The last Art Walk of 2018 will take place on Friday, December 7, and there’s no better way to explore Charleston’s historic art district than by foot. From 5PM-8PM, more than 40 galleries will be participating in the event, which will allow you to see a range of artwork while mixing and mingling with artists and indulging in light bites and beverages. Here are our top four ways to make the most out of this year’s final Art Walk.
While the majority of the galleries are confined to the French Quarter, there’s still a lot of ground to cover. We suggest wearing comfortable walking shoes to help navigate uneven walkways and cobblestone streets. Depending on the temperature, you’ll want to have a jacket in tow. If you forgot proper attire, stop in to The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place where you’ll find a unique collection of shops to browse.
Make Dinner Reservations
Plan the perfect evening, post-Art Walk, with a stop at Charleston Grill. Savor Four Diamond Dining while indulging in highly creative and uniquely presented cuisine from only the finest ingredients. Wine Director and Sommelier Rick Rubel is the mastermind behind the largest wine collection in Charleston. The traditional French service creates a flawless dining experience, and you can relax in the warm, intimate ambiance while enjoying the sounds of nightly live jazz.
Spend Time At Mary Martin Gallery
Stop by the Broad Street location of Mary Martin Gallery to view the contemporary wildlife art exhibit from Laura Palermo. Here you’ll experience fine art, conservation, and a personal bird experience in collaboration with Charleston’s Center for Birds of Prey. Plus, check out the second Mary Martin Gallery, located in the East Gallery of The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, where they will be showcasing local artists.
Savor The Holiday Scene at Belmond Charleston Place
After dinner, take a stroll through the hotel lobby to discover a replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE). Marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels across 300 feet of track. 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, this scene will certainly put you in the holiday spirit.
Halloween is approaching frighteningly fast. That means it is time for pumpkin carving, costume parties, candy corn and of course, getting spooked! Charleston is one of the oldest cities in the United States and has been named one of the top ten most haunted so it is the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit. In this blog post, you will learn about some of the spookiest sites in Charleston. Stop by on your next visit to Charleston…if you dare.
Old City Jail
Located at 21 Magazine Street is the Old City Jail, arguably Charleston’s most haunted location. It was operational from 1802 to 1939 and was featured in an episode of the Travel Channel’s “Ghost Adventures”. Denmark Vesey, famous for leading a slave rebellion, and 19th-century pirates were jailed here before being hanged. The most intriguing tale regarding the Old City Jail involves Lavinia Fisher, the first female serial killer in the United States. She and her husband, John Fisher, operated a hotel called the Six Mile Wayfarer House. After many male travelers were discovered missing after last being seen at the hotel, it was discovered that Lavinia and her husband were robbing and murdering their guests. The couple was sentenced to hang on the gallows behind the Charleston Jail. Before being hanged, John prayed that his soul be saved while Lavinia was anything but repentant. Lavinia requested to wear her wedding dress and yelled “If you have a message you want to send to hell, give it to me – I’ll carry it” before jumping off the scaffold herself. Today, the Old City Jail is an official “Save America’s Treasures” project of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the White House Millennium Council.
The Provost Dungeon is located at 122 East Bay Street beneath the Old Exchange Building which was used as a customs house and post office. Soon after taking control of Charleston in 1780, the British started housing local criminals and insubordinate soldiers beneath the Exchange Building. Pirates and deserters were also housed in the “dungeon”. Some people were only held here for a short time before being transferred to other jails or prison ships but others remained until their death. Today, costumed guides lead you through a piece of history that tells the story of what it once was like to be condemned and confined in terrible conditions.
Now decommissioned and docked at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, the aircraft carrier known as the U.S.S. Yorktown was active during WWII, the Korean War and Vietnam. Over the years, there have been a number of reports of unexplainable noise, sightings and activities from visitors, employees and area law enforcement officers. The spirits of those who lost their lives while aboard the ship seem to still be on active duty. The U.S.S. Yorktown was featured on the Syfy Channel’s “Ghost Hunters” earlier this year. Their findings include ghostly figures caught by thermal imaging, unexplained footsteps and voices. The U.S.S. Yorktown is now offering guided ghost tours that detail these findings as well as other accounts.