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I’ve been busy today greeting our guests and stocking our exciting new gift shop, so I thought it was time for a simple repose at my favorite Starbucks™.  Luckily, the café is right inside our front door at King Street.  I highly recommend the chocolate cookie crumble Frappuccino®, especially on a hot day.  But then…anytime is a great time for a Starbucks™!

I have enjoyed meeting so many of the new freshmen this summer as they have been going through College of Charleston orientation.  I’m sure I’ll see them again during Move-In Weekend in August, since our hotel is the place that so many parents, family and friends stay when visiting their student  at the College. Go Cougars!!!

One of my favorite places to visit on a sunny day like today is the College’s Cistern Yard (located one block from the hotel). C of C is the oldest municipal college in the country (founded in 1770 and charted in 1785) and has several buildings that are designated National Historic Landmarks. The old, majestic evergreen oaks in the Cistern Yard are surrounded by three of these historic buildings – the main building (built in 1829 and now known as Randolph Hall), the Gate Lodge (built in 1852), and the College Library (built in 1856). The Cistern was constructed in 1857 to help control flooding due to heavy rains and to provide water for fighting fires. Later, it was filled and planted with grass. Today, it is a favorite studying spot for students and the site of commencement in the spring. Here is a live webcam http://webcams.cofc.edu/webcam3/index.php.

We are delighted that soon our Gift Shop will be operated by the hotel. I am helping out by doing research on some of the exciting new merchandise that we are going to offer. Here I am with the Odle Group. And keep reading my blog for more updates on our new and improved gift shop.  I can’t wait to stock the shelves!

Today is National Ice Cream Day and I am celebrating with a bowl of my favorite home-made ice cream from our very own Swamp Fox Restaurant. We offer a variety of flavors including my choice – Cinnamon Bun. We take actual cinnamon buns and puree them into the ice cream. Our Chef is always playing with new flavors – such as Corn and Pecan Pie. Of course, we offer the everyday favorites too like Chocolate, Vanilla, and Mint Chocolate Chip. Thanks to our awesome Restaurant Manager – Rickie – for sharing a bowl of ice cream with me.

453 King Street; www.closed4business.com

I had lunch today at Closed for Business, which boasts Southern Pub Fare Fried chicken sandwiches, meatball subs, dyn-o-mite burgers, tomato soup and grilled cheese; this is comfort food at its best.  I was sad to pass on dessert—homemade ice cream sandwiches, but there was no more room in my little fox belly.   I’ll be going back one evening soon to try one of the 42 beers on tap. They specialize in local, one-of kind craft brews.  If you are a beer lover you definitely need to check-out.