Friday, March 13, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 1

Sharon and I caught a 12:30 am United flight from Sacramento to Houston, Texas. Waiting for the flight to board, we sat down next to Kyle, a friend of Drew's and Morgan's. We had seen Kyle at Drew's birthday party in November.

Arriving at Houston at 6:00 am, we had a longest walk to the terminal for the regional jets. We boarded a small regional jet (2 seats on one side and 1 on the other) to Charleston, South Carolina. The flight was supposed to leave at 7:20 am, but with the crew showing up late, it was more like 7:40 am before we took off. The flight got us to Charleston about 11:00 am.

By the time we collected our luggage and got a taxi to hotel, it was just after 12:00 pm. In a pleasant surprise, they actually had a room ready for us. We will be spending a couple of nights at the Belmond Charleston Place.

After dropping our bags in the room, we spent some time talking to the concierge about our plans for the next couple of days. Sharon had already made some reservations for dinner for the next three nights last weekend. We also got some tour information.

After some discussion, the concierge made us a lunch reservation at Magnolias. We split a great lunch of fried green tomatoes, down south egg roll and shellfish over grits.

After lunch, We wandered into Waterfront Park and out to the end of wharf. From there, we meandered through the oldest part of town back towards the hotel with a couple of art gallery stops.

Trying to recover from the red eye, we both took a couple hour nap. Getting cleaned up, we enjoyed the lounge on the concierge floor. Eventually, we walked to Coast Bar and Grill for dinner. We had a great meal of assorted Cerviches, Grouper and Yellow Fin Tuna.

After dinner, we wandered back up King Street to the hotel and crashed. I am looking forward to exploring the city over the next couple of days….

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