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Old 11-28-2009, 08:18 PM
Location: Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan
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I'm a huge lover of your city. I discovered it, quite randomly, three years ago and have been there four times since. (I wish it were more but I live in MI...about 1200 miles away!) I have a few more years of college left but I hope to move to the area after graduation. (History major w. education and a huge interest in Historic Preservation- my first walk through downtown and I fell in love!)

Here's my question- I've done all the normal things to do, Boone Hall, Fort Sumter, the Yorktown, etc, etc. What are some "must sees" that are, more or less, off the beaten path? Things your average visitor wouldn't see or restaurants that only the locals know.

Any information is appreciated! I'm counting down the days until my return. We rent a house on Folly Beach- my favorite week of the year! (:
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Old 11-29-2009, 04:37 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Go see the Angel Oak.
Bowen's Island restaurant towards Folly for local seafood/oysters.
The Wreck restaurant on Shem Creek for the same.
Tour the Provost Dungeon or the Old Jail.
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Old 11-29-2009, 05:50 PM
Location: Charleston, SC
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Two "must see's" which are off the beaten trail can be done the same day you go to Angel Oak: Irvin House Winery/Vineyards and the Charleston Tea Plantation (the only tea farm in the U.S.) - both on Wadmalaw Island. You can spend 3--45 minutes at Angel Oak, then 2 hours at the Tea Plantation and another 2-3 hours at the winery. If you need directions, either Google them or send me a PM and I'll give you directions.
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Old 11-29-2009, 09:37 PM
Location: Summerville
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Has Bowen's Island reopened yet, I had heard they were having zoning issues on the rebuild?

While at the winery don't forget the Firefly distillery where they make the firefly vodka....

Don't forget Fort Moultrie, take a ghost walk and I would suggest Bert's Bar but sadly it isn't there anymore....
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Old 11-30-2009, 05:08 AM
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If Wadmalaw and John's Islands are your day trip destinations, add Rosebank Farms to your "to-do" list.

From the road it may appear to be an ordinary produce stand stand (like its owner, Sidi Limehouse, looks are deceiving!). Stop the car and get out. You've got a whole lot of exploring to do.

Rosebank grows produce and flowers and stocks local shrimp. Out back is Mr. Sidi's collection of "ani-mules"-ducks, chickens, rabbits, pigs, crazy goats that climb stairs for food and more.

Farther back is the Walnut Hill school house. All sorts of old relics have been found on the farms property and placed in the school house.

Heck, the drive out to Rosebank is worth it just to see what message board Mr. Sidi has put out for the day (last week it was--"What would Jesus do? Save the Spit!"; a reference to the fight to save a fragile piece of earth known as Capt Sam's Spit).

Keep a lookout for Mr. Sidi's moveable chicken coop. He has built an elaborate coop and attach it to a tractor. He moves it around the property.
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