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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    >>Lost Dog Cafe is a great breakfast/brunch spot on Folly.<<

    Can’t believe it - out of all the choices, that’s where I had breakfast this morning! Others had already gone to some cool smoothie bar so I walked over alone, which was serendipitious, as I sat right down at the bar in front of a long line of people waiting for tables. It was AMAZING - took 15 mins just trying to make up mind. Thanks for the great suggestions, will follow up!

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  • trebizond
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    My recommended Charleston itinerary:

    Patriot's point: visit the battleship and aircraft carrier. Also can go to Ft. Sumter (well worth seeing) from here

    Plantations: Middleton Place (the best), Magnolia Gardens, Boone Hall (was featured in The Notebook), +/- Drayton Hall

    City: college of Charleston, St. Matthew's Church, St. Phillips Church, the French Huguenot church, the Circular church, the French Quarter, White Point Gardens with the pineapple and then head over to the pier.

    Off the beaten path: Angel Oak on John's island - well worth seeing, and just 30 minutes from Folly Beach; also Old Sheldon Church ruins is very interesting, but is 1 hr 20' from Folly Beach.

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  • dayman
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    I did my 6 years of internship/residency/fellowship there. Need any suggestions?
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    Would love them – we are thinking about the boat trip to Ft. Sumter and the aquarium. Had considered a plantation tour, but afraid they might get bored (oldest only 11). Would really appreciate feedback and ideas. Fancy restaurants probably out this go round but there appear to be many excellent restaurants within walking distance. If there are some local haunts you’d really recommend, I’ll keep the kids and send the grownups out – which is what I’m here for, anyway?.
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    Lost Dog Cafe is a great breakfast/brunch spot on Folly. With a big group, go on a weekday to hopefully avoid a long wait. In general the restaurants on Folly aren't all that great compared to the rest of the city, but will do just fine if your goal is convenience and a casual atmosphere. If you can, take everyone to Lewis Barbecue or Rodney Scott's for one meal (both northern part of downtown). Not fancy places, just incredible bbq.

    James Island County Park is fun if you want a break from the beach. Not far from Folly. Nice walking paths (some of them are shaded), pier you can fish or crab from, big playground and water play area.

    Boat trip to Ft. Sumter is OK - fun to do once, but you're not missing out too much if you skip it. I actually have never been to the aquarium, but have heard it's nice. If the kids like boats/planes you could take them to the USS Yorktown, then hit up a restaurant on Shem's Creek afterwards. Or, just buy some fresh off the boat shrimp there and cook it up yourself at the beach house.

    Have a great trip, Charleston is awesome.

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  • goatmom
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    Beautiful house!  Thanks for the link.  Enjoy!

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  • Tim
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    @SLC OB,
    My wife (1 of a family of 9) and I (1 of a family of 7) noted that household chores might require payment. CPS told us we can complain to the DOL for non-payment. I am teasing. I do subscribe to “allowances” but have a dim view of payment for a specific task. Cooking, cleaning and babysitting included. Different philosophy is all. It’s all good.

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  • Antares
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    Looks beautiful - have a wonderful time!

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    In case anyone is interested….

    My 12 year old is going on his trip with Nana this year. Nana takes each grandchild on their very own special trip at the age of 12. Why 12? They are old enough to get themselves ready, packed, etc. but not too old that Nana is not cool anymore. My older son spent a week sailing in the San Juan Islands on a 110 foot sail boat and my daughter spent a week in Seattle learning to blow glass and take in the art/restaurant scene. My youngest, who leaves in 2 weeks, will go to Chicago, participate in a cooking camp, explore Chicago, and go to Alinea for dinner one night.

    https://www.alinearestaurant.com

    https://chicago.eater.com/2016/5/5/11599500/grant-achatz-chefs-table-netflix-video-clip

    He is an avid chef and I now pay him to make dinners (this week he made curry chicken with carrots, broccoli, and baby corn with steamed rice; Quiche; Twice baked sweet potatoes (spiced with cumin and chayenne pepper) with barbecued chicken)… since he loves it and is only 12… he makes $5-10/meal (you going to report me to CPS for child-labor violation?).
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    Oh, my, you just gave me a wonderful idea. Thank you!

