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A lot of us Filipino love to eat balut because we consider these exotic foods as a Filipino delicacy and custom, but the most important too is to know what balut can bring and give us in our body. There... Read more
If you’d like the historic grandeur of Charleston encapsulated in a luxury stay, look no further than the Wentworth Mansion (149 Wentworth St., map), a stunning red-brick, late-19th-century house drowning in elegance, from its rooftop cupola overlooking downtown to its handsome parlor and 21 warm, opulent rooms. It’s pricey, from about $420 a night, but most agree it’s the details—the included cooked-to-order breakfast, the afternoon happy hour, whirlpool tubs and working gas fireplaces in most rooms—that make this property worth a special occasion.
More financially accessible is the boutique Andrew Pinckney Inn (from $119; 40 Pinckney St., map), encompassing two historic buildings downtown. Four suites and 37 rooms are done up in a tasteful British West Indies style, all dark wood and calming blues and sages; amenities include a complimentary rooftop continental breakfast and passes to a nearby gym. The comfortable, renovated Francis Marion Hotel (from $159; 387 King St., map), dating to 1924 and located right on Marion Square (where an excellent farmers market is held on Saturdays), and the cozy Indigo Inn (from $150; 1 Maiden Lane, map)—a former indigo warehouse turned B&B, with a lovely courtyard and free breakfast plus afternoon wine/cheese—are two more solid, well-located midrange options.
Budget travelers, consider the dorms, private rooms/shared baths, and camping facilities at the homey NotSo Hostel (dorms from $26, rooms from $65; 156 Spring St., map) and the NotSo Hostel Annex (rooms from $75; 33 Cannon St., map), the latter of which features private rooms only (some with private bath). Or rent an apartment from Airbnb or VRBO, where great deals can often be found.
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