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Travel Talk: Charleston, SC – The HarbourView Inn

Our road trip through North Carolina continued on into South Carolina. (I should have called this the “Carolina road trip,” right?)  The entire purpose of this trip was so that our daughter could visit a number of cities to see where she might want to work when she finished her time working at Disney.  For someone interested in a career in the hospitality field, Charleston, South Carolina seemed like a very logical place to look.

Charleston is quintessentially Southern. I’ve always felt that Savannah, Georgia was the city of the South, but Charleston has replaced it in my mind….and for only one reason:  Savannah seems younger to me, a little more relaxed and casual, and Charleston feels a little more mature and refined. (But that is just my opinion.  Ask anyone else who has been to both, and you are likely to get an entirely different viewpoint. 🙂 )

Like Savannah, Charleston has sooooo many wonderful places to stay…from hotels to inns to bed and breakfasts and more.  It took me a very long time and a tremendous amount of research to decide on our accommodations for our time in The Holy City (named so because of the religious freedoms and large number of places to worship there.)

My first requirement was that our hotel should be located so that we could walk to shops and restaurants downtown.  That still left a large number of choices. After that I was able to weed out a number of them because they were simply over our budget; a number had not-so-great-reviews (like old, dated rooms, not clean, etc.) and a few felt more formal than I thought we would be comfortable staying in.

The HarborView Inn then ended up being my choice.  Not only was it within walking distance of so many places we wanted to see, but it also had water view rooms… and they had a special going on at the time we were to be there. (Free parking and 15% off, I believe.) So I called…and…they were booked. 🙁

But I called back a day or two later.  There had been a cancellation, and we were lucky enough to get a room! 🙂

Our room in the inn was large, and I loved those four poster beds!

A small seating/dining area was in the corner.

The cabinet designed to hold clothing and the television was beautiful.

The beds were extremely comfortable, as were the pillows.  In fact, our daughter was so impressed with the pillows that she asked for one for Christmas!  She did a little research, found out they were made by Harris Pillow Supply, and her brother got her one for a Christmas present.

The bathroom was quite large enough for the three of us to store all our toiletries and not feel crowded.

Gilchrist and Soames bath products were provided in each room.

Before we arrived, I contacted the staff there at the HarbourView to let them know that the day of our arrival was our daughter’s birthday.  I asked if they could get a small cake, cupcake, or really anything to have waiting for her as a surprise in our room, I would greatly appreciate it.  (Thinking they would simply add it to our room charge.) Well, they surprised all of us with a complimentary bottle of wine waiting for her on the desk in the room…

and…

a birthday card and cupcake bedside!  (Talk about customer service! 🙂 )

Oh, and our staying there was also a surprise for her.  I had told her we could not get reservations at the HarbourView and would be staying at a Hyatt.  So she was doubly delighted with our accommodations! 🙂

After we looked around the lobby, the room, and the coffee/tea area, we went upstairs to check out the rooftop terrace.

It had quite a view of the city…

and the water front. 🙂

There were a number of included amenities that really made staying at the HarbourView especially nice.  Complimentary snacks and iced tea were available all day in the lobby.  Cookies, milk, and candies were served there in the evening, and complimentary coffee was available in the atrium lobby all day long.  Also, a very nice breakfast with pastries from a local bakery was included in the room rate.  You could enjoy your breakfast in the atrium lobby, on the rooftop deck, or have it delivered to your room (as we did.)

When we return to Charleston again, I know we will chose the HarbourView Inn again. (And no this is not a sponsored post! 🙂 )  You just can’t beat all the amenities and its location.

Now that I have shared with you where we stayed, I want to show you all the places we visited and where we dined while in Charleston.  It was a lot of walking!  In fact, my Fitbit hit over 16,000 steps in one day there – second only to a day at Disney. (I’m a walker not a runner.)

But this post is already long enough, so that will all be coming up in the next one.
Hope to see you back here for that very soon!
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Until next time…

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margaret - March 15, 2017 - 1:10 pm

I always enjoy your travel posts. They are informative and
the pictures are great. Good luck to your daughter with her
city and job search. I have been to Charleston and Savannah and
your post makes me want to go again soon.

