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Mr. Charles 10

Mr. Charles 10

Mr. Ten is a proud, longtime resident of Charleston who appreciates the opportunity to share his observations, thoughts and comments with the many wonderful people who live and visit the Holy City. He prefers his anonymity, believing that he is best able to remain objective by receiving no preferential treatment. His love of all there is to do, see and experience in the Lowcountry may only be exceeded by his fondness for discovering the exceptional culinary delight or libation.

Mt. Ten invites you to consider his recommendations and to share some of your own through this website. He reminds us that the greatest challenge in highlighting the ‘must-tries’ and ‘must-buys’ of the region is that he has to limit his sought-after lists to just 10 entries. That said, 'Mr. Charles Fifteen' wouldn’t work nearly as well as a nom de plume.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:26

Off the Beaten Path: A Guide for Things to Do in Awendaw, SC

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Article by Madison Baxley

Charleston Zipline Adventures is positioned right at the edge of the Francis Marion National Forest, so although we are only 15 miles from Downtown Charleston, we are technically in Awendaw, South Carolina. We absolutely adore all of the adventurous spirits who take the time to come out and zip with us! One of the biggest questions we get from our guests is about what there is to do in the area once they're done ziplining. And that's exactly why we've created this guide for you. We want you to be able to continue your adventure by exploring all of the amazing attractions and experiences (many of which are free) that Awendaw has to offer. This area is part of the Bulls Bay National Historic Passage and is a mecca for nature-based tourism surrounded by the Francis Marion National Forest and the Cape Romain National Wildlife Refuge.

Tuesday, 15 May 2018 09:59

Top 10 Outdoor Adventures in Charleston

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Article by Madison Baxley

Charleston attracts its many visitors with Southern charm, historic sites, and great year-round weather. And what better way to experience all that our city has to offer than to participate in an adrenaline-pumping outdoor adventure. Venture into the Great Outdoors with these ten activities to add a little adrenaline to your Charleston vacation.

1. Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. Not only is this bridge a symbolic structure in the Charleston skyline, but it's also...

Monday, 07 August 2017 10:08

All Shrimp and Grits Are Not Created Equal

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These 10 Charleston Restaurants Do It Their Way

Whether you are a native, a transplant or a visitor to the Holy City, the fact that Charleston is known for its shrimp and grits is basic information. Yet, those foodies who are in the know realize that often the only two ingredients prevalent in every restaurant's offerings are SHRIMP and GRITS. After that, local chefs often let their imagination run wild.

Wednesday, 02 August 2017 16:33

10 Thoughts About the Edge of America

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Folly Beach certainly has a personality of its own. Isn't that what we love about this beachside village? It's part funky. Part hip. Part quaint. Part artsy. All beach. And 100% fun. If you haven't visited lately, put it on your Must Do list! August through October is an especially good time to visit Folly. In the meantime, did you know...?

1. Union news ... During the Civil War, Folly was occupied by Union troops, beginning in 1863. After that...

Friday, 28 July 2017 09:13

10 Sandwiches that Make Charleston Proud

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This is not the first time that I have brought my attention to the culinary Mecca that Charleston has become. As we all know, many of America's finest chefs now call the Lowcountry home. Attention is often drawn to the magic they weave into their dinner creations, yet little focus is placed on the many diverse sandwiches that make Charleston proud. Some fancy; some not. All are fabulous!

1. The Downtown at Cory's Grilled Cheese. If you're thinking about what your Mom teamed up with tomato soup on a rainy day, think again. This sandwich...

Tuesday, 18 July 2017 09:33

10 Things You May Not Know About Sullivan's Island

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This enticing barrier island has played a prominent role in the region's history. Today, those who live on it or who frequent it rightfully consider it a gem.

1. O'well... Sullivan's Island was named after Captain Florence O'Sullivan who "was charged by the government of Carolina to protect the city [of Charleston] by placing a gun in the best place possible for such a task" in 1674.

Thursday, 06 July 2017 11:29

Top 10 Things To Do On The Water In The Lowcountry

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Happiness comes in all forms here in Greater Charleston, especially when you add H2O to the equation. And getting to partake in all 10 activities highlighted below equals a great Lowcountry summer! Set your sights high and prepare to get wet…naturally. (We’ll leave the pool activities for another day. And of course, Lowcountry fishing deserves its own Top 10!)

1. Swim…Alright; no excuses. Sunscreen, a towel, a buddy and a little common sense…that’s all you need.  Head to your favorite beach and perform your favorite stroke. Ours is Beachwalker Park on Kiawah Island. And remember, there’s no better exercise!

Thursday, 22 June 2017 10:47

10 Things You Might Not Know About Summerville

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Summerville is the Flowertown in the Pines, a nickname its Chamber of Commerce placed on it almost a century ago. Today, the city is exploding in virtually every way. The small towns that surround the city are also experiencing remarkably increased interest.

1. More than 18 square miles, Summerville finds itself in three counties: Dorchester, Berkeley, and Charleston...

Wednesday, 07 June 2017 09:08

10 Ways to Enjoy Charleston's History

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Charleston is America's favorite city and an internationally renowned gem for many reasons. Few are more important than its respect for its own history. Matter of fact, in 1783 Charleston established itself as a municipal government with the motto: "She guards her customs, buildings, and laws." And we are all the better for it. Are you ready to go back in time?

1. Discover the oldest museum in the United States. Founded in 1773 and a key cog of the city’s unique Museum Mile, the Charleston Museum, “has been discovering, preserving, interpreting, celebrating, and sharing ever since. Our collections, exhibitions, educational programs, and events are designed to inspire curiosity and conversation.”  Don’t miss out!


Tuesday, 30 May 2017 09:20

10 Reasons A Visit To The Angel Oak Is Heavenly

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Even though most people believe that Johns Island's famous Angel Oak was named for its heavenly nature, it actually drew its moniker from the early owners of the land on which it sits. Regardless of that interesting fact, visiting it still creates an almost surreal experience. Maybe best of all, it's FREE to enjoy in all its splendor.

1. It's estimated to be well more than 500 years old. That's even longer than the honorable Joseph P. Riley was the mayor of Charleston. According to lore, it has literally captured the rapt attention of locals and visitors for centuries...

Monday, 22 May 2017 14:02

10 Charleston-Area Bike Treks That Will Make Your Day

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When we think of Charleston, we think of history, of natural beauty and year-round sunshine. We think of great shops and neat places to discover. We think of incredible food and drink and very friendly people. Well, check the air in your bike tires because with a little planning, you can experience all of that on two wheels.

1. Up and over: As a tourist or a local, you've got to love the Ravenel Bridge, the third-longest cable-stayed bridge in the Western Hemisphere. The shared bike/pedestrian lane was the result of an intense grassroots effort by local groups, including a nearby fifth-grade class. That's as cool as the awe-inspiring views from the bridge itself. What are you waiting for?

Wednesday, 10 May 2017 09:51

10 Local Coffee Spots: Where Good Things Are Always Brewing

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If you love food, you’d have to agree there are zero reasons to visit a national restaurant chain here in Charleston. Who’d settle for the same meal you can get in Grand Rapids or Hackensack, when you can take advantage of the offerings of our local eateries? The same holds true for coffee, if not more so. You’re not in Kansas anymore. Nor Seattle. You’re in America’s favorite city, so I’m personally inviting you to check out one of our many coffee spots that help percolate our colorful reputation. You won’t regret it one drop!

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