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Trip Report Charleston experience wonderful!

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Had a brief visit to Charleston just before Christmas. It was our first time visiting here in winter. Though it wasn't as pleasant walking around in cooler, rainy weather, it was nice not having overwhelming crowds that one normally finds there. When weather was especially bad, we did a bus tour of the city, and that turned out to be wonderful, as our tour guide was a history buff, and because of the small [almost personal] tour, we had a leisurely, informative tour, with a lot of interaction. We did one lunch at Jestine's, which was good, as usual. However, our lunch at Magnolia's was my favorite, and it comes with a nice perk. They have their own parking, which is free with your meal validation, and lunch is significantly cheaper than dinner there, and just as nice.

I suspect the festival of lights is now over, but what a wonderful display that was! We were advised to get there early, and thank goodness we heeded that advice. We breezed in, but when we left, the line to get in went on and on, all the way down the entrance, and then down the River road ........................... seemingly endless! It has been many, many years since I have toasted marshmallows over a pit, and there were as many seniors doing this as there were young families. There were many side activities in addition to the beautfiul light displays.

Despite the weather, we did manage to get to Drayton Hall, and enjoyed it. I look forward to going back in nicer weather to return to this plantation in addition to Middleton, to walk around the grounds.

We did find a good, local restaurant across the river [St. James Island side] that we really enjoyed. The Glass Onion, located on Savannah Hwy, was selected because we needed someplace 'quick' to have an early dinner before heading to see the light display. Well, not only were they wonderfully friendly [including giving us the advice to get to the light display early], but their 'soul' food was wonderful. Their blackboard menu items change almost daily, and I must confess, there were two items that were 'to die for', that were not available when we returned the following day.

We look forward to returning to Charleston, perhaps in spring, to see those plantations, and will undoubtably return to The Glass Onion as well.

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