Dawn - March 13, 2017 - 10:41 am

Kelly,

What a fun trip! Thanks for sharing it with us! I can’t wait to see what is next!

Dawn

Pat in Georgia - March 11, 2017 - 10:05 pm

Kelly, I am so glad you enjoyed Charleston. My daughter has lived in Charleston for 5 years. It is my favorite place to go. No matter how many times you have gone, there is always something new to do and new places to dine. Can’t wait to see your next post to see what you did while there.

Jill - March 11, 2017 - 12:02 pm

We are going to be in Charleston for one night the first week of April! We are traveling from Michigan through Georgia to Florida and then to Charleston one night and then to Columbia to visit family for 2 night then back to Michigan! I loved the Harbor View….yikes thought $400 a night! Did you find a coupon code to use to lower the cost?
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They had a special going on at the time…free valet parking and a percentage discount. I did not look for a coupon….just a special they were running at the time. The parking can really add up there in Charleston.
Have a good trip! April will be a beautiful time to be there!
Kelly

Gina - March 11, 2017 - 11:30 am

the Harbourview Inn looks like the perfect place to stay. Glad you were able to get a reservation. Beautiful views and sounds like great hospitality. How fun to surprise your daughter also. 🙂 I’m sure you and your husband had a wonderful time just spending time with your daughter. 😉 Looking forward to your next post seeing as we are going to Charleston this fall.

Garden, Home and Party - March 11, 2017 - 8:07 am

Kelly,
Charleston has been on my “list” for ages. I have a very good friend that said it’s her favorite “southern” city, and she’s traveled extensively in the area. Thanks for sharing.
xo,
Karen

julia walker - March 10, 2017 - 9:16 pm

Hi Kelly! I love Charleston and hope Hayley ends up there. What is so special about the Harborview pillows? Thank you. Julia in Cincy
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Julia, I don’t know exactly what it is that she likes about the pillows. They just seemed very comfortable and held their shape well.
Kelly

Louvina - March 10, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Charleston is a truly beautiful southern city. My oldest daughter and I went there on a Ladies Retreat and another time I went with the youngest on a business trip to North Charlestown. I got to explore the downtown area and market, take a carriage ride, and went out to one of the plantations. Would love to go back and see it all again. We enjoyed the wonderful food and seeing the homes, plus meeting the locals who were very cordial. It is very sad when the storms flood the city and the homes. Don’t you love all the wrought iron? Thank you for your lovely account of your trip. 💕
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It sounds like you have had some very fun trips to Charleston, Louvina! Our daughter was there a couple of weeks ago and did the carriage ride then. We missed out on that when we were there last summer (but I felt so sorry for the horses in that heat.) The hurricane that hit the city did sooo much damage, and it damaged a major part of the newly built water front park at the time. Amazing how they can rebuild it to look even better. 🙂
Kelly

Katrina - March 10, 2017 - 4:07 pm

Goodness, this hotel looks awesome! What great views of the water. I just can’t wait for the next post! I’ve been to Charleston many times but if I know you…. you’ll show us some cool place I’ve never even heard about!
Have a great weekend, Kelly!
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It was an awesome place to stay, Katrina! If you have been to Charleston many times, I bet you have seen all that we did in the short time we were there. Next time we go, you will have to share your recommendations with me! 🙂
Kelly

Linda Miller - March 10, 2017 - 2:23 pm

It looks wonderful Charleston is one of my favorite places on earth! We tried to get a reservation at the same hotel but it was also full. Must be very popular. I hope you had a chance to visit Beaufort while you were there. It is a mini Charleston.
Love the pictures of your trip, some of my favorite places.
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Hi Linda! Yes, I think the HarbourView must be popular, particularly for its waterfront location. I’m sorry you were unable to get reservations there. We did stop by Beaufort on our way home, but we visited it a few years ago. It is a fun town to see…and so artsy! You can see the post about it here if you would like: http://www.talkofthehouse.com/a-trip-to-south-carolina-beaufort/
Thanks for reading and leaving a comment on the post today!
Kelly

