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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, 13 December 2018 10:19

There’s nothing more comforting in the winter chill than sitting around a fire with warm drinks and good friends or family. Here is our list of our favorite classic (and not-so-classic) drinks to warm you up this holiday season.

Thursday, 06 December 2018 10:01

1. MARION SQUARE

This large park was named for Revolutionary War Hero Francis Marion, and has a variety of monuments and memorials, and even an original part of colonial fortifications. The surrounding cityscape is breathtaking, and an area where dirigibles flew in 1909 has a multi-steepled skyline, featuring the city’s highest spire at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, one of its oldest in Second Presbyterian Church, and one of its most beloved in Emanuel AME Church. 

Framing Marion Square on one side is the Old Citadel, a crenelated fortress once home to the South Carolina Military Academy, and now a bustling hotel, bordered by two spectacular new lodgings, The Dewberry and The Bennett, as well as the grandeur of yesteryear in 1920’s Francis Marion Hotel.

This midtown area is highlighted by the colorful boutiques and lively restaurants along busy King Street, and it doesn’t cost a thing just to wander and enjoy the displays, the overflowing music, and the always popular people-watching.

Thursday, 28 June 2018 09:26

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

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

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

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

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...

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