By Marc Zelinsky
Charleston
South Carolina
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Founded in 1670, Charleston, South Carolina became one of the leading sea ports of its time. Situated on the banks of the Cooper and Ashley rivers, Charleston is known as the holy city for the numerous church steeples rising above the skyline reaching towards the heavens. Charleston established the first college in the state, and is home to the first medical university of the south. Early American history runs deep in Charleston from the first major naval battle of the Revolution in 1776 where British warships and troops were repelled after attacking Fort Moultrie to Confederate troops firing on Fort Sumter marking the beginning of the American Civil War.

EscapeWizard.com is the premier site to use when booking your next vacation to Charleston, South Carolina. The Charleston International Airport (CHS) is a few minutes away from the historical downtown area. Just follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to make all of your flight arrangements with EscapeWizard.com. Charleston has many hotels, bed and breakfasts, and inns within the historic district to suit your budget. You can check out available accommodations in the Charleston area on EscapeWizard.com by following this link to the hotel section of our website (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).

EscapeWizard.com recommends beginning your exploration of Charleston with a horse-drawn carriage ride. This is a great way to become familiar with the city’s hidden wonders. Relax to a captivating tale of the city’s rich history as you gaze upon old Charlestonian homes along cobblestone streets lined with majestic live oaks where Spanish moss hangs from their branches like giant tapestries.
   
If you prefer to discover the wonders of Charleston on foot, EscapeWizard.com suggests you reserve accommodations within walking distance of the famous Charleston Market. The “Market” has the feel of an old world bazaar with the upscale wares of today.  Over 200 years ago farmers and fisherman sold their goods in this historic location; pause a moment to allow the sights, sounds and smells of the past come alive. Picture the merchants unloading their goods, hear the sound of exchanging coins, and smell the fresh catch of the day. After making your purchases, head south towards the battery which is home to large cannons that once protected the harbor during the Civil War. The battery is located at the southern tip of the Charleston peninsula past “Rainbow Row” and is a great place for a glimpse of Fort Sumter in the middle of Charleston’s harbor. Rainbow Row is a Charleston landmark and found its name in the pastel colored antebellum homes that stand watch over the harbor. EscapeWizard.com recommends taking advantage of a walking tour that explores the interior of these grand homes with their ornate wrought iron adornments and breathtaking hidden gardens.

EscapeWizard.com urges you to visit the Charleston Museum adjacent to the visitor center where you can learn more about Charleston history. Guarding the entrance to the museum is a life-size replica of the H. L. Hunley submarine, which was the first submarine in history to sink an enemy war ship. Continuing your historic tour, EscapeWizard.com sends you across the Ravenel Bridge, the longest cable-stayed bridge in the western hemisphere, to Patriots Point. The USS Yorktown, a decommissioned aircraft carrier from the WWII era, is the main attraction of the Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Additionally, from Patriots Point you can climb aboard a boat tour to Fort Sumter.

Charleston holds a wealth of activities throughout the year which may spark your interest.  EscapeWizard.com draws your attention to the year-round festivals and events held in Charleston from the Spoleto festival, to the Family Circle Cup women’s tennis tournament, to MOJA a showcase of African-American and Caribbean cultures.

EscapeWizard.com promises that Charleston is a family-oriented vacation destination where you will fall in love with its charm as well as the local hospitality. Book your Charleston vacation today with EscapeWizard.com by clicking on any of the links above.    
Hotels in Charleston
By Marc Zelinsky
DoubleTree
5264 International Boulevard North Charleston, SC
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This DoubleTree (formally called the Holiday Inn) is located a few minutes from the Charleston International Airport and Convention Center with a complimentary shuttle to both. The hotel boasts upscale amenities for the business and vacation traveler. Downtown Charleston is 10 miles from this DoubleTree and within walking distance of the North Charleston Convention Center. An outlet mall complex is less than a mile away where you can find just about anything you’ll need at a great price.

There are 142 guestrooms and 22 suites in this DoubleTree with free high speed internet and wireless access, HBO, In-room video games, and pay-per-view movies. Each room is furnished with a coffee maker, micro-wave oven, mini-refrigerator, tea maker and iron with ironing board.

The Indigo restaurant, located in the DoubleTree, presents different seasonal Low country cuisine, and kids always eat free. Wake to a cooked-to-order breakfast or find your morning favorites on our hot buffet. The Indigo also offers happy-hour drink and appetizer specials to start off your evening. Room service is available if you prefer to eat in the comfort of your guestroom.

If you are in Charleston on business, the DoubleTree is near the area convention center and most of the top companies of the region such as Robert Bosch, Cummins, and Boeing. The hotel has 2,000 sq ft of variable meeting space and sales professionals to assist in organizing your meeting or event. The 24- hour Business Center provides a courier service along with your copying, computer, internet and faxing needs. The DoubleTree offers catering, and audio/visual presentation equipment to ensure your event is a success.

The seasonal outdoor pool and whirlpool are available along with a 24-hour Fitness Center. The fitness center is equipped with 2 treadmills, elliptical machine, bicycle, and weight equipment.   

Whether you are visiting Charleston on business or pleasure the DoubleTree Charleston Airport and Convention Center promises to make your stay enjoyable and profitable while you discover one of the most historic cities of the south. Just click on this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to book with EscapeWizard.com.
Hotels in Charleston
By Marc Zelinsky
Holiday Inn Express
1943 Savannah Highway, Charleston, SC
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The Holiday Inn Express is a short 6 miles from the Charleston International Airport and only 5 miles from Historic Downtown. From this hotel you have quick access to Charleston and the surrounding area whether you are in town on business or vacation.

All 80 guestrooms and 2 suites have free wireless internet, flat screen televisions with premium channels for movies as well as pay-per-view movies. Video games are available in your room for kids and even adults. Each room is equipped with a coffee maker, microwave and mini-fridge to store any delicious left-over meals from any of the fine Charleston restaurants.  Additionally, there is a hairdryer and iron with ironing board in the rooms so you can look your best for that business meeting or night on the town.

The Holiday Inn serves its specialty cinnamon rolls every morning with their complimentary breakfast that includes other favorites like cheese omelets, bacon, sausage, fruit and 100% Arabica bean coffee. For dinner, you can walk next door to the local Ruby Tuesdays or venture downtown to find your preference whether its seafood, steak or sushi. And after dinner, stay downtown to dance the night away or relax at a cigar bar. Limo service is available to shuttle you to and from the hotel, just ask at the front desk.

Enjoy the fitness center located in the Holiday Inn Express where you’ll find a treadmill, stationary bicycle, and elliptical machine for all of your fitness needs. You can soak up some of that southern sun alongside the outdoor pool and cool off with a few laps too.

If your visit to Charleston is work related, the Business Center is ready to assist with your office needs providing a copier, printer and fax machine. This hotel is in a prime location for easy access to the various corporations or governmental agencies in the area such as Boeing, Bosch and the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

If you’ve traveled to Charleston on vacation, the Holiday Inn Express is close to Magnolia Plantation and Gardens where blooming springtime flowers are a wondrous sight. Charleston landing is also a great family-oriented destination where kids can marvel at animals native to South Carolina and interact with period-dressed staff who portray living in colonial Charleston.  

The Holiday Inn Express is an excellent choice of accommodations when you visit to Charleston, SC. EscapeWizard.com invites you to book your hotel experience with a few clicks of your mouse by following this link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).