Cheryl Johnson - March 10, 2017 - 1:37 pm

We visited Savannah & Charleston last spring…and can’t wait to go back. We took a walking tour of Charleston, guided by an eighth generation, I believe, Charlestonian. She was in her sixties and walked like a 30-year-old…knew everyone in town & took us down some secret paths with lots of interesting local lore. Locals stopped and talked to us one even invited us into her garden, which was breathtaking. I believe the name of the tour is “Two Sisters” if anyone is interested.
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Thank you sooo much for the tour info Cheryl! I definitely want to do that the next time we are in Charleston!! Sounds like the perfect tour and the perfect tour guide. 🙂
Kelly

Sue - March 10, 2017 - 11:38 am

Charleston is absolutely the best. My daughter and I have been twice and are going again in June. We always stay at the French Quarter. It is a beautiful hotel with a lot of amenities and is right next to the open market and downtown. It’s just beautiful. Highly recommend!
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Lucky you going again in June, Sue! I looked at the French Quarter, and if we had not stayed at HarbourView, the French Quarter was definitely one of our other choices. Its location near the City Market was great. We just liked being near water with the HarbourView Inn.
Have fun on your next trip!
Kelly

Anita - March 10, 2017 - 11:00 am

A few years ago I went to Savannah and really enjoyed the city. Your trip to Carolina reminds me of the charm.
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There are certainly a lot of similarities between the two cities…and they aren’t that far apart from each other. Glad you enjoyed Savannah!
Kelly

Marianne in Mo. - March 10, 2017 - 10:21 am

That hotel sounds like heaven to me! My husband is of the bargain/no frills cheap places to stay, but I have put my foot down on a few of them on our travels. It must be clean, fairly updated, have coffee at all times day or night, and good heating/cooling. Most of the time it seems we stay at Baymonts or their relatives. I would love to have a bit more glam at some point!
I looked at the site for the pillow, and wonder which choice Haley made? Their prices are really good if they are awesome as Haley says.
I look forward to the rest of your visit, but I would not be able to handle that much walking in one day, and still be able to move the next! These old bones don’t bounce back quickly! 😉
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I so agree with your requirements for a hotel room Marianne. The pillow our daughter received was a queen size Heavenly Down (synthetic) pillow. Yes, it was a lot of walking….but I had been doing a few miles a day on my treadmill so I was somewhat prepared for it. (But the heat and humidity there were quite tiring!)
Have a good weekend!
Kelly

Lee - March 10, 2017 - 10:21 am

Hey Kelly, I enjoyed your blog about favorite places to go….Charleston and Savannah. I’d love to have a room with a water view in Charleston but being that we are antique fools we love to stay at the John Rutledge Inn. It’s a bit pricey but we don’t go every year. They recently changed to a pet friendly Inn. Fortunately the room we always ask for is one of the pet friendly ones. What we love the most about it is the wonderful breakfast they bring to our room. As far as comparing Charleston and Savannah walking through the old neighborhoods soaking in the beauty of the architecture surrounding you is completely different. Charleston homes are stately, elegant and refined. About the only sound you hear is your footsteps or an occasional lawnmower in the distance. You can get away from the hustle of the business section. In Savannah, to walk through the homes and get that same kind of feeling you better plan your walking for a Sunday. Traffic is an issue as you walk around the squares and the homes are different depending on which section you are in but in general you don’t see the elegant kind of homes Charleston has. Each city is unique as it should be. Ken says if you want to see beautiful old trees look in Savannah. We used to stay there at a B&B, Presidents Quarters which is really nice but we prefer being closer to the river so the inns along River Street are our preferences….Old Harbour Inn is our next place since they have pet friendly rooms. We usually stay at the River Street Inn and have found a corner room where we can lay in bed and watch the ships come into view at the bridge and watch it pass by without having to get up. Ahhhh! Well I didn’t mean to write my own blog but you did mention comparing them.
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Yes, you DID write a novel, Lee! But we all appreciate it! It is good to get other recommendations and other viewpoints for traveling, and a lot of readers come here for travel info. So thank you for all of it! You and Ken should love both Savannah and Charleston with their abundance of antique shops. 🙂
Kelly

Nadege - March 10, 2017 - 10:10 am

We have been staying at the Harbourview Inn for years. We live in Charlotte, NC and Charleston is our favorite place to visit. When there was “no room at the inn”, we’ve stayed at other lovey places, though for us, our number one choice is ALWAYS Harbourview Inn.

