We celebrated Ari’s birthday this weekend with a trip to Charleston. We’ve been several times, but never got to stay for long, and never without the kids. We decided to stay in the historic district to get the most authentic Charleston experience. We picked the King George IV Inn, a beautiful bed and breakfast in a 200-year-old house.
Our location was perfect – we were able to stroll along the beautiful streets of the historic district and get to dozens of shops, restaurants, and historic sites. We probably walked at least a couple of miles throughout the weekend. On Saturday morning, we walked to Marion Square on the north side of the historic district, as the innkeeper recommended checking out the local farmer’s market. Not only did it feature several stands of fresh fruits and veggies, but also art, handcrafted jewelry, homemade soaps and scrubs, and best of all, lots of food stands…crepes, Asian tacos, barbeque, homemade pastas and sauces…if I had known about it, we would have skipped breakfast that morning!
After the farmer’s market, we headed to the City Market area and took a guided horse and buggy ride. No better way to see Charleston!
My favorite part of Charleston was the Battery Park area, which is at the tip of the peninsula. The homes here have amazing history, many of them dating to the mid 1800s.
The park itself is an expansive, lush area shaded by dozens of gorgeous angel oaks, overlooking the Ashley and Cooper Rivers.
At this point, we had walked most of the day and were ready to take a break and people watch…and find other ways to amuse ourselves…
We ended the evening by a taking a walking ghost tour. Unlike the tours in Savannah, this one wasn’t kitchy at all, but was rich with history and the tragedies and injustices that befell some early residents of Charleston. The guide has written a book and told us everything in a very matter-of-fact manner…that almost made it creepier!
One of the best parts of the whole weekend was the food … Charleston is probably best known for its seafood, but has an eclectic variety of all kinds of cuisine.
We also went to a comedy show at the College of Charleston featuring Gary Valentine, who is the brother of Kevin James. We saw the marquis and decided it would be fun to check it out. (I’m a planner…a urban planner, an emergency management planner, a trip planner…so spontaneity is kind of rare for me. :))
When we got home on Sunday, we had a little party at home for Ari.
Taran even had a party game ready…Pin the Tail on the Monster 🙂
All in all, it was an awesome weekend. We missed the kids, but it was great to have a little getaway. Happy Birthday, Ari!! Thank you for being a wonderful husband, doting daddy, and my best friend.