So one of the perks of working my very new and very cool job is the opportunity to travel. A lot. In fact, I just completed my first work related trip this past weekend to Charleston…and lemme tell you that I cannot wait to go back.
For those of you who aren’t familiar, the Southern Blog Society is a network of style bloggers who put on an incredible networking conference every year. This year, they chose Charleston as the location and we decided to sponsor a table there to meet some of the amazing women who dedicate their workdays to blogging. What does this mean?
It means that we flew out excruciatingly early in the morning the day before to set up for an all day conference. We swagged the attendees out with goodie bags (which if you’ve ever worked in PR or event planning, you KNOW is a process) and generally just had an amazing time connecting with bloggers that literally work their BUTTS off creating beautiful content.
Now, to say that we were there working doesn’t mean that I didn’t get a chance to see the city. Au contrare, I’d argue that I saw much of the good that Charleston has to offer, from the BOMB food to the friendly people. The only downside was that Obama was in town, making traffic come to an actual standstill.
Thankfully, we were staying at the Belmond Charleston Place, which is right off of Market Street. The perfect location for getting around on foot!
While on the topic of the hotel, how amazing does this room look? I couldn’t contain myself when I saw the rain shower. In fact, don’t think I’ve ever been so excited to shower before in. my. life. TMI? Sorry.
The welcome gifts they left us had me at hello. Who wouldn’t like fruit and cheese?!
We ate dinner on Friday at a lovely restaurant called Fig…the name actually stands for Food Is Good and the highlight of that night was not the amazing food (sauteed Grouper over a corn mash) but the fact that I Bravo-lebrity spotted Shep from Southern Charm eating in the back. He walked right by me. No big deal.
I’m going to do a whole post dedicated to the ins and outs to properly sponsoring an event for all of my #PRGirls out there, but it’s safe to say that the bloggers we met at the conference the next day were absolute GEMS. It’s so funny meeting people that you’ve met over the Internet in real life. It’s kind of like, “OH! I know you!” when in reality you’ve just stalked their Internet personas.
Post-Conference, I hit the town and saw all of the best that Charleston had to offer. I headed right to the beach. How gorgeous is this view?
And apparently, Pineapples are a thing in the South. This fountain was a total hotspot, filled with kids looking to cool off.
I ate a refuel meal at Jestine’s, the best southern comfort food in the area. Of course, when in the South….I did it right and got fried chicken with all of the fixin’s. Duh.
If I get the chance to go back to Charleston, I’m absolutely going to stay in downtown again just because there is never a shortage of things to do. I won’t go into the horrible details of my voyage home (thanks JetBlue for canceling my flight) but I didn’t let it ruin the amazing time I had in a powerful, strong, and gorgeous city like Charleston.
What’s your favorite place to visit in the South?
Have you been to Charleston?