Some of you know the story of how I fell head over heels in love the first time I drove into Charleston, SC. I love this city so much it’s hard to put into words. When Jen and I first started scouting for a location for the next Edel Gathering I secretly hoped we might be able to hold it here. We wanted to proceed cautiously, though, and make sure that we found just the right hotel in just the right city.
So we researched and researched and researched some more. We made phone calls, talked to those in the know in a variety of cities, visited hotels, took into account travel considerations, and reflected on your needs. In the end, I think we found the perfect spot and am thrilled to announce that Edel 2015 will be held on July 10-11 at the…
The Francis Marion is classic Charleston. It first opened in 1924 and has succeeded beautifully in retaining its charm and historical character over the years. It is located right on King Street and is across the street from Marion Square and the Charleston Farmer’s Market (which you will be able to enjoy Saturday morning, if you so please). It is also a short walk from Saint Mary’s Catholic Church and a quick (free!) trolley ride away from the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist.
(Quick note: we’ve arranged to have a discounted rate for a limited number of rooms at the Francis Marion. Just use code ‘EDEL’ when making your reservations!)
Would you like a little tour? Oh, good…
I took this picture of the front of the hotel from across the street in Marion’s Square. That’s how close it is!
When you walk in you’ll pass the Swamp Fox restaurant on the right. The Francis Marion treated me to lunch so I can personally vouch for the deliciousness of the food. (There is also a lounge inside for those of you who crave a southern cocktail or two.)
On the left is a Starbucks and an adorable general store. (Psst. They sell locally created ReWined candles. You must buy one while you’re in Charleston. I highly recommend the Mimosa.)
If you head down the stairs you will come to Spa Adagio and the fitness room.
If you head up the stairs you will come to the lobby. The lobby is one of the things that I love most about this hotel.
There are several nooks outfitted with cozy tables and chairs. (Just look at that sweet little room perched up there!) It’s just perfect for meeting old friends and getting to know new ones.
Everywhere you turn there are little extra touches of beauty like these flowers.
This U.S. Mail letterbox sits between two elevator in the lobby. I need to believe that it is still in use.
This is the Colonial Room where we will host our Friday night cocktail party.
These stairs lead up from the Colonial Room to the Mother’s Room which will be available for you and your sweet little ones to use during all of our events.
This is the Carolina Ballroom which will house all of our Saturday events. It’s just begging for some karaoke, don’t you think?
This little table of goodness was sitting outside of the Carolina Ballroom where you will find all of our Edel 2015 vendors!
The sweet gals at the Francis Marion let me sneak into one of their guest rooms. It reminded me of hotel rooms I stayed in when I was backpacking through Europe. While they’ve modernized the rooms, many of the details are original to the hotel.
See? Adorable details. How pretty is this doorknob?
I took this shot from the balcony outside of the Carolina Ballroom. That’s the Farmer’s Market I mentioned earlier.
I couldn’t resist visiting.
Yes, Beignets! And coffee! And every kind of breakfast food you can imagine.
Plus, a collection of local artisans selling jewelry, candles, beauty products, paintings, pottery, textiles, and all sorts of other amazing things. I could spend hours visiting all the booths.
So, what do you say, girls? Are you ready to meet me in the Holy City in ten short months? I cannot wait. We are going to have a ball! Ticket sale information will be coming soon!