Posted September 15, 2009 by Jamie Moore
To walk the streets of Charleston's historic downtown is like exploring a living museum. But modern elements also grace the visual display. Steep yourself in 300-year-old architecture and lore on a walking tour, sample creative cuisine in an eco-friendly dining room, then sleep soundly at an award-winning designer inn.
The Original Charleston Walks: Storytelling guides bring Charleston's history to life on eight themed walking tours. The city's elegant past, timeworn alleyways, and majestic 19th-century homes are on show during the historic homes tour. Check out the city's less genteel side on a ghost or pirate walk, where you'll either hear spooky tales in Charleston's creepiest cemetery or visit a pirate tavern and prison. Other choices include pub walks and a slavery-and-freedom tour. Tours cost $18.50 and up but there's a $3 discount for online bookings.
Fish: Inside this modern eco-friendly eatery are patio tables with tops made from recycled wine bottles, biodegradable to-go containers, and a $10 French-Asian fusion lunch menu. Try grilled shrimp, ginger aioli mooshu (rice wraps) with a side of paprika potato chips, pan-seared tuna salad with boursin dressing, or go simple with braised beef soup. Come pre-dinner for a signature cocktail and bar snacks like baked escargot or sweet chili calamari (each $6).
Inn at Middleton Place: National Geographic Traveler magazine put this inn on its 2008 "Stay List," and the American Institute of Architects recently gave it a design award. The gorgeous rooms have floor-to-ceiling windows, handcrafted furniture, fireplaces, and huge bathtubs. On the inn's grounds, you can explore Middleton Place, America's oldest landscaped gardens, visit the 1755 House Museum, go horseback riding, kayak, hike, or lose yourself in the elaborate labyrinth. Midweek room rates start at $170.
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