Southern Charm in Charleston for a Fraction of the Cost

Posted June 10, 2009 by Kate Hamman

SC-Charleston-RainbowRow-DEF Charleston invites you to admire its antebellum homes, listen to its Civil War stories, and discover Southern grace under pressure. Come experience the city for a fraction of the cost, with a cocoa-powered carriage ride, a tour into the heart of its history, and a restaurant that honors its homestyle dishes.

Francis Marion Hotel: When the winter weather starts to cool down, there's no better time to take a carriage ride through the streets of Charleston, with hot cocoa to keep you warm. And after your trip, you can return to your deluxe accommodations at the grand Francis Marion Hotel, a member of the Historic Hotels of America. The Charleston Getaway Deal is quite a steal at $139 per night.

Charleston Strolls: To really get to know Charleston, you must walk in the footsteps of its past and go where no vehicle or carriage can travel. Learn about the city's war-torn history as you traipse through the historic district with a knowledgeable guide leading the way. The two-hour tour stops at noteworthy landmarks such as Rainbow Row, a row of mid-1700's homes, and the Two Meeting Street Inn. Tours cost $18.

Poogan's Porch: This highly-acclaimed bistro takes its name from a friendly pooch who loved nothing more than to lie on the front porch. And as if this isn't enough reason to love the place, Poogan's Porch serves food that combines inventive and flavorful ingredients with traditional dishes. The fried green tomato BLT, with applewood-smoked bacon and goat cheese, adds flair to a classic BLT. The restaurant stays open 365 days a year for brunch, lunch, and dinner. Sandwiches start at $7.95, and dinner entrees start at $13.95.

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(Photo: Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau)

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