focusing on Arthur Middleton (signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the American Revolution. 1 p.m. on both days, hear formal readings of the Declaration of Independence • (843) 556-6020.

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Independence Day Weekend in Summerville - 7/3: Red, White and Blue on the Green from 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. • Music, food, parade, family friendly. 7/4: Summerville Orchestra performs at the Woodlands Inn with BBQ, games, patriotic music, with fireworks at Gahagan Sports Complex at dark • (843) 821-7260.

4

Firework Displays - North Charleston at Riverfront Park, Charleston at Patriots Point, Summerville at Gahagan Sports Complex and Folly Beach at the pier.

4

4th of July Blast on Patriots Point - The NY Times says it’s one of the best 4th of July parties • (843) 884-2727

4

Uncle Sam Jam - View the fireworks and listen to music afterwards. Gates open at 7 p.m. • (843) 794-4FUN • Mount Pleasant Memorial Park pier.

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Defense of a Colony at Charles Towne Landing - Cannon & musket demonstrations, costumed re-enactors, stories and family friendly. 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. • $7.50 adult, $3.50 child • (843) 852-4200.

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Palette & Palate Stroll - Make stops at downtown art galleries and restaurants • 5:30-7:30 p.m. • $45 • (843) 819-8006.

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Beidler Forest Audubon Center Nightwalk - Ever wonder what goes on in the swamp after the sun goes down? There’s nothing like a stroll into the swamp after dark. Reservations are neccessary. Walk begins at 8:30 p.m. $8/person • (843) 462-2150

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KC and The Sunshine Band & The Village People - Event at Boone Hall Plantation. Gates open at 5:30 p.m. • (843) 884-4371.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS

August 2010 1-8

Shark Week at the SC Aquarium - Themed educational shows, learn about sharks, participate in activities and see them in the Great Ocean Shark Tank. General admission • (843) 577-3474. 7 Drayton Hall’s Preservation Tech Tour - Special program for those interested in architecture, history and preservation • 8:30 a.m. 10:30 a.m. • $25 • (843) 769-2638 for reservations. 14 Navigating a New World at Charles Towne Landing - Board a reproduction 17th century trading vessel and learn about all things nautical, talk to and hear stories from costumed interpreters. From 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. • (843) 852-4200.

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Beidler Forest Audubon Center Nightwalk - Ever wonder what goes on in the swamp after the sun goes down? There’s nothing like a stroll into the swamp after dark. Reservations are neccessary. Walk begins at 8:30 p.m. $8/person • (843) 462-2150.

September 2010 3

Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour - Visit stately homes, gardens, sample cuisine and desserts by area chefs. Local musicians & artists • benefits Children in Crisis • 1-5 p.m. • $50pp • (843) 875-1551 or www.scrumptioussummerville.com

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Boone Hall BBQ Championship & Bluegrass Festival - Boone Hall Plantation • (843) 884-4371, ext 221.

8-12/31

Natural History Series “Skeletons” - Charleston Museum • 360 Meeting St. • (843) 722-2996.

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From Seeds to Shillings: Garden and Agriculture - Charles Towne Landing. Dig into history from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and discover how colonists experimented with a variety of plants for both produce and profit. Before cotton was king and rice reigned supreme, SC colonists struggled to find a cash crop that would provide them with a life of luxury • (843) 852-4200.

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Dora the Explorer at the SC Aquarium - Fun for the whole family • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. • (843) 577-3474.

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Scottish Games & Highland Gathering - Top 20 Event by the SE Tourism Society. Boone Hall Plantation • (843) 552-2563 or 883-3889.

23-26

Fall Tour of Homes & Gardens - Preservation Society • (843) 722-4630.

23-10/3

MOJA Arts Festival - A Celebration of African-American and Caribbean arts. (843) 724-7305. Featured event - See page 50.

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7th Annual Festival of Beers - Riverdog Ballpark (Joe Riley Stadium), 7-10 p.m. • www.riverdogs.com.

Ongoing Events Saturdays

17th Century Musket Demonstrations - Charles Towne Landing • 1st Saturday of each month only • (843) 852-4200.

Saturdays

Cannon Firings - Charles Towne Landing • 3rd Saturday of each month (except in August) • (843) 852-4200.

Saturdays

Crafts for Kids - Charles Towne Landing • 4th Saturday of each month • (843) 852-4200.

7/15, 8/19, 9/16 Third Thursday Celebration in Summerville - Hutchinson Square, downtown, art walk, artists, live music, car crusie-in, performances, retail shops and restaurants from 5-8 p.m. • (843) 821-7260. Thru 8/30

Carolina Gold: From Rice to Riches at Middleton Place - Exhibit with jewelry and miniatures favored by the Middleton family in the 18th & 19th centuries. Daily from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. • (843) 556-6020.

Thru 12/19

Charleston Farmers Market - Marion Square downtown • 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. • Saturdays only.

Thru 10/19

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market - Pavilion on Coleman Blvd. • 4 p.m. - dark • Tuesdays Only • (843) 884-8517.

Thru 8/22

Pablo Picasso & Other Modern Masters Exhibits Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting St.

Varies

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise on the Carolina Belle - Tour dates: 7/4, 7/22, 8/5, 8/19, 9/2, 9/16, 10/14, 10/28 - recommended! Two hour harbor cruise, Home Team BBQ Buffet, live blues by Shrimp City Slim. Boarding at 6:30 p.m. from the Maritime Center downtown • Returns at 9 p.m. • $39.50 per person.

Varies

Beach & BBQ Cruise Aboard the Carolina Belle - Tour dates: 7/14, 7/28, 8/11, 8/25, 9/8, 9/22 - Like to shag or want to learn? 6:30 p.m. • Departs from the Maritime Center • Returns at 9 p.m. • $30.

Varies

Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series - 7/17, 8/7, 8/21, 9/18, 10/16 Concerts at either James Island County Park or Wannamaker County Park, 7:30 p.m. • $8, call (843) 795-4386 or www.ccprc.com.

Varies

Moonlight Mixer’s “Shaggin’ on the Pier” - Folly Beach Fishing Pier on 7/16, 8/13, 9/3, 9/17, 10/15 • 7-11 p.m. • (843) 794-4FUN.

Wednesdays

Summer Wine Strolls at Middleton Place - Enjoy wine tasting in the Gardens of Middleton Place from 5:30 - 7 p.m. • $10 • (843) 556-6020. TRAVELER OF CHARLESTON | July/August/September 2010 | www.travelerofcharleston.com | 53


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Open 7 Days a Week. Mon-Fri. 9-7 Sat -Sun 9-5 No Appointment Necessary Accept all Major Insurance Urgent Care Acute Chest or Abdominal Pain Sprain and Fracture Management Laceration Repair Abscess and Wound Care Acute Illness Urgent Care

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Shuck’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Baskin Robbins . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Bocci’s Italian . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Charleston Crab House . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .42 Club Habana . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Cru Café . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Cupcake . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Discovery Ice Cream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 East Bay Deli . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .44 Gilligan’s Seafood Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .41 Joe Pasta . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .43 Middleton Place Restaurant . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Spirit Line Cruises . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .39 Tommy Condon’s . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .40 Other Blalock Family & Urgent Care . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .61 Summerville Dream . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .49

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Charleston Vacation Guide - Traveler Magazine - Summer 2010