In recent years Charleston SC has become known for its hot culinary scene and has become a top destination for self proclaimed foodies. With so many new restaurants opening in Charleston all the time there's no shortage of new culinary experiences to be had. Here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we appreciate tasty local eats and our team thinks it's only fitting to share some of our favorite new restaurants:
Here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we pride ourselves on attention to detail and guest experience. One of the things that sets us apart is our knowledgable team who work hard behind the scenes to ensure that every guest has a wonderful Charleston experience. Driving our focus on guest experience is our Guest Relations and Concierge Manager, Zach Rogers. Get to know the guy behind the smiling face that greets many of our guests and find out his number one recommendation for every Charleston visitor.
After a long day exploring the cobblestone streets, a glass of wine and perfectly paired cheese plate may be just what you need to wind down. While Charleston is known for it's culinary scene, wine bars are quickly making an appearance in a big way. Pairing a glass of wine with a delicious meal is standard, but Charleston is anything but ordinary. Wine bars around town have flipped that notion, and offer the perfect small plate to accentuate your vino of choice. Whether you're a seasoned sommelier or a wine newbie, you can experience top notch wines and a mini education at any of of these top wine bars in Charleston SC.
The romantic backdrop for many brides' "dream wedding" often includes cobblestoned streets, moss draped oaks, or sandy beaches with ocean views. It's no surprise then, that an elegant and gorgeous affair in Charleston tops the list for many as the Holy City has quickly topped the list as #1 wedding destination in the country. Although Charleston may not be home for the bride or groom, oftentimes it becomes the site of their enchanting, destination wedding. And, while traveling to a chic and charming location like Charleston for the big day means everyone is sure to experience a wedding "trip of a lifetime," everyone from the bridal party on down will need their own accommodations. In leu of a traditional "hotel block," complete with tacky carpet, musty linens, and noisy neighbors, a private vacation rental offers the bridal party a stylish and comfortable space to call their own. And we know just the spot!
When Hurricane Florence sent her calling card ahead of an U.S. east coast visit as a Category 1 storm, and the Governor RSVP'd with an a mandatory evacuation order for nearly all of the coast, our Luxury Simplified Retreats team sprung into action to secure the safety of our guests. As Charleston locals, Hurricane Florence wasn’t our first rodeo, and our management team has a strict storm protocol and a tried & tested action plan in place when extreme weather such as hurricanes threatens the Charleston SC lowcountry. And, while we are experienced in hurricane preparation, we know that many of our guests aren’t - and the thought of experiencing the "eye of a hurricane" making landfall can, in fact, be daunting.
Have you met our resident Brit? Sophie Leigh-Jones came to us from "across the pond" and brought with her inspiring leadership, tons of great ideas, and silly British phrases. She has confidently led the Luxury Simplified Retreats team from day one, through every challenge and success that it has faced. She's an integral part of the team today, building connections with our amazing homeowners and ensuring all of our guests have a 5-star experience. Here's a chance to get to know Sophie and discover just what makes her such an indispensable part of our team!
With so many new and interesting things to do and so much history to see and experience, it can be challenging if not impossible to see and do everything in just one visit to Charleston SC. Enchanted by the city's charm and history, many people visit a a second or even third time, or make a trip to Charleston an annual event. From riding a horse drawn carriage under oaks draped in Spanish moss, to a harbor cruise past Fort Sumter at sunset, Charleston offers a wealth of "bucket list" items, and you may find yourself wanting to plan a return trip to experience them all. We've compiled a checklist of things you might want to add to your list on your NEXT trip to the Holy City!
When it comes to operating a legal short-term rental (STR) in downtown Charleston SC, there's a lot to learn. The landscape of STRs on the Charleston peninsula has changed rather dramatically in the past few months. In April 2018, after years of deliberation, the City of Charleston finally passed judgement on STRs and announced new regulations limiting STRs throughout downtown. This came as quite a sting for those operating illegally within the city limits and has caused much angst among local short-term rental owners. On the flip side, many of those who have been lobbying against STRs in residential neighborhoods came out grinning from ear to ear. Here's a primer for what you need to know to legally rent short-term within the downtown city limits of Charleston. Get your pencil and paper ready, you'll want to take notes!
We recently received glowing feedback from a happy vacationer. You can't please all of your clients all of the time, but in this instance, we happily achieved that outcome and our guest who also shared "why." Here is the story of how this review came to be, and how our goals are to achieve similar accolades from every guest.
Here at Luxury Simplified Retreats, not only do we manage an extensive portfolio of lowcountry luxury vacation rentals, but we have a team that operates behind the scenes to ensure guests receive the best possible experience while visiting us in Charleston. Knowing and trusting our team to provide you with a clean, luxurious, and enjoyable retreat while you're here is all part of our promise. So we thought it fitting for you to get to know the team that makes it all happen, every day. We're introducing you to our newest team member, Managing Director, Alison Benson. Her extensive background in management and hospitality (and tips on best places to take your pup, or get a good view of the city) makes her the perfect addition to our all-star team!