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Trip Report GoTravel's Most Excellent Weekend In Charleston As A Tourist! (and I checked out a ton of hotels)

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Let me preface this by saying that as long as I've lived so close to Charleston, an hour, I've never spent a weekend there and paid attention. I usually go in to town with my girlfriends for makeup at Saks, shoes at Bob Ellis, and fru fru dining at Penninsula Grill or SNOB. Once in a while, Mr. GoTravel and I will go into town together for a similar trip (bag Bob Ellis and Saks).

It is a rush in, check into the same hotels (Charleston Place, Doubletree, or Planters Inn), do the same exact thing, then go back home. This weekend was different.

I vowed to stop and smell the roses, pay attention to arguably the most beautiful city in the United States, and check out new hotels and a few new things. I visited quite a few hotels people ask about and will list them at the end of the post.

Mr. GoTravel and I were invited to spend a couples weekend in Charleston and agreed. Since he got out of the restaurant business, these things are now possible (past conversations usually go as follows, "What? Are you out of what passes for your mind? Leaving the restaurants during ________ holiday???").

Friday morning after packing the cooler (I like a glass of wine and he likes a bourbon drink while we are getting ready plus I like to take snacks) we hit the road and were downtown Charleston by noon. We checked into the:

Andrew Pinckney Inn
40 Pinckney Street
www.AndrewPinckneyInn.com

It was 1/2 block down Church Street from my usual Doubletree so the location was excellent. They served a rooftop heavy continental breakfast each morning. The rate was $139 per night for a King Suite while the Doubletree was charging $259 per night. This hotel isn't the Ritz but it was lovely, charming, excellent service, excellent amenities, and a very large room. This was just a standard room.

Met our friends and went to O'Reilly's Pub on King Street. This is usually a stop for Mr. GoTravel while I'm in Bob Ellis or one afterward.

From there we went to some stinky rank cigar bar with zero ventilation. I mean come on, if you are opening a cigar bar, you need a little ventilation. I've blocked the name from my mind and seriously considered throwing out my clothes.

From there, went with the group choice (my last time doing this) to T-Bonz for dinner. While I like T-Bonz, the food is great, decent prices, great location on the corner of Market Street and Church next to Kaminskys (great for desert), there are too many other fabulous places for the price to eat there.

Mr. GoTravel and I snuck off to the rooftop of The Market Pavillion Hotel. Wow! What a view! The pool is on the roof of this hotel and covered by plexiglass. It is on the fourth or fifth floor and you can see all over Charleston, the harbour, ocean, and the bridges. This is a must do. More on the hotel in a minute.

To be continued.

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