What's Happening in Charleston:
April 5- Sept 3
Minor league baseball team Charleston RiverDogs, a class A South Atlantic League Yankees affiliate, play regular games all summer at Joe Riley Park on the Ashley River, just up the street from the City Marina
Fireworks over the Charleston harbor from Patriots Point
7 pm: South Carolina Aquarium 4th of July Celebration, on the Riverside Terrace, with barbecue from Smoky Oak
Taproom, music and riverfront viewing of the harbor fireworks.
PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Ocean Course, www.kiawahresort.com, or call 843-768-2912.
Key West Boats Fishing for Miracles King Mackerel Tournament Fundraiser, Ripley Light Marina, 843-214-1408, http://fishingformiracles.org
Sept 27-Oct 28
Fall Tours of Charleston Homes & Gardens, tickets: http://preservationsociety.org
Southern Living's "Taste of Charleston" at Boone Hall Plantation in Mt. Pleasant
October 5, 2012
French Quarter Art Walk, serving wine and fine art, 5-8 pm, at a number of galleries downtown, 843-805-8052
December 7, 2012
French Quarter Art Walk
Jan 25-27, 2013
Charleston Boat Show, indoors at the Charleston Area Convention Center
Feb 14-17, 2013
Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, the largest wildlife art/nature event in the nation
What to See:
Farmer's Market every Saturday morning in Calhoun Square, at Calhoun & King streets.
Gullah Tours, 843-763-7551, www.gullahtours.com
Middleton Place, 4300 Ashley River Road, (843) 556-6020, A pristine former plantation located six miles up the Ashley River, with exquisite gardens and exhibits. Architecture purists should skip the house tour and visit neighboring Drayton Hall Plantation, a perfectly preserved Palladian mansion on the National Historic registry.
Where to Dock:
Charleston City Marina/Ashley Marina, 843-723-5098
Ripley Light Marina,843-766-0908
Charleston Maritime Center, 843-853-3625
Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, 843-284-7062
Mariner's Cay, 843-607-4254
St. Johns Yacht Harbor, 843-557-1027
Bohicket Marina, 843-768-1280
Where to Stay:
Wentworth Mansion, 149 Wentworth Street, wentworthmansion.com, (843) 853-1886, 5-star lodging with a superb spa, Urban Nirvana, and the most romantic restaurant in town, Circa 1886. Three blocks from City Marina.
Vendue Inn, 19 Vendue Range, (843) 577-7970, vendueinn.com. Located closer to the Cooper River, with lavish breakfasts, free bicycles for guests and a roofop bar.
Francis Marion Hotel, 387 King Street, (843) 722-0600, francismarionhotel.com, conveniently located , many amenities, and reasonable rates.
Where to Eat:
Hominy Grill, 207 Rutledge Avenue, 843-937-0930, hominygrill.com
Fig Restaurant, 232 Meeting Street, 843-805-5900, eatatfig.com
Husk, 76 Queen Street, 843-577-2500, huskrestaurant.com
Morgan Creek Grill on Isle of Palms, 843-886-8980, morgancreekgrill.com
R B's on Shem Creek, 843-881-0466
Red's Ice House on Shem Creek, 843-388-0003