Bright, colorful lights are a staple of the holiday season. A tradition dating back to the 18th century, the first holiday lights consisted of small candles or lanterns used to decorate Christmas trees. They've come a long way in the centuries since with the spread of electric lighting and new technologies. Modern light displays can include color changing LED bulbs, laser lights, and lighted inflatable characters. When it comes to "over the top" holiday light displays Charleston decks the halls like no other with long running traditions that are MUST-DO events if you're making a holiday visit to the Holy City.
As the popularity of Charleston has grown, so has the culinary scene. With SO many places to choose from, it is easy to get lost in the endless sea of restaurant options. Visitors often flock to the "Big 5:" Husk, Halls, Hominy, Hanks and High Cotton, but getting a taste of the unique and off-the-beaten path culinary experience is an absolute must. At the end of the day, it is always the places that are the hardest to find that are the BEST!
There are many well-known restaurants that come to mind when thinking about the culinary mecca that is Charleston, SC most of which are the award winning "destination restaurants" featured in the glossy food magazines every year. While Charleston is famous for its many fine dining establishments, what some fail to recognize are the cheap eats that are casual options for locals and visitors alike. To help you find these gems, we’ve put together a list of our favorite restaurants around Charleston that are both tasty and affordable – and often packed with local folks!
The best part of vacationing to Charleston SC is that not only can you be captivated by the history and charm of downtown, but you can completely relax on the sandy beaches and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city. One of our favorite beach getaways around Charleston is Folly Beach SC. The eclectic surf town has recently become a top tourist destination for so many reasons. From Civil War-era history, to world-class surfers, and top-notch eateries a Folly Beach vacation is everything in one.
There is no doubt that Charleston SC is one of the most aesthetically pleasing cities to explore - even for a local, it never gets old. Around every corner and back alleyway, there is likely something beautiful you haven't noticed (as many times as you've walked the city). The colonial architecture has successfully maintained its character and quite possibly become even more charming over time. Whether you’re here for a weekend or a month-long getaway, there is always something new to explore in Charleston SC. Here are 5 ways to jazz up your exploration methods and see the Holy City from all angles.
When it comes to just about any culinary cuisine, Charleston SC knows how to do it right. And for the quintessential American classic, Charleston restaurants and taverns have made it their mission to master the perfect burger. But you have to wonder, what is the "best of the best?" As a luxury vacation management concierge team, it's up to us to try out the top spots so when you visit and ask "Where can we get the best burger?" - we'll have the perfect recommendation! So, here at Luxury Simplified Retreats we took it upon ourselves to search for the best burger in Charleston! Fifteen burgers later, give or take a few, and a much needed visit to the gym, we've put our list of "tops" together and named the most mouthwatering burgers in the Holy City!
As a native Brit, when I first told family and friends that I was moving to Charleston SC for a three-month vacation, few knew anything about the city. The few that did, however, gushed about the wonderful time I was sure to have. Suggestions of where and what I should be doing flooded my inbox. I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, other than an exciting new adventure, in a historic and beautiful American city, with true southern hospitality.
Grab your barbour jacket and lace up those duck boots, the Southeastern Wildlife Expo (SEWE) is back and promises to be better than ever! If you’re a wildlife fanatic and a lover of all four-legged friends like myself, this is where you want to be from February 17th - 19th. One of the most anticipated annual Lowcountry events of the year turns 35 this year and is an absolute Charleston SC bucket list-er.
There's never a better time to visit Charleston than in the spring. Packed with events of all kinds, there is bound to be something that catches your eye and drives you to visit the #1 City in the World! With some of the largest events of its kind, the lowcountry is an absolute must for your 2017 travel adventures. See what this city has going on with our Top 5 Spring Events in Charleston SC:
It's time to pop the champagne, watch the ball drop, and say hello to 2018. In the Holy City, there are plenty of celebrations to go around. Don’t know where to spend New Year's in Charleson? No worries! With a handful of options to choose from, it is no secret that Charleston is one of the top cities to spend