Family Circle Cup Suggestions

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
I will be driving down to Charleston for this event for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I'd appreciate any ticket purchasing strategy as well as suggestions on where to stay (on a budget.) Thanks in advance!
 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
I will be driving down to Charleston for this event for Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. I'd appreciate any ticket purchasing strategy as well as suggestions on where to stay (on a budget.) Thanks in advance!
a good strategy might be to find a place on the other side of town from Daniels Island...perhaps Folly Beach. maybe you just buy tickets online and still have time to have them mailed to you?

maybe a local will step up to the plate with ideas
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
a good strategy might be to find a place on the other side of town from Daniels Island...perhaps Folly Beach. maybe you just buy tickets online and still have time to have them mailed to you?

maybe a local will step up to the plate with ideas
Thanks, NoBad. I am hoping for a knowledable local, too. The ticket question specifically is that they are selling 2 kinds of tickets; Grounds passes and Championship tickets (or something like that.) And while I'd like to stay near the beach, I'd like to keep the cost way down if possible. Ideally, I wouldn't mind a longer drive to the venue in exchange for a fun location.
 

PED

Legend
The problem you run into closer to the beaches like IOP and Sullivans is there aren't any hotels out there. I never go over to Folly Beach so I don't know about out there. Charleston traffic can be a pain too so bear that in mind. I see you are from western MA, one thing to bear in mind is that charleston is pretty much a 0 tolerance speeding zone. If you drive high over the limit, they WILL nail you so keep that in the back of your head.

You could stay right off of highway 17 in Mt Pleasant near the Isle of Palms Connector: there is a shopping complex there with several hotels and what not and it's a 5 minute drive across the connector to the beach at Isle of Palms. There are a ton of great places to eat at every size budget as well.

One last point, I just saw that Sharapova will be there as well so the lineup should be $$.
 
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PED

Legend
One last point on tix. The 1st three days should be no problem and if you are coming down as a single, you should still be able to get really good seats. Call the ticket office directly(not ticketmaster). They are very helpful and you can avoid the booking fees that you pay on ticketmaster.
 

NoBadMojo

G.O.A.T.
Thanks, NoBad. I am hoping for a knowledable local, too. The ticket question specifically is that they are selling 2 kinds of tickets; Grounds passes and Championship tickets (or something like that.) And while I'd like to stay near the beach, I'd like to keep the cost way down if possible. Ideally, I wouldn't mind a longer drive to the venue in exchange for a fun location.
that's why i suggested Folly Beach...when last i was there, you could score a place by the beach for a lot less dinero than on the other side of the tracks, and get the occassional bonus waif of MaryJane in the air ;).....i bet it's a bit diff now, but Folly has tradionally been the bohemian less pricey beach venue in the Chucktown area...it's really not that far from the tennis venue..hear traffic is really bad there these days....glad i moved here instead...you should come here instead to the Bausch and Lomb the week before.....might be our last year.
 

PED

Legend
Mojo, I dont' think folly has changed much from when you're talking about;) Traffic really is rough, but it's a great place to be.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
that's why i suggested Folly Beach...when last i was there, you could score a place by the beach for a lot less dinero than on the other side of the tracks, and get the occassional bonus waif of MaryJane in the air ;).....i bet it's a bit diff now, but Folly has tradionally been the bohemian less pricey beach venue in the Chucktown area...it's really not that far from the tennis venue..hear traffic is really bad there these days....glad i moved here instead...you should come here instead to the Bausch and Lomb the week before.....might be our last year.
I'd have loved to get down to the B&L but I am bound by my son's school vacation schedule. Based on what you say, Folly sounds nice;). Are there public tennis courts there for us to hit on?
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
The problem you run into closer to the beaches like IOP and Sullivans is there aren't any hotels out there. I never go over to Folly Beach so I don't know about out there. Charleston traffic can be a pain too so bear that in mind. I see you are from western MA, one thing to bear in mind is that charleston is pretty much a 0 tolerance speeding zone. If you drive high over the limit, they WILL nail you so keep that in the back of your head.

