Charleston on a Budget

Author: , March 27th, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina

Walk up and down King Street in Charleston and it’s easy to see that money flirts with charm. So many cobblestoned paths lead to high-end hotels, wine bars, antique stores, restaurants, and apparel boutiques. But no worries, you can still carve out a quality weekend at this Southern hotspot without blowing a lot of cash.

For starters, don’t rent a car. Not only is parking in downtown Charleston pricey, it’s also difficult to find spots to slide into. After ponying up around $80 for round-trip transportation from Charleston International Airport, take advantage of the free trolley that runs up and down King and Meeting Streets, plus two other routes in downtown Charleston. Charleston Green Taxi charges a flat $7 fee for downtown trips.

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Eating Out: Charlerston

Author: , February 11th, 2015

Bowen’s Island RestaurantCharleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich culinary history and dozens of award-winning restaurants. But if you don’t want to spend all of your time with other tourists and can’t score a reservation at Husk, there are plenty of under-the-radar and local restaurants to enjoy. You don’t need to call ahead to these casual spots or worry about breaking the bank for a good meal.

Bowen’s Island Restaurant

This beloved seafood joint has burned down twice but keeps on going, serving up oysters straight from below the dockside restaurant. Follow the gravel road from James Island and you’re met with a wooden structure on the water. Cash is the preferred method of payment and you can get your seafood of choice broiled, fried, or anything in-between. Scratch your name on the table and join the years of graffiti left behind.

The Taco Spot

With locations in West Ashley and downtown, The Taco Spot is the ideal place for a quick and cheap bite. Their tacos come with delicious sauces and everything is made fresh. Choose from chicken, fish, beef, or steak with soft or crunchy shells. In addition to tacos, you can chow down on quesadillas or a burrito. Slosh on some hot sauce from the hundreds of bottles lining the bar.

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Eating Out – Charleston Restaurants

Author: , June 7th, 2014
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Three days. How much could you take on of one of the South’s most delectable cities? EDGE has mapped out 72 hours worth of eating at Charleston restaurants. We’d say pace yourself, but there will be no time for that.


Morning: Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in three of Charleston’s top restaurants. Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today. The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit three restaurants, meeting chefs and gaining insight into their ideas, methods and creativity along the way.

Lunch: Two Boroughs Larder – Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat. Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder, “the best restaurant in Charleston”. Go judge for yourself and order everything on the menu to be sure. This is the place to take chances as you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu, but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste. Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent. In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

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Savannah and Charleston – Southern Charm

Author: , October 7th, 2013

In “Gone With the Wind,” Scarlett O’Hara, comparing Savannah and Charleston to the much younger city of Atlanta, called the older locales “aged grandmothers fanning themselves placidly in the sun.” Today the two waterfront cities are among the South’s most popular tourist destinations, attracting millions of visitors annually with their history, restaurants and streetscapes.

Savannah, the oldest city in Georgia, was established in 1733, and Charleston, the oldest city in South Carolina, was founded in 1670. They’re located about 100 miles (160 kilometers) apart, so it’s easy to visit both on one trip.

Savannah is a walkable city, from the waterfront on the Savannah River to the spacious downtown and historic district. Its streets are made from cobblestone and tabby (ground oyster shells, lime, and sand, mixed with salt water), and it’s known for a series of picturesque, park-like squares, lined with live oak trees dripping with Spanish moss.

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Five Free Things to Do in Charleston, South Carolina

Author: , April 19th, 2013

Heading to Charleston for business or pleasure? Edge Boston has a list of great free things to do there:

Charleston is awash in history and Southern charm and becoming widely known as a culinary town. Each year it hosts major events ranging from the Spoleto Festival USA to the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition and the Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament. But there are a lot of free things to do for visitors drawn to the city founded in 1670. Here are some suggestions:

The Historic District

The Historic District is the main reason most folks visit Charleston and you don’t have to pay a dime to wander through. Start first by visiting the Charleston Visitor Reception and Transportation Center built in an old railroad warehouse a few blocks north of the Historic District. There you can see multimedia displays that provide an orientation to the city. Then you can catch a free shuttle bus from the visitor center that will take you downtown into the heart of the district that encompasses 4,800 historic structures. But Charleston is not a museum city.

