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Charleston: The Delaplaine 2019 Long Weekend Guide

Charleston: The Delaplaine 2019 Long Weekend Guide

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Charleston: The Delaplaine 2019 Long Weekend Guide

118 pages
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Feb 24, 2019


A complete guide for everything you need to experience a great Long Weekend in Charleston. When Charles Pinckney, signer of the Declaration of Independence, was asked sarcastically where Charleston was, he replied, “Why, Sir, it is where the Ashley and the Cooper rivers meet to form the Atlantic Ocean.”

More history than you can shake a stick at here in Charleston. I ought to know. We have family buried in the historic French Huguenot church located at 136 Church Street. (Huguenots were French Protestants that fled from France after the Catholics started slaughtering them in the mid-1500s. Our family came over in the early 1600s.)

“We’ve always wanted to visit both Savannah and Charleston. We chose Charleston first. It’s so wonderful that we can’t wait to get to Savannah to compare.” –--Beatrice K., San Diego

“Forget all this history. I come to Charleston for the food. There’s a culinary rebirth going on in the South, and it’s centered in Charleston, so any foodie is going to have a great time. All the top spots—and some surprises—are listed in this book.” –Gerald S., Kansas City.

You'll save a lot of time using this concise guide.

=LODGINGS (in several parts of Atlanta) variously priced

=FINE & BUDGET RESTAURANTS, more than enough listings to give you a sense of the variety to be found.

=PRINCIPAL ATTRACTIONS -- don't waste your precious time on the lesser ones. We've done all the work for you.

=A handful of interesting SHOPPING ideas.

Feb 24, 2019

About the author

Delaplaine lives on South Beach, Miami’s Billion Dollar Sandbar. He writes in widely varied fields: screenplays, novels (adult and juvenile) and journalism. He also has a series of Long Weekend Guides covering some 50 cities around the world. Email: He writes several series: The “JACK HOUSTON ST. CLAIR” political thriller novels. “THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES IV,” a series of novels starring the great-great-grandson of the famous consulting detective. “THE ANNALS OF SANTOPIA” series, an epic that follows a Santa born in 1900 through to his death 82 years later. The AMOS FREEMAN police thrillers. Other novels: “The Trap Door” follows a boy who is taken back in time to 1594 and Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre. “The Meter Maid Murders,” a comic look at a detective trying to nab a serial killer on South Beach who only murders meter maids. Has written and directed three features (one doc, two narrative features), as well as several short films and won several awards for his film work. (See for details).  His latest film, “Meeting Spencer,” starring Jeffrey Tambor, won the prestigious Milan International Film Festival Award for Best Screenplay.  DELAPLAINE’S “LONG WEEKEND” GUIDES These no-nonsense guides contain Delaplaine’s recommendations and advice for travelers visiting these places for 3 or 4 days. As "The Food Enthusiast," he writes a series of restaurants guides, updated annually. He has no hobbies.

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  • ANGEL OAK3688 Angel Oak Rd, Charleston, 843-559-3496www.angeloaktree.comThis tree is so large it will baffle you. It’s between 300 and 400 years old. The gate in the fence around it closes at 5.

  • COASTAL EXPEDITIONS514 Mill St, Mount Pleasant, 843-884-7684www.coastalexpeditions.comHas three-hour trips for a reasonable fee.

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Charleston - Andrew Delaplaine



THE HISTORIC PART OF downtown is on a peninsula formed by two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, flowing into the Atlantic. It’s got much the same geographical layout as Manhattan does, where you have the East and the Hudson Rivers merging at the tip of Manhattan.

But that’s the only thing that will remind you of New York. Charleston was captured in the Civil War without much property damage, so the historic part of town has buildings that are hundreds of years old. Most of the damage they suffered has come from hurricanes, not cannon balls. The current downtown skyline, with practically no tall buildings due to the city's height restriction ordinance, is dominated by church steeples and the stunning Arthur Ravenel cable-stay bridge completed in 2005 over the Cooper River. The city is a major port on the eastern seaboard of the U.S. and a popular destination for domestic and international tourists.

Charles Towne, as it was first called, was established in 1670 by Anthony Ashley Cooper on the west bank of the Ashley River, Charles Towne Landing, a few miles northwest of the present downtown. By 1680, the settlement had grown and moved to its current location on the peninsula.

Around 1690, the English colonists erected a fortification wall around the small settlement to aid in its defense. The wall sheltered the area, in the present French Quarter, from Cumberland Street south to Water Street, from Meeting Street east to East Bay Street. The wall was destroyed around 1720. Cobblestone lanes and one building remain from this Colonial English Walled Town: the Powder Magazine, where the town's supply of gunpowder was stored. Remnants of the Colonial wall were found beneath the Old Exchange Building.

Charleston was the first city in the U.S. to pass a historical preservation ordinance. Thus, much of the beautiful architecture, from early Colonial, Georgian, Federal, Greek Revival, and Italianate to Victorian, remains for future generations to see and enjoy.

Charleston is also known as the Holy City due to the numerous church steeples poking out of the low-rise skyline. Another reason: it was one of the few places in the original 13 colonies to provide religious tolerance to the French Huguenots as well as to Jews.

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Once you’re in the historic district, you won’t need a car. If the walking is too much for you, hop board the DASH shuttles to move between sights on your list. You’ll see the signs, but if you want more information, go to



They have roomy London-style taxis from the airport to downtown. If you’re going to hire a car and driver while here, get one of these. Much more comfortable than regular cars. Use them to go to the plantations outside town.


See listing under What To See & Do.


There are many walking tours, which give you the opportunity to see more than just driving past in a bus or carriage. There is a walking tour for virtually every interest. You will find Pub Tours, Civil War tours, culinary tours, ghost tours, Gulla tours, architecture tours, art tours, and even pirate tours. Some of the walking tour companies offer tours with guides in period costume. Charleston Pirate Tours even has a costumed guide whose parrot, a blue and gold macaw, accompanies the tour.


In the historic district, there is a major east-west street, Broad Street, which divides two areas in historic downtown, aptly named North of Broad and South of Broad. Those South of Broad were nicknamed SOBs, and those Slightly North of Broad were SNOBs. The French Quarter, founded by the French Huguenots, is just south of the Market Area along the waterfront. The area near the southern tip of the peninsula, where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers meet, is known as The Battery.

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20 S Battery St, Charleston, 843-727-3100

Has 10 rooms a stone’s throw from White Point Gardens at the Battery. I’ve stayed here several times and loved it every minute. Breakfast in a walled garden with shade trees in good weather.


Shops At Charleston Place

205 Meeting St, Charleston, 843-722-4900

Located in the city’s historic district, this big old luxury hotel offers comfortable guestrooms (over 400 of them) decorated with classic Charleston-inspired furnishings. (There’s also a concierge floor.) It’s a bit musty, but you can’t

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