You could stay right off of highway 17 in Mt Pleasant near the Isle of Palms Connector: there is a shopping complex there with several hotels and what not and it's a 5 minute drive across the connector to the beach at Isle of Palms. There are a ton of great places to eat at every size budget as well.

One last point, I just saw that Sharapova will be there as well so the lineup should be $$.
Thanks, PED. I'll check this area out. I also appreciate the tix advice.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
Family Circle Plans Update

So far, I have gotten a place to stay, the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. Anybody know if it's close to the venue?

I still need ticket info- Whether I need to get "Main Draw" tickets @ $45-55 or will the "Grounds Passes" @ $25 do the trick?
 

PED

Legend
Looks like you got a good place to stay. You are right at the end of the Cooper river bridge down at patriots point. There are a ton of eating choices right there and you are a stone's throw from the beaches as well as downtown charleston. The distance to the venue is around 10 miles or around 20 minutes. Ironically, you will located right across the road from the College of Charleston tennis facility which is a nice one. My son did a camp there last summer.

Regarding tix, it depends on what or who you want to see. I wanted to see the big "guns" so I spent the 55 on regular tix. I'm not sure what they have left but it would be worth checking. I would spend the extra to get into the 2nd tier as the 3rd tier is fairly high up. One last thing, be sure to check on the weather before you leave. I left my home only 3 hours north of charleston on friday and it was 55 but Charleston was 77 and HOT. This time of year, you never know what you are going to get. Being from MA, I don't think you will feel that it's cold but it can get breezy at night.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
Thanks again, PED. I ended up taking your earlier suggestion of calling the facility direct instead of Ticketmaster. Not only did I save the transaction fees, but I got $10 off each ticket for being a USTA member. So all in all, I think I ended up with a pretty good deal all around.
 

PED

Legend
Weather is looking good for charleston next week: mid 60's for the high monday through Wednesday before heading up to mid 70's for thursday through saturday.
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
Weather is looking good for charleston next week: mid 60's for the high monday through Wednesday before heading up to mid 70's for thursday through saturday.
I am hoping this weather report holds up. My son and I are VERY anxious to get out of New England for some nice short sleeve weather.
 

PED

Legend
One cool place to eat is on Sullivan's Island called Poe's (after Edgar Allen). It's a hamburger/chicken/beer joint that is really tasty. Prices are reasonable and it's not more than 10 minutes away from you. It's literally 2 turns away. You would hang a right onto the main drag of Coleman Blvd. Coleman Blvd eventually turns into Ben Sawyer Blvd and this takes you all the way onto Sullivan's Island. The only other turn would be a right hander onto Middle Street, and Poes is down on the right. You can eat outside as well which is perfect this time of year. I don't think you will be disappointed on the weather. We always want what we don't have: we've had a cool spring this year so far and my wife and I have been remarking that this sure is Nantucket weather! I would be tired of the cold however by this time of year so I can imagine how you feel.


Here's the link for Poes: http://www.poestavern.com/
 

rasajadad

Hall of Fame
One cool place to eat is on Sullivan's Island called Poe's (after Edgar Allen). It's a hamburger/chicken/beer joint that is really tasty. Prices are reasonable and it's not more than 10 minutes away from you. It's literally 2 turns away. You would hang a right onto the main drag of Coleman Blvd. Coleman Blvd eventually turns into Ben Sawyer Blvd and this takes you all the way onto Sullivan's Island. The only other turn would be a right hander onto Middle Street, and Poes is down on the right. You can eat outside as well which is perfect this time of year. I don't think you will be disappointed on the weather. We always want what we don't have: we've had a cool spring this year so far and my wife and I have been remarking that this sure is Nantucket weather! I would be tired of the cold however by this time of year so I can imagine how you feel.


Here's the link for Poes: http://www.poestavern.com/
I'll be there. Thanks for the tip.
 
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