Ike and I recently went on vacation which has been the immediate cause for my short hiatus from the blogging world. We had a wonderful time! Our first stop was historic Charleston, South Carolina; let me tell you, this place made my not-so-well-hidden inner history nerd emerge in full force. In Charleston, there is history everywhere and it is impossible to not be transported back in time. I saw this as a perfect opportunity to pretend that I was a parasol carrying, hoop-skirt wearing, southern belle and pursued this end every chance I got – walking up the marble staircases, strolling along the cobblestone road, etc. It was perfectly magical!
We stayed at a beautiful Bed and Breakfast in the heart of downtown Charleston called “The Elliot House Inn” which was first built in 1861. The location was amazing – only minutes walking from practically everything Charleston has to offer. The staff was also excellent providing us with essential information about routes to walk, places to eat, history must-sees, etc. Ike and I had never had room service, so them bringing us champagne to our room was a particular thrill! They even included a special note on the tag because it was my birthday! How nice!
The Inn’s courtyard was stunning and included two large white staircases, an arbor with beautiful, overhanging vines, a hot tub, and wine and cheese every evening. Breakfast can either be delivered to your room or to the courtyard – we just could not pass up the opportunity to spend more time in the beautiful courtyard so we ate there both mornings among the chirping birds and beautiful greenery.
Channeling my inner southern belle once again, I donned a girly, pink floral dress for an evening carriage ride. I just couldn’t resist!
One of the most extraordinary parts of Charleston is its beautiful, historic houses. A new house in Charleston is anything newer than 100 years old! It is incredible. The city works hard to preserve theses houses and keep them looking as they did when they first were built and their work really pays off.
While in Charleston, we also took a horse back ride tour of Middleton Place – another must visit while in Charleston. The grounds of the old plantation are literally breathtaking. And what better way to see them then from the back of a horse!
My Tennessee Walker/Quarter Horse cross friend Trigger! We even saw alligators while riding through the swamps!
I honestly would have loved to have stayed in Charleston for our entire vacation, but after two nights, we headed to Palatka, Flordia to spend the rest of the week! Yay for vacation! If you every get the chance to visit Charleston, one word, GO! You will not regret it!