The Lily Book Tour Continues in Charleston SC – Blog 2 of 3!!!

May 29th, 2018 - 7:07 pm KY Time

Howllo Fellow Basset Hound and Charleston SC lovers…Did someone say, “dog friendly carriage ride?”  Yes, indeed!  Normally, I am not a fan of horse-drawn carriages but in Charleston SC horses have rights.  They are strictly cared for with laws and rules that must be followed to insure their health and safety.


Our particular horse, Mr. Gentleman, was somewhat famous in Charleston because he is so smart and regarded as a celebrity.  Little did Mr. G know that he was going to be hauling another celebrity around…our very own Mayor Daisy Lynn Rudert…


Daisy laid on the floor between Grandma and me.  You can see Grandma’s foot.  I had a tight grip on her lead but she was as calm as an angel.  She seemed to love the clip clop of Mr. Gentleman as she watched the world go by.


This is a better picture…The tour was amazing and our guide was actually a history professor at the College of Charleston.  Wow!  Can you believe our good fortune.  Just so interesting and fun.  He was Mr. Gentleman’s biggest fan.


As per usual, folks were taking our picture and pointing and smiling at Daisy Lynn.  She is such a good traveler.


Our tour was an hour-long and it went by in seconds.  Before we knew it we were back in front of the stunning John Rutledge Inn…


Just look at Mr. Gentleman. He was such a good boy.  I love him and our history professor.

Now for a few more shots of our beloved John Rutledge…




Hey, the day is still young and Mansion Row overlooking Charleston Harbor along with the Mega Yacht Dock beckon us.

More taking advantage of every moment later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, Mr. Gentleman, (Chaps and Emma ATB – on mega rainbow yachts…)

The Lily Book Tour heads to Charleston, South Carolina! Blog 1 of 3

May 17th, 2018 - 6:06 pm KY Time

Howllow Fellow Basset Hound and continuing on with the Lily Book Tour – tour lovers!  Saint Augustine, FL to Charleston, South Carolina is our next adventure.  We have been having so much along the way and still so much fun yet to come.  It has been about a year since this tour and we are getting ready to take another one but I will save that for later.

I did all of my research on the historic city and picked the John Rutledge House Inn as our next treat.  Wow, we have stayed in some really cool places and the John Rutledge House Inn was just out of this world!!!

Can you believe this staircase?  Wow – the flowers were in full bloom and it was breathtaking.  This place is rated as one of the best Inns in the city.


Daisy Lynn is resting her belly on the cool steps.  Silly hound dog…


It almost took as long to research this trip as it did to take it.  Traveling with a dog I found out is much more enjoyable if you do your homework.  Proper Prior Planning for sure!  The John Rutledge has carriage houses behind the main house that are dog friendly.  We all loved the carriage house and would have picked them over the main house we think.  Not for sure but we sure loved our rooms.

Right around from the JRH Inn I had dinner reservations booked at 82 Queen.  What a gorgeous summer evening for a stroll to one of the most elegant dining experiences in Charleston.  The she crab soup is famous and has a link to the JRH Inn.  We were told that the soup is from the 1880s recipe of the head cook at the JRH Inn!!!  Wow…

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If you can possibly swing it make sure you sit outside with or without a dog.  OMDOG!!!  Amazing ambience as the twinkle lights come on under the massive magnolia tree.  Charleston, SC at it finest.  Just magic.


One happy Grandma after downing the best she crab soup in the world!


I tried to make it but it did not match 82 Queen.  Must have tasted better under that giant magnolia tree.  I can’t wait to go back.


We took a relaxing saunter back to the JRH Inn and just took it all in.  The horses lilting by with a slow pace.  People laughing and sitting a spell.  I just don’t want to forget a single thing.

This is our courtyard and our carriage house is right behind me on the left.

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The only downside was that there was not a nice place to potty Daisy Lynn out.  I had to go out the back gate over to a Church grassy area.  I did not like that but whatcha gonna do?  It is what it is.

Tonight we had extra chocolates on the pillow and a breakfast menu to hang on our doors.  Tomorrow holds a full day of soaking in Charleston and we need a good nights sleep…

And sweet dreams of breakfast delivered to our doors.

Extra bacon please…


Did someone say, “private dog friendly carriage ride?”

More loving proper prior planning later…Cat, Grandma, Daisy Lynn, (Chaps and Emma ATB enjoying massive rainbow magnolia trees…)