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    I did my 6 years of internship/residency/fellowship there. Need any suggestions?
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    Would love them - we are thinking about the boat trip to Ft. Sumter and the aquarium. Had considered a plantation tour, but afraid they might get bored (oldest only 11). Would really appreciate feedback and ideas. Fancy restaurants probably out this go round but there appear to be many excellent restaurants within walking distance. If there are some local haunts you’d really recommend, I’ll keep the kids and send the grownups out - which is what I’m here for, anyway?.

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  • SLC OB
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    Funny... the Bay Area meet up thread got taken over due to my mention of Chez Pannise, a restaurant in Berkeley CA. It will be an experience, although not as grand as yours, with my kids and brother/nephew. We have to take the time & spend the money on these experiences... as we will never get the time back.

    https://www.chezpanisse.com/menus/

    In case anyone is interested....

    My 12 year old is going on his trip with Nana this year. Nana takes each grandchild on their very own special trip at the age of 12. Why 12? They are old enough to get themselves ready, packed, etc. but not too old that Nana is not cool anymore. My older son spent a week sailing in the San Juan Islands on a 110 foot sail boat and my daughter spent a week in Seattle learning to blow glass and take in the art/restaurant scene. My youngest, who leaves in 2 weeks, will go to Chicago, participate in a cooking camp, explore Chicago, and go to Alinea for dinner one night.

    https://www.alinearestaurant.com

    https://chicago.eater.com/2016/5/5/11599500/grant-achatz-chefs-table-netflix-video-clip

    He is an avid chef and I now pay him to make dinners (this week he made curry chicken with carrots, broccoli, and baby corn with steamed rice; Quiche; Twice baked sweet potatoes (spiced with cumin and chayenne pepper) with barbecued chicken)... since he loves it and is only 12... he makes $5-10/meal (you going to report me to CPS for child-labor violation?).

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  • VagabondMD
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    It sounds like a great idea and vacation.

    We have always traveled well as a family, mostly domestically, and to Disney, the mountains, beaches, and national parks. Nothing major, though.

    I had my "screw it" moment in 2013, while my daughter was performing as a Young Cosette in a professional musical, and I dreamily said to my wife, wouldn't it be great if the family someday traveled to Paris? She nodded with the look of "yeah, but we will never do it because you won't let us".

    I thought about it for a couple of days, realizing the "someday" probably meant never, said "screw it" and booked a tremendous, bespoke custom vacation for the four of us for a week over New Year's in Paris. It was the greatest vacation of my life at that point, and we still talk about it all the time.

    Now, we have a "screw it" caliber vacation every year, and it's in the retirement budget at $20k (as an average placeholder cost).

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  • jfoxcpacfp
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    Awesome!–just curious Johanna, earlier this year you said you were planning the family beach vacation in San Diego.  Why did you end up choosing Charleston instead?  As an adult, I prefer SD, but I think the beaches around Charleston are a better choice for little kids.
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    I am so glad you asked - had forgotten several people kindly shared some insight on SD when I originally asked, so you deserve an answer ;-)

    We are nearer Charleston, only a 1-hr SWA flight from Nashville and the water is warm; someone had mentioned it is rather chilly on the west coast. We decided with so many kids, the location and climate were closer to ideal at this stage in their lives. As a bonus, the other grandparents of Matt’s kids live just an hour out of the way in Tryon, NC, and offered to keep JL, the special needs son they adopted from China at age 6. The kids found out when they went to the beach last year that he is afraid of the ocean, so he is getting to spend some special time with his other grandparents (and they saved me the cost of 5 additional SWA tkts).

    Still not ruling out when they’re older☀️.

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  • CordMcNally
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    That’s a beautiful house. You’ve given them many memories that will last generations. Priceless.

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  • Anne
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    Awesome!--just curious Johanna, earlier this year you said you were planning the family beach vacation in San Diego.  Why did you end up choosing Charleston instead?  As an adult, I prefer SD, but I think the beaches around Charleston are a better choice for little kids.

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  • SerrateAndDominate
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    Charleston is a beautiful place. Liked it for residency but too far from my gf (now wife) who was in dental school at time. Spent a week there trying to get into a fellowship. Lots of great restaurants

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  • Brains428
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    I did my 6 years of internship/residency/fellowship there. Need any suggestions?

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