After a short rest we were back on the go. We dined at Magnolia's, rated the best restaurant in Charleston. Supposedly, this is Oprah Winfrey's favorite Southern restaurant. It was wonderful! Once again I ordered filet mignon, about the only non-seafood dish available besides chicken, which I still can't bring myself to eat (I had a nasty bout of salmonella from chicken last summer). Robyn and I both thought that High Cotton was better. Anyway, here is our self-portrait in Magnolia's.
On Friday, we went to the Magnolia Plantation. I took a ton of photos there, so I will post those separately tomorrow. Friday afternoon we enjoyed what's been rated as "the best afternoon tea in the South" at the Thoroughbred Club in our hotel. Yes it was wonderful and delicious, but we're not too sure about it being the best. We thought it was pricey and pretty typical. But that didn't stop us from eating every morsel!
After tea, we strolled through another side of downtown Charleston as we headed towards the water. We discovered that Charleston has three symbols: the pineapple (which is a sign of hospitality), the palm tree (which are all over town), and the carriage (which are also all over town). We found the parking lot for some of the horse-drawn carriages. Aren't these pretty?
South Carolina's Custom House is such a pretty building.
Waterside Park is located across the street from the Custom House.
I just think this shot is cool because you can see the water in motion.
The boardwalk was equipped with numerous porch swings hanging from the roof. How quaint is that?
This is Charleston's famous Pineapple Fountain.
This neighborhood is parallel to Waterfront Park. I wonder how much one of these places costs. More than I can afford, I am sure.
After enjoying every morsel of our afternoon tea, we weren't too hungry for dinner but I have to eat in order to stave off some of my esophagus issues. We opted for light appetizers followed by the best fresh peach pie I have ever tasted! That alone was worth the airfare! Ha ha!
I'll be back tomorrow with the rest of my photos. One closing thought: Southern hospitality and gentility are alive and well. The people of Charleston are warm, friendly, polite, and gracious. It is definitely a place I want to revisit, but never again in the summer! Does anyone want to go with me?