Rick and I are enjoying a rare mid-week, mini-cation to Charleston, South Carolina. As a high school teacher Rick is not inclined to take time away from school because it is so much work to get things ready for a substitute teacher. But today was a holiday (thank you Veterans) and he was feeling the need for a break so he readily agreed to a trip to Charleston.
Today was mostly driving (about a 5 hour drive from our home in Greensboro, NC) and then I had a conference call for work but we got settled in our room at the Hampton Inn in the historic district of the city at the corner of Meeting Street and John Street. Big plus – breakfast is included. Slight negative – parking is not included and will cost $16 per day in the city parking lot next to the hotel. We don’t travel often so little things that are probably no big deal to someone who does, are fun for us – like the ability to select our room via email the day before arrival.
There wasn’t much on the agenda for today since we didn’t arrive until almost 4 so we chose this for our nice dinner out night. I realize most people might select seafood or southern cuisine, but I read about an Italian restaurant that was listed as one of the top 20 Italian restaurants in the country by travel and leisure magazine Trattoria Lucca
From the golden beet with octopus in a tangerine sauce appetizer to the most delicious pork chop (pounded thin) that I can ever remember eating, this was a delightful way to start the vacation.
Even though I’ve been to Charleston a couple of times – once with our daughter in 2009 and once on business in 2012, Rick has never been. The weather is supposed to be great for the next few days. I’m really looking forward to exploring the area with Rick. Stay tuned for more commentary.