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Trip Report Charleston Thanksgiving Trip Report

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Just returned from spending 2 1/2 great days in Charleston and wanted to say thanks for excellent information received from GoTravel's Most Excellent Weekend In Charleston trip report, as well as other excellent advice contained in these posts.
If you have not been to Charleston, go. It is an excellent 2-3 day vacation location with great food, beautiful historic and photographic buildings. If its not within walking distance in the historic district, its not far by car, shuttle bus or by water.
We stayed at the Best Western King Charles Inn and was underinpressed. If you want to walk the historic area and the waterfront park/Battery area, I would definitely recommend staying closer to the Waterfront or nearer the Battery/White Point Garden area. Our main meals were at (1) Sticky Fingers, 235 Meeting Street. The DW reports her smoked pork was excellent as was my chicken tenders. A reasonably priced good meal with an excellent service, however was not impressed with the peach cobbler (DW has me spoiled). (2) Andolinis Pizzza on Wentworth, where we made a slight mistake and ordered a large pepperoni pizza for just the two of us. It was huge......but very tasty. This is not your uptown Italian pizza parlor, and is apparently a preference for College students, but since they were out of town for the holiday, we had it almost to ourselves. We would go again. (3) To top off our stay, we had a fine traditional Thanksgiving dinner at Poogan's Porch, which we would highly recommend. The athosphere in the historic building was great, the meal was excellent, and the service was fine. The DW's pumpking pie was small, but excellent, while my bread pudding w/white sauce was OK (again, spoiled by the DW). Highly recommend Poogans Porch. We walked all around the historic district from Meeting Street to the Waterfront Park, along East Bay Street and to the White Point gardens at the Battery. The historical houses along East Bay Street from the waterfront park to the battery are fanstatic and a photographers dream. We visited two historical houses with different styles. Loved the Victorian Calhoun Mansion, 16 Meeting Place with all its art and artifacts, which made the Adams style Nathaniel Russell House, at 51 Meeting Street, seem rather dull in comparsion (DW says I have no taste, so you might ignore this comment). Of the three major plantations near Charleston, only one, the Middleton Place plantation was open on Thanksgiving Day. It as worth the visit for the photographs taken of the grounds, river and small lake. I was extremely lucky to get a close up of a "red shouldered" hawk sitting in an old oak tree draped with spanish moss. A great way to end a visit to Charleston.

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