Tale of a Girlfriends' Getaway in Charleston

[caption id="attachment_3822" align="alignnone" width="800"]Fulton Lane Inn girls getaway from Happiness Is via Happiness Is[/caption] "And as we do at every meal, we gave a toast around the table using one letter of the alphabet. That night, we chose:  H. 'To Hope. To Happiness. To Humor. To being Here together in Charleston... Heaven on earth.'" Alissa, Shannon, Melanie and Tiffany met as college students in Southern California. Time has separated these four ladies geographically, so each year they make it a point to find a common place to gather for a girlfriends' getaway. These trips have become a cherished escape from the norm: a time to catch up and make new memories in a new city. [caption id="attachment_3824" align="alignnone" width="800"]Fulton Lane Inn via Happiness Is via Happiness Is[/caption] This year, the group chose Charleston and the Fulton Lane Inn as the site for their reunion. These West Coasters had never experienced the southeast and fell in love with Charleston's charm, history, foodie culture and beautiful vistas. The Fulton Lane Inn proved to be the perfect hotel for their mini vacation. A great spot to experience Charleston for the first time. Shannon, blogger from the very inspiring Happiness Is, beautifully captured their weekend getaway to Charleston in words and photos  (two posts here and here!) Here's what Shannon had to say -

"We couldn't have asked for a better location. Fulton Lane Inn is located right on King Street in the heart of the city, steps away from shops, restaurants, and parks. Our first day, we got familiar with our surroundings and walked to the nearby market, ate a traditional southern lunch... (where I fell madly in love with authentic cheesy grits), and frolicked along the picturesque waterfront."

A thorough exploration of our city's hot food scene should be required on every Charleston vacation. These ladies did it right - and visited many of our concierge favorites like Bin 152 for wine and cheese and the funky Butcher & Bee for lunch. The four also visited our fine dining sister restaurant, Circa 1886, where guests of the inn are treated to a special fixed price three-course dinner. The food and overall experience got the girls' stamp of approval:

"Our dinner that night was a special one at Fulton Lane Inn's sister restaurant, Circa 1886. We had reservations for a 3-course meal with wine pairings. Chef Marc Collins' creations were out of this world. My main course was heart of palm "marrow", with spinach, crispy fried onions, beluga lentils and grapefruit. Being a vegetarian in the south can be tricky. But I felt welcome and celebrated here. 

The restaurant is located within the original carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion, a gorgeous historical property built in 1886. Before our meal, we were offered a champagne tour. We ascended a spiral staircase to the rooftop cupula to admire the 360 degree view of Charleston. Naturally, we sang a song in 4-part harmony, the same song we sung at the top of the Eiffel Tower many moons ago."

Thank you Shannon, Alissa, Melanie and Tiffany for sharing these fun memories. We have a feeling you'll be visiting Charleston again! Planning a Charleston getaway? The Fulton Lane Inn is perfect for friends traveling together. The hotel offers many (spacious) room types - views of King Street, double beds, suites, etc. Amenities like daily breakfast are complimentary, as is an afternoon wine and cheese reception -truly a perfect place to convene after a day of exploring Charleston. Stay tuned in to our special rates and packages, as we have some fantastic summer 2013 travel deals. 

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