Memorial Day in Charleston for Spoleto
For the past four or five years, every Memorial Day weekend I go to Charleston, South Carolina to experience a part of their 17 day long internationally known arts festival, Spoleto. The festival fills Charleston’s historic theaters, churches, and outdoor spaces with performances by renowned and emerging artists in opera; theater; dance; and chamber, symphonic, choral, and jazz music. There is sooooooo much to see and do, but we make sure to find time every year to check out the visual art set up in Marion Square, hit some galleries (Robert Lange Studio is my favorite), and attend The Charleston Argentine Tango Society's weekend milongas and their famous Tango on the Beach.
An interesting thing that I heard on this trip was that the reason that Charleston is so historical is because at the time when people were tearing things down to rebuild in a more modern style, they did not have the financial means to do so! I thought that this was especially interesting after reading a book about New York, and being so surprised how they tore down the great mansions on 5th Ave. The reason that Charleston is so well preserved is that the couldn't afford to upgrade!
This year we decided to stay at the Restoration on King. It's right in the middle of King Street shopping - a block or two away from Hamden Clothing (!!a must go!!) and many other shops. It's a very cool boutique hotel, with exposed brick and old plank flooring, mercury glass detailing, a rooftop restaurant and pool with amazing views, and bicycles to use during your stay. There is a secret garden off to the side with massive succulents and draping greenery where you can enjoy a coffee and a croissant from The Rise. There's not full blown, out, bacon and eggs room service, but they do bring you a little picnic baskets full of boiled eggs, croissants, bagels, and coffee or tea when you leave your order on the door overnight.
The view from the rooftop restaurant, The Watch, is so good - but if you decide to sit outside, ask for the back patio- it's covered and the front one is NOT and doesn't have umbrellas. The food was almost as good as the rosé.
And the icing on the cake was seeing and dancing with our friends from all over the Southeast every night! Sadly, (or maybe it's a good thing!) I didn't stop dancing long enough to take any pictures to share with you!!