One of a kind experiences in Charleston

The list of reasons travelers rank Charleston as one of the top destinations in the country is quite extensive. Mild year-round weather, Southern hospitality, amazing history, and one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the country. Just to name a few.

In addition to helping you explore the city’s most popular activities and attractions, our concierge team can arrange one-of-a-kind experiences—ones that guests typically would not find on their own. We asked our team to share a list of their favorite gems that they’ve planned for guests through the years.

1. A private walking tour of Charleston’s exclusive gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

2. A tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both which are closed to the public.

3. A private “behind-the-scenes” carriage ride at Middleton Place Plantation (reservations are not normally accepted).

4. A charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

5. A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by a member of Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

6. An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

7. Private tours of artists’ studios as well as introductions to the artists themselves.

8. A private historic district tour via bicycle with native authority Harlan Green—author of six books on Charleston history.

9. A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

10. A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

11. For a special occasion, a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Have you enjoyed any of these hidden gems? What others would you recommend to locals or visitors? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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Sip & Savor

Sommelier Rick Rubel’s Top 5 Wine Tips

The experience of fine dining at Charleston Grill shines bright amidst the Southern elegance and refinement of Charleston. Recognized as one of the best restaurants in the nation, decadent fare and soft sounds of nightly jazz are best accompanied by wine. Recently named one of the “100 Best Restaurants for Wine Lovers in America” via OpenTable, Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel is the mastermind behind the largest wine selection in Charleston. Boasting 1,250 different labels and 10,000 bottles, Charleston Grill’s wine cellar is estimated to be valued at nearly $550,000. Read on to discover Rubel’s top tips to making the most out of your relationship with wine. Savor the scents “Don’t forget to smell the wine! I can’t tell you how often I see people spend a lot of money on a bottle of wine, and then they never take the time to enjoy the aromas. Your palate simply gives you sweet, sour, bitter, salt, and umami. Your nose gives you everything else. Besides, the wine lasts longer when you only use your nose.” Get outside your comfort zone “The number of choices in the wine world is dizzying. I cannot think of any other product that gives the consumer such an array of choices. Jump in and taste the cultures of the world one sip at a time.” Utilize a professional “It’s nice to have some help selecting your wine. Use the sommelier on staff, and open up to them about your likes and dislikes. They’ll be able to make a personal selection that may open a door to new tastes and smells.”   Find a great wine retailer “I encourage everybody to build a relationship with the staff at your local wine store. These people are likely professionals, and over time, will prove to be an invaluable relationship. Once they know your palate, they can help introduce you to new wines and select ones that you’ll love.” Share the love “Wine can be moving, transcending, and otherworldly. When you share these experiences with others, it only increases the appreciation on all sides.” Whether you’re a novice or oenophile, selecting the perfect wine is truly a personal experience. With two sommeliers on staff at Charleston Grill, each dish can be paired to perfection with the most decadent wines. Visit us soon to experience a world of flavors that will delight.    
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Arts & Culture, Discovery

The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Charleston

The picturesque Lowcountry offers visitors to Charleston an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most complex eco-systems. From the Atlantic Ocean with its abundant estuaries to the surrounding low-lying marshlands, Charleston is home to one of the most diverse and naturally beautiful landscapes in the country.

Get On the Water
Charleston offers arguably the best ocean, tidal and freshwater fishing of any kind. Spend an afternoon of inshore fishing on the plentiful shallow waters and coastal estuaries of the Lowcountry, teeming with a variety of game fish including redfish, flounder, black drum and even sharks. Or set out for a full-day of deep sea fishing. Providing a challenging adventure even for experienced anglers, catch marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and many other species. Charters can be arranged for year-round fishing.

Set Your Sights on the Sky
Located on a historic rice plantation, Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center offers a wide range of trails and nature-viewing opportunities. Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. In addition to bird spotting, visitors may catch a glimpse of waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, alligators, bald eagles and more. A variety of interactive exhibits, displays and programs can also be found at Caw Caw.

Hit the Trails
Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, located on nearby Seabrook Island, offers one of the few public equestrian trail systems in the Lowcountry. Pristine scenery awaits as you journey through scenic woods, marshes and tidal creeks on trails designed for beginner and advanced riders. Beach rides along the North Beach of Seabrook Island are also available. Open year-round schedule based on tides. Reservations required.

Explore the Great Outdoors
Grab a mountain bike and head to the old Santee Gun Club, now a protected wildlife management area. This 24,000-acre reserve features several dirt road trails through old rice fields, past freshwater cypress swamps and through pine woodlands. Parts of the reserve are open to the public for hunting during certain times of the year.

After exploring Charleston, retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, to relax in luxury.

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