If you have just one day in Charleston, you take a carriage ride to see downtown, a harbor tour for more history and a cruise past Fort Sumter, a stroll through the City Market and a couple of tastes of the great culinary scene.
A second day affords you an opportunity to dig a little deeper.
Depending on your tastes, and assuming you have an automobile, spend your morning at one of the great plantations — Middleton on the Ashley River or Boone Hall on the Cooper River. Enjoy the dazzling beauty of the grounds and the opulence of the buildings, but don’t forget to reflect on the appalling institution of slavery that made them possible.
You can sign up for a combo tour – harbor tour and Boone Plantation or harbor tour, carriage ride and Boone Hall Plantation – at Charleston Harbor Tours. Packaging tours is convenient and saves you money.
If antebellum plantations aren’t your thing, head 20 miles out of town to the sea island of Wadmalaw, for the Charleston Tea Plantation. It’s America’s only tea plantation where they’re happy to give you a tour.
Return downtown and have lunch at Virginia’s on King, the best value for Lowcountry fare in Charleston. After lunch, walk down East Bay Street, past Rainbow Row to The Battery, from which you can view the harbor, the Yorktown, the bridge and Fort Sumter.
The options are almost endless for dinner, but afterwards, heads up! Rooftop drinks are always extra special. The rooftops above Market Pavilion Hotel on East Bay and Stars Restaurant on King Street are always popular.
Wow, two days and look at all you’ve done. Imagine what you can do in three days. We’ll tackle that in some future post, so come on back!