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The Southern Secret

History lives in this charming city and leaves her visitorswhether by land or seacraving more.
The history, well-preserved architecture and mannerly people make Charleston one of the most adored cities in the world. Locals call it the Lowcountrybecause the city is either at or below sea levelor the Holy City since no building can be taller than the tallest church steeple. Charlestons accolades by well-known travel periodicals include being crowned the Top Destination in the World, and for three consecutive years it was named the Top U.S. City. Within ten miles of downtown exist three charming beaches: Isle of Palms, Sullivans Island and Folly Beach. If the radius is extended by ten miles tack on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, two world-class golf destinations. Charleston is the Cooperstown of American history throw a rock and youre bound to hit a notable Revolutionary or Civil War landmark. Charlestons calendar is full with goings-onsometimes triple bookedso a popular activity for Charlestonians is staycationing. April brings four major events, three of which occur on the rst weekend of the month: the Family Circle Cup, a WTA Premier Event; the Cooper Bridge Run, the biggest and best organized 10K race in the world; and the Flowertown Festival, one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the South. A week later is Charleston Race Week, one of the



Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina (843) 284-7062; Fax (843) 856-8333 -Located on Patriots Point a Naval & Maritime Museum -17,000 lineal feet of dock space; max LOA 200 feet -Staffed 24 hours, full concierge service, laundry facilities, showers, jacuzzi, pool, private beach, 2 popular restaurants onsite, dining service delivery, childcare facilities, trolley to Historic Downtown, business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, free waste pump-out, discounted resort rooms

Charleston City Marina (843) 723-5098; Fax (843) 853-1840 Email: -19,000 lineal feet of dock space; at 1,530', the MegaDock is the longest free-floating fuel dock in the Southeast; max LOA 450' -Bathhouse and laundry facilities, mobile and fixed pump-out units, volume-fuel discounts, high-speed in-slip fueling, complimentary WiFi, 24-hour security, within walking distance of Historic Downtown, full-service convenience store, U.S. Customs Port of Entry

Isle of Palms Marina (843) 886-0209; Fax (843) 886-0058

CharLestOn Area CVB Email: -50-slip marina, 300' face dock for transient dockage; max LOA 80' -Bathhouse and laundry facilities, next to Morgan Creek Grill, ship store and grocery market, two blocks from the beach, access to two championship golf courses

Left: Charleston Area Tours Carriage offers a slower paced visit. Above: a sample of the famous Culinary Frogmore Stew

The Kiawah Island Golf Resort (843) 768-2121; Toll Free (US only): (800) 654-2924 Email: -Oceanfront resort hotel, vacation rental homes and villas

best-known regattas in the country. To vacation in Charleston and not explore her waterways is just wrongits tantamount to counting your layover in the Atlanta Airport as your one and only visit to the South. Charlestons waterways are paradise. To the south is the AshepooCombahee-Edisto (ACE) Basin, while to the north is the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The ACE Basin is the largest estuary on the Eastern Seaboard. Half of the 66,000 acres in the Cape Romain Refuge are ranked as a Class I Wilderness, a designation reserved for the most pristine places. Boat a little further south or north of these areas and youll be in one of Charlestons Sister Cities, Beaufort or Georgetown, the second and third oldest cities in South Carolina, respectively. The Charleston Harbor is a conuence of the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. The Ashley is a Federally designated Scenic River, and boating the thirty miles of black water swamp and tidal waters is an adventure worth planning. Adorning its pluffmud and oak-tree lined banks are 26 National Historic Places, of which three notable points of interest are pre-Revolutionary era
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Clockwise from bottom left: Boneyard Beach; The Pineapple Fountain located at Waterfront Park; The Old Slave Mart Museum is the first African-American Museum; the iconic Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge; a classic sailboat ride on Charleston Harbor; Fort Sumter. Opposite: The Kiawah Island Golf Resort

over time by the harsh marine elements. Camping on the island is permitted year-round. Foodies will fall in love with Charleston. Year after year its chefs and restaurateurs bring home the coveted James Beard Awards known as the Oscars of the Food World. Most of the waterfront restaurants are just east of the city in the towns of Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms.
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Locals say nothing is more fun than boating to Morgan Creek Grill, but the food, view and good times on the restaurants open-air upper deck is only half the story. The boat ride is worthy of ve stars as you idle north on the plantations: Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, and Middleton Place. Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored plantation house in America (built in 1742) and considered one of the best examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the country. Magnolia and Middleton Plantations have the oldest natural and manicured gardens in America, respectively. Capers Island is an undeveloped barrier island north of Charleston near ICW Marker 99. During the boating season Capers turns into a boating playground due to its 214 acres of unspoiled beach. A must is to hike through Boneyard Beach, a massive graveyard of palms and oaks bleached ICW past prime real estate through the beach towns of Sullivans and Isle of Palms. Less swanky but just as interesting is Goat Island, a two-mile strip of sandy bluff with a row of old, quirky beach cottages set in a thicket of trees. According to lore, a married couple expatriated to the island in 1931 to live among the feral goats. Squatters, the Goat Man and his wife lived out their lives on the island in the buff, bleating at intruders. You cant visit Charleston without a trip up Shem Creek, a haven for dolphins and manatees. It winds through Mount Pleasants Old Villageone of the most historic


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and prestigious neighborhoods in Charlestonbefore spilling into the Harbor. Six restaurants on its banks make it a popular, fun waterfront-dining destination. Near its mouth and behind the old shrimp boat Winds of Fortune is one of the best eateries in Charleston. The Wreck of the Richard & Charlene is exactly what youd imagine, a hole-in-the-wall serving up fresh local seafood. Its named after the Richard & Charlene, a derelict North Atlantic trawler that Hurricane Hugo impaled on bare pylons, now

the site of the restaurant. To access Shem Creek follow the Mount Pleasant Channel located near the Harbor entrance starting at red and green day-beacons 2 and 7. Beside the channel youll get a birds eye view of the richest real estate in Charleston, the Harbor homes in the Old Village. Charleston is a fascinating and constantly evolving city Im proud to call home. Living here feels like a vacation, and if youre like me youll be happiest while cruising her waterways.

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