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Trip Report Charleston over Christmas

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Overall, I'm a big fan of Charleston, although I am curious to see what it's like at a more crowded time of year. That being said, I feel I got to know it in a very different way since it was over the holiday. I didn't get to go everywhere I wanted, or eat in every restaurant, since many were closed, but you know what - that's ok. I did come to understand that the people in the South really are so so much nicer than they are everywhere else. (http://www.eatdreamtravel.com/2011/12/people-in-south-really-are-nicer.html)

*I will add more pics/blog posts later!

Here's what we did...
1. Dinner at McCrady's. Do it. Especially when you have the whole non-holiday menu to choose from. I'm sure Husk is amazing also. (http://www.eatdreamtravel.com/2011/12/dinner-at-mccradys.html)

2. Running down by the water on the battery. It was so beautiful it distracted me from the pain in my knees. (http://www.eatdreamtravel.com/2011/12/running-in-charleston.html)

3. Fort Sumter. Good for the "I can never learn enough about war" set (a.k.a. my husband). Also fun if you like boat rides, but you really need to dress as if it's 10-15 degrees colder. I was freezing out there.

4. Carriage ride. We went with Carolina Polo Company solely because it was rated highest in Trip Advisor. We had a good guide who liked to mention every few minutes that he was actually from Charleston, and that most of the stuff other guides tell people is lies. All lies. Great way to see the city though. I covet the porches on these mansions, they are amazing.

5. Nathaniel Russel House. This was ok. I just really wanted to see the inside of one of these houses. The three story "flying" staircase is really neat. No photos allowed inside, which was kind of a bummer for me.

6. Lunch at "Caviar and Bananas." We ate at the small one at the city market, but the original bigger one is on George St. Top 5 sandwiches ever: Duck confit, aged gouda, pickled red onions, fig jam, and black pepper mayo toasted on sourdough bread. Mmmmmm.

7. Dinner at FIG. Amazing Italian/Southern food.

8. Breakfast/brunch at Toast. Ok food, but generally overly hyped. Only place that was open on Christmas really, so I would not wait 45 minutes for this on any other day. Signature French toast tasted re-heated, although the fried green tomatoes were a great introduction to Southern cuisine. Atmosphere is fun here though (see my #2 in why Southern people really are nicer...). And bottomless mimosas are never a bad thing..

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