If you have time for a little road trip check out Middleton Place, a beautiful plantation with lots of history and exhibits as well as a nice restaurant. We enjoyed Vikery's restaurant in Shem Creek where you can eat overlooking the shrimp boats. If you go for sweetgrass baskets you can get better deals on the Sweetgrass Highway which has stands set up on the sides. Patriot Point was interesting and our son enjoyed showing us the diesel sub - hard to imagine living on that!
I'm enjoying reading everyone's experiences in Charleston. I visited twice, once when my Nuke was in prototype and when he was teaching the new Nukes. He also was pinned at Patriots Point. That was a very moving experience. I'm a little sad because his career is winding down. I wish all of your sailors a wonderful career!
If anyone is looking for restaurants there is a little mom and pop Mexican restaurant on Red Bank Road that is really good - Los Altos Taqueria. If you like Italian food you will want to try Amici’s - it is on North Woods Blvd.
Restaurant deals in Charleston, SC - Another Navy mom whose son is a doctor at NNPTC shared this with me. - Thru Jan. 20, 2019 it is Restaurant Week in Charleston. The restaurants have super special meal deals - including the high end restaurants. Her son said the dinner they had was a real treat in terms of the ordered food and the significantly lesser tab for the night.
Here are a couple of links to more info: https://www.opentable.com/promo.aspx?m=91&pid=476
I had the impression when doing the search for some links that this is done at least twice a year and maybe 4 times?
We visited Middleton Place this trip. Although, they were having an Easter Brunch at the restaurant and since our sailor had made reservations to High Cotton in downtown Charleston that night, we decided to pass on the $30.00 brunch plate. We were told they sold sandwiches at their market near the entrance. I just wish we knew that when we first arrived as it was a long walk back and we only had a short amount of time to continue touring, once we came upon lunch time. Entrance to the house is addt'l, but despite being shorter than I would have liked, seeing some of the art work they had, and other family heirlooms of historical significance was worth the price to me, to keep these treasures available for others to see.
Lots of history. One of our tour guides said Middleton Place is the oldest privately owned gardens in South Carolina and Magnolia Place, on down the road, is the oldest publicly owned gardens in SC. I want to go see it as well.
Some ideas for indoors in downtown Charleston - The Market was recommended, lots of shops inside what use to be the slave market. We were never there to be able to go into the museum, but I wanted to do that.
There is a mystery theater that was fun- Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre and Shoppe. They don't serve dinner, just drinks and hors d'oeuvres, so make sure you eat ahead of time. There was an Irish Pub across the street from them - http://tommycondons.com. Up the road a little ways is Bitty and Beau's Coffee- it is a coffee shop that hires mentally challenged employees and gives them an opportunity to gain confidence in the work force. (My sailor's only complaint was they made their hot chocolate with water and not milk.) These are along Church street which seemed to be our go to spot to look for parking and things that we did in the evening. You do have to pay for parking and watch for flooding.
Also, if you are down on Market Street, Church Street and others in the evening walking around and find yourself in need of a restroom when the others are closed - Go to Charleston Place Hotel 205 Meeting Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401 (I think that is the side to get in for the restrooms. There is a gated courtyard that you must walk into and you will see the shops on either side. - This is a neat place with shops inside it that were closed later, but to the right of the motel check in area there are restrooms that are open at least past 9 pm, maybe until midnight. Very helpful!!
Otherwise, many of our adventures were done in the rain, including see the Angel Tree, our boat ride to Ft. Sumter. Duck inside during the shower, and hopefully, you can get back outside before long.
Go kayaking at Shem Creek! It was one of the highlights of our trip. We saw several dolphins right alongside us and a fisherman pulled in a stingray as we were rowing by. They offer a military discount and applied it to all 4 of us. Our son enjoyed it so much that he has been three more times. His one hint though- don't go during low tide.
Saw this posted on FB today - if you're heading to Charleston you might want to check it out: