Okay, to begin with, your base of operations in Charleston has no reason to be anything but the NotSo Hostel. I seriously can’t say enough good things about this place. Absolutely wonderful hosts (all of whom seemed to be total Southern Belles …just sayin’) that often come and enjoy breakfast with you, listening to all the travelers tell them stories of discovery in the city they already know and love, and ready and willing to answer any questions people may have, make suggestions or just share in the glow. At the time I was there it was $23/night for a bunk bed and $60/night for a private room. http://notsohostel.com/
For a knock-out, somewhat unusual but definitely delicious menu make sure to checkout Fuel Charleston. This became the go-to place to get our grub on while at the hostel. Easy walking distance, great food at reasonable prices, an awesome open-air bar, good beer choices and incredibly fun atmosphere make for a hard to beat combination.
To visit the Middleton Place Plantation, it’ll help if you have a rental car. Or just do what I did and get a ride from a fellow hostel-er who has a rental car ;) It is a ways out of the city center, but a very fun side trip and there is lots to learn there about the history of Charleston and the USA, as the two are inextricably linked. Another fun stop is the very historic Griffon Pub; home of delicious fish ‘n chips and the meeting point for an excellent ghost tour of Charleston.
For an unforgettable kayaking trip in Charleston Harbor, through the black-water rivers and estuaries to finally camp on the beach of one of the areas most rustic barrier islands, look no further than Coastal Expeditions. This was one of the best trips I’ve even been on, and I can’t say enough about Chris, the owner and our guide for the trip. The man is …well, just that. He’s the man, plain and simple. If you want a trip that’ll help you forget all the stress of life back home and re-kindle that excitement you used to get as a kid from learning about the great outdoors, then Coastal Expeditions is the place to go. You won’t be disappointed.
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