We most enjoy the COMPLIMENTARY wine and cheese served EVERY afternoon. That way after a day of enjoying the sites – all within walking distance, we can relax in the living area sipping wine, eating cheese, grapes and snacks, all while chatting (love to chat!) with other guests. We also enjoy swinging on those giant swings across the street late at night. So relaxing, so beautiful…..

Must book a mini vacation soon….. 👍🏼
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Yay! I am so glad to know we didn’t overlook some place a lot better when we chose the HarbourView.:) Yes, they do have a complimentary wine and cheese hour. We are “teetotalers” so the complimentary milk and cookies were more our speed. LOL Plus we seemed to be out at the time of the wine and cheese hour, but it IS a nice amenity that they offer there. We will have to remember to check out the swings across the street on our next visit! Hope you get to go back soon!
Kelly

Vicki - March 10, 2017 - 10:07 am

We love Charleston! We will have to check out that hotel next visit! Do you eat any special way with your Fitbit or just try to get the recommended 10,000 steps in?
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Yes, Vicki, do check out the HarbourView. It is lovely!
When I started with the Fitbit last summer, I was getting in the recommended steps, drinking 64 oz. of water daily, and keeping my calories at around 1200 a day (which my kids and husband said was NOT the right way to do it…they said I should be looking at the nutritional value and fat content of the food – not just the pure calories.) Anyway I lost 12 pounds in about 2 months. But since Christmas I have gained 5 back, and I am trying to lose it with portion control (and cutting out sweets and drinking water water water.)
Kelly

Design Chic - March 10, 2017 - 9:29 am

What a wonderful hotel and Charleston is one of our favorite cities! I can’t think of a more wonderful place for your daughter to work. Happy weekend, Kelly!
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Yes, it is wonderful there! In fact, the entire state of North Carolina had sooo many good places that I think she would enjoy working. 🙂
Kelly

Bonnie - March 10, 2017 - 9:21 am

I have an aunt that lives near Charleston, but I’ve never really visited the city. Thanks for the post. (And, I checked with your daughter about which pillow was ‘Christmas’ pillow, and if she still likes it…and, she does!)
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Hi Bonnie! The next time you visit your aunt, you NEED to go to Charleston for the FOOD (if nothing else!) I could eat my way through that city with all the fabulous restaurants there. 🙂 And yes indeed, Hayley loves that pillow!
Kelly

Shelley @ Calypso in the Country - March 10, 2017 - 9:09 am

Your post caught my eye right away because that is the exact hotel I stayed in on my girls trip to Charleston a few years ago! Didn’t you just LOVE it?!! Your photos are so beautiful and really capture the feel of that lovely place. I wrote a post on it too a couple years ago if you want to swing over and check it out at some point. Thanks for bringing back some wonderful memories! Have a great weekend!
Shelley
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Oh how fun! Yes we did love it! Thank you for your sweet comments Shelley. I am so glad the post could bring back good memories for you. I hopped over and read your post. Great photos! And I wish I had taken a photo of the m&m’s too! (I wanted to include one here but never took a photograph of it. 🙁 ) We both should have had someone stand on the stairs when we took our shots of the map just so our readers could get an idea of the ginormous scale of it! It looks like they have changed the bathroom lighting since you have been there. Hope you and your friends have another great trip to Charleston soon!
Kelly
p.s. I read another of your Charleston posts while over at your site. Can’t believe out of all the places to eat there we too dined at Fleet Landing! Too funny!

Jo Anne Hayon - March 10, 2017 - 8:53 am

Now I want to go to Charleston!!! I love that hotel!! Thanks for sharing and will visit with you next time.
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Yes, you should just go right ahead and plan a trip there Jo Anne! 🙂
Kelly

Lynne - March 10, 2017 - 8:25 am

Thank you for the information on Charleston, SC. It is timely for us as we will be attending a wedding there in September. Your comments on your travels always make me want to go wherever it is.
Thanks!
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Oh a wedding in Charleston would be gorgeous Lynne! That will be such fun! Be sure to check the next post for places to shop, see, and dine while there.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

