Explore Charleston’s Waterways

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While Charleston is known for its rich history, trendy boutiques and delectable cuisine – one of the Holy City’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The city is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes and winding rivers making endless options for water activities.

So, take advantage of what the Lowcountry has to offer and enjoy these outdoor recreations.

Schooner Pride Sail

Take an afternoon dolphin sail, sunset or moonlight journey around the Charleston Harbor and take in views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an upclose view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while listening to the history of the Holy City.

Concierge Tip: Beverages are sold on the boat, but if you want to eat be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.

Paddle Boarding

If you have never paddle boarded before then Charleston is the best place to do it, as the water is relatively flat and calm. Expect to see dolphins and indigenous birds while paddling Folly River, or if you are more advanced, adventure out on the ocean waves with Charleston Sup Safaris. If you choose to do a tour near dusk, you will see the most magical sunset and moonrise. Whether you are solo or with a group of friends, this is a great way to see Charleston’s sights and aquatic life.

Concierge Tip: Bring a disposable waterproof camera to snap a shot of the dolphins and breathtaking views.

Fishing in the Lowcountry

Saltwater fishing, inshore, offshore, fly-fishing – Charleston has it all! Experience an afternoon or sunset session of fishing on Charleston’s glistening water. Whether you are a fishing guru or a complete novice, the captain or crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.

Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” size fish, the captain will recommend some restaurants where they will prepare it for you.

Eco Tour – Barrier Island Exploration

Curious about Charleston’s wildlife? Venture to Caper’s Island on a pontoon boat to explore the native fauna of this region and learn a thing or two. This island is one of the few existing undeveloped islands, which makes it a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach the island, walk around its untouched sandy “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.

Fun Fact: Married couple Shane and Morgan Ziegler started this tour company in 1997. Their dog, Princess Emma,  enjoys water activities and even partakes in some of the outdoor adventures.

Cypress Gardens Boat Ride

Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed with green lush plants and trees. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambience radiates romance, and is perfect for a couple looking for an unforgettable and intimate Lowcountry experience. As you paddle among the lily pads, keep an eye out for the turtles and birds while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature’s wildlife.

Fun Fact: A scene from the movie The Notebook was filmed on this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.

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Charleston Farmers Market

Start your Saturday morning off like a local by walking up King Street from the hotel to the marvelous Farmers Market. Charleston’s Farmers Market is open every Saturday, from 8:00am until 2:00pm, during the months of April-November at Marion Square. Experience one of the Holy City’s most beloved events featuring locally grown produce, the best food vendors in town and indigenous artists.

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Upon crossing over Calhoun Street, large white tents are visible and beam in the Charleston sun. Vendors set up along the beautiful walkway that surrounds Marion Square while market goers set up picnics in the grassy sanctuary in the middle. Saturday mornings are certainly full of energy from the people, to the live music, to the dogs, and to the overall excitement of being outside with the Lowcountry’s finest creations.

First things first, it is a must to get a spot in the renowned Crepe line. Don’t be alarmed if the line looks intimidating, we assure you it moves quickly and will ultimately be worth it! During the wait for the authentic French made-to-order crepe, try homemade squeezed lemonade or a fruit smoothie from The Juice Joint.

After eating, walk through the different tent stations and admire the resourceful art and all the vibrant colors of vegetables that jump from the tables. Red juicy tomatoes, stalks of leafy greens, rich yellow corn, sweet blueberries, and deep purple beets are just a few favorites certain to be at the Market. Hidden tip, head to the end of the market for the Best Pickles in Charleston, no really, they are the best in town!

Concierge tip: Wear a hat, wear your shades, bring cash and bring your recyclable bag.

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Charleston’s Most Charming Theater

The Riviera Theater has remained a landmark building on lower King Street for years, welcoming visitors to utilize its renovated interior daily and lighting up the corner of King Street and Meeting Street nightly. Just like every building in the historic Holy City, the iconic Art Deco-style structure tells a unique story of its own. Before it housed business conventions, weddings and events, the venue served multiple purposes since its opening in January of 1939; from its beginning as one of Charleston’s first movie theaters to housing a Baptist Fellowship and a variety of business ventures in between.

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At the time of its opening, the Riviera Theater was one of the most highly regarded auditoriums, complete with modern architecture and the latest projection equipment. Although it saw its fair share of success as one of only two theaters in downtown Charleston, the theater closed its doors in 1977 due to the rising popularity of television and the increasing construction of movie theatres in nearby suburbs.

Following its close as a theater, the building was then transformed into a church, housing a Community Baptist Fellowship for a short two years until the lease expired. The Riviera stood vacant again until 1983, when it opened briefly as a motion picture house featuring foreign and classic films. It closed again the following November and various plans were drafted for the space for several years.

When a group of developers were given preliminary approval by Charleston’s Board of Architectural Review to renovate the historic theater into a retail space, local neighbors were not particularly in agreement with the plans. Interest groups were formed and petitions were drafted to preserve the building’s architecture and history, which ultimately led to the purchasing of the theater by Charleston Place in 1993.

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After a hefty four million dollar renovation by Charleston Place, the historic theater opened its doors on May 15th, 1997 as a conference center and event space. During the renovation, more than 90 percent of the original interior was preserved and other aspects were renovated to closely resemble the Art Deco design constructed by skilled architect Charles C. Benton in 1939. The interior decor also stays true to the Art Deco-style, from the intricate hand-painted crown molding to the original flexwood walls and the beautiful murals that adorn them. The marquee on the building’s exterior was also fully restored in the renovation process, containing 16,000 lights.

Today, the theater significantly resembles the charming, single-screen auditorium that King Street once knew, honoring the history of the building and the memories that were created there while continuing to serve the Charleston community. For more information regarding the the remarkable venue and its amenities, visit our website.

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