Discovery, Featured

Let’s Celebrate Together

Palm trees wrapped in festive décor and abundant blue skies welcome you to Charleston this holiday season. Make Charleston Place your home away from home for the holidays and celebrate at our holiday headquarters with your nearest and dearest. Whether listening to carolers in the Market Street Circle or watching the rare occurrence of a nightly snow fall, we’ll help you embrace the holidays to the fullest. Holiday Decor | Daily From November 25th through the holiday season, Charleston Place will transform into an enchanted winter wonderland, complete with whimsical all-white installations, immersive birch forests, and abundant garland throughout the hotel from Petaloso floral design studio. More than 70 decorated trees will adorn the hallways and courtyards, along with a 40-foot tree of lights in Market Street Circle. The holiday train, one of the hotel’s most memorable traditions celebrating its 20th season, will return this year traversing the grand lobby along 300 feet of track. Cocktails and Caroling | Fridays 5-8pm Join us on Fridays starting on November 26th, and get into the holiday spirit with Cocktails and Caroling in Market Street Circle. Sip on libations from the igloo bar while enjoying the festive sounds of The Charleston Caroling Company. Hot cocoa and sweet treats will also be available for purchase from local bakery, Baguette Magic. Let it Snow | Daily 6pm Every evening, “snow” will magically fall on Market Street Circle, blanketing the holiday trees and walkways in a lovely sheet of winter white. Come witness the rare occurrence of snow in the Holy City! Holiday Comforts | Daily 5pm Sip on creative cocktails while enjoying festive sounds from the hotel’s talented musicians. Live piano music starts nightly at the Thoroughbred Club at 5pm and live jazz at the Charleston Grill on Wednesday-Sunday evenings starting at 5:30pm. Stock up on Stocking Stuffers Mon-Wed 10am-6pm, Thur-Sat 10am-8pm, Sun 12-5pm Home to luxury brands, boutique shops and local favorites, The Shops at Charleston Place are a one-stop shopping destination for all of your gift-giving needs. Historic District Holiday Tour | December 4-5, 11-12, 18-19 Join the Lid Lady for a private, curated holiday tour of Charleston’s Historic District. Learn about the city’s treasured holiday traditions as you pass homes elegantly adorned and celebrate the season with a Champagne toast. $30/pp. Call 843 732 6674 or book via the link. Advance reservations required. Photo provided by Anne Rhett Photography. Candlelight Tour and Cocktails | December 3-4, 9-11, 16-18 Step back in time and enjoy a candlelight tour of the Nathaniel Russell House, a National Historic Landmark dating back to 1808 as a docent will guide you through the artfully preserved home. $25/pp. Tours start at 6pm, 6:30pm and 7pm on select dates. Call 843 722 1149 or book via the link. Advance reservations required.           Save the Date Wednesday, December 3 | Cocktails and Conversations 5pm-7pm | Exclusively available for guests of The Club, local artist Renee Lever will bring her talents to the lounge for a live painting demonstration along with conversation around her artistic process and inspirations. Saturday, December 11 | Painting Class 3pm-5pm | Join notable local artist Danielle Cather Cohen for a “Starry Night” painting class in The Palmetto Cafe Courtyard. Prosecco and a small gift will be provided. $200/pp. Call Click here to book. Advance reservations required. Sunday, December 12 | Second Sunday with Santa 12pm-4pm | While strolling down King Street for Second Sunday, stop by The Palmetto Cafe Courtyard for the treasured holiday tradition of visiting Santa. Sip on libations from the igloo bar while enjoying the festive sounds of The Charleston Caroling Company. Hot cocoa and sweet treats will also be available for purchase from local bakery, Baguette Magic. Saturday, December 18 | Live Painting 12pm-2pm | Established local artist Harrison Blackford will bring her talents to the Market Street Circle for a live painting demonstration. Friday, December 31 | New Year’s Cheers 5pm-9pm | As 2021 draws to a close, toast to new beginnings with your nearest and dearest over a three-course celebration at Charleston Grill. $150/pp. Call 843 577 4522 to book. Advance reservations required. For more information on these holiday events and offerings, please contact the Concierge at 843-937-8725. #CelebrateatCharlestonPlace
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Arts & Culture, Discovery, Featured, Sip & Savor

Holidays in the Holy City

Whether basking in the blissful temperatures or indulging in centuries-old traditions, Charleston is a magical place during the holidays. Garlands adorn Antebellum mansions. Magnolia wreaths flank wrought-iron gates. Twinkling lights wrap the trunks of Palmetto trees. From holiday markets to special menus featuring the finest Lowcountry cuisine, there’s never been a better time to Celebrate in Charleston.  Timeless Traditions A living history museum, Charleston embraces the holiday season with a reverent look towards the past. Tour the festively decorated Edmondston-Alston House by candlelight, warm up in the courtyard with a glass of hot cider as carolers sing, then listen to a local storyteller perform Gullah Christmas stories at Christmas on the Battery. Or set out with a private guide to Magnolia Plantation or Middleton Place. Torch-lit gardens beckon guests to warm up fireside while yuletide traditions and 18-century reenactments celebrate the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry. Holiday Comforts Treasured family recipes are the touchstones of holiday traditions and Charleston’s rich culinary history is on display during the holiday season. Gather friends and family around the table for a delicious feast at one of the city’s best restaurants, Charleston Grill or The Palmetto Cafe, where guests can find special menus for the holidays. Or sip a hot toddy by one of our outdoor fire pits while nibbling on holiday themed cookies. All the Trimmings Home to luxury brands, boutique shops and local favorites, give the gift of Charleston this season. Steps from our guest rooms, explore The Shops at Charleston Place, with gifts for men, women, children and home. Or walk out our doors and onto King Street, considered to be one of the finest shopping districts in the country. Festive Moments Bring your family together for an unforgettable celebration in an unprecedented year. It’s an invitation to come together and reconnect with loved ones, enjoy the salty sea air and create new memories together. From holiday décor in your suite to special family photos with a professional photographer, mark the occasion in grand style. Holiday Headquarters There’s perhaps no better time to escape to Charleston. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with twinkling Christmas trees, grand wreaths and rows upon row of garland in our lobby. Step into our courtyard garden and by wowed by the magnificent 40-foot lighted Christmas tree that towers over the Market Street Circle fountain. Take part in cherished holiday traditions and embrace the spirit of the season in charming Charleston. To learn more about our offerings, click here.
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Charleston’s Spooky Side

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.

Provost Dungeon
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.

U.S.S. Yorktown
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.” 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.

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