This afternoon is bittersweet for our dear Pineapple Penelope. Her five-week vacation is drawing to a close. Penelope checked out of the Kings Courtyard Inn and made her final descent into the only Charming Inns’ property she has yet to visit: The Fulton Lane Inn.
Penelope has become a bit of a celebrity here in Charleston. Seems she can’t go anywhere without being recognized. That’s why she is particularly excited to check into the Fulton Lane Inn: it’s centrally located on historic King Street, but tucked away from the bustle. The inn is accessed only by walking down a charming little alleyway. The Fulton Lane Inn will give Penelope the privacy she’s craving, but provide almost instant access to the sites left on her itinerary.
After settling in, Penelope’s friend John LaVerne of Bulldog Tours invited her on another downtown walking tour. Penelope first met John while exploring the churches of Charleston. Today, the duo set off to explore Charleston’s French Quarter: its interesting alleyways in particular.
Alley #1: During Charleston’s Colonial and Revolutionary time period, men used to fight for honor with pistols and swords in this narrow cobblestone passageway. Our homegrown musical artist Darius Rucker (from Hootie and the Blowfish fame) strolled down this alley in his latest music video “Come Back” (cue to :43 seconds). Charleston’s community theater group, The Footlight Players, perform right alongside the alley as well.
Alley #2: Charleston was once a “Walled City”, built in the fashion of a fort to protect against attacks from nearby Spaniards and pirates. This narrow brick alleyway provided easy access for merchants to reach their ships and send their goods off into the Atlantic. The alley’s namesake is the gathering place for Charleston’s community of Freemasons.