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Girls Getaway in Charleston: Exploring 9 Mar 2015, 12:04 pm
From sweet little carriage houses to rows of flower boxes overflowing with blooms, we have the picture-perfect stops for a girl’s weekend in Charleston. If you are looking to find quaint streets, secret alleyways, and magnificent architecture, our best advice is to get lost along the way. Bring a map with you, and head towards the Battery.
French Quarter - The French Quarter is reminiscent of a quaint European neighborhood. This area was settled in 1680, and has some of the city’s most beautiful architecture. Our favorite landmarks: The Dock Street Theater, the French Hugenot Church, and the St. Phillips Church.
The Historic District – The Charleston Strolls tour with Bulldog Tours will give you the opportunity to meander Historic Charleston at a leisurely pace. Get a glimpse at Charleston’s antebellum mansions, graveyards, and hidden gardens with the tour that runs daily at 9am. Our favorite landmarks: The Old Exchange, St. Michaels Church, and Rainbow Row.
Farmer’s Market - The Charleston Farmer’s Market runs every Saturday from April to December in Marion Square. Meet lowcountry farmers and dive right into the local food scene with a morning at the farmer’s market. Here you will find live music, food stands, and lots of local flavor. Gather the girls here for a delicious breakfast that is sure to get your day going. Can’t miss food stands: Charleston Crepes Co. and Barista Beverages.
South of Broad – White Point Garden on Charleston’s Battery comes alive on warm sunny days. The seabreeze blowing off the Cooper and Ashley Rivers will take your relaxing to another level. You will see people soaking up the sun and taking in the scenery. A girls trip to Charleston is not complete without a visit to the Battery. Our favorite landmarks: the sundial at the garden’s point, the view of Fort Sumter across the river, and the gazebo in the center of the White Point Garden.
Concierge Tip: Get a glimpse inside Charleston’s most magnificent properties with the Spring House and Garden Tour. In the Spring, the city is floating on cloud nine with the smell of Confederate Jasmine, making it the perfect time to visit.
Make it a weekend! Bring your friends along for the perfect Girls Getaway in Charleston. The Girls Getaway Package at the Kings Courtyard Inn includes a two night stay, a $30 gift card to Tips-to-Toes, brunch at Kitchen 208, and $30 toward wine at Bin 152 Wine Bar.
A Tour with Charleston Steeplechase 18 Feb 2015, 1:00 pm
Get your heart rate going with a scenic and fast-paced history tour of the Holy City exploring some of Charleston’s most interesting landmarks. Let Charleston Steeplechase lead the way with a jogging tour covering 3-4 miles in an hour and a half. Faster than a carriage ride, and covering more ground than a walking tour, Charleston Steeplechase will give you an up-close look at sites only accessible by foot.
Through quaint alleys and past colorful houses, you will get a look at Charleston’s grandest mansions and magnificent churches. You’ll start your journey at Marion Square and get a quick history lesson at a few interesting landmarks in Harleston Village. After several pit-stops you will run toward the Four Corners of Law and through the winding neighborhoods South of Broad. The best part of your journey? The beautiful seabreeze-filled pitstop at White Point Garden. After stops at Rainbow Row and the Old Exchange, you will shoot through the French Quarter and Ansonborough ending your tour back at Marion Square.
This tour is perfect for the active traveler, but participants shouldn’t be intimidated by the length or pace of the jog. Charleston Steeplechase caters the tour to accommodate all running abilities.
Tips for your run: Need a new pair of sneakers? Put your best foot forward with a stop at Sneaker on King Street. After your breezy tour of Charleston, refresh and refuel with a Super Green Smoothie from The Daily. For lunch, look no further than Kitchen 208. The light, healthy Mediterranean Quinoa Salad is the perfect pick-me-up to keep you on track.
Take the tour, or stay the weekend with Fulton Lane Inn’s Charleston Wellness and Discovery Package. The Wellness and Discovery Package includes three nights at the Fulton Lane Inn, a tour with Charleston Steeplechase, an hour-long yoga or spinning class at EcoFitness, and a three-course dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant. Call 800-720-2688 or click here to make your reservation.
