Every time I travel in the fall I’m met with some type of crappy weather, usually in the form of storms. One day, hopefully, I’ll travel in the fall without some extreme weather to dampen my plans. One day. In the meantime, I’ve realized I’ve got to be able to pivot to avoid a drenching. So, instead of heading to the mountains for leaf peeping and hikes this week, I hopped in the car headed to Charleston.
I scored a great deal on a room at the Elliott House Inn on Queen Street the day before I arrived, thanks to the Hotel Tonight app. (Man, I love that app!) Constructed in 1861 as a private home, the Elliott House Inn is now a beautiful boutique hotel in the heart of the city. The room was comfortable, the bathroom was modern, and they offered several choices each day on their continental breakfast menu. If you want to stay somewhere in town that allows you to get around easily, the Elliott House Inn is the place to stay.
Charleston, a.k.a Chucktown, a.k.a. the Holy City, is one of the oldest cities in the US dating back to 1680. Everything you want can be found in Charleston: history, architecture, art galleries, performing arts, music, festivals, a unique Southern culture and world class cuisine. What tickles your fancy?
This trip was one of the most relaxing I’ve taken in a long time. I left my camera in the hotel room (for the most part) and enjoyed the slower Southern pace without the pressure of taking photographs with anything but my phone.
Most of my days start at 4:45 AM and I’m lucky if I’m in bed by 10 each night. By Friday of each week I’m wiped out. Rather than keeping my typical frantic travel pace, I exchanged the frenzy for late mornings, long strolls viewing art galleries, historic houses, secret gardens, relaxing stops at restaurants and bistros, afternoon naps and late nights wandering the cobblestone streets.
A little rest and relaxation goes a long way in rejuvenating your spirit.
Here’s a rundown of where I stayed, what I ate and where I roamed about in the Holy City.
Elliott House Inn
I loved 82 Queen so much that I stopped by the next night for a late night bucket of sweet tea and a snack before exploring the streets and alleyways of the city.
Brown Dog Deli
Kaminsky’s Dessert Cafe
If you’re looking for a short getaway, Charleston is hard to beat. This city is Southern soul, complete with Southern hospitality and award winning cuisine. It’s no wonder Charleston was voted the number one city to visit in the US and the number two city to visit in the World in the Travel + Leisure World’s Best poll.