We stayed at the Restoration. It is a boutique hotel right in the middle of shopping, eating and site seeing. The Restoration is an outstanding restored hotel with southern hospitality, modern fresh décor, well appointed rooms, bicycles to ride around town, happy hour with cheese and wine and cookies when you return from dinner.
Our favorite was the breakfast basket delivered to the room. Very charming and southern. I actually booked this hotel for the breakfast basket, it sounded like a novel idea and didn't disappoint.
Carriage Tour - even though this is one of the touristy event that I would have generally passed, but in Charleston it is a must. I would recommend a horse drawn carriage tour the first day so you get to plan your walking tour. The horses are treated better than the people due to regulations. When you get on a carriage you won't know the route until they randomly provide the route guidance. This is the process so the same streets are not congested with carriages.
Boone Hall Plantation...I am sure this must be the most photographed avenue of Oaks. The Boone Plantation was featured in several movies which includes "The Notebook", "Gone with the Wind" etc.
The next stop was at the Magnolia Plantation saturated in beautiful gardens and ponds. You could still see the remnants of rice plantation in which slaves worked and you feel the past. The reflections on a still morning...
Through the gates of Charleston. We were in awe of the beauty, history and the architecture of Charleston. I will let the pictures speak for itself. My cousin and I stopped every few feet to take photographs, we were surprised we didn't get arrested for house stalking.
Eating our way through Charleston was easy. We both had the same goal...EAT!!! The restaurant scene here is exploding with unbelievably great food. We get up in the morning and while having breakfast we discuss our culinary plan. Most people would discuss site seeing, but not us, it was food front and center.
Some of the great restaurants are Blossom, Low Country Bistro, Fig, Husk, Xia Bao Biscuit (Asian restaurant in an old gas station) and an amazing Italian Le Farfalle. I always forget to take pictures as I am too eager to eat...here are some.