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.

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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 spash-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.

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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.

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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.

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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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Come and experience another one of Charleston’s charming fountains at the first ever Cocktails in the Courtyard event! Held in the lush Palmetto Cafe Courtyard, this unique event starts at 4:30 PM and goes until dusk, inviting the public to sip on hand-crafted cocktails while surrounded by greenery in the heart of historic downtown. Follow us on twitter @CPHcourtyard.

 

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Beer, Wine and Liquor with a South Carolina Address

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If you have traveled to Kentucky, you may be familiar with the “Bourbon Trail” a road leading between some of the greatest Kentucky bourbon distilleries. We are making our own trail by way of Charleston.

Recently, we have been lucky enough to have a wave of new distilleries and breweries make their home in the South. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, take the time to explore some of these nationally renowned watering holes.

If you like sweet tea….

Firefly Distillery
Sweet Tea comes with South Carolina territory, and that is why we love Firefly Distillery, where they serve up Sweet Tea Vodka with that personable, Southern hospitality.

Located approximately 30 minutes off the peninsula, make a day out of visiting this distillery and also plan on visiting the conveniently located, sole tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation. It will become obvious why the Sweet Tea Vodka is so good.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-557-1405
Address: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

If you like spirits…

Striped Pig Distillery
“From Grain to Grass, Striped Pig ingredients are locally grown” is the tagline that this Charleston favorite boasts. Enjoy spirits including moonshine, rum and vodka. If you’re lucky, you may even meet their mascot, Jackson, the distillery’s pig.

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Experience it:
Hours: Wednesday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm
Price: Free
Phone: 843-276-3201
Address: 2225-A Old School Drive, 
Charleston, SC 29405

If you like beer…

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewery’s mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and delicious beer possible. Westbrook loves to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, which is the reason why they have so many varieties of beer. Look at the Tasting Room tab to see what is on tap for the week. You can’t go wrong with the White Thai, a Charleston staple.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-6pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-654-9114
Address: 510 Ridge Road
, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you like a road trip…

Six & Twenty Distillery

Six & Twenty whiskey is actually quite romantic, named after a love story between a Cherokee and a Revolutionary war soldier. They offer a premium whiskey, with emphasis on supporting everything local; starting with the locally grown wheat that is distilled into their delicious whiskey.

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Experience it:
Hours: Saturday at 1pm & 4pm
Price: Free (Call to make a reservation)
Phone: 864-263-8312
Address: 3109 Highway 153 Piedmont, SC 29673

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Five Things to do in Charleston on a Rainy Day

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Charleston has so much to offer that one cannot afford to miss out on a day of exploring, even if it is raining. Whether you are here for the day or a week, on business or pleasure, the possibilities are endless in this All-American city. From the under sea adventures at the Aquarium to exploring Lowcountry cuisine, here are a few of our favorite things to do during a wet day in Charleston.

South Carolina Aquarium - With daily dive shows and exhibits galore, the South Carolina Aquarium is the perfect rainy day outing for all ages. Guests are given the opportunity to touch sea urchins and Atlantic stingrays, feed the rays at the Saltmarsh Exhibit, explore the Blackwater Swamp featuring a rare Albino American Alligator and be captivated by the 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank.

Museums - From Civil War artifacts to ancient fossils, the museums in Charleston offer a unique insight into the city’s past.

Gibbes Museum of Art - Located within walking distance of the hotel, the Gibbes Museum is recognized for its distinct collections of art. The museum host’s seven exhibitions each year, including one permanent collection of fine art, primarily American with ties to Charleston and the South.

The Charleston Museum - Nestled within Charleston’s Historic District, The Charleston Museum is recognized as America’s First Museum founded in 1773. The museum’s exhibits include natural and local history featuring a variety of artifacts, Southern furniture and textiles from the Civil War.

Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry - Nine interactive exhibits, including a pirate ship, two-story Medieval Castle and an art room, allow children to explore the arts, sciences and humanities in order to create their own hands on experiences.

Historic Homes - One of the best ways to experience history is to walk through it. Historic house museums are perfect for seeing Charleston’s classic and sophisticated taste in architecture first hand.

Nathaniel Russell House - The Nathaniel Russell House is recognized as a National Historical Landmark and one of America’s most important neoclassical dwellings. From its free-flying staircase to the wrought iron balconies, the Nathaniel Russell House is a true example of Federal architecture.

Heyward-Washington House - Charleston’s first historic house museum was the Heyward-Washington House. Known as “Charleston’s Revolutionary War House,” it was built in 1772, within the area of the original walled city. Records show that the city rented the house for George Washington’s use during the President’s weeklong stay in Charleston.

Edmondston Alston House - Dating back to 1825, The Edmondston Alston House is one of the first dwellings built on Charleston’s High Battery. It has often been said that Robert E. Lee was a guest in the house during the Civil War.

Aiken-Rhett House - Among one of Charleston’s historic house museums, the Aiken-Rhett House is recognized as the most intact townhouse complex that has remained virtually unaltered since 1858.

Cooking Classes - Looking to bring some Southern cooking back home with you? Learn the tricks of the trade from Lowcountry cooking experts. Trust us Charlestonians; there is no better way to experience the South than with real Southern cooking.

Charleston Cooks - Located in downtown Charleston, Charleston Cooks has a wide variety of classes from Lowcountry classics like Shrimp and Grits to a sushi making class. No matter what you are looking to whip up, this cooking school is sure to offer it.

Southern Season - Located just over the bridge in Mt. Pleasant, Southern Season’s has a multitude of classes taught by a wide variety of expert instructors from popular restaurants around Charleston. From the beautiful marble counter tops to the fabulous Viking kitchen, Southern Seasons is sure to make any class a memorable experience.

The Shops at Charleston Place - Conveniently located within the hotel, The Shops are your one-stop shop for all your wants and needs. From high-end designers to vacation wear, you are sure to find that much desired item right at your fingertips.

Rain or shine, Charleston is always open for exploring. No matter which activity you partake in, all will show a unique snapshot of Charleston’s historic past and rich culture. If you have questions or need any more recommendations, please do not hesitate to ask our knowledgeable and friendly concierge staff.

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