Events in Charleston in May

In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, which begins May 24th, Charleston always has a great variety of events to choose from. Gibbes on the Street – May 2, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1905 to considerable fanfare and has been an important vehicle for art in the Charleston area ever since. Join the fun in celebrating the museum at this benefit event. Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the fourth annual Street Party! Savories, Sweets, and Sips by: Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, … Continue reading

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Spoleto Festival USA 2013

It’s been 36 years since the first Spoleto Festival USA began in Charleston, South Carolina. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti was seeking an American counterpart to the Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. The city needed to be intimate, with plenty of performance venues, yet charming and easily accessible. Charleston was the perfect fit! With its stated goal of bringing the highest caliber performances for its 17-day run, the organizers have managed to keep the standard very high in all areas: classical and modern musical performances, theater, ballet, opera, and the spoken word. This year’s festival runs from May 24 through June 9, with a couple of preview performances on … Continue reading

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Popular Charleston Restaurants

Charleston has become synonymous with fine dining. Over the past 20 – 25 years its reputation has gained world-class status with award-winning chefs, and restaurants earning the moniker “best new restaurant in the United States.”  While it would take quite a while to visit all the top spots in Charleston, we’ve culled the list to some of the most popular spots. McCrady’s Restaurant Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, McCrady’s represents some of the best in new Southern fine dining. The menu, created by Chef Sean Brock, recipient of the 2010 James Beard Best Chef Southeast award, centers around inventive cuisine fresh from the farm and … Continue reading

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Carriage Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

There’s nothing like the sound of the clip clop of a horse-drawn carriage to take you right back in time! And there’s really no better way to begin your stay in Charleston than by taking a carriage tour through this beautiful, historic city. It will give you a great overview of the city as well as informative and enjoyable lessons in history and architecture. But not a dry, boring lesson – Charleston carriage tour guides are known for their unique combination of knowledge, wit and charm. You’ll be entertained as you ride, see and learn. But that’s not all; every carriage tour guide is licensed by the city. Testing for … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in April

Cooper River Bridge Run April 6, 2013, Mount Pleasant – Charleston The 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run is just around the corner. And you don’t have to be an avid runner to participate – walkers are welcome and you can walk or run for yourself or for charity. Started in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. Last year 36,652 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Meeting Street. The Cooper River Bridge Run is well organized and includes world-class competition in a beautiful setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. The … Continue reading

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The 66th Annual Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens by the Historic Charleston Foundation

At the height of Charleston’s blooming season, the 66th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens, March 21 – April 20, is a great opportunity to get a rare look inside Charleston’s gracious homes and hidden gardens. Located in the Old and Historic districts, some of these private residences date to the 18th century and are filled with fascinating history, antiques and art. You’ll have the chance to see homes from the Colonial, Antebellum, Victorian and 20th century eras. Beautiful architecture and lavish gardens are woven throughout the historic neighborhoods of Charleston. Experience true southern hospitality by participating in a house and garden tour, which feature seven to 10 properties each … Continue reading

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7th Annual Charleston Fashion Week

Adore fashion?  Then you’ll love Charleston Fashion Week, March 19 – 23 under the tents in Marion Square. The Southeast Tourism Society has named this event a “Top 20 Event for March.”  Emerging designers from throughout the East Coast will vie for the top prizes in several categories. Past winners and finalists have had their designs shown at New York Fashion Week, in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and on the TV show Project Runway.  Models also compete and past winners have signed with top New York agencies and appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ Style and Project Runway.  The chic after-parties are a fun place to mingle, see and be seen! Exciting … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Charleston Spas

There’s so much to see and do when you visit beautiful Charleston, you may find yourself in need of some serious pampering and relaxation! Charleston area spas have just the remedy for those tired feet and sore muscles. Some of our favorites: Earthling Day Spa & Pilates Studio 245 East Bay Street (Downtown Charleston) Established in 1988, Earthling Day Spa is located in the heart of historic downtown.  Providing exceptional care to each client with a spirit of warmth, friendliness, and personal pride is their goal. They offer: deep tissue massage, European facials, prenatal massage, reflexology, natural nail care, hot stone massage, craniosacral therapy, Ayurvedic treatments, body wraps, waxing, Pilates … Continue reading