Shirley@Housepitality Designs - March 10, 2017 - 8:06 am

What a wonderful place to stay in Charleston…Charleston is a city that I never tire of visiting again and again….Have never stayed at the Harbour View Inn and will be making note of this beautiful place. So wonderful that they made such a special stay for your daughter’s birthday.
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Yes, you could visit Charleston again and again and not even dine in the same restaurant twice! Do check out the HarbourView the next time you are there Shirley. It is easy to get to if you are at the Water Front Park.
Have a great weekend!
Kelly

kathy - March 10, 2017 - 7:22 am

NO! That post was not nearly long enough! What a pretty place! I can’t wait for the next three posts about Charleston and to hear where Hayley chooses to work. I didn’t know Charleston was in the running. I would pick it in a skinny minute!
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Sorry Kathy! The next part had 30 photos, and there was just no way to break it up. And I didn’t want to write a novel with 50+ photos in just one post. 🙂 There are two more posts coming on Charleston..but I may throw in a house one next to break it up some since not everyone is thrilled with travel posts…or just go ahead and finish up the trip. Not sure yet. I just know the next post will be Sunday. #impossibletopleaseeveryone
Hope you have a fun weekend planned!
Kelly

Tricia - March 10, 2017 - 4:43 am

Happy Friday, Kelly! Your hotel of choice looks so inviting, the beds look so luxurious and crisp and clean. Looking forward to the tour. T
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Happy Friday to you too, Tricia! It really was a great place to stay. 🙂 Thank you for reading the post and leaving your kind comment. Hope you have a fun weekend ahead of you!
Kelly

Travel Talk: NC Road Trip – Wilmington

Welcome back for the next part of last summer’s road trip through parts of North Carolina! In the previous post, we were traveling from Hendersonville and heading towards Wilmington.  My husband and our daughter had both visited there a few times on summer mission trips, but I had never been to Wilmington before.  (They kept tellimg me that I was going to love it. 🙂 )

We stayed the night in the Best Western Coastline hotel.  I chose it because of its location…overlooking the river with easy access to the walkable Riverfront.

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This was the view from our hotel room window. 🙂
(See what I mean about location?)

The hotel is located right next to the Wilmington Railroad Museum.
(Our daughter was still in “Disney mode” on this trip!)

The Riverwalk entrance wasn’t far from our hotel’s entrance, so the next day we spent a good portion of that day enjoying that area of Wilmington. Built in the 1980’s, the wooden boardwalk is about a mile long and runs alongside the Cape Fear River.

You can see the Battleship North Carolina across the river from there as well.  We did not squeeze in a tour of it on this trip, but I am sure my husband would have especially loved it.  We will have to make time for it on a return visit.

The USS Diligence was also docked there.

The Riverwalk is lit at night by those nostalgically designed lights there.  This allows many people to get out and enjoy the area in the evening as well.

You stroll past homes, apartments, restaurants, and shops all along the river – some housed in historic warehouses.

There were sooo many cute shops in the Riverwalk district!

I loved the landscaping outside The George, one of the restaurants there.

Here’s a little peek inside:

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But we did not dine at The George. Instead we made reservations at Elijah’s, the dark building you see in the next photo.

It was very “old nautical” in its decor
(which I loved. 🙂 )

It reminded me of some of the nautical decor at Disney World.
(Only this was the real-deal! 🙂 )

You can see a couple of our lunches.
(That’s my Black and Bleu Salad.)

After our meal we continued exploring the Riverwalk – especially the residential end.

At some point, we wandered up a block away from the Cape Fear River and started walking back on that street towards our hotel.  The old homes there were simply beautiful!

The entire street seemed to have one gorgeous old home after another!

This historic area was really charming.  We then came to a section of shops and restaurants housed in old brick buildings.

Ice cream anyone?
(Yes, of course! 🙂 )

The brickwork in this area of Wilmington was really beautiful!

And that brings us to the end of our time in Wilmington. We had spent that August day walking the Riverfront, so we grabbed a cold drink from back at our hotel and then hit the road again.  We were leaving North Carolina for our next stop…

Charleston, South Carolina.
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Hope you to see you back here for all the details on it soon!

