Saturday, June 30, 2012

Old House P@rn in Charleston

While Myrtle Beach in South Carolina is only a mere 6.5 hours drive away from our Ugly Duckling, we decided to turn the drive up to the location for our annual family reunion into a trip itself. We decided to drive up on Saturday morning, stop mid-way, explore and crash somewhere and then finish the last leg of our travel just in time for check-in at the rental beach house.

Said and done!

We declared Charleston, SC, halfway and poking around on we discovered Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham in North Cahrleston. It looked nice, came with continental breakfast and pool and the reviews were just right.

We had a great stay so I'm happy to recommend it to you, in case you're driving over to Charleston anytime soon. It felt more like a sweet apartment complex than a hotel, the suites were more than roomy and even came with two flatscreen TVs (much to Little Man's delight). The breakfast was great and the staff was very friendly and helpful. We could have even brought the puppy along; it's a pet friendly place with handy-dandy poop-bag dispensers strategically placed around the units.

[Peekaboo - our room]

For dinner we consulted with husband's phone. He discovered this neat thing called "foodspotting" (you enter where you are and it'll show you pictures of dishes people in your immediate vicinity are recommending) and after a quick debate we were headed for Willie Jewell's Old School Bar-B-Q.


If you like Bar-B-Q - smoked ribs, pulled pork, and the works - GO. THERE.

It will blow your mind.

Within seconds we were in Hog heaven, I'm telling you!

The next morning we enjoyed a great breakfast from the buffet at the hotel (German here. Can't go without breakfast) and then hung out by and in the pool for an hour before breaking down our tents and heading into Charleston.

Charleston had us at pulled pork sandwiches hello! You can feel the pride of ownership of those fabulous historic homes in the air, the love for the city's history and the attention to detail.

They had it all: lovingly restored and maintained historic homes, ongoing restoration projects, houses in need of some lovin'. Within minutes of parking our car and walking down the street-lined alley I was itching to look up real estate listings (Don't tell the Ugly Duckling!).

So, without further ado, here are a few snap shots of Charleston's historic downtown along Meeting Street. Enjoy!

Old house p@rn - what's not to love?

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