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One of a kind experiences in Charleston

The list of reasons travelers rank Charleston as one of the top destinations in the country is quite extensive. Mild year-round weather, Southern hospitality, amazing history, and one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the country. Just to name a few.

In addition to helping you explore the city’s most popular activities and attractions, our concierge team can arrange one-of-a-kind experiences—ones that guests typically would not find on their own. We asked our team to share a list of their favorite gems that they’ve planned for guests through the years.

1. A private walking tour of Charleston’s exclusive gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

2. A tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both which are closed to the public.

3. A private “behind-the-scenes” carriage ride at Middleton Place Plantation (reservations are not normally accepted).

4. A charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

5. A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by a member of Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

6. An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

7. Private tours of artists’ studios as well as introductions to the artists themselves.

8. A private historic district tour via bicycle with native authority Harlan Green—author of six books on Charleston history.

9. A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

10. A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

11. For a special occasion, a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Have you enjoyed any of these hidden gems? What others would you recommend to locals or visitors? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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Concierge’s Top Hidden Things to do in Charleston

Maybe your idea of the perfect vacation is charting the open seas on a 49-foot yacht with friends and family. Or perhaps challenging your culinary skills and spending an evening with a famous local chef is more your forte. Whatever it is that you wish to do during your stay in Charleston, the concierge team at Belmond Charleston Place is here to make it happen for you.

Our concierge are well-versed in all things Charleston and can offer recommendations on where to find the most savory Lowcountry cuisine, provide directions to Charleston’s grandest attractions and open doors to activities not typically offered to Charleston visitors. Here at Belmond Charleston Place, we would like to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience by helping you discover the charming, hidden parts of Charleston that are typically not otherwise open to the public. All you have to do is ask!

Below is a list of excursions we can arrange that guests may not find on their own.

For the gardener: Exclusive private walking tour of Charleston’s private gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

For the golfer: Tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both of which are closed to the public.

For the sailor: Charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

For the theologist: A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by Fran Bennett, including Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

For the architectural enthusiast: An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

For the romantic: A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

For the adventurer: A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

For the historian: Explore African-American history in the Lowcountry and the surrounding sea islands with a private Gullah driving tour.

For the foodie: Enjoy the top culinary destination in the nation with a personalized culinary walking tour of local restaurants and neighborhoods.

For a special occasion: Savor a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Whether you’re the type of traveler to follow an adventurous itinerary or if your ideal vacation only requires a few beach chairs and catching up on some R&R, the concierge team at Belmond Charleston Place wants to make your stay in Charleston a journey like no other. Download our Concierge’s Top Hidden things to do in Charleston list here, see our sample itineraries for Charleston here, or call us at 843 722 4900 today to start planning your next unforgettable trip to Charleston!

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Fall Tour of Homes and Gardens

The Preservation Society of Charleston hosts the 36th Annual Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens through October 28th. The tours feature the opportunity to see beautifully appointed gardens and architecturally significant homes, churches and public buildings. Highlighting the best of American architecture, each tour highlights a unique neighborhood that represents Charleston’s flourishing culture from the Colonial era to the present. Most of the properties on tour are privately owned and are open to the public exclusively for this event.

Each tour is unique and offers the opportunity to explore different areas of the historic district. Guests can take in the panoramic views of the Charleston Harbor from the homes on East Battery, then continue to Lower Tradd Street to explore some of the city’s oldest architecture.  The Colonial and Georgian period dwellings located on Church Street and in the heart of the historic district are not to be missed. Take a stroll down Charlotte Street to view architectural influences from the Federal to the Greek Revival periods illustrated in the grand homes of the Mazyck-Wraggborough neighborhood.

Concierge Tip: Be sure to wear comfortable shoes since tours often cover six to eight blocks. Also, high heeled shoes are not permitted since they can damage wood floors.

The tours take place each Thursday evening from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm, and Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm All tours are self-paced walking tours held on the peninsula of Charleston within the city’s various historic neighborhoods. Trained volunteer guides will interpret the history, architecture and decorative arts of each property. Tickets are $45 per person, per tour and may be purchased through the Preservation Society of Charleston and by calling (843) 722-4630. Weekend passes are available.

Concierge Tip: Get your tickets early! Tours will sell out quickly.

The Preservation Society of Charleston is the oldest community-based membership historic preservation organization in the United States. Founded in the 1920’s, the Society celebrates over 90 years of preserving and protecting the heritage and architecture of South Carolina’s oldest city. Proceeds from these tours further work in preservation, education, advocacy and planning to secure the future of Charleston’s unique and diverse heritage.

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