Until next time…

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Louvina - March 10, 2017 - 4:44 pm

Enjoyed your view of Wilmington! Our experience there was long ago when our children were very young and we were staying on the beach! It was hurricane season and the rain came down in buckets!! I was so scared because I didn’t know how slowly hurricanes travel and I just insisted we pack up and get back to the hills of Ky!! The couple of days on the beach was nice but breezy and the traveling inland with all the rain was terrible. So needless to say — I enjoyed your photo visit much more than mine! Thank you as always for letting your readers follow along. 😊
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That does NOT sound like a very fun trip to the beach! I hate driving in the rain, so it would have been very stressful to me too. Glad you enjoyed the post. Perhaps you should fit in another trip to Wilmington to give it another chance – on days with sunny weather! 🙂
Kelly

cynthiahattersley@gmail.com - March 9, 2017 - 11:33 am

I agree with Gwen! I haven’t been to North Carolina in years. I would love to put on my bucket list!
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Definitely worth a trip from anywhere!!
Thanks for stopping by the blog Cindy. Hope you have a great weekend!
Kelly

Rosemary - March 9, 2017 - 3:52 am

Thanks for sharing this Kelly …. sounds like you all had a wonderful trip. I really hope that I get to visit North Carlolina (and South!) one day. I just love mountains! Having just returned from one of our regular trips to Switzerland I’m really missing them! There’s nothing like a sunny day on a snowy mountain!
Take care and have a good week! I’m really enjoying yours and Gabbies Instagram Accounts … she’s growing so quickly 🙂
Rosemary
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Thanks for reading the post Rosemary! I too hope you get to visit the South one day. (But nothing will compare to the Swiss Alps I’m afraid. 🙁 )
And thank you for following us along on Instagram. Gabbie is growing unbelievably fast! She is all legs right now. 🙂
Kelly

Colleen M - March 8, 2017 - 9:55 pm

Looks amazing. I’ve honestly never thought of going there. Might have to re think that!!! I’m actually traveling to Charleston next week!! My youngest son is attending the PGA management program at Coastal Carolina University. We are leaving the grey skies and freezing temps here in Boston to explore and hopefully find some sun with him. Not to rush you but if you could post your Charleston post before St. Patrick’s Day it would be appreciated!! 😉 Would love a sneak peek before I check it out in person!!
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There is a cold front moving into the South and it is supposed to be chilly next week, but it will still be warmer than Boston. 🙂 The hotel we stayed in while we were in Charleston is up on the blog today. Our sightseeing and part of our dining will be up either Sunday or Tuesday…just depends on if I want to get a decorating post in on one of those days. Hope the posts will help you. There will also be another post on the huge garden we toured but I don’t think it will be out before the 17th. Sorry.
Hope you have a great time in South Carolina!
Kelly

DiAnne - March 8, 2017 - 9:20 pm

All of your travel posts are fantastic. I think it is fun to read about places I know because you make me want to go back. Charleston is one of my favorite places so can’t wait to see what you found there.
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Thank you DiAnne. I’m so glad you enjoy the travel posts. Charleston is a great city…such beauty, history, and soooo many good places to eat!
Kelly

Tricia - March 8, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Hi Kelly, what a lovely city Willmington is! The shops and homes look so inviting. Your salad looks so delicious! Look forward to your tour of Charleston. See you soon, T

Gina - March 8, 2017 - 3:52 pm

What a beautiful place to visit! I always love your photos and descriptions. Makes me want to go back. Ha, all your travel posts make me want to visit the locations. 😉 There’s nothing like the old historical areas of cities. They are my favorite. How fabulous would it be to tour some of those homes? 😀 Looking forward to our…um, your next stop since we’ll be visiting in the fall for our niece’s wedding. Not sure how much sightseeing I’ll get in considering our daughter will be busy with matron of honor duties and we’ll be helping with 3 month old twins! 😀

Jill - March 8, 2017 - 2:14 pm

Kelly, thanks for the great post and the walk down memory lane! Years ago, my husband and I toured the Battleship North Carolina (he was in the navy, so…battleship, frigate, destroyer, sub…I’ve been on them all 😉). In fact, our two puppies were to be spayed while they boarded at the vet’s, and I called to check on them from that pier. Ha ha! Look forward to the next part of your trip…my favorite vacation ever was in Charleston. Have a blessed day!

