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    The his tory, well-preserved arch itecture and manner ly

    people make Charleston one of the most adored cities

    in the world. Locals call it the Lowcountrybecause

    the city is either at or below sea levelor the Holy

    City since no building can be taller than the tallest

    church steeple. Charlestons accolades by well-known

    travel periodicals include being crowned the Top

    Destination in the World, and for three consecutive

    years it was named the Top U.S. City. Within ten miles

    of downtown exist three charming beaches: Isle of

    Palms, Sullivans Island and Folly Beach. If the radius

    is extended by ten miles tack on Kiawah and Seabrook

    Islands, two world-class golf destinations.

    Charleston is the Cooperstown of American history

    throw a rock and youre bound to hit a notable

    Revolutionary or Civil War landmark. Charlestons calendar

    is full with goings-onsometimes triple bookedso a

    popular activity for Charlestonians is staycationing. April

    brings four major events, three of which occur on the

    first weekend of the month: the Family Circle Cup, a WTA

    Premier Event; the Cooper Bridge Run, the biggest and

    best organized 10K race in the world; and the Flowertown

    Festival, one of the largest arts and crafts festivals in the

    South. A week later is Charleston Race Week, one of the

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    History lives in this charming city and leaves hervisitorswhether by land or seacraving more.

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    best-known regattas in the country.

    To vacation in Charleston and not explore her waterways is just

    wrongits tantamount to counting your layover in the Atlanta

    Airport as your one and only visit to the South. Charlestons

    waterways are paradise. To the south is the Ashepoo-

    Combahee-Edisto (ACE) Basin, while to the north is the Cape

    Romain National Wildlife Refuge. The ACE Basin is the largest

    estuary on the Eastern Seaboard. Half of the 66,000 acres in

    he Cape Romain Refuge are ranked as a Class I Wilderness,

    a designation reserved for the most pristine places. Boat a little

    urther south or north of these areas and youll be in one of

    Charlestons Sister Cities, Beaufort or Georgetown, the second

    and third oldest cities in South Carolina, respectively.

    The Charleston Harbor is a confluence of the Ashley and

    Cooper Rivers. The Ashley is a Federally designated Scenic

    River, and boating the thirty miles of black water swamp and

    dal waters is an adventure worth planning. Adorning its pluff-

    mud and oak-tree lined banks are 26 National Historic Places, of

    which three notable points of interest are pre-Revolutionary era

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    CRUISER RESOURCES

    Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

    (843) 284-7062; Fax (843) 856-8333charlestonharbormarina.com

    -Located on Patriots Point a Naval &

    Maritime Museum

    -17,000 lineal feet of dock space; max LOA 200

    feet

    -Staffed 24 hours, full concierge service, laundry facilities,showers, jacuzzi, pool, private beach, 2 popular restaurants

    onsite, dining service delivery, childcare facilities, trolley to

    Historic Downtown, business center, complimentary Wi-Fi, free

    waste pump-out, discounted resort rooms

    Charleston City Marina

    (843) 723-5098; Fax (843) 853-1840charlestoncitymarina.com Email: [email protected]

    -19,000 lineal feet of dock space; at 1,530', the MegaDock is the

    longest free-floating fuel dock in the Southeast; max LOA 450'

    -Bathhouse and laundry facilities, mobile and fixed pump-out units,

    volume-fuel discounts, high-speed in-slip fueling, complimentary Wi-

    Fi, 24-hour security, within walking distance of Historic Downtown,

    full-service convenience store, U.S. Customs Port of Entry

    Isle of Palms Marina

    (843) 886-0209;Fax (843) 886-0058iop.net/communi ty/iopmarina Emai l: [email protected]

    -50-slip marina, 300' face dock for transient dockage; max LOA 80'

    -Bathhouse and laundry facilities, next to Morgan Creek Grill, ship

    store and grocery market, two blocks from the beach, access to

    two championship golf courses

    The Kiawah Island Golf Resort

    (843) 768-2121; Toll Free (US only): (800) 654-2924kiawahresort.com Email: [email protected]

    -Oceanfront resort hotel, vacation rental homes and villas

    Map data 2013 Google

    Left: Charleston Area Tours Carriage offers a slower paced visit.

    Above: a sample of the famous Culinary Frogmore Stew

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    plantations: Drayton Hall, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens,

    and Middleton Place. Drayton Hall is the oldest unrestored

    plantation house in America (built in 1742) and considered

    one of the best examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture

    in the country. Magnolia and Middleton Plantations have

    the oldest natural and manicured gardens in America,

    respectively.

    Capers Island is an undeveloped barrier island north of

    Charleston near ICW Marker 99. During the boating season

    Capers turns into a boating playground due to its 214 acres

    of unspoiled beach. A must is to hike through Boneyard

    Beach, a massive graveyard of palms and oaks bleached

    over time by the harsh marine elements. Camping on the

    island is permitted year-round.

    Foodies will fall in love with Charleston. Year after year

    its chefs and restaurateurs bring home the coveted James

    Beard Awards known as the Oscars of the Food World.

    Most of the waterfront restaurants are just east of the

    city in the towns of Mount Pleasant and Isle of Palms.

    Locals say nothing is more fun than boating to Morgan

    Creek Grill, but the food, view and good times on the

    restaurants open-air upper deck is only half the story. The

    boat ride is worthy of five stars as you idle north on the

    ICW past prime real estate through the beach towns of

    Sullivans and Isle of Palms.

    Less swanky but just as interesting is Goat Island, a

    two-mile strip of sandy bluff with a row of old, quirky

    beach cottages set in a thicket of trees. According to lore,

    a married couple expatriated to the island in 1931 to live

    among the feral goats. Squatters, the Goat Man and his

    wife lived out their lives on the island in the buff, bleating at

    intruders.

    You cant visit Charleston without a trip up Shem Creek,

    a haven for dolphins and manatees. It winds through

    Mount Pleasants Old Villageone of the most historic

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    Clockwise from bottom left: Boneyard Beach; The Pineapple

    Fountain located at Waterfront Park; The Old Slave Mart

    Museum is the first African-American Museum; the iconic

    Arthur Ravenel Jr. Br idge; a classic sai lboat r ide on Char leston

    Harbor; Fort Sumter. Opposite: The Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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    and prestigious neighborhoods in Charlestonbefore

    spilling into the Harbor. Six restaurants on its banks make

    it a popular, fun waterfront-dining destination. Near its

    mouth and behind the old shrimp boat Winds of Fortune

    is one of the best eateries in Charleston. The Wreck of

    the Richard & Charlene is exactly what youd imagine, a

    hole-in-the-wall serving up fresh local seafood. Its named

    after the Richard & Charlene, a derelict North Atlantic

    trawler that Hurricane Hugo impaled on bare pylons, now

    the site of the restaurant. To access Shem Creek follow the

    Mount Pleasant Channel located near the Harbor entrance

    starting at red and green day-beacons 2 and 7. Beside the

    channel youll get a birds eye view of the richest real estate

    in Charleston, the Harbor homes in the Old Village.

    Charleston is a fascinating and constantly evolving

    city Im proud to call home. Living here feels like a

    vacation, and if youre like me youll be happiest while

    cruising her waterways.

    Yachtsmans Dream

    Prime Fort Lauderdale Waterfront(home for yourself or your crew)

    70' of Seawall

    Fits up to two 191' yachts

    Floating Docks

    Ocean Access, no xed bridges

    Drive through 3rd garage for easy provisioning

    Rosemary T. Leonard, (708) 466-0997

    [email protected]


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