Local Knowledge: Charleston, South Carolina

A full calendar of events in Charleston, South Carolina, plus places to tie up, sights to see and places to dine. From our June 2012 issue.

Charleston SC

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

July 4
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.

Aug 9-12
PGA Championship, Kiawah Island Ocean Course, www.kiawahresort.com, or call 843-768-2912.

Aug 16-18
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

Sept 30
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:

Ripley Light Marina,843-766-0908

Charleston Maritime Center, 843-853-3625

Mariner's Cay, 843-607-4254

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