Oh how I wish I was spending the holidays in Charleston.  As we walked along the cobblestone and gas lamp lit streets recently, I could picture the holly, red bows and frost speckled wreaths that would soon cover the worn wrought iron.

Charleston is a beautiful mix of history, nature, and couture.  We, two couples and a two-year-old, were very comfortable at our home base of Restoration on King.  To say it was amazing would be an understatement.  We had groceries delivered and stocked before our arrival to our 2-bedroom suite. The convenience went beyond the location to the full-kitchen, wine and cheese reception each night, and cookies at bedtime.  After a full day of sightseeing each day, we’d chose from one of the surrounding top-rated restaurants for dinner and our service-oriented staff at Restoration would pick it up and deliver it right to our room.

We had sweet tea fried chicken from The King Street Grill, wet wipe worthy bar-b-que from Nick’s Bar-B-Q, and elegant fare from Sermet’s.  We ventured out one night for a view and tasty stuffed hushpuppies at Fleet Landing.

Our daytime adventures included a visit to Boone Hall Plantation where we enjoyed a tour of the beautiful grounds.  Spanish moss covered oaks greeted us on our drive in.  While those romantic trees were beautiful they didn’t compare to a huggable thousand-year-old Oak, appropriately named Angel Oak.  She stands 65-feet tall and shades 17,000 square feet.  Her gnarly but welcoming limbs are a must visit.

No visit to Charleston is complete without a horse-drawn carriage ride. We toured the city in style with Millhouse from Palmetto Carriage as our guide. We passed historic homes and resting places. On foot, we peered into the past. History dripped from the flower boxed homes on our waterside walk to visit Waterfront Park and White Point Gardens.

And don’t pass up a day trip to Folly Beach.  We chartered a private boat ride via Tideline Tours.  We viewed several frolicking dolphins on our boat ride over to a picture-perfect beach.  We combed the beach for shells, but our souvenir collection wasn’t completed without visiting Charleston’s couture clothing stores.

We picked up treasures from Sam’s Closet, Willy Jay’s, and The Copper Penny.  While shopping is King on King Street, we rounded a corner to buy our furbaby some presents at Alpha Dog Omega Cat.  The original selection included pineapple toys and bow-tie collars.  If you can’t leave the city without local artwork, a sweet grass basket or a Charleston sun hat, (who can?) visit the City Market.

No matter how your choose to spend your time, Charleston is sure to charm you.