Saturday, March 14, 2015

2015 Charleston Day 2

After breakfast at the hotel, we wandered down to the Mills House Hotel. The plan for the morning was a walking tour of the city. Working with the hotel concierge on Friday night, we had booked a walking tour. The tour that the concierge recommended was actually full so we ended up with Charleston Strolls. This turned out to be fortuitous; we were the only two people on the tour!

We got a great two hour private tour of the city. We covered the area of the old walled city. I was very impressed. Charleston was founded here in 1680. For comparison, New Orleans was settled in 1718; we spend a long weekend in New Orleans last year.

After the tour, we grabbed lunch at the bar at High Cotton. We split a Grilled Chicken Salad and Fried Oysters Florentine.

Wandering back up Market Street, we headed to the Nathaniel Russell House. Built in 1809 for $80,000, the house is widely recognized as one of America's most important Neoclassical houses and features three important geometric designs: a front rectangular room, a center oval room, and a square room in the rear. The house also includes a three story elliptical spiral staircase. We took a guided tour of the house.

Heading back to the hotel, we had a leisurely late afternoon at hotel. I hung out in concierge lounge and worked on a status report.

After a drink in the Thoroughbred Club, we ended the night with a late dinner at the Charleston Grill in the hotel. We had Seared Foie Gras and Charleston Grill Crab Cake as appetizers and Braised Pork Shank and Seared Flounder as entrees.

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