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Checking into Charleston

10 May

Charleston

We headed to Charleston last weekend for our friend’s destination wedding. My boyfriend once lived with the groom who was actually with him the night we met. I’ve been lucky enough to become friends with them as well so was very excited for their wedding weekend.

I woke up on Friday morning and resigned myself to packing because I’d been too “busy” catching up on Grey’s Anatomy the night before. Priorities, right? I had told my boyfriend I’d pick him up so gave him a call a little before to make sure he was ready. I called, texted, called, texted and finally got in the car and drove to his house. I banged on his bedroom window- my calling card. No answer. I rang the buzzer and his roommate let me in. When I went downstairs, he was sound asleep! Once that mad dash was finished, we went to the airport.

After an uneventful flight with great snacks (love Jet Blue!) and plenty of time to write all my birthday thank you cards, we were in South Carolina. We checked into the Francis Marion Hotel and were impressed by the historic lobby and comfortable rooms. It was built in the 1920s and was then one of the grandest hotels in Charleston at the time. It wasn’t too bad now either!

We dropped off our bags and spent the afternoon exploring the city. Our hotel was located on King Street- a busy street with lots of stores and restaurants. I was expecting quaint shops, but it was mostly a mix of stores you’d usually find on a posh street (think Gucci) or in a shopping mall (think The Gap). We meandered up the road and delved into the old part of Charleston. This was more like it! Cobblestone streets, trees arching over the roads and plenty of fun shops.

We decided after spending some time in one particular store, that from now on when we travel together we are going to get a Christmas ornament to remember the trip. I already collect postcards from places I travel and from friends who are away, but this would be another fun way to keep memories.

After we were walked out, we went back to the hotel and got ready for a dinner date. We strolled to Fulton Five, a restaurant we had passed during our afternoon and were drawn to- mostly because it was down a side street and had trees bending all around it. We sat at the bar, got an order of mussels, a bottle of good wine and spent a couple of hours enjoying some conversation. The bartender was the perfect balance of being attentive without being pushy. It turns out the restaurant was voted Charleston’s most romantic for the last 14 years. I can see why!

Our next destination was the married couple to be’s welcome party. They had taken a cruise for their rehearsal dinner and the plan was to join the wedding party and other guests for a cocktail reception on the boat. Unfortunately, when we arrived the boat was still at sea and we were told it would be another hour or more before they would return. The windy, rainy weather was keeping them from returning to dock. Disappointed but tired from the busy day, we headed back to the hotel and tucked in for the night.

It was an incredible Day One in Charleston. Have you ever been?

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