Shane and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Let me just start off by saying I have the best, most wonderful husband ever! Seriously! So he told me on Thursday that we were going away for the weekend. He didn't tell me where we were going just that we were leaving early Saturday morning. Honestly I was expecting to maybe go out to dinner if I was lucky! I had no clue that he had been planning this weekend for us. I felt so special! Okay so Saturday morning we get up at and were out the door by 5am. We stopped for donuts on the way and then hit the freeway. We ended up going to Charleston and it was AMAZING! Really...everything couldn't have gone better. The day was perfect. We got there around 8ish, parked the car and started walking. Shane's mom gave us some money to spend on our trip so we went on a carriage tour which was probably my favorite thing we did. There were about 12 people on our carriage and we got to tour around historic Charleston and learn about all the history. I will definitely do that again whenever we go back!
Shane and I getting on our tour. I love the iPhone4...it's so awesome to take a picture of yourself and actually see if you're in the frame! :)
This is Bill. Pretty, right? He was awesome...he had so much pep and had to be told to slow down every 5 minutes!
The slave market. They never actually sold slaves here though...just meat, seafood and vegetables. Now it's a cool place where you can buy locally made stuff as well as stuff made in China. :)
So many beautiful churches in Charleston! We passed this one on our tour.
The 3rd most romantic bed and breakfast in the United States. Two Meeting Street Inn. I just love that huge tree in front of it.
When we finished our tour, we checked into our hotel. Shane picked a great hotel right in the middle of everything. The staff was amazing...they even sent us up a bottle of champagne after learning it was our anniversary! We wanted to do some site seeing before the rain hit so after checking in we went right back out. We got a great lunch at a place called Burger Babies and walked around. Good thing we brought umbrellas because it started pouring!
Having fun in front of the millions of great photo opportunities :)
Our lunch was so good! We both got regular burger babies but Shane also got a chorizo burger and a portabella burger. The portabella was actually his favorite!
While we were eating lunch it started pouring rain. You can't see that well but inside the restaurant it was cozy and warm and outside it was cold and gloomy and raining. Needless to say, after lunch we headed back to our hotel to dry off. We talked to the front desk and they helped us decide on a restaurant for dinner. She made reservations for us and we went back to our room and actually took a nap. Oh what a treat! That night we went to dinner at this great Italian place. The lights were dim, we sat in a booth and they had live Jazz music. Everyone who worked there came by to say happy anniversary and they gave us complimentary champagne also. After dinner we walked around a bit but it was raining and cold so we didn't last very long. We ended up calling it an early night and slept for 11 hours! AMAZING!
So after our amazing nights sleep, we got breakfast and then headed out for more sight seeing. We walked and walked and walked. Mostly through all the beautiful houses right on the water. Charleston is such a beautiful city. I loved taking pictures of everything and I really can't wait to go back!
I had to take a picture of the aqua house for Heidi :)
I made Shane let me take pictures of him. :)
At Battery Park
Shane's Forest Gump pose :)
Our last stop before heading home. A coffee/beer place that was actually really cool. We had to check it out because it was such a strange combination. I wish we had a little more time so that we could see all that there is to see in Charleston! It was such a great weekend and I'm thinking that we will be coming back here often!