Writer M.J. McAteer recently wandered around Charleston, S.C. Here's her reporter's notebook.
2 3/4 hours
Airfare: $234.70 round trip | Taxis: $60 | Lodging: $133.19 | Admissions: $32
We flew nonstop from Dulles on United on an 8 a.m. flight and took a taxi from the airport to downtown Charleston. We were at our hotel by 10:45 a.m.
WHERE TO STAY
The Andrew Pinckney Inn (40 Pinckney St., 843-937-8800, http://www.andrewpinckneyinn.com) is within easy walking distance of the Battery and just blocks from the water. Room rates, including continental breakfast, are $109-$199 in summer and winter, $169-$299 in spring and fall. We booked through Hotwire and saved at least $30.
WHERE TO EAT
Carolina's (10 Exchange St., 843-724-3800, http://www.carolinasrestaurant.com) has a low-country menu heavy on seafood. Lunch and dinner, with dinner entrees $22-$31. For a quiet meal, ask not to be seated in the bar.
Fleet Landing (186 Concord St., 843-722-8100, http://www.fleetlanding.net) is a casual, reasonably priced spot on the waterfront for lunch or dinner. My $8.95 roasted turkey sandwich with brie, pecans and cranberry on a toasted brioche was tasty. Frank liked his burger, too.
Affectionately known by its acronym, SNOB, Slightly North of Broad (192 E. Bay St., 843-723-3424, http://mavericksouthernkitchens.com) is a nouveau low-country restaurant that serves lunch and dinner, with dinner entrees $18-$34. Named Charleston's best restaurant by the local newspaper and a favorite of online consumers and critics.
WHAT TO DO
Most of the furnishings in the Edmondston-Alston House (21 E. Battery, 843-722-7171, http://www.middletonplace.org) have been in place for more than 150 years. Guided tours Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Sunday and Monday 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Adults $10.
Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum (40 Patriots Point Rd., 843-884-2727, http://www.patriotspoint.org) features vintage Navy vessels and fighter planes. Visitors can tour the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the submarine USS Clamagore, a Coast Guard cutter and a mock-up of a Vietnam support base. The destroyer USS Laffey, which survived an attack by more than 20 kamikaze planes, is temporarily closed because of leaks. Open daily 9 a.m.-6:30 p.m. Admission $16, but we took a water taxi across the Cooper River in a $22 package deal that included museum admission and round-trip travel across the river. (We saw dolphins.)
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Check the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau (843-853-8000, http://www.charlestoncvb.com) for information on area accommodations, eateries and attractions, including harbor and carriage tours.