BEST WESTERN Sweetgrass Inn
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... them to be like the Palace of Versailles or something! We didn't have enough time to tour the house but it didn't look as good as Edmondston Alston house anyway. The surrounding gardens and scenery were worth the drive though.
This evening, we'd planned to visit a friend of mine, Stephannie Favor, who I'd befriended back when she'd previously been a castaway on the show "Survivor: Cook Islands". We agreed on meeting at a place called California Dreaming which ...
... just minutes before the lecture. The lecture was given by the museums head curator. We thought we were in the wrong place initially, because there was a catered buffet laid out just inside the door with lots of people milling about. Nope, that's how they do it here. Free public lectures in Charleston, cookies, cheese and crackers, mini red velvet cupcakes, fruit and more. We should have arrived earlier! The lecture was about an hour long including the Q and ...
... off the coast of Florida. After lunch we went to see Fort Menendez with many exhibits and displays about the Spanish period, as well as a Native American village. The day ended on a lighter note with a visit to the St. Augustine Distillery. They make bourbon, gin and vodka. We toured the distillation room before entering the tasting room. At the end of the visit we purchased a bottle of vodka and a bottle of gin, which we ...
... There you can buy tickets to tour one of the historic homes they own. After talking with the ticket person, I decided to tour the Aiken-Rhett tour. She explained this home is part of their preservation program and is a self-guided tour. I bought my ticket ($10) and headed in the direction she pointed me.
The Aiken-Rhett Home is located on Elizabeth Street and, from the City Market, was slightly further than the Visitor Center. So it ...
... got a great bargain.
Picture taking is not allowed inside the house.
Even in 1857, the Nathaniel Russell house was described by a contemporary as "…beyond all comparison, the finest establishment in Charleston.” When it was built in 1808 it was widely recognized as one of America's most significant neoclassical dwellings. The resident tour guide assigned to us was absolutely intriguing with knowledge of the story of ...