Love in the Lowcountry

It’s easy to have a unique, romantic agenda on Valentine’s Day in Charleston, where one can find romance in the unexpected; from the flowers blossoming through cast-iron fences, to the sun setting on the Cooper River. This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to break away from the typical card and flowers and spend the day with your significant other discovering the beauty in each other and in Charleston.

Picnic at Battery Park
Heading in the direction of Battery Park, make your way down King Street, and stop in Bull Street Gourmet where you can choose from a wide assortment of sandwiches, salads and hot and cold beverages. Take your picnic items to the end of King Street where you will be surrounded by antebellum homes, and find yourself at historic Battery Park under a canopy of age-old Oak trees. Either bring a blanket, or plan on sitting at one of the many benches surrounding the park. For a scenic route we have provided walking directions.

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Carriage Ride Downtown
A carriage ride is a wonderful chance to explore the city and get insight into what Charleston was like years ago. Don’t worry if the weather seems to be a bit brisk, the carriages often have blankets, allowing you to snuggle up next to your loved one.

Sunset or Moonlight Sail on the Schooner Pride
What could be more whimsical than sailing around the Charleston peninsula with the one you love? Feel the sea breeze in your hair while enjoying a kaleidoscope sky on the sunset sail or enjoy the live acoustic music on the moonlight cruise.

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Couples Champagne Massage
Relax at The Spa at Charleston Place and enjoy a 50-minute or 80-minute couples Swedish massage. No Valentine’s Day massage is complete without a glass of champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. To schedule a massage, call (843) 937-8522.

Stroll down Pitt Street Bridge
Located just ten minutes away from downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, walk hand in hand down Pitt Street Bridge, where you will take in sights and the beauty of the Lowcountry. After, stop in authentic Pitt Street Pharmacy and share an old-fashioned milkshake with your date.

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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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Charming Holiday Shortbread Cookies

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When we asked Charleston Grill Executive Pastry Chef, Emily Cookson if she could share one of her holiday treats with us, she gladly replied with a family recipe for shortbread cookies. These delightful cookies were once a holiday tradition that Emily shared with her grandmother. Every Christmas season the two of them would create delicate and delicious shortbread cookies in the shapes of Christmas wreaths and reindeer.

Now you too can create these undeniably delectable and charming shortbread cookies at home with your family. Gather some of your favorite holiday cookie cutter shapes, red and green sprinkles and bake up some holiday cheer.

Emily’s Shortbread Cookies

Ingredients
Butter
Brown Sugar
AP Flour
Cornstarch
Quantity
8 oz
1/2 cup
2 ¼ cup
2 tbs


Using a stand mixer with a paddle attachment, cream room temperature butter and brown sugar. Sift dry ingredients and add to the mixer. Paddle until incorporated. Remove from the bowl and wrap in plastic wrap and allow to chill for 30 minutes. On a lightly floured surface, roll dough to ¼ inch thickness and cut out in desired shapes. Chill for 30 minutes. Sprinkle with colored sugars. Bake at 350 degrees until golden brown, approximately 7-12 minutes. Enjoy!

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