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Where to Eat in Charleston, South Carolina

Author: , March 10th, 2013

Heading out to Charleston, South Carolina any time soon? Sherman’s Travel has a list of great places to eat while you’re in town:

Charleston is not all about fancy plantation homes and spooky ghost tours, y’all. This city is serious when it comes to food and has earned cult status as a culinary destination for foodies. It would take weeks to chow your way though this charming destination, but here are three must-stops to get you started.

The Macintosh: Everyone is going to tell you to make a reservation at celeb chef, Sean Brock’s Husk. I will tell you that Brock is a genius, but to save your pennies for The Macintosh. This newer kid on the food block landed a spot on Bon Appetite’s “50 Best New Restaurants List” and has a Southern-focused farm-to-table menu that so many Charleston restaurants get down with. The menu is meat-heavy, and the bone marrow bread pudding is a real winner. But what really seals the deal for me? The bacon happy hour with bar specials and a weekly finger-lickin’ bacon dish. Oh yeah, and the bar upstairs serves up some of the best cocktails in the city – need I say more?

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SC: Charleston Pride Goes Off Without a Hitch

Author: , May 16th, 2011

Charleston PrideCharleston Pride Festival Grand Marshall “Miss Brooke Collins,” an entertainment icon in the Southeast’s gay community since 1985, drew fans to the stage at Riverfront Park in North Charleston on Saturday. As he lip-synched three songs, including “It’s Raining Men,” fans instantaneously started shoving dollar bills into the drag queen’s hands.

In just one year since the first Charleston Pride Festival, leaders in the local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community say that momentum for change and acceptance is building in the Lowcountry.

The three-day celebration, sponsored by Absolut Vodka, concluded Saturday in North Charleston with a Pride Parade and Rally in the morning, a festival at Riverfront Park in the afternoon and the “Absolutly Born This Way” after party at 10 Storehouse Row in the evening.

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Charleston’s Big Gay Beach Day Date Announced

Author: , April 28th, 2011

Charleston's Big Gay Beach DayThe Charleston Area Mpowerment Project has announced that the eighth annual Big Gay Beach Day will be taking over Folly Beach on June 4th.

From 12 to 5 p.m., Folly Beach will be the place to mix, mingle and party. The afternoon will be filled with all kinds of fun including a DJ, volleyball games, a guys versus girls tug of war battle, a slip ‘n’ slide, and much more.

This event is free and open to the public. All you have to do is show up with your crew on the 1600 block of East Ashley Avenue. For additional details and a peek at who is planning to attend, be sure to check out the Facebook invite.

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Featured Gay Friendly Accommodations: Joseph Aiken Mansion, Charleston, SC

Author: , April 7th, 2011

Periodically we’ll feature one of our properties here to let our readers know about some great gay friendly places to stay.

Gay Friendly South Carolina Bed and Breakfasts, Hotels, and Vacation Rentals

Joseph Aiken Mansion - Charleston, SCWelcome to Joseph Aiken Mansion, offering beautiful, historic downtown Charleston luxury vacation rental apartments for less than the cost of a standard motel room.

Our recently renovated one bedroom unhosted apartments are in the historic Joseph Aiken Mansion, located at Charlotte Street at Alexander Street. We offer completely furnished luxury accomodations for short or long term stays in Charleston. We also have free off-street parking, and we’re just one block from Gaillard Auditorium.

Why stay in a tiny Charleston hotel room when you can have a fully furnished luxury apartment in the historic district for less?

The Historic Joseph Aiken Mansion and its recently restored carriage house are centrally located in the Mazyck-Wraggborough National Register Historic District of downtown Charleston, South Carolina (aka the Garden District). You can walk to all of Charleston’s most popular downtown attractions within five to ten minutes, and we’re just twenty minutes by car from the area’s most popular beaches, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms.

We also have some wonderful restaurants within a ten minute walk of our front door, and the Charleston Farmer’s Market, which runs

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