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The Battery in Charleston

History comes alive during a walk through Charleston. Stroll along the promenade of the Battery and imagine the battles, the hurricanes, the fires and the resilience of the Charlestonians who came before. Imagine tall-masted sailing ships, the sound of horses and carriages, the rustling of palmetto fronds. Smell the salty sea air, and at low tide the unique fragrance of lowcountry pluff mud. Look across the harbor at James Island, Mount Pleasant and Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. This idyllic spot in Charleston is a great place to relax and reflect, but its history wasn’t always so carefree. Built on marshland, the point of peninsular Charleston where the … Continue reading

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Things to Do in Charleston in March

Art, history, architecture, gardens, culture, shopping, fine dining, and outdoor activities – there’s always something fun and interesting happening in Charleston and March is no exception! With average temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s the perfect time for a stroll down the street from the Inn to the French Quarter Art Walk, March 1, where multiple galleries stay open after hours, serving wine and the opportunity to discover great new art and artists.  Located in the nearby French Quarter, it’s a fun, relaxing evening and a great way to kick off March in beautiful Charleston. Are you a movie buff? The 4th Annual Charleston Film Festival will be held … Continue reading

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Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast When You Visit Charleston?

Why Stay at a Bed and Breakfast When You Visit Charleston? Are you looking for a place to stay in Charleston?  If so, we highly recommend you consider a bed and breakfast.  You may be asking yourself what makes staying at bed and breakfast like the Governor’s House Inn unique?  In short, it’s our ability to make you feel utterly at home in one the world’s most sought after destinations.  Our inn is a National Historic Landmark, and the home was once owned by the youngest signer of the Declaration of Indpendence.  That is unique in and of itself.  However, our warm and welcoming staff, our luxurious accommodations, and our attention to … Continue reading

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Upcoming Events in Charleston!

If you are visiting Charleston in the near future, you may want to keep in mind some of the great events taking place in and around the city.  Here is a brief list of some of the top events happening in the next weeks and month: 31st Annual Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE)  February 15-17, 2013 “The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is recognized as the “nation’s largest wildlife art and nature event, SEWE showcases 120 artists and welcomes over 35,000 attendees each year. First and foremost, SEWE is a juried fine art show; however, the exposition offers a myriad of other informative and recreational activities, including flight demos from the Center for … Continue reading

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Visit Charleston for the 2013 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition!

Accommodations for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is a great event that takes place annually in the month of February.  This year the event is held from February 15 to February 17, and you can purchase tickets online.   Also, you will want to make sure you plan out your schedule in terms of what events or exhibits you would like to take part in.  Be sure to look at all of their locations for each of their exhibits.   Here is a little information on the exposition: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is now in its 31 year of operation, and is one of the largest events of its kind in the U.S.  … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Your Next Charleston Vacation…

Quick Tips for Your Next Charleston Vacation If you are visiting historic Charleston, SC in the near future, you better come ready to experience one of the most vibrant cities in the South.  From culture to cuisine, Charleston has it all!  When you do visit Charleston, you should know how best to experience the city: and get the most out of your dollar.  We highly recommend that you request our Charleston Vacation Guide to plan and prepare for your trip.  However, in the meantime, here are some quick tips: Take a Carriage Tour  A carriage tour is a great way for you or your family to tour the city, and … Continue reading

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Charleston Getaway Deal!

Our Charleston Getaway Deal is Back for a Limited Time!  Now is the time to enjoy the perfect getaway to Charleston!  For a limited time only, stay with us before February 28th and get up to 35% off!  Bookings must be made via the links on the right. In 2012, Charleston was distinctly honored as the “Top City in the World” in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards!  Charleston has become not only one of the most vibrant cities in the American South, but in the US.  From culture to cuisine, Charleston has it all! Our three-story 18th century mansion and kitchen house are located in the heart of Charleston’s … Continue reading

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