9/28/17

Charleston, SC: a beautiful place to vacation

         
                   

Well, now that we are officially into the fall season, I better go ahead and share this post about our trip to Charleston, SC this summer.  This was our first time visiting this historic city.  Because it was just the first leg of our summer vacation, we were only in town for a couple of nights and there's lots we didn't have time to see. But here's a look at what we did and where we stayed.


                   

We stayed at the beautiful Ansonborough Inn and we highly recommend it to anyone.  We had originally thought we'd stay at the beach, but we had to make our reservations a little late in the spring, so everything was booked up.  But you know what, why would you want to stay in a typical hotel when you can stay in the historic district of such a lovely city?  I'm so glad we did!

                  

The architecture in the lobby was incredible and service was impeccable. 

                  

We had already booked a suite, but got upgraded to a larger suite when we arrived.  Not sure why, but man was it nice!  Look at this beautiful bed 😍

                  

It even had a beautiful barn door going into the bathroom.               



The lounge area was comfy with a mini fridge and microwave....and a Keurig....yes!  Can't live without a good cup of coffee 😋 They even had a bottle of champagne waiting on us. 


I loved the beautiful exposed brick walls.  And can we talk about that gorgeous light fixture?!


A chocolate treat left for us on the comfy bed...


The inn even has a beautiful roof top terrace to enjoy.




Our first night, we visited the Vendue for an early dinner on the rooftop bar.


There is an art gallery in the lower unit of the building.


You can't go to Charleston without visiting the market.


So many vendors with beautiful products ranging from wood to seagrass baskets.




Of course, we had to stop by a local candy shop and get a sweet treat!




We walked down the pier






Lots of little shops to browse in


One thing I've never done is a carriage ride.  I've seen them in Savannah, New Orleans, and here in Charleston.  For some reason, I'm saving that bucket list item for Savannah.  I guess it's because that's where I saw my first horse drawn carriage.  Seems only fitting that it happen there, I guess.




We rode to a couple of different beach areas, but the weather was rainy and cloudy, so we didn't even worry about putting on swim suits and lugging items to the beach.  We just stopped to see the ocean because it's not every day that we get to. 







We enjoy trying new restaurants even close to home, so it's always a special treat to try places that have been recommended to us or that we've researched for our vacation trips. 



I love the cobble stone streets like this.  Just full of character and charm 😍


So many beautiful, historic buildings!


This is the Old Exchange and Provost building.  A must see tour in Charleston.




I love history and seeing all the beautiful period pieces.  They just don't make furniture like they used to!  Or buildings either, for that matter.






The dungeon




If these beautiful trees could only talk.  They'd have so much to tell!


The Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park


Our last night there, we treated ourselves to dinner at the famous Ruth's Christ Steak House.  


A beautiful restaurant with superb service and the best steak I've ever put in my mouth!


After dinner, we waited out the rain in an Irish pub.  When we headed out to walk back to the inn, we were amazed at the water in the streets.  All we needed was a canoe and we could have floated several blocks before getting back to dryer ground. 


Well, that's a little about our first trip to Charleston, SC.  We really enjoyed it and wished we had planned to stay a little longer.  I can definitely see why it's one of the country's most beloved southern cities.  Go to their official website to learn more about all there is to do is this charming city.

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