Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Girls' Trip!

I cannot say for certain, but I think my friends and I have planned an incredible girls' weekend.  If my family's plans to sabotage my trip fail, this is what I have in store. 

We are headed to Charleston, South Carolina. 

Just girls. 

No husbands. 

No kids. 

No agendas. 

Just good friends looking to reconnect and celebrate our collective 40th birthday!

We are staying at the Restoration on King, a little boutique hotel right in the heart of Charleston. The rooms resemble a swanky little furnished apartment -- perfect for a bunch of girls who *may* want to spend a few hours lounging around each day! Additionally, they bring continental breakfast to your room each day, offer an evening wine and cheese reception, and {be still my heart}, cookies and milk are served each evening. Suffice to say, I think I will be quite comfortable staying here. 

We will spend one evening dining at Rue de Jean, a refined French café and bar who claims to "pay homage to the classic brasserie cuisine that inspired vehemently loyal Parisians." Ohhh la la!  I suppose I need a crash course in ordering French wines?!

We will shop on swanky King Street as well as at the Old City Market. I cannot wait to see what quirky little finds I stumble across in the antique stores or at the market!

We will also enjoy a "Haunted Charleston Walking Tour." Boo!

One morning we will spend a few hours learning {and sampling} the secrets of low country cooking. On the menu: Shrimp and Squash Soup with Local Goat Cheese Cream; Braised Pork Chop and Butterbean Cassoulet; Marinated and Grilled Winter Vegetables with Balsamic Drizzle and Fried Cornbread Squares: Pear and Sausage Pilaf; Double Crusted Bourbon Apple Pie a la mode. Heaven! 

We scheduled a private tour with Old South Carriage Ride.  We were planning to bundle up and sip on hot chocolate during the tour {southern girls!}, but alas, it looks like we will enjoy more moderate temps than we initially expected. I cannot wait to sit back and enjoy a lively tour of such a beautiful and historic city! 

That evening we will dine at Husk. It sounds divine: "Brock and Chef de Cuisine Travis Grimes, a Lowcountry native, reinterpret the bounty of the surrounding area, exploring an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to cook and eat in Charleston." They had me at "Chef de Cuisine." 

We'll end our weekend with brunch. Of course Charleston has so many great restaurants, that we simply cannot decide. We are currently holding reservations at both High Cotton and Magnolias

I'm torn after perusing both menus:  banana bread french toast at High Cotton or Marscapone French Toast at Magnolia.  How's a girl to choose?! Maybe I'll check to see who offers bottomless mimosas.  That would seal the deal. 

We said all along that it didn't matter where we went -- we just wanted to be together. Now, I'm starting to think we'll have the best of all worlds!

Where is the most spectacular place you've visited with friends? Was it all you hoped it would be? 

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