H.L. Hunley is unveiled to the public

“Confederate Civil War vessel H.L. Hunley, the world’s first successful combat submarine when it sank a Union ship in 1864, was unveiled in full and unobstructed for the first time on Thursday, capping a decade of careful preservation.”  Chicago Tribune

“Crews on Thursday picked up a truss, weighing more than 8 ton, which has cloaked the hand-cranked submarine for the past twelve years at a North Charleston conservation lab.”  AllVoices.com has great photos of the unveiled H.L. Hunley – AllVoices.com

Parks and Recreation in Charleston

Running short of cash on your trip to Charleston?  Don’t sweat it!   The Parks and Recreation of both the City of Charleston and Charleston County have lots of inexpenive entertainment and recreation options for you and your family.  For starters, the beaches are some of the best anywhere!  You may not have thought about it but Biking in Charleston is awesome.

Find out more about the Parks and Recreation Dept. of the City of Charleston  or the Charleston County Parks and Recreation

City of Charleston Recreation now has online registration – www.charleston-sc.gov/dept/content.aspx?nid=2277 or https://rectrac.charleston-sc.gov/
Includes programs, activities and athletics as well as reserve various facilities. Payments can be made online, too.

Parks of Charleston County also has online registration/ticketing.  You need an Account to register for courses or purchase membership passes or event tickets.  Click here to get started.

Click her to purchase advance tickets for Charleston County Parks including parking for Beachwalker Park, Folly Beach County Park (currently closed), Isle of Palms Park, James Island  Park, Palmetto Island Park, and Wannamaker Park as well as Caw Caw Interpretive Center.   The last time I looked the parking was $6 a car and the Caw Caw was .75 a ticket.  Pretty reasonable, huh?

Five Star Alliance.com names ‘Charleston Place’ as a Top 20 Luxury Hotel & Restaurant

Charleston Place is named #5 among Top 20 Luxury Hotel and Restaurants Worldwide.  Congratulations to the Charleston Place!

In the final days of 2011, Five Star Alliance is counting down the Top 20 Luxury Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, as decided by our guests.

In the #5 spot we have Charleston Place, located in the heart of Charleston’s historic downtown.’

Read on…http://www.fivestaralliance.com/charleston-sc/the-top-20-hotels-in-2011-5-charleston-place

Charleston Recipes

Recipes from Charleston Restaurants –

Charleston based Recipes from Recipe Websites –

Know of other Recipes or Websites with Charleston recipes?

 

U.S. News and Reports’ Travel Guide names Charleston as the 8th ‘Best Honeymoon Destinations in the U.S.’

U.S. News and Reports’s Travel Guide says,

‘Now that the wedding is out of the way, you and your partner can focus on your new life together, starting with an oh-so-romantic honeymoon. To help you kick-start your marriage (without the added stress of international travel), we’ve gathered together a list of the best honeymoon destinations found within our own borders. All of these places offer a little something special to make your trip as unique as the love you share.’

Sixteen cities were cited including these cities that ranked lower than Charleston…

  • Santa Barbara
  • Lanai
  • Lake Tahoe
  • Martha’s Vineyard
  • Vail
  • Cape Cod
  • Nantucket
  • Stowe, Vt.

As for Charleston the article said…

‘Why Go: Start your marriage off with a taste of authentic Hollywood romance (Gone with the Wind-style) in Charleston. This low-key South Carolina city pours on the Southern charm like gravy on biscuits: Gas lamp-lined cobblestone streets and antebellum architecture set the scene, while gourmet cuisine followed by a horse-drawn carriage ride will set the mood.’

Read the article to find out what seven cities ranked higher than Charleston and to find out what they say are the ‘Top Things to Do in Charleston’.

http://travel.usnews.com/Rankings/Best_Honeymoon_Destinations_in_the_US/

‎’Southern Living’ named Charleston and 9 others as nominees for Tastiest Town in the South.

The editors and experts of Southern Living magazine held a summit in their test kitchens and and narrowed down their list of the ‘Tastiest Town in the South’ down to 10.   Really?  Is there really a contest?  Here are five of the other nominees:

  • Baltimore, Maryland
  • Houston, Texas
  • New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Louisville, Kentucky
  • Birmingham, Alabama

Before you look at the other five do you have a prediction?

Here is the complete list – http://www.southernliving.com/travel/souths-tastiest-towns-00417000076768/?iid=magazine-january-2012

VOTING BEGINS FRIDAY, DEC. 23rd (2011) 

New Guide is Published for Charleston Tour Guide Training.

The Historic Charleston Foundation has published a new book for its guides, ‘The City of Charleston Tour Guide Training Manual’.  The book is 492 pages long and is available in a spiral bound format or in a CD format.  Read more about it in the article on Post and Courier.com entitled, ‘Rewriting History: After nearly three decades, Charleston updates its notes for tour guides’.

The introduction of the Tour Guide Training Manual on the Historic Charleston Foundation Website- http://www.historiccharleston.org/news_events/newsroom.html?id=169.

Charleston is planning a museum marking where slaves landed

‘Charleston’s planned International African American Museum could draw more attention by creating a plaza called “Arrival Square” marking where thousands of slaves set foot into North America.

The square, suggested for near Calhoun and Concord streets, would expand the appeal and marketability of the museum, officials said, including by highlighting a former Cooper River wharf where hundreds of slaves ships are reported to have tied up.’

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2011/dec/05/arrival-square-pushed-for-museum/

(for updates visit the International African American Museum page of CharlestonShines.com)

Middleton Place Discount for Charleston Tri-County Area Residents in January

Winter Weekends at Middleton Place

‘Middleton Place will offer 60% OFF general admission to all Charleston tri-county area residents every weekend in January (adults $10, students $6 and children $4). Explore America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens with overview tours given on the hour from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the Plantation Stableyards where craft artisans demonstrating the working life of many slave men and women. The Middleton Place Restaurant, Garden Market & Nursery and Museum Shop will also be open to welcome visitors. The House Museum will be closed from January 17 – 28th. Winter weekends are an exceptionally beautiful time of year to visit Middleton Place with many Camellias and other flowers in bloom.’