We recently took a two-night trip to Charleston, South Carolina. Charleston has a historic district, great restaurants, an active tourisism program and has a fort complete with history. That makes them competition for Amelia Island and it is always good to know what your competition is up to so off we went.
Charleston is a beautiful city with some interesting architecture. We took a horse-drawn carriage tour of some of the neighborhoods and checked out their waterfront. They have a nice waterfront park with a huge pineapple fountain and a paved promenade that runs most of the waterfront.
Our big trip for the weekend was the boat ride out to Sumter Island National Monument. The fort was an integral part of the civil war and is a reminder of “the unpleasantness” (as Charlestonians may call it). When the tides are out, the island’s mudflats are spectacular!
I did get an appreciation for many comments that the Addison’s guests make about eating too much whilst on vacation. Breakfast (enhanced continental at the inn), lunch, Happy Hour and dinner is just way too much food to be eating on a daily basis. The restaurants, at least every one that we ate at, were wonderful.
Over comparison between Charleston and Fernandina Beach? Both cities have a lot of great restaurants and the food / service quality is comparable. History? Both cities are steeped in it but Fernandina has more pirates. Civil war forts? Fort Sumter may have more of a direct connection with the Civil War but Fort Clinch on Amelia Island is better looking. And you don’t have to take a boat ride to get there.