Renovation at Circa 1886 Restaurant 13 Feb 2015, 12:02 pm
Circa 1886 Restaurant, located in the carriage house of the Wentworth Mansion, celebrated its 15th anniversary this January. To honor this exciting time, the restaurant underwent a makeover breathing new life into the 19th century building. The renovation boasts enhancements to every room in the restaurant, from structural changes to design updates.
Designer Pam Plowden took great care in updating the space while retaining the charm, character, and architectural details of the historic space. Inspired by the colors and textures of Charleston, each room has been renovated with a breathtaking new look. Reminiscent of the colors in a lowcountry marsh scene, the restaurant features lighter, more neutral tones, with a few pops of blue and green.
Upon arrival, guests are greeted with original carriage house floors and tiled slate surrounding the bar. Diners will find a granite bar top that perfectly contrasts the new color palate in the room.
Architectural lighting, an intricate tiled stone wall, and banana leaf wallpaper compliment the woodwork throughout the restaurant. Three additional highly requested booths have been added to the popular wine room. The booths now feature contemporary fabric and natural textures while carrying the new color scheme throughout the restaurant.
Showcasing classic Charleston scenes, black and white photographs are displayed throughout the restaurant. From broad landscapes of Charleston to textured images of sweetgrass and Spanish moss, the photographs are peaceful and serene.
In addition to the new look, Chef Marc Collins has launched a new menu. The Carolina Gold Rice and Popcorn Cake with Blue Crab and Rock Shrimp is the perfect way to start your dinner. Early entree favorites are the Fried Catfish with Truffled Mac and Cheese and the locally sourced Keegan-Filion Pork Chop with Heart of Palm puree.
Don’t wait to make your reservation. Come see our new look and try our new menu today! Click here to make your reservation or call 843-853-7828.
Burger Thursdays at Kitchen 208 26 Jan 2015, 2:06 pm
Inventive. Decadent. Delicious. Each Thursday the crew at Kitchen 208 whips up a delicious Burger Thursday special. Feast your eyes on a few of the most recent specials that have been turning heads at lunchtime on every Thursday. From the Cowboy Burger with Fried Onions and BBQ Sauce to the Greek Burger with Olives, Tomatoes and Tzatziki, each tempting burger will leave you wondering what next Thursday’s creation will be.
At Kitchen 208, you will find toppings that are a bit unconventional. The El Diablo Burger features Fried Jalapenos and Southwestern Ranch Sauce, while the Kimchi Burger with Sriracha and a Fried Egg transports you to another time zone. The Southern Burger with Pimento Cheese and Pickled Green Tomatoes is a definitely house favorite.
Thursday is only three days away – and lunch starts at 11am. We’ll be ready for ya!
Celebrate the New Year in Charleston 16 Dec 2014, 1:50 pm
Put your vacation days to good use and spend one last long holiday weekend in Charleston before 2015. With mild coastal weather and celebrations across the city, we’ve made a list of the best ways to celebrate and ring in the New Year in the Holy City.
Holiday Festival of Lights – The James Island Holiday Festival of Lights is a holiday tradition for many families. With over 700 light displays and 200 million lights this is one of Charleston’s most festive traditions. This festival includes a holiday train, handmade gingerbread houses, and a magnificent sand sculpture with over 50 tons of sand.
Dinner at Circa 1886 – Sneak away and indulge with a three-course dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant. Enjoy Chef Marc Collins’ newly released winter dishes with a tasting menu and wine pairings. Circa 1886 was recently named one of the Top 25 Restaurants in the US by TripAdvisor!
Yorktown Countdown – On Wednesday, December 31st, 2014, the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier will kick-off a giant party with the annual Yorktown Countdown, Charleston’s largest New Year’s Celebration. The nation’s premier aircraft carrier ball drop party will provide a festive night with live music performances and premium spirits.
Happy New Year Charleston – The New Years celebration in Marion Square is an occasion that is fun for for all ages. This family-oriented program is an alternative way to celebrate the New Year in Charleston. Enjoy this community event with the whole family beginning at 4pm on December 31.
New Year’s Brunch at Kitchen 208 – It’s no mistake that National Bloody Mary Day falls on New Years Day. After filling up on fun, toast to the New Year with brunch at Kitchen 208. Start the year right with a Quinoa Salad, or sink your teeth into a Cobblestone Egg and Candied Bacon Sandwich, either way, don’t miss the signature Sake Bloody Marys.
Celebrate the new year with last-minute deals at our King Street inns the Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn. Take advantage of their New Years rates from $269 per night. Click here or call 800-845-6119 to make your reservation.
A Festive Tour of Charleston’s Decor 12 Dec 2014, 11:28 am
The ever-stylish city of Charleston dresses up in high-style every December. This season, enjoy the best of Charleston’s gorgeous decor by exploring the historic district’s homes and neighborhoods decked out in their holiday finery.
Start your day with a festive walking tour through Charleston’s quaint neighborhoods. Bulldog Tours offers their Christmas Strolls Holiday Walking Tour throughout December. This tour leads you through Charleston’s rich history and colorful past while taking your by some of the most charming Christmas decor in the city.
After exploring Charleston’s beautiful exteriors, head over to the Joseph Manigault House to get a glimpse inside the home of one of Charleston’s most notable families. Each year, the Garden Club of Charleston celebrates the holidays by decorating the house with materials found in the 19th century Charleston garden. With this tour you will see magnificent decor and learn the antebellum Christmas traditions of the Manigault family.
Deck your halls with an authentic piece of Charleston decor. Charlestonians are known to decorate their homes with natural wreaths made with elements that are indigenous to the lowcountry. Stop by the Historic Charleston City Market or the Charleston Farmers Market to purchase a Sweetgrass Palmetto Rose or Magnolia Wreath.
Immerse yourself in Charleston’s history and holiday decor with a night at the historic John Rutledge House Inn or the Wentworth Mansion. Take advantage of their December weekday rates starting at $219 and $369 per night. Visit the John Rutledge House Inn or the Wentworth Mansion to make your reservation.
Chef Marc Collins’ Eggnog Recipe 9 Dec 2014, 2:37 pm
‘Tis the season for festive holiday cocktails! Take a tip from Chef Marc Collins and put Eggnog on the menu at your next holiday gathering. At our Progressive Dinner, we start the evening with hors d’oeuvres and holiday beverages at the Historic Kings Courtyard Inn. This year, Chef Collins’ Eggnog has been a huge hit.
Join in the merriment and whip up your own boozy version of the eggnog served at our Progressive Dinner. Whether you’re stocking the bar for a holiday party, or planning a cozy night in by the fire, this recipe will get you in the yuletide spirit.
For the Eggnog:
• 12 large eggs yolks (reserve the whites)
• 2 cups granulated sugar
• 1 liter bourbon
• 1 quart (4 cups) whole milk
• 1 cup heavy cream
• 3/4 cup Cognac or brandy
• 1/2 cup Myers’s dark rum
• Pinch fine salt
• 12 reserved egg whites
• 1 1/2 cups cold heavy cream
• Freshly grated nutmeg
For the Eggnog:
Leave the whites out until they get to room temp reserving till later in the recipe.
Combine the yolks and sugar in a large bowl and whisk until well blended and creamy. Add the remaining ingredients and stir to combine. You can place it in the refrigerator for at least 1 week and up to 3 weeks if necessary.
Next take the egg whites and place them in a very clean bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment. Whisk on high speed until stiff peaks form, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove to a larger bowl. Place the cream in the stand mixer bowl (no need to wash the bowl) and whisk on high speed until medium peaks form, about 1 to 2 minutes. Place this in the large bowl. Fold the eggnog base with a rubber spatula to re-combine, and then add it to the punch bowl. Gently whisk the eggnog together until just combined and no large pockets of whites or cream remain (do not over mix or you’ll deflate the eggnog). Garnished with grated nutmeg.
Interested in our Holiday Progressive Dinner? While this year’s Progressive Dinner is sold-out, read more here and mark your calendar so you can book your reservation early in 2015.
Our Guide to Thanksgiving Weekend in Charleston 15 Oct 2014, 12:12 pm
What’s not to love about a crisp fall day in the Lowcountry? Thanksgiving in Charleston is full of family-friendly activities. From the minute you wake up on Thanksgiving morning, you will have plenty of options for a weekend of fun. Below are our staff picks on this year’s Thanksgiving weekend events.
Turkey Trot – Explore downtown Charleston with a jog through the historic district. This year, Charleston will host it’s 38th Annual Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K. Many families have made the Turkey Trot an annual tradition. After the race, participants are invited to enjoy drinks, live music, and kid-friendly activities at Marion Square.
Breakfast at Kitchen 208 – Enjoy a taste of Charleston’s unique cuisine on Thanksgiving morning at King Street’s Kitchen 208. We can’t think of a better way to finish the race than a hearty breakfast at Kitchen 208. Reward yourself with a perfectly-made mimosa and a big ‘ol plate of Shrimp and Grits.
Thanksgiving Dinner – Many of Charleston’s most popular restaurants are open for Thanksgiving dinner. Take a look at OpenTable’s list of Charleston restaurants offering special menus on Thanksgiving night.
Start your Holiday Shopping - Shopping has never been more fun. With hundreds of shops on King Street, you will have plenty of options for all the people on your Christmas list. Hit King Street for the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday deals and find unique gifts in one of the best shopping districts in the South.
Holiday Progressive Dinner – Dive into the holiday season on Friday or Saturday night with a Holiday Progressive Dinner. Explore Charleston with a festive culinary journey through some of Charleston’s most unique venues. Diners will journey through Charleston’s historic streets by horse drawn carriage to three different locations for a progressive dinner. Start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and wind down at Historic John Rutledge House Inn for coffee and dessert.
Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your Thanksgiving vacation. Take advantage of the great deals at Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn offering rates starting at just $219 per night. Call 800-845-6119 or secure your reservation here.
Patio Happy Hour at Kitchen 208 30 Sep 2014, 10:43 am
On Thursday, 10/16, you can find us welcoming the cool Charleston weather with a Happy Hour on the Patio at Kitchen 208. From 4:30 to 7:30, happy hour lovers near and far can look forward to live music, savory bites, and drink specials on our King Street patio.
The menu is set – with a few brand new items and a few favorites, such as the Smokey Joe, loaded with our house-smoked brisket, caramelized onions, aged cheddar, pickles, and cracked pepper bbq sauce.
Smokey Joe Brisket Sliders – 3 for $6
Classic Buffalo Wings – 6 for $5
Loaded Nachos with Beef – $5
Loaded Nachos with Chicken – $5
Classic French Fries – $3
Lowcountry Chili Cheese Fries – $5
Wine by the Glass – $3-$6
Wine by the Bottle – $15-30
Champagne by the Glass – $3
Domestic Beer Bottle $3
Domestic Beer Bucket $15
Craft and Local Beer Bottle – $4
Stroll on over to 208 King Street for a relaxed evening with the perfect mix of live music and lively conversation. See you on the patio!
2014 Fall Tour of Homes 9 Sep 2014, 12:21 pm
This October, friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston will welcome guests into their private residences for the 38th Annual Fall Tour of Homes. With balmy days and cool Charleston evenings, it’s the perfect time of year to discover Charleston’s antebellum history and architecture.
The history of these spectacular houses will come to life as you experience the charm and Southern Hospitality of Charleston first hand. Tours will run from October 2 -26, as the Preservation Society showcases a different group of homes each day.
Whether you are interested in discovering Charleston’s Cosmopolitan Legacy, or you are hoping to explore Homes of the American Revolution, be prepared to be blown away by the beauty that lies behind the majestic doors at each property.
This is the perfect occasion to tour some of the most impressive homes in Charleston. Get your tickets here or call (800) 514-3849 for more information. Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn are both historic properties in downtown Charleston offering rates from $285 through October.