kathy - March 8, 2017 - 10:36 am

Another fun place! It is about an hour from Oak Island where my parents, siblings, and their/our children vacation every summer. (And, I think Katrina’s brother owns one of those fabulous old homes in Wilmington.) Kelly, you would also like Southport which is not far from Wilmington. I love seeing these old towns through your eyes. Don’t you just LOVE historic towns brought back to life! You do such an awesome job photographing them! I am so excited about seeing your trip to Charleston. It is another one of my happy places!
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I wish we had had time for Southport. It sounds like a place I would have loved, so it is now on my list of places-we-have-to-go! (Along with nearby Bald Head Island.) Historic towns are so fun to tour because we love architecture. The houses are always so beautiful!
Kelly

anita - March 8, 2017 - 10:19 am

Kelly, these character homes are so stunning! It makes me crave for a much warmer climate than I am experiencing currently! Have you seen the movie “Walt before Mickey”?
Maybe your daughter has, it’s quite good.
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You just can’t beat the architectural details in historical homes, can you? I hope the warm weather comes your way soon Anita. Time for spring! No, I have not seen that movie, but I just looked it up based on your recommendation. Looks like a good one we will have to check out! Thanks for letting us know about it!
Kelly

Nancy - March 8, 2017 - 9:56 am

I have a photo on my hutch of my dad and I on the Battleship NC! I was three years old! I have been looking for a little spring excursion for my husband and I and I think you may have just planned it for us. Was your hotel quiet at night? Bed comfortable?
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How neat is that Nancy? Love it! Yes to both of your question. It was exceptionally quiet, and the mattresses are Tempurpedic …so they were quite comfortable.
Kelly

Brenda - March 8, 2017 - 9:56 am

I love love love these travel posts! I am from Alberta, Canada. My husband and I would like to travel through North Carolina some day and these posts will be a big help in our planning. Sometimes it can be overwhelming to plan a holiday but posts like this help to narrow things down! Thank you so much!!
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Thank you Brenda! So glad the posts are of help to you!
Have a lovely weekend. 🙂
Kelly

Garden, Home and Party - March 8, 2017 - 9:55 am

It’s fun to see the other coast’s ‘must see’ travel spots. The food, shops and sites are always so inviting. Thanks, Kelly.
xo,
Karen

Jo Anne Hayon - March 8, 2017 - 9:24 am

I love all your posts!!!! Hope you and your family are doing well. Very windy today in the upper Midwest-western Lake Michigan area. We are headed out, later today, for Phoenix-too bad it’s not a tailwind, would get there faster!!!! Enjoy the day!

Lisa - March 8, 2017 - 9:18 am

Good morning Kelly,
Really enjoyed seeing your NC posts. I’ve been to Asheville & Biltmore but we headed to I-40 & home after that. I’d really love to visit where you’ve been. Just lovely.
Asheville was the last leg of our trip through Georgia that year. We drove through LA, MS,AL to Georgia. We started our Georgia tour (my dream trip)in LaGrange,Callaway Gardens,Macon & The Antebellum Trail.
The street in Wilmington with brick buildings & all the beautiful homes really reminded me of Madison GA. One of my all time favorite towns.
We’re experiencing a very early Spring here in S.E. OK. I bet it’s beautiful down in Georgia now. It was mid-priced when we were there & it was absolutely gorgeous. All the dogwoods & azaleas were in their glory.
I’m praying we don’t get a late freeze!
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You made a wonderful trip through Georgia! I love Madison too! Hope to do one of their candlelight Christmas tours one year. Everything is blooming right now! Our azaleas are the snow variety, and they are a little later in blooming than all the pink ones, but everywhere we look the pink ones are fully budded out! And our dogwoods have tons of flowers on them as well. Next week is predicted to be cold again, but I don’t believe we will quite hit the frost temperature. I knew winter wasn’t totally gone yet! 🙂
Have a great weekend Lisa!
Kelly

Gwen - March 8, 2017 - 8:48 am

Kelly this was an absolutely great post! You should be working for the Wilmington chamber of commerce 🙂 I am putting NC on the top of my travel list. Looks wonderful! Thanks Kelly.
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Thank you Gwen! Too funny about working for the chamber of commerce! LOL 🙂
Kelly

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