Charleston Charm

WOW. What a week it has been. I’m so happy to have the time to sit down and write another entry. I’ve spent the last week traveling. I recently had a work event on the east coast and flying is the preferred mode of transportation but I figured what the hell, lets road trip. I called my mom and offered her the passenger seat if she as willing. We decided Charleston was going to be our pit stop and we made some reservations and bam, we were ready to go.

I never thought I would have a job where I would be traveling, but here I am and I couldn’t ask for more. I think I’ve found my passion for sure, but for those of you who don’t know, I struggle with anxiety. Unfortunately I can’t pin point the exact source of my anxiety but I think I have a better understanding. There’s so much going on in the world today and my home town is where I feel safest, even though I know something could very well happen here as it has in other towns, I am definitely on edge and worrisome and aware of my surroundings. I am fearful. I flew to Boston this past May and I thought I maybe had some sort of flying anxiety, but I learned that my anxiety ran a little bit deeper than that when I went to Charleston. I know one thing is for sure, I have a problem with large crowds and I was always taught to “stay with the crowd,” I don’t feel safe with a crowd anymore. I want to be fearless, not fearful. I do push myself to the fullest extent but for those of you who have dealt with anxiety, you know that once anxiety hits, it takes over your whole body. So having roughly 24 hours in Charleston I decided to try my hardest to not let my anxiety get the best of me and get out.

Charleston is one-of-a-kind. I’m not sure how I would describe Charleston; charming, clean and quaint. It’s a beautiful town and it somewhat reminds me of a mix between Beverly Hills and The New Orleans Garden District. I was so ready to see our hotel, I had seen pictures online, but I was ready to just be there already because I had sourced so many hotels in the historic Charleston area. The Mills House was where we decided to call home in Charleston, and I’m glad we did. It was a very unique hotel and I’m sure the majority of the hotels in that area are, but this one stood out. One of the many things I loved about The Mills House was the location; the hotel was right in the center of everything, which was great because we were able to walk everywhere. The hotel is full of pops of color and vintage accents.

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If you haven’t made time to visit Charleston; I definitely recommend it. King Street is a little Rodeo Drive; in my opinion, it’s full of shops and boutiques and designers such as Kate Spade, Louis Vuitton and much more. The second largest forever 21 is located in Charleston, which was our first stop. Our second shop was a beautiful little Starbucks that was actually located inside of an old bank, when you walk in you’d see the vault in the middle and there’s also a loft where you can sit and people watch. That night we went to a restaurant called Poogan’s Porch; I’ve never had tea so sweet in my entire life, but I’m not complaining! There’s a sweet story behind the name is so sweet, I’ll post the link here. I had the Shrimp and Grits, per recommendation and It was very good.

Unfortunately our trip was coming to an end, but we still had time to squeeze in some time to eat breakfast down stairs in the Barbados Room, I had the french Toast. After breakfast I was able to do a site visit and tour the hotel, after meeting with the Sales Manager and talking with him and hearing him refer to me as a meeting planner, everything felt surreal. He was right, I was a meeting planner, I guess hearing it from someone else really put things into perspective for me. I love my job and I love what I do, and before it was time to make my way to Fayetteville I had time to squeeze in a carriage ride through Charleston, It was Hot and Beautiful. What more could you ask for?

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