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Old 05-10-2010, 07:29 AM
 
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Savannah is a beautiful romantic town. Never been to Charleston but heard it was very nice with a variety of things to do and see. Would you consider the Smoky Mountain area. Asheville area in NC and then the Tennessee area(gatlingburg/Pigeon Forge. Some of the most beautiful scenary I have ever seen in that region. Enjoy your getaway wherever you choose to go.
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Old 05-10-2010, 07:44 AM
 
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Sorry in my previous post I mentioned Smoky Mountain area when you mentioned you've already done that in the past. I wasn't sure if you had done Asheville area Biltmore Estate, Nantahala Outdoor center area, Dillsboro/Bryson City GSMR. Just a thought.
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Old 05-10-2010, 10:41 AM
 
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If she has never been the DC she might enjoy all there is to see. If you're from a small town DC can be very exciting.
I very much enjoyed DC the times that I have been. My only reservation is that she is really not into history and such and I'm afraid that she wouldn't find the sightseeing as interesting as I did. We have always wanted to go to New York so I think our "trip to a big city" will be to go there eventually.

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Sorry in my previous post I mentioned Smoky Mountain area when you mentioned you've already done that in the past. I wasn't sure if you had done Asheville area Biltmore Estate, Nantahala Outdoor center area, Dillsboro/Bryson City GSMR. Just a thought.
I had thought of the Biltmore Estate as neither of us have been there and I enjoy visiting vineyards. I just wasn't sure what other attractions there would be to enjoy in that area.

Right now I'm beginning to focus on Charleston. I'm looking at places to stay and I had a question for anyone who might have been there before. Obviously the more historic inns and such in downtown are more expensive rooms. I've found some very good prices on more basic hotels located closer to the airport area (North Charleston, from what I can tell 10 min or so from downtown). My question is would it be better to splurge on a nicer place to stay and maybe not have as much money for spending and to do other activities? Or should I maybe go with a cheaper hotel a little bit from downtown but thus freeing up more funds for spending and activities? It'd be a 3 day 2 night stay. Friday-Sunday and we would probably spend most of Sunday down there too as it'll only be a 4-5 drive back home.
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Old 05-10-2010, 06:43 PM
 
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Outerbanks ? ...Or do you want to travel further ?
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Old 05-11-2010, 08:51 AM
 
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Right now I'm beginning to focus on Charleston. I'm looking at places to stay and I had a question for anyone who might have been there before. Obviously the more historic inns and such in downtown are more expensive rooms. I've found some very good prices on more basic hotels located closer to the airport area (North Charleston, from what I can tell 10 min or so from downtown). My question is would it be better to splurge on a nicer place to stay and maybe not have as much money for spending and to do other activities?
YES. if you want to enjoy downtown Charleston, you should stay downtown, IMO. I'd recommend the Days Inn on Meeting Street. I have stayed at the Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, and the Charleston Place, which are all good choices. You don't want to be a tourist searching for a parking spot downtown. Some popular places downtown are breakfast @ the Hominy Grill, dinner and drinks on the rooftop of the Vendue Inn, which has a pretty view. 39 Rue de Jean has good French food, Fleet Landing has good seafood, and the most outrageously good lobster-stuffed hush puppies. High Cotton and S.N.O.B. are popular.


you might also want to look into staying at a B&B in downtown Wilmington, something like the Verandas. IMO the Riverboat Landing Restaurant would be a romantic place to eat, if you reserved a table on one of the outdoor balconies. There is not as much to see and do in Wilmington, though, Charleston is a better choice.

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Old 05-11-2010, 02:43 PM
 
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Outerbanks ? ...Or do you want to travel further ?
The outer banks are still in consideration but they're actually a longer distance (a little over 6 hours) from us than Charleston (around 5 hours). Also she is actually at Myrtle Beach this week so I don't know about two beach trips that close together (although they are totally different tourists areas lol).

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YES. if you want to enjoy downtown Charleston, you should stay downtown, IMO. I'd recommend the Days Inn on Meeting Street. I have stayed at the Hampton Inn, Embassy Suites, and the Charleston Place, which are all good choices. You don't want to be a tourist searching for a parking spot downtown. Some popular places downtown are breakfast @ the Hominy Grill, dinner and drinks on the rooftop of the Vendue Inn, which has a pretty view. 39 Rue de Jean has good French food, Fleet Landing has good seafood, and the most outrageously good lobster-stuffed hush puppies. High Cotton and S.N.O.B. are popular.
I'll look into those hotels you recommended. I had actually found a Sheraton I believe it was in North Charleston that had shuttles that would take you to downtown. I knew I wouldn't want to drive down there and park but I thought the shuttle might be an alternative if it ran late into the night I'd just hate to have to schedule everything around the shuttle's time. I actually stayed at an Embassy Suites in Charlotte and was pleasantly surprised for the price.

Thanks for the recommendations on dining as well; those lobster-stuffed hush puppies sound amazing! lol
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Old 05-11-2010, 07:01 PM
 
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Have you considered Amelia Island?
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Old 05-12-2010, 08:41 AM
 
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Have you considered Amelia Island?
I'd never heard of it but it looks really nice. Probably a little farther than I want to travel for a weekend trip but I may look into that for later in the summer when I have my vacation week. Thanks.
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:51 PM
 
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Ocracoke Island and the lighthouse. Very romantic.
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