It’s been just over two weeks since we left Charleston and I would be only mildly dramatic in saying I’ve missed it every day. When we initially decided to delay our “real” honeymoon–an African safari–until our first anniversary, I was a little bummed (cue the violins, I know) but our Charleston mini-moon ended up being the perfect getaway.
We called the charming boutique hotel, Zero George, home during our stay, and I can say with confidence that it is the only hotel we will be staying at on subsequent trips to the Holy City.
Zero George had been on my must-visit list, and after pulling up to the early 1800s restored carriage house and entering through the courtyard, I knew we had made the right decision.
There’s nothing I love more than a thoughtfully designed hotel and the well appointed interiors are sophisticated but still warm and inviting–a delicate balance that I’m convinced Southerners have a natural born gift for creating.
Color this Yankee jealous.
A European influence–a nod to Charleston’s history as a port city in colonial times–is evident in the design decisions throughout the hotel’s common areas as well as its 18 rooms. I’ve been hunting for a French Louis Philippe mirror similar to the one above for years!
Also note the candles in the fireplace which were lit each evening and created such a romantic ambiance.
No detail was spared, as evidenced by the sea grass covered guest book and brass key fob.
These beautiful sculptural brass lamps (similar) were not missed by my roving design eye.
My wedding gift to Garrett was a Lotuff Leather duffel (purchased via Roztayger). A much needed upgrade from the tattered Patagonia he’d been carrying since boarding school.
At some point each day we ended up reading on the veranda. I picked up a copy of this and laughed my way through with drink in hand, listening to the whir of the fans. It was pretty much perfection and fulfilled all of my Southern belle fantasies.
Breakfast is included with your stay so each morning we nibbled on (or more accurately gorged ourselves on) Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, quiche, fruit, and prosciutto at a picture perfect bistro table.
This pair of seafoam crusisers were the latest addition the the Zero George arsenal when we arrived.
I snapped this photo on our way to dinner at Zero Cafe. Charleston has no shortage of amazing restaurants–a few of which I’ve posted about here–but Chef Vincent Petrillo’s food was so delicious we ended up canceling one of our reservations and dining in for a second night.
The menu changes almost daily and both of our meals were unreal. Garrett thinks the octopus appetizer we had at both dinners was his favorite dish of our entire visit.
I should also add that the staff was unfailingly gracious, friendly, and accomodating. I had booked the room under my name and knowing it was our honeymoon they greeted Garrett as Mr. Souza throughout our entire stay which we found too funny to correct!
If you’re headed to Charleston at any time in the near future we can’t recommend Zero George highly enough, and are looking forward to our next visit.
P.S I hate that I have to qualify gushing reviews, but this post was not sponsored in any way, shape, or form, we just genuinely loved our experience and hope you’ll visit too!