Do the Charleston…

Wednesday night at the John Rutledge House Inn was a blast for us! Charleston is such a beautiful city and the people are so friendly. Before we even arrived Ellen Schmedinghoff, the Social Media & Content Manager for Charming Inns, a family-owned and operated collection of historic inns and an award-winning restaurants in Charleston, wanted to meet us and hear about our trip. She showed us around the Inn and told us some fun things to do in Charleston. How nice!

The amount of history attached to The John Rutledge House is astounding! Men who signed the Declaration of Independence sat in the same ballroom we had afternoon tea in. Our room was so beautiful and so pet friendly. Sid was thrilled to see dog biscuits and a dog bowl filled with water for him in the room. These folks have thought of everything. There is even an opportunity for guests to keep up with their workout routine since the Inn offers complimentary passes to a local gym. Amanda and I decided to take a different exercise approach and woke up this morning and went for a run downtown. Holy moly is it hot in August in Charleston! We really wanted to make an effort to do a little running since we knew we would be in the car for several hours, and totally indulged on wine, salmon, and brownie sundaes for dinner last night.

Out on the town in Charleston.

We met up with my husband Johnny and a good friend, Tyler, at Social Wine Bar, a cool restaurant downtown, within walking distance of the Inn. There, we each selected a glass of wine, which is not an easy task since they have hundreds to choose from. From there we walked over to Eli’s Table and enjoyed a fabulous meal outside in their courtyard. We dined on salmon, veggie pasta, chicken and, of course, a little more wine. Then it was time for dessert.

Anyone who knows the Gayle sisters knows that one of our favorite things to do is to go out for coffee and dessert. We LOVE chocolate, so bring on the famous brownie sundae and tollhouse pie at one of the best dessert places in Charleston, Kaminsky’s. Apparently we were not the only ones who decided to indulge that night because there was a line out the door. No worries, we will always wait for anything covered in ice cream and chocolate sauce.

Shrimp and Grits, a Charleston staple.

Fast forward to this morning after an awesome night sleep on the Inn’s foam mattresses, Maurice greeted us with shrimp and grits for breakfast, because you can’t come to Charleston without experiencing this famous combination. Although we were sad to leave Charleston, and my hubby, we’re looking forward to the next stop – 1824 Inn in Macon Georgia.

- Ashley

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