Monday, January 27, 2014

Weekend in Charleston

I mentioned last week that we had a busy weekend ahead - well it was busy, but it was also a ton of fun.

Friday night we headed out to George's Brasserie in South Park here in Charlotte to take advantage of their Restaurant Week menu - the meal was fabulous - we started with mussels and lobster bisque, followed by beef bourginion and coq au vin, and creme brulee and chocolate cake for dessert. We thought everything was delicious. Then we headed home for a quiet evening of Redbox movies.

Saturday morning we got up early-ish and headed down to Charleston, arriving there around lunch time. Before checking in to our hotel we had brunch at Poogan's Porch - it was amazing! I had shrimp & grits with poached eggs on top. If you know me in real life - I'm a lover of shrimp & grits, and can rarely turn down eggs benedict if it's on a menu - so this was like a match made in heaven.

After brunch we walked around the Charleston City Market for a bit and then headed to the hotel to take a quick nap and shower before meeting up with my husband's coworkers for the fundraiser we were attending.

We had drinks and appetizers at Leaf and then headed to a night of music, local beer, and Firefly moonshine. The fundraiser raises money for Pattison's Academy, a school for children with multiple disabilities - I was shocked (in a good way) to find out that the therapeutic school is free for the children to attend. Anyway, the music was fantastic - featuring several songwriters playing songs they've written for famous country stars. It was incredible to head the songwriters themselves sing the songs - in some cases better than the version you hear on the radio.

Sunday morning we got up early again and walked to meet up with our tour guide for a historic walking tour that I'd booked for us. We'd taken a tour offered by Free Tours by Foot last February in New Orleans, so when I found out they offer tours in Charleston, we hopped right on that! The tours are name your own price - you can pay or not pay (but the tours are amazing, so I can't imagine stiffing them) at the end of the tour. They operate in about 7 cities, so I always check to see before we go to a new place that we know nothing about.

We walked around the historic district for two hours learning about Charleston's history - which was perfect because it was our first time there.

After our tour we grabbed a quick barbecue lunch - yummy pulled pork baked potato, and then headed back to our hotel to grab our stuff and get back on the road.

It was a quick trip, but it definitely whetted our appetite to go back again soon!

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