Thursday, August 18, 2005

Lisa & Scott's Visit to Charleston - Day 5

Our second attempt at exploring Downtown was much more successful than our first. The day began with a carriage tour with Old South Carriage Company - the best in town in my opinion. We were very fortunate to get zone 2 for our tour - to control carriage traffic, only a certain number of carriages are allowed on the streets at one time and at the start of each tour, the city gate keeper spins the bingo barrel to find out which tour the carriage will take. Zone 1 and 2 are the best tours in my opinion. Our guide was Annie and our horse was Charlie--both were FABULOUS!

St. Michael's Church
When we returned to the Market area, it was time to grab some lunch so we headed up to Jestine's. I visit this restaurant often but always find it to be hit or miss with the food and service...Tuesdays are the best as the daily special is Sweet Chicken and Lima Beans. On this visit, I tried their fried chicken and must admit it was not very good -- overcooked. The desserts on the other hand are always a huge hit! I had their Coca Cola Chocolate Cake, one friend had their banana pudding and other had the pecan pie...all were delicious.

Edmondston-Allston House
After lunch, I took my friends on a walking tour of South of Broad. We walked down Meeting Street and first stopped at St. Michael's Church - one of my favorite churches in town. St. Mary's Catholic on Hasell Street is my fav (the church is generally only open for Sunday 9:30 mass but well worth the visit). We continued down Meeting pass the Calhoun Mansion to White Point Gardens. After taking a little rest in the shade (it was quite humid today), we walked along the seawall to the Edmondston-Allston House...the house tour is one of my favs. After the tour, we continued up East Bay along Rainbow Row and Printer's Row to Broad Street where we met up with another downpour.

We ran through Washington Park to the Mills House where we escaped the rain and humidity for an hour and enjoyed drinks and apps in the First Shot Lounge. When the rain finally let up, we continued up Meeting and made our way over to King Street for a little shopping before dinner. For their last night in town, we had dinner at Hank's...another fav. As usual, the food and service was spectacular. Thank goodness we had a little walk to our car after dinner to walk off all we ate!

En route to our car, we passed Tristan's and decided a martini was a must. Tristan's recently changed ownership so I was curious to see if the service had improved...I can say that it has in the bar...thank goodness! I tried the Espresso Martini a little strong on the espresso for my taste. One friend tried their Margarita and said it was quite tasty. We all agreed that my other friend had the best drink--the Apple Pie Martini -- Apple Pucker, Stolis Vanilla Vodka, Apple and Pineapple Juice shaken and served in a glass that is rimmed with cinnamon and brown sugar.YUM YUM YUM!!

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