Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Charleston, SC Getaway Days 4-5

We made the decision on Tuesday afternoon to rent a vehicle for the day on Wednesday & venture out to one of the nearby beach areas.  We hadn't truly planned on doing this, but before we left I had realized how close the beach was and convinced Hubby to pack some gear just in case.  ;o)  And of course, since he knows me so well...he knew this meant that we would most likely be making a daytrip to the beach!  ha!
We headed out early & first stopped at Sullivan's Island.  This is a BEAUTIFUL area. However, we only stayed for a short time because we had no chairs/umbrellas etc. to provide ANY shade. 

So...we headed back to the car and took the quick ride down to Isle of Palms where we could rent a set of chairs & an umbrella for the day.  This area was definitely more crowded, but the beach chair setup and delivery was the perfect way to spend the day.  We went for a couple of walks, read a book, and just relaxed.  My idea of perfection for sure!  For lunch we did leave and head back to Sullivan's Island to eat at Poe's Tavern...delicious food and a super fan atmosphere. 

Another bonus of renting a car for the last full day was that we actually got to cross the famous Arthur Ravenel Jr. bridge...a pretty cool site to see as you drive across from Charleston to Mt. Pleasant. 

We finished up our last full day with dinner at Halls Chophouse, and I completely failed to take ANY pictures of us that night.  But it was an incredible steakhouse with perfect service and a great atmosphere.  A perfect way to end our trip! 

We actually had all of Thursday morning to spend in the Historic District as well.  Since our first carriage ride was so awful, we opted to take another one and as our driver put it...we one the lottery!  We managed to snag the best route in the city that took us along Rainbow Row, down by the Battery, and into the neighborhood with biggest houses in the district.  I'm so glad we decided to do another carriage ride!

We had a quick lunch at Closed for Business, which was near our hotel, and was another great recommendation from April and then grabbed our taxi to the airport.  We arrived in plenty of time, but our plane arrived a little late so they rushed us all on to try and have an on-time departure.  I was already a little worried about making our connection because we only had 45 minutes in Atlanta.  Not long after they closed the boarding door, the pilot comes on and says there is a mechanical issue and to sit tight.  Well...not even 10 minutes later, we're all deboarding.  Connecting flight officially missed. 

Hubby hopped on the phone and also got in the ridiculously long line to try and rebook our flight home.  We were eventually told that our original flight was scheduled to leave at 7:45 pm (6 hours later), but also rebooked on another connecting flight that was scheduled to leave at 7:59 pm just in case our original flight was officially cancelled.  This would at least get us to Atlanta on Thursday evening. 

Let me just tell you.  We had NOTHING.  No makeup. No contact solution for Hubby.  No deodorant.  No change of clothes.  And we had 6 hours to kill.  So...since the Charleston airport is super small, we left the secure area, rented a taxi to take us to Target and picked up some essentials.  Oh and I should probably mention that our closing on the new house was scheduled for Friday morning at 9:00 am...which we obviously had to reschedule for noon the same day. 

We finally made it to Atlanta on Thursday evening around 9:30, headed to the Delta Customer Service desk to get a hotel voucher, trekked our way to the hotel shuttle and finally got a little sleep...only to wakeup at 5:00 am to shower and head back to the airport. 
A little bit of makeup and a new maxi dress went a LONG way in not making me feel quite so gross!
We finally made it home on Friday morning around 10:00 am...just in time for a noon closing on our new home!  I was so incredibly excited to see my little girl waiting for us at the airport!   

We had a fabulous time and I'd definitely recommend Charleston for a fun, couples getaway!

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