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    Mar 3, 2020

    This Charleston Hotel Has Ruined My Real Estate Standards

    Presenting a hotel porch that made me realize how...desperately I want a porch.

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    This travel series spotlights cool hotels around the globe — from the very fancy to the very cheap. Whether you're searching for splurge-worthy staycation ideas or budget-friendly accommodations, we've got you covered.

    This serves as an appreciation post for Zero George, a boutique hotel that allowed me to fulfill my “I have a piazza” dreams for the weekend.

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    How is this hunk of terrace real life?!

    Comprised of restored buildings from 1804, Zero George offers cobblestone alleyways, brightly lit rooms, and (of course) breathtaking outdoor verandas that made me believe in love at first glimpse.

    Zero George

    It's also in the heart of Charleston, which makes it easy to walk to a ton of great restaurants and bars.

    Now if you haven’t been to Charleston, it’s gorgeous: great places to eat, lots of local shops, the whole nine yards. But you know what really stood out to me? Personally??

    Bravo

    The PORCHES. So many Charleston homes have side porches, wraparound porches, verandas, piazzas — and this made me, an NYC native, realize just how unfortunate it is that the closest thing I’ll ever get to a giant porch is a fire escape. Alas!

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    I can go on and on about how amazing it was to drink my morning coffee on a damn porch, but I don't want to bore you so let's talk about something else.

    Let's talk complimentary breakfast. From delicious waffles and house-made granola to fancy quiches and biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, this spread made my ~protein bar on the go~ attitude completely disappear.

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    ^Casually eating my breakfast in an outdoor oasis.

    I was also overcome with quaintness due to the complimentary bikes, which are pastel blue and equipped with a basket and cream-colored tires. Instagram story? I had at least 30.

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    This is especially heavenly if your pulse quickens at the thought of biking around a new city (me).

    Plus, the on-site Zero Restaurant uses herbs and vegetables from their own garden (as well as local produce) for a luxury meal that doesn't feel like an intimidating fine-dining experience. Each plate was delicious and I struggled to pinpoint which bite was my favorite.

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    Don't be fooled by the meal highlight above: It is not a potted plant that needs to be watered (thankfully), but is a baby radish, fried quinoa, and dried olive delight. Pull out the radish, dip it into some fresh herb butter and quinoa, and chomp away.

    The rooms are also fine I guess — if comfortable beds, natural light, fireplaces, complimentary bottles of water (still and flavored sparkling), fancy coffee, a warm cookie and glass of milk by your bedside every night, etc., is your thing.

    And did I mention the nightly (complimentary) wine and cheese pairings?

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    I'm not outright saying that an evening alcohol-and-dairy hour was the highlight of my trip but...well...you know what, it was.

    (They put some sort of citrus in my white wine which made me feel like the fanciest person on Earth.)

    Long story short, Zero George is lovely and worsened my obsession with porches. Someone transport me back there immediately.

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    Room start at $394/per night which means that, yes, it's a splurge! But from the bottom of my heart — I mean it when I say that it is absolutely worth it.

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