Arts & Culture, Discovery

You’re Sure to Fall for these Cool Charleston Events

The weather in Charleston is slowly cooling down and football season is in full swing, which means that fall is in the air! This is a great time for those who have been apprehensive about summer’s heat to explore the many outdoor events Charleston has to offer.

Rice Harvest at Middleton Place
Middleton Place is known for having America’s oldest landscaped gardens. However, on Saturday, September 15th, the gardens will not be the center of attention, the rice will. It is harvest time on the plantation and Middleton Place is celebrating with a costumed interpreter on the rice fields giving hands-on demonstrations of how Carolina Gold rice was once harvested on plantations across the Lowcountry. You will also have the opportunity to learn how the rice is planted and grown, all before it goes on your plate!

Concierge Tip: Stay for the afternoon and tour the stableyard, house museum and all the gardens at Middleton Place.

MOJA Arts Festival
The 29th annual MOJA Festival gives guests the opportunity to experience the Charleston area’s African-American and Caribbean heritage and contribution to world culture. This ten day (September 27-October 7) multidisciplinary festival will feature dance, health and recreation, literary arts, music, special events, theater and visual arts. This is an event you are not going to want to miss, as it has been voted one of the Southeast Tourism Society’s Top 20 events.

Concierge Tip: Claim your spot early at Brittlebank Park to get the best view of the Caribbean Street Parade and Opening Ceremonies. This event on September 28th, starting at 6pm, is sure to be a hit.

Taste of Charleston
Charleston boasts some of the top chefs in the country and the Taste of Charleston brings them all together for an unforgettable 3-day (September 28 – 30) culinary experience. Boone Hall Plantation will host 50 chefs from the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants, where they will share their culinary treats. This is a must for all the foodies!

Concierge Tip: Buy your tickets early for the Taste: Iron Chef Competition on September 28th, starting at 6pm. This event is sure to sell out, especially with Charleston Grill General Manager Mickey Bakst as the Emcee.

Charleston Museum Mile Weekend
This three day event (September 21-23) will give visitors the opportunity to explore some of Charleston’s most historic and cultural sites. Guests can stroll down a one-mile section of Meeting Street, where you will discover six museums, five nationally important historic homes, four scenic parks, and a Revolutionary War Powder Magazine. This is a great way to get an overview of some of the Holy City’s most historic spots.

Concierge Tip: Don’t miss the opportunity to take your child to the scavenger hunt at the Nathaniel Russell House, one of the stops on the Museum Mile, where they will find “clues” related to the museum’s newest exhibit, The Russell Family and the Enslaved.

Experiencing fall in Charleston is not complete without a stay at Charleston Place. Check out our special offers, such as the Holy City Adventure Package. What are your favorite ways to enjoy fall in Charleston?

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Arts & Culture, Discovery

Must-See Places In Charleston

We are frequently asked what are the “must see” places in Charleston, so Hidden Charleston recently asked our friend and travel writer, Amanda Keene, to tell us her favorite experiences from a recent stay at Charleston Place.

Discovering the city by horse-drawn carriage is one way to explore Charleston. The other way is on foot. I opted for the latter, and got up at dawn to view the city waking up.

How marvelous to be staying at Charleston Place Hotel, right in the center, with everything I wanted to see just steps away. Even better, I was staying on the exclusive Club Floor, where they’ve thought of everything.

So, as the first rays of light were filtering over the sky, I was filling my coffee cup and setting off to Waterfront Park. My route led past luxury stables where horses were being primped with treatments to rival those of the Charleston Place rooftop spa. On I walked, to a swing seat on a wooden jetty where I swayed to and fro sipping coffee as the sun came shimmering up over the Cooper River.

A couple of joggers sped by and a man cleared up fallen leaves from the giant magnolia trees, leaving pristine lawns beneath. But otherwise, I had the grand residences of The Battery and Rainbow Row to myself as I strolled on through the grid of streets. What an absolute pleasure to wander up and down, gazing into gorgeous gardens and at grand Georgian-style homes.

With less than a day to explore, I could do little more than scratch the surface of Charleston. But if you’re reading this and have similarly limited time, here are my highlights: two houses to visit and two tours to take.

1. Nathaniel-Russell House, 51 Meeting Street
Elegance, simplicity and a soaring staircase that spirals up through three floors with no visible means of support. The refined, classical style extends to its pretty garden. Image left, courtesy of Historic Charleston Foundation. Photographer: Rick Rhodes

2. Calhoun Mansion, 16 Meeting Street
Exuberant decor and a fascinating collection of art and artifacts cover every surface. A sense of history and extraordinary anecdotes add luster to this very lived-in home and theatrical garden.

3. Charleston Culinary Tour
A knowledgeable guide leads you through the streets surrounding Charleston Place, and introduces the city’s history through your palate. Includes stops at cafes and shops to sample grits, collard greens, pralines and other local foodie treats. Delicious, informative and huge fun.

4. A private garden tour 
A local expert escorts you through gardens, overgrown graveyards and leafy streets, pointing out plants and architectural features you’d otherwise overlook. You’ll dip into so many nooks and crannies you’ll almost feel like a Charleston resident by the end.

This Fall, Charleston Place has made it easy to discover the best of Charleston with the Holy City Adventure Package. Stay two nights and choose one of several specialty tours of Charleston, including a behind the scenes tour of the Calhoun Mansion or a Charleston Culinary Tour. No matter which tour you choose, all will offer a unique glimpse at Charleston’s historic past and vibrant culture.

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