Arts & Culture, Discovery

Fall at Boone Hall Is Calling Your Name

Located just eight miles from downtown Charleston is one of America’s oldest working plantations. On the National Register of Historic Places, Boone Hall Plantation is famous for its three-quarter mile lined avenue of oaks dating back to 1743. The 90 live oaks create an enchanting canopy leading to the plantation’s main building. Bordering the avenue of oaks are nine original slave cabins, which housed servants and skilled craftsmen. This cluster of cabins, known as Slave Street, is one of the few remaining intact in the Southeast and the only brick slave street in the U.S. Touted as “America’s Most Photographed Plantation,” Boone Hall was established in 1681 by Major John Boone and is located just north of Charleston in Mount Pleasant, SC. The present Colonial Revival-style house dates back to 1935, and combined with the lawns and gardens, provides the perfect stage for many popular seasonal events.
During the month of October, Boone Hall Farm hosts its annual Pumpkin Patch. After finding the perfect pumpkin, try to make your way through the 8-acre corn maze for some great, family fun. It is open from 9am until 6pm Monday through Saturday and from 11am to 6pm on Sunday.

Also, there are plenty of thrills to go around during Boone Hall’s Fright Nights. Featuring four frightening attractions, Fright Nights promises to continue its tradition of Halloween horrors. Attractions include the The Farmhouse, The Clearing, The Corn, and The Woods.  The fun continues through the end of October.

 

On Sunday, December 2nd from 1pm to 5pm, Boone Hall will be hosting “Wine Under the Oaks”. At this casual and elegant affair, food samples will be provided by a diverse group of some of the Lowcountry’s finest restaurants. The event will also provide the opportunity for holiday shopping with retail vendors offering a unique selection of gift ideas. The Plantation will be decorated in holiday décor, and it is the perfect way to kick-off the holiday season.

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Hollywood in the Holy City

Perhaps it is the dreamy backdrop of a Lowcountry landscape or the history that prevails in the architecture of its remarkable buildings. Whatever it may be, there is simply something about Charleston that seems to capture the attention of Hollywood directors and viewers across America. From popular love stories to iconic war movies and even new television series, Charleston has become a Hollywood hot spot for storytelling on the big screen. The next time you’re in Charleston, see if you recognize any of the backdrops from these famous films.

1. The Notebook (2004):

The Notebook, a 1940’s romantic drama based on the best-selling novel by Nicholas Sparks, gained much appraisal after its release ten years ago and is still considered a classic and timeless film. Most of us are familiar with the complicated love story of Allie and Noah, but did you know that nearly the entire movie was filmed in South Carolina? Many parts of downtown Charleston and surrounding areas can be seen in The Notebook, with some of its most memorable scenes taking place right on King Street.

Notable Filming Locations: The American Theatre, Upper King Street, Seabrook Island, The College of Charleston Campus, Boone Hall Plantation (shown above and below), the Calhoun Mansion, Old Village and Cypress Gardens.

2. Dear John (2010):

The charming streets of Charleston and the beachy, laid-back vibe of Sullivan’s Island creates the perfect scenery for Dear John, another popular romance movie based off of a novel by Nicholas Sparks. Though parts of the movie were filmed on nearby Edisto Island, SC and Oak Island, NC, a majority of the scenes were shot right here in Charleston.

Notable Filming Locations: Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island, Bowen’s Island Restaurant, The College of Charleston Campus and Cassina Point Plantation.

3. The Patriot (2000):

While Charleston does serve as quite the romantic setting, movies such as The Patriot showcase the Holy City in a much different light, utilizing the historic backdrop to bring historic war battles to life. Many of the characters in this American Revolutionary War film were based on real heroes of the war, including Andrew Pickens, Francis Marion, Daniel Morgan and Thomas Sumter.

Notable Filming Locations: The College of Charleston Campus, Cypress Gardens and Middleton Place (shown below).

4. Cold Mountain (2003):

Cold Mountain, another popular war film, is based on the bestselling novel by Charles Frazier and follows a wounded soldier’s treacherous journey home. The star-studded cast includes big names such as Nicole Kidman, Renee Zellweger, Jude Law, Natalie Portman and Philip Seymour Hoffman and uses Charleston as a “town hall” setting.

Notable filming locations: Downtown Charleston, The College of Charleston Campus (shown below).

5. Army Wives (TV Series, 2007-2013)

This popular Lifetime series was initially based off of a novel by Tanya Blank titled “Army Wives: the Unwritten Code of Military Marriage.” The television series acquired such a loyal following that it amounted to seven seasons, with the series ending after seven seasons.

Notable filming locations: Charleston Air Force Base in North Charleston, River Front Park in North Charleston and the Charleston Naval Base.

6. Top Chef (TV Series, set in Charleston season 14 )

Top Chef is a popular reality cooking competition television series on Bravo. For Season 14, Bravo Media’s Emmy and James Beard Award-winning Top Chef takes on the culinary hotspot of Charleston, South Carolina. Our very own renowned Executive Chef Michelle Weaver of the Charleston Grill was featured in the Southern Hospitality episode as a guest judge. The episode features traditional southern meals that can be found around the Lowcountry.

 

Concierge Tip: Take a day trip to Cypress Gardens, Boone Hall Plantation, or Middleton Place to learn more about the historic settings that have recently acquired fame thanks to these star-studded films. Looking to stay in the Peninsula? Our concierge team has a map with the sites that have been featured in movies and TV shows listed above, without stepping a foot outside of downtown Charleston!

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The Holy City’s Most Iconic Fountains

In the charming city of Charleston, perhaps the most common background noises are the click-clacking of horses hooves along the cobblestone and the trickling water of a nearby fountain, creating an ambiance of southern serenity. Charleston has become known for its iconic fountains, spread amongst the veins of the city and speaking volumes to its visitors. Each fountain tells a tale and accompanies its own unique characteristics. Here is a list of our favorite sites, because whether you’re a Charleston native or traveling visitor, you are sure to appreciate the beauty of Charleston’s finest fountains.
1. The Pineapple Fountain: Located in the heart of Waterfront Park, this enchanting fountain has become a must-see monument since its opening in 1990 proceeding Hurricane Hugo. Its iconic pineapple acts as a familiar symbol of hospitality in the Lowcountry.

2. The Fountain at Waterfront Park: Sitting on the edge of the peninsula intersecting Vendue Range and Concord Street, children of all ages can be found giggling in this splash-friendly zone in the summer heat. This fountain is easily one of the most frequented sites in Charleston and even dons pink tinted water in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

3. The Fountain at Belmond Charleston Place: Welcoming guests and visitors in the entry of Belmond Charleston Place, this signature piece named a “quadriga” was constructed by British sculptor John Mills after a visit to Charleston left him in awe of its historic architecture. A quadriga is a car or chariot drawn by four horses that is recognized around the world as a symbol of victory and fame. This unique structure greets guests with four bronze horses, each 9 feet tall and representative of the significance of the horse in Charleston’s culture and history. Read the full story here.

4. The Fountain at Marion Square: This scenic fountain located on the corner of King Street and Calhoun Street sits on one of Charleston’s busiest intersections, bringing a sense of serenity to the popular area and welcoming visitors and locals alike to the Saturday farmer’s market.

5. The Fountain in Cougar Mall: This fountain sits behind the historic Randolph Hall in the heart of the College of Charleston campus and accents the scenic common area.

 

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