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.
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.
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!