Join the Charleston Art Walk

Four times a year, more than 40 art galleries in the French Quarter neighborhood of Charleston welcome art lovers into their spaces after hours. From the galleries dotting Broad Street, the growing presence on Upper King Street and the tucked away galleries in between, Charleston’s art scene is truly thriving. The next Art Walk happens Friday, December 2nd from 5-8pm. If you can’t make the sip and stroll, take a glimpse at our guide to contemporary and fine art in Charleston for your next visit.

The Corrigan Gallery on Queen Street features a wonderful array of representational and abstract art that molds the traditional charm of old Charleston with a contemporary flair.

Dog & Horse Fine Art

Dog & Horse Fine Art

Established by Sotheby’s-educated curator Jayne Milligan Spector, the Dog & Horse Fine Art gallery features three centuries of dog and horse fine art from top quality artists across the Americas and Europe.

Since 2004, the Helena Fox Fine Art gallery has exhibited fine contemporary representational art. The nationally and internationally recognized works include impressionistic landscapes, realistic still lifes, as well as wildlife sculptures and handcrafted jewelry.

Located in one of Charleston’s most famous historic buildings, the magnificent space of the Martin Gallery boasts a variety of works from numerous mediums, including oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and glass.

Robert Lange Studios

Robert Lange Studios

Voted the best art gallery in Charleston for the last four years by Charleston City Paper, Robert Lange Studios features award-winning visual artists. Its focus on individuals and subjective style has set it apart as one of the city’s finest.

For more than 30 years, the John C. Doyle Art Gallery has been featuring works by one of Charleston’s first and finest gallery artists. The gallery showcases Doyle’s original oils, sketches and photography. It is the exclusive gallery of Charleston’s renown Margaret Petterson and impressionist Danielle Cather Cohen.

Don’t miss out on this incredible aesthetic experience. With Charleston’s art scene continuing to expand, the exciting blend of contemporary and fine art is certain to captivate visitors. See our concierge for more recommendations.

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Experience the magic of the Belmond Holiday Train

Inspired by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), the world’s most legendary train and one of Belmond’s seven luxury rail experiences, the Holiday Train is one of Belmond Charleston Place’s most memorable traditions. Since 2001, this fully operational replica has been traversing the hotel’s grand lobby every holiday season. Visitors will marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels over more than 300 feet of track. The immense spectacle of the scenery is certain to grab attention. Complete with a hand carved, eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees and a miniature world of ski resorts, hotels, inns, shops and vintage automobiles, the glorious scene takes visitors back to alpine Europe during the early 20th century, with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was in its early days.

Visitors this year will be able to witness the addition of an underground subway, courtesy of model train designer and enthusiast Lou Nappi. The Nappi family has been arranging the impressive model train scene for nearly two decades, with four generations of family members working to put the centerpiece of the Belmond Charleston Place lobby together.

Watch our time lapse video of the magical Belmond train come to life. The Belmond train operates daily from 9am to 10pm in the Charleston Place lobby from November 23, 2016, to January 2, 2017. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has often been called the “king of trains and the train for kings” – quite fitting for this behemoth among miniatures.

 

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Beers with a Charleston Address

With Charleston’s dining scene named one of the best in the nation, it is only fitting that the Holy City has begun to parallel its culinary industry with a booming craft beer industry. Fall in Charleston comes with the perfect weather to indulge in a cold beer from one of the fifteen breweries around town. Explore some of these nationally known craft beer destinations that are based right here in Charleston.

Palmetto Brewery– Established in 1993, Palmetto Brewing Company was the first brewery to open in Charleston since Prohibition. The original Palmetto Brewery was in operation before the beginning of the Civil War until the start of Prohibition, when it was forced to close its doors. Today, Palmetto Brewery offers a range of beers, brewing each and every one right here in the Lowcountry. Delight in the taste of their Espresso Porter or Amber Ale.

Revelry Brewing– Located downtown, Revelry Brewing is fairly new to the craft beer scene, winning the “Best New Brewery in South Carolina Award” in 2015. With a fun and inviting atmosphere, the name “Revelry” quite literally means, “boisterous festivities, while enjoying craft beer.” Revelry was awarded a golf medal in the US Open Beer Championships for their Gullah Cream Ale, a crowd favorite.

Holy City Brewing– Opened by four friends dedicated to craft beer and their community, Holy City Brewing opened its doors in 2011. The friends started with an all-grain pilot system in their garage that was made out of welded bicycle parts, which now stands in the heart of their brewery. With names like Slanted Porch Pale Ale and Washout Wheat, these brews celebrate Charleston’s surroundings.

Coast Brewing Company– Family-owned Coast Brewing Company prides itself on making organic products with local ingredients. Operating on the old Naval base in North Charleston, their warehouse-type setup makes for an unparalleled atmosphere with room for corn-hole and food trucks. Stop by and try their HopArt IPA, a locally cherished beer.

Edmunds Oast– One of the few brewery based restaurants in Charleston, Edmunds Oast draws its diners in with pub fare and house-distilled drafts. Their beer program also features guest taps from other local, national and international craft beer companies. Try their Peanut Butter and Jelly beer; brewed with all of the ingredients you’d expect for a sandwich-in-a-glass experience.

Westbrook Brewing Company– A husband-and-wife team opened Westbrook Brewing in 2010, making it their mission to “create the most interesting and awesome beer possible.” They pride themselves on exploring different brewing techniques to create a beer that people love. With its hints of fresh lemongrass and ginger roots, Westbrook’s White Thai is a favorite among locals.

With these local breweries becoming a hotspot, they are a must-do for your Charleston getaway. Most of these craft beer destinations offer daily tours and tastings in their tap rooms, providing the perfect break from sightseeing. With over fifteen to choose from, there is sure to be a brewery that you’ll love.

Charleston Breweries

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