Category Archives: Charleston

Escape to Charleston for the Summer and Get 25% Off!

Please accept our invitation for a summer escape that includes ways to enjoy the rich history of Charleston and the beauty of one of the Lowcountry’s four fabulous beaches. (Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivans Island, and Isle of Palms).  Come and escape to sunny Charleston, SC and receive up to 25% off! Elegant accommodations for two to or more glorious evenings Enjoy the opportunity to experience a Spoleto Festival event (May 25, 2012 – June 10, 2012)! Or come in September for Charleston Restaurant Week (Sept 5, 2012 – Sept 16, 2012)! Spend time touring historic Charleston or take a bike ride through the city! Get some sand between your … Continue reading

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Bed and Breakfast Recipes: Chocolate Sherry Cream Bars!

Bars: 4 ounces unsweetened baking chocolate 1 cup margarine 4 eggs 2 cups sugar 1 cup all-purpose flour ½ tsp salt 1 tsp vanilla Melt chocolate and margarine over hot water, cool slightly. Beat eggs until light. Cream in sugar. Add remaining ingredients. Beat 1 minute. Pour into 10×14 inch pan lined with parchment paper. Bake 25 min @ 325 degrees. Cool. Filling: ½ cup butter 4 cups powdered sugar ¼ cup half and half ¼ cup sherry Beat butter and sugar together gradually adding cream and sherry. Should be light and and fluffy. Spread over bars and chill. Topping: 1 (12-ounce) package semi-sweet morsels 4 Tbl water 4 Tbl … Continue reading

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The Best Time to Visit Charleston…

It is difficult to pinpoint the absolute best time to visit Charleston, SC, but the end of April and through the month of May is truly a great time to visit, and arguably the best.  Here are just a few reasons as to why we love this time of the year: The Weather is Beautiful It is truly hard to beat the weather this time of the year in Charleston, South Carolina.  It is warming up nicely, but it is still mild enough so that you can enjoy the beaches along with walks through downtown.  As you stroll through downtown make sure you visit the art galleries, and be sure … Continue reading

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Check out Fort Sumter!

When you come to Charleston, you should definitely consider visiting Fort Sumter to witness where the civil war began.  It is a great opportunity to take in some US history! Apparently, you won’t be alone if you choose to check out the Fort this year.  In fact, visitation hit record levels last year with a total of 328,000 people taking the boat tour to Fort Sumter.  This was partly due to the 150th anniversary of the civil war, but the trend continues this year, as the visitation is up 11% through March (ABC). Here is some more information and history about Fort Sumter from the National Park Service if you … Continue reading

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Accommodations for Spoleto Festival: Where to Stay for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

Accommodations for Spoleto Festival Are you wondering where to stay for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston? It is honestly one of the most talked about festivals in Charleston, and a great time to visit the area.  If you are looking for accommodations during the Spoleto Festival, then give us a call. We would be more than glad to help you plan your trip around the festival, so you get the most out of the experience.  The Governor’s House Inn is also a great location in relation to the various venues that are a part of the festival.  Here is some additional information on the Spoleto Festival from their website to help … Continue reading

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What To Do in Charleston, SC

Have you planned your trip to Charleston, South Carolina, but you are still wondering what to do when you get here?  Well, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this historical city, and you honestly can’t go wrong no matter what you decide to take part in.  If you need help rounding out your itinerary, then check out our brief guide below on what to do in Charleston: What to Do In Charleston: Take a Carriage Tour Downtown:  When you take a carriage tour through downtown Charleston, you will truly have a unique opportunity to take in the architecture and learn about the history that shaped … Continue reading

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Are You Ready for Spoleto? Remember to Plan Ahead…

Are you ready for Charleston’s Spoleto Festival?  It  is probably one of the largest and most famous events in Charleston, SC.  It is arranged by Spoleto Festival USA, which claims it as the one of the best all encompassing arts festivals in the nation.  The festival occurs late in the spring season and towards the start of summer.  It typically starts in May, on Memorial Day, and lasts for 17 days. It incorporates over 120 performances of dance, opera, music, theater, and visual art.  It is a great opportunity to enjoy the city and the vibrant culture surrounding it.  As an added bonus, attendees will have an opportunity to simultaneously … Continue reading

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Battery Park, Charleston SC

Are you planning a trip to Charleston in the not too distant future?  Have you already made your plans, booked your reservations, and built your itinerary?  We know that planning your vacation can be a little overwhelming at times, and we’re here to help make your trip to Charleston one to remember!  Don’t sweat it if you have already made your plans for your next visit, but be sure to walk around Battery Park, you won’t regret it! If you are planning to visit Charleston sometime soon, it is always worthwhile to take a stroll through one of Charleston’s best promenades, Battery Park or White Point Gardens.  It is a … Continue reading

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The Low Country Boil, A Charleston Tradition…

If you have visited Charleston or the “Low Country,” you may have had the opportunity to try a “Low Country” boil.  If you haven’t heard it called by this name, perhaps you have heard it called by it’s less appealing name, Frogmore Stew.  It does not matter what you call it, it is a traditional recipe you should definitely try at some point. Here is a little history about the traditional dish and a recipe from Coastal Magazine for you try: Once called Frogmore Stew, this one-pot wonder was created by a National Guardsman when he needed to cook a meal for 100 soldiers. Richard Gay, who learned the recipe … Continue reading

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3 Quick Tips to Make Your Visit to Charleston, SC a Success…

Are you planning to visit Charleston in the near future?  You are in luck if you are planning a trip soon, because this time of year is absolutely splendid.  Spring gives you the opportunity to see Charleston in full bloom, and the mild weather is hard to beat.  When you do decide to make your visit to Charleston, remember these tips to help make your vacation a success: Start With A List When it comes to Charleston, there is plenty of things to do and see.  You can check out the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau or Charleston Only for ideas on what to take part in.  If you know you are … Continue reading

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Spring in Charleston, SC

When was the last time you visited Charleston in the spring?  Better yet, have you ever been to Charleston when it is in full bloom?  In all honesty, spring is the only time of year that gives you the unique opportunity to witness the wonderful homes, gardens, and plantations in all of their natural glory.  The weather is usually mild, and the blooming landscape is utterly inspiring.  If you are considering a trip to Charleston in the near future, try scheduling it for the spring.  Here is what you can expect in Charleston during this great time of the year: Spring Festival of Houses and Gardens There is no other … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter Pie, A Recipe from Charleston’s Local Palate

Here is a great and favorite Charleston recipe from Local Palate.  Enjoy! A reinvention of a southern classic. By Christina Tosi. Pastry Chef, Momofuku Milk Bar, New York City Ingredients For chocolate crust: 2 cups of your favorite deep, dark chocolate cookie, ground by hand or in food processor 2 teaspoons sugar 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted (more if needed) For salty caramel: 1 cup heavy cream, divided 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted ½ teaspoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon kosher salt 2/3 cup sugar ¼ cup glucose 1 ea gelatin sheet ½ cup heavy cream For peanut butter nougat: ¾ cup sugar ¼ cup water 3 … Continue reading

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Visit Charleston in March!

The weather is getting warmer, and we are moving closer to Spring.  March is a wonderful time to be in Charleston.  Here is what you can expect from March: Charleston Wine and Food Festival, March 1-4 2012 The Charleston Wine and Food Festival is a great festival that takes place every year in March.  It is truly a celebration of all things food and wine.  It gives guests a chance to witness what makes Charleston a renowned place for cuisine and culture.  This is a celebration you will not want to miss. You can purchase tickets online. Charleston in Full Bloom March is a great time to visit Charleston because … Continue reading

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SEWE 2012 Starts on Friday!

If you are visiting Charleston this coming weekend, then you will definitely want to check out the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE).  This year will be the 30th year that this exposition has taken place.  Over these past 30 years, the exposition has grown to the largest event of its kind in the entire United States, and it continues to attract artists and exhibitors from all over the world. Here is a little about the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition if you are unfamiliar or want to know more: Now in its 30th year, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over … Continue reading

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2nd Sundays on King Street, A Local Charleston Tradition

Second Sundays on King Street started to give pedestrians an opportunity to enjoy this shop-lined street while it is free of vehicular traffic from Calhoun to Broad.  It is a great opportunity to walk freely and explore all that King Street has to offer.  When you are visiting Charleston over a second Sunday of the month, be sure to check it out.  This past Sunday was a great example of what you can expect from this tradition, 2 Sunday on King Street.  Here is a recap from this past Sunday: 2nd Sunday on King Street 2nd Sunday on King Street is always special…  This past Sunday was  an official venue for … Continue reading

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