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Hello to all my foxy followers!!  It was a BUSY weekend here in Charleston because Saturday, 4/5 was the 37th Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. This 10k race draws upwards of 40,000 people, and at least one fine Fox this year!  I got up extra early and caught a bus from downtown, over to the starting line in Mount Pleasant.

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The run was tough, but I made it!  It is an amazing feeling to cross the beautiful Cooper River surrounded by fellow runners.  The view was almost as good as the view from my home at the Francis Marion Hotel.

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I even ran with two women who had each participated in the race at least 30 of the last 37 years – WOW!  Charleston does a great job putting on the run with plenty of water, lots of bands along the way and wonderful Charleston scenery, so who wouldn’t want to come back each year?  After surviving the 6.2 miles, I was excited to relax at the Finish Festival in Marion Square Park (across from the Francis Marion).  With food stations, massages and live music, it was the perfect end to my race.  Plus, when I was ready to wind down, I was in the perfect location to head home for a nap!

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Hope to see you all on the bridge next year!

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In honor of this beautiful spring weather and the start of tourist season in Charleston, I decided to visit the local Charleston Visitor Center. This great resource to visitors is only 1 ½ blocks from my home here at the Francis Marion.

The Visitor Center has tons of information on all activities in Charleston including bus tours, carriage tours, walking tours, plantation tours and much more! At the Visitor Center you can also view a video called “Forever Charleston,” that introduces you to our amazing city. They also have a great gift shop of Charleston souvenirs and gifts so I could buy gifts for my friends and family back at the Francis Marion.

During my visit I learned that the exhibit featuring the 85 year old replica of the Best Friend of Charleston Train is about to open. This steam-powered railroad locomotive is widely acclaimed to be the first locomotive built entirely within the United States. I was lucky enough to hop on board for a quick photo.

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So…walk and enjoy my beautiful city this spring. There’s a lot waiting for you to see, including Charleston’s Best Friend.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Baker Motor Company’s 8th Annual Charleston Fashion Week last night.  Charleston Magazine hosts Fashion Week every year just across from my hotel in Marion Square -five nights of fun and fashion! Their mission is to give aspiring east coast designers the opportunity to showcase their work and potentially win a grand prize valued over $20,000.

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I browsed the “Style Lounge” tent, which featured clothing, accessories and jewelry from up and coming designers. They also had an awesome DJ playing music and beverages available for the thirsty crowd.  Next–I was onto the “Belk” tent, where I got to see some great styles featured from Belk Department Store.

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When 7:30pm rolled around, it was time for the fashion show! Amazing lighting effects and loud music made the runway show so exciting to watch! They kicked off the show with local contemporary violinist Daniel D.  I loved watching the models walk down the runway with so much pizazz!  Saturday morning is the Bridal show—always a favorite.  Then Saturday evening is the exciting Fashion Finale!  Plan to attend next year’s Fashion Week…and don’t forget to see me on King Street shopping couture for my next photo shoot!

www.charlestonfashionweek.com

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In keeping up with my adventures in Charleston, I ventured out to one of Upper King Street’s fine new restaurants… Indaco! It was just a short walk from my home at the Francis Marion, located amidst several other hot spots north of the hotel. Indaco serves up rustic Italian entrees, wood-fire pizzas, pastas, housemade salumi and house-cured sausages and meats. Plenty of delicious options to feed a hungry fox!
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In addition to the a la carte menu, a family-style menu created by chef Michael Perez allows guests to enjoy the full spectrum of Indaco and partake in the shared dining customs of Italian cuisine. You know it will be a fine treat when you let the chef decide what you’ll eat!

Don’t worry, there is plenty to wet your pallet as well; they have an extensive list of Italian wines, unique cocktails and micro brews. Besides the delicious food and wonderful libations, the atmosphere was very comfortable and well appointed, and the service was exquisite, with a fine attention to detail.
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Plus… if this fox gets hungry late night, you bet I’ll head back for a wood fired pizza since they serve them until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays!

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So I don’t know if y’all heard, but my hotel celebrated its 90th Birthday this past week.  Happy Birthday, Francis Marion Hotel!  The celebration had me feeling a little nostalgic for the Roaring 20′s, so I trotted on down to Prohibition.  Now, even though I didn’t see Al Capone or any dancing flappers, I did manage to get my paws on some fine hooch! Prohibition crafts each of their cocktails with house infused liquors, bitters, and fresh berries.  You certainly can’t go wrong with the bacon maple old fashion.

The only thing that made my experience better were the Béarnaise Fries.  YUM!! A little later I ordered Molly Pitcher’s Pork Chop Skillet which was all dolled up with a ginger peach glaze and a golden duck egg!  I also got a bite of the Capone Burger, which was pretty fantastic too!  All in all, next time I’m ready for a good cocktail and light fare, I’m heading back to the only speakeasy on King Street.  Why not join me?