Monday, July 16, 2012

The 4th in Charleston

Is it just me, or is this summer just flying by?  Seems like just yesterday we were attending our youngest's high school graduation.  Now we are four weeks away from college move-in day!!  

For Mother's Day, I received a trip to Charleston over the 4th of July week from my hubby and sweet girls.  So today, I thought I'd share a few pictures from the trip.  Mainly those of the incredible loft we stayed in.

I was a bad blogger this trip and didn't take too many pictures.  It was super hot outside (100+ with 100% humidity), and lugging my heavy Canon around was just not something I wanted to do.  I have warned hubby, next time he decides to give me a trip to a southern city, please book it for fall!  (We went to Savannah last June in the heat too)

We stayed at the Restoration Inn on King Street.  Originally the hotel was meant to be condos, but when the economy hit the tank and they weren't selling, they decided to turn it into a hotel with time share options.  There are plans in the works to add on in the near future, but right now there are just 15 rooms.

I cannot say enough about the staff...so pleasant and helpful.  Wine and cheese was served each evening in the lobby, and milk and cookies later at night.  It was a great way to meet and mingle with the other guests staying there.  And, for the 4th they had a rooftop celebration complete with wine, cheese, and champagne.  We could view the fireworks without fighting the crowds. It was a lot of fun.

The closet...I just love the exposed brick walls throughout the loft!

The bedroom.

Sink area in main bath.

Open concept living area and kitchen.

Loved this 2nd guest bath. So simple.

Another view of the living dining area. Notice the mirror in the background? Love!

Loved the dark wood cabinets with the stainless steel appliances.

The old wood floors.  Oh how I wanted to take these home.  Distressed and sooo smooth under your feet.

This is how breakfast arrived each morning from a local bakery.


Yum!

Close up of the mirror.

This little guy kept trying to get my attention in the park.

One of the few cool shady spots to rest.

The popular attraction for all the kiddos visiting the city!  

Although we did not eat here, I loved the name of this restaurant.  Slightly North of Broad

The old Kress building was across the street from our porch outside our room.

Each night we received chocolate covered almonds on our pillows, yum!

The rooftop was the perfect spot to view the fireworks.


You could see 7 or 8 church steeples from the roof as well.


The moon that night was the most vivid orange.




Despite the heat, we had a wonderful time.  We ate at the Charleston Grill our last night in town.  The food was amazing.  We did not get to eat at the famous Husk restaurant...it was booked solid for a month!  Thanks to the award from Bon Appetite!!  Maybe next time.

My posts will most likely be hit and miss over the course of the next few weeks as we get baby girl ready for college.   I am looking forward to blogging more once she is all settled.



11 comments:

Laura@Elegant Nest said...

Sounds like a great weekend..and what a cool loft! I totally relate to the feeling of time flying by...thankfully my son's college starts in late Sept. so I have a little more time to prepare!!

Anne said...

Love the loft and that exposed brick is fab:) The time sure is flying by. Our weather is still appalling!! Enjoy the coming weeks with your daughter:)
~Anne

Anna @ IHOD said...

Oh what a quaint and cozy joint! Looks like so much fun. Thanks for sharing the pics!!

Isaiah 55:8-9 said...

Wine and cheese AND milk and cookies? And chocolate covered almonds? :) So glad you enjoyed the time away!
Thanks for sharing... I totally want to head that way now! Well... maybe in the fall. :)

Tara {The Silver Lining} said...

What an amazing gift! Charleston is definitely on my list of cities to visit. This place looks amazing and love all of the goodies! What a perfect way to watch the fireworks...I mean you can never go wrong with champagne and rooftop views. Glad you had a wonderful trip!

Brandi said...

Looks like you had an amazing time! The Restoration Inn is beautiful. I love the way breakfast was served in the picnic basket. Thanks for sharing your trip!

Leslie said...

Yes! Summer IS flying by :) Wonderful photos and looks like a perfect little getaway.

Enjoy your day!
leslie

Courtney {a thoughtful place} said...

Such a fun trip and recap. I like Charleston very much when I went. Your room looked stunning. So much character. Thinking of you as you get sweet girl ready for college. I remember those days like it was yesterday. . . and it so wasn't!! :)

Sixty-Fifth Avenue said...

What a fabulous place to stay, its gorgeous!! Sounds like a great time Lauren.

Aimee - ItsOverflowing.com said...

I love that loft!!! XO, Aimee

Michaela said...

Seriously?! This is the prettiest place to stay!! You are one lucky mama. Glad you had so much fun :)