It all started when we walked into the wrong Visitor's Center in downtown Charleston. We just wanted some maps and information about places to eat, tours of the historic area and harbor, you know, things like that.
The gentleman behind the counter told us that if we wanted to save about $135 all we had to do was spend less than 90 minutes at a "presentation" by a new hotel in town. If we did that, we'd get 2 free tickets to a harbor tour, 2 free tickets for a horse drawn historic tour, 2 free tickets to Magnolia Plantation AND a $25 restaurant certificate. Hmmmmm.
Since we were planning on doing all those things during the next 3 days, we (I) decided it was worth sitting through a little sales talk. Jeez, those guys don't like to take NO for an answer. We got the good sales guy/bad sales guy tag team treatment, and finally I got a bit testy (I was hungry, we missed lunch after all) and let them know in no uncertain terms that we weren't buying today.
Long story short, we got all the promised tickets and used our restaurant certificate across the street for a couple Smithwick's and lunch! It makes for a good story and tomorrow we'll take the carriage ride and the harbor tour so all's well that ends well.
Since we weren't allowed to take any camera's into the presentation, here are a few from the walk from the "Visitor's Center" to the time share presentation.....
|carriage traffic jam outside the restaurant|
|these clean up bags were offered in a church yard.....|