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!
Throughout the year, you'll find many reasons to celebrate. Whether it's a birthday, anniversary, graduation, wedding, or even family reunion, you want to gather those close to you and mark the day (or weekend) with memories to last a lifetime. For bigger occasions, you may find yourself booking flights and coordinating schedules; or when you're looking to celebrate life's little moments (did you get a new promotion?), you may just hop in the car and spend the weekend in a special city. We love helping our guests create a special time while visiting Charleston and there are SO many ways to celebrate in the Holy City, surrounded by palmettos, historic buildings, sandy shores and so much more.
In the summer, Charleston heats up in more ways than one. And, while beaches and boats are a perfect way to cool down, you'll need a break from all the sun and saltwater. One of the biggest draws for visitors is the unique architecture and interesting history found throughout the downtown peninsula - from Rainbow Row to the City Market, the King Street shopping district and Charleston's renowned culinary scene. So where do you find a shady spot that's the perfect place to beat the heat this summer? Start with a trip to these cool Charleston spots.
Having a trip to Charleston SC on the calendar is always cause for excitement. While figuring out the must-do's & must-see's, deciding what to pack, and planning for all of your adventures can add to that pre-trip excitement, it can also be exhausting. To help take the pressure off, we've created four spectacular, fun-filled packages guaranteed to take your vacation to the next level. You just worry about packing the sunscreen, our Concierge team will take care of everything else!
Much of the music enjoyed today can trace its roots back to the South, some including the influences of Gullah culture. Spirituals and gospel hymns became the basis for the swing, jazz, and big band of the early twentieth century which grew into rock & roll and eventually hiphop, pop, and R&B music that's popular today. While bluegrass and country music grew up in the mountains of Tennessee, they've become a staple of the music scene in Charleston. It should come as no surprise that Charleston, a part of the Gullah Geechee Corridor, inspires musicians of all genres with its beauty and culture. Live music can be found just about anywhere you look in Charleston these days. And at these locally known Charleston venues, you might discover your next, new favorite artist or band performing.
Outdoor living is a signature of life in Charleston SC, dating back to the city's inception when Charleston Single homes were built with piazzas oriented to take advantage of the ocean breezes. Whether it's shopping at the market downtown, relaxing on the beach, biking the Battery, or attending festivals in Marion Square, we know that everything is better outside in the summer - dining and cocktails are no exception! The only thing better than a delicious, lowcountry meal is one served with a view! Enjoy the Charleston weather from any of these top Holy City rooftops and outdoor patios...
The reviews are IN and it's official... our guests LOVE Slightly Off Center! We knew when we began this ambitious project on Folly Beach that it had the potential to be something truly unique. After watching this project grow from an innovative idea on paper, into a life-sized project with all of our Luxury Simplified teams of Construction, Development and Luxury Simplified Retreats working collaboratively together ... to finally seeing guests enjoying them and making memories ... well that just makes all of our efforts worth while. Don't take our word for it though, hear what our guests have to say about our four brand new Folly Beach retreats!
Stretching from picturesque Waterfront Park all the way to Colonial Lake in Harleston Village, Queen Street intersects some of the most iconic streets in Charleston, a beautiful and beloved connector to the best of everything in downtown Charleston. Whether it's shopping on King Street, exploring restaurants on East Bay Street, or prowling around the antique stores and art galleries of the French Quarter, it's all just a short, beautiful walk. Queen Street itself is home to some of the areas most popular restaurants and is a part of the city's theater district. There's no better way to experience all that this part of historic, downtown Charleston has to offer than with a stay at The Queen's Studio, where you're surrounded by the best of the Holy City.
The Holy City is known for its deep history, natural beauty, and elevated Southern cuisine, among many other distinctions, and year after year Charleston tops national lists as one of the best cities to visit and live. Home to the South Carolina Aquarium and The Charleston Riverdogs baseball team, it's also a city full of fun for the whole family, with activities and attractions the little ones (and little ones at heart) are sure to enjoy.
Widely known for its history as an early American port city, strategic military post, and booming gem of the antebellum South, Charleston has long been a popular destination for history lovers. Among the many popular historic sites and landmarks, visitors rarely make a trip to Charleston without experiencing one of the beautiful and sprawling plantations throughout the lowcountry. Oak-lined alleyways. Expansive grounds and gardens. Historical significance. Not only are plantations some of the most picturesque areas of the Holy City, they offer a glimpse into Charleston life throughout the years. But which one should you visit?