Charleston, SC Exploration Post

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There are very few places in this world that feels like home. Places where the sun feels warm & the air feels crisp. Places where human beings are kind, adventurous, and humble. There's a reason so many people travel to this incredible city, and it's not just because of the beach. It's because when you travel to a different city, you want it to feel like home. 

We stayed at the Luxury Hotel Suites @ 493, a boutique hotel located in downtown Charleston! 

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All Eight Suites Include: Two Bedrooms, Queen or King Beds, Sleeper Sofa, 7/8 Suites Have Washer & Dryer, Flat Screen TV's in all Rooms, Two Full Bathrooms, Full Kitchen & Living Room, Parking Available for $10+tax/day & Free Cable & Wifi. The suites collectively sleep 52 people in eight luxury condominium suites. All eight suites are professionally decorated and designed, have two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a living area, and include a full kitchen and laundry room with top of the line appliances and luxury finishes. Guests will feel the warmth of southern hospitality met with an extravagant space as soon as they check in. Click on Luxury Travel Magazine to check out their newest review. Luxury Travel Magazine!

For breakfast we ate at The Rarebit! it's a great place for drinks and great food in a mid-century atmosphere. Uncomplicated and delicious, there's something for everyone. Best of all, breakfast is served all day! We serve breakfast all day. Happy hour is Tuesdays through Fridays from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm & enjoy $5 Moscow mules, or greyhounds. You can also enjoy their house red, white, & cava for $5 and $4 draft beers.

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My personal favorite was the Huevos Rancheros. It's a corn tortilla topped with black bean puree, two fried eggs, roasted tomato salsa, avocado, sour cream, cilantro & scallions with the option to add pulled pork.

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Later that night we were invited to cover Charleston Development Academy’s 9th Annual Capital Campaign Gala, Paris by the River. The gala was hosted at the Charleston Marriott Hotel, Crystal Ballroom, 170 Lockwood Blvd. 

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The evening began at 6:00 p.m. with guest registration, hors d’oeuvres and a prized silent auction. At 7:00 p.m. the ballroom doors opened and dinner was served. The evening continued with dancing and an array of entertainment. Music was provided by Next Level Band of Charlotte, North Carolina and Devonne Gary on Saxophone.

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The next day was dinner at Eli's Table! Eli's Table features a menu offering bold, worldly flavors while using fresh and local ingredients. Named after the owner of Charleston Hospitality Group's son Eli, the restaurant is sentimental for many reasons. With the flair our Executive Chef has brought to Eli's Table, guests are treated with a new way to savor their favorite classics.

The highlight of my experience at Eli's Table was their famous Shrimp and Grits! It's made of smoked gouda grits, grilled shrimp, & tasso gravy. The chef personally made the special dish with no meat, as I requested. This restaurant WILL NOT leave you disappointed & I'll be back <3

Asheville, SC Exploration Post

Asheville is a city in western North Carolina’s Blue Ridge Mountains. It’s known for a vibrant arts scene and historic architecture, including the dome-topped Basilica of Saint Lawrence. The vast 19th-century Biltmore estate displays artwork by masters like Renoir. The Downtown Art District is filled with galleries and museums, and in the nearby River Arts District, former factory buildings house artists' studios.

We were delighted to stay at the Windsor Asheville! 

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The Windsor Boutique Hotel offers unique and upscale accommodations within walking distance of the best restaurants, breweries, shops and galleries in the heart of downtown Asheville.

Initially constructed in 1907, The Windsor completed an eighteen-month historical renovation in 2013. They feature 14 luxury suites, each with its own character and charm. Each suite has a private bedroom, bathroom, washer/dryer, fully equipped kitchen and living room providing plenty of room to relax and unwind. Enjoy luxurious Sferra bedding and bath linens while you relax in your suite.

The hand-selected artwork and decor around the hotel are a fusion of pieces purchased locally and in Paris. Enjoy a petit parisienne combined with a “love for the rustic.” Regardless of the duration of your stay, The Windsor will make you feel at home.

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For dinner, we were invited to Rhubarb, a popular restaurant spot in Asheville! This particular night, was Sunday Supper. 

Each Sunday at 6:30 they serve a three-course meal at the communal tables. The Sunday Supper menu is different from the regular restaurant menu & reflects the bounty of the weekend markets presented family style. Also, a local guest farmer hosts the weekly convivial community tables. It’s not just “farm to table”, it’s “Farmer to Table”. It starts with a selection of snacks to pass, proceed to an entrée with several accompaniments served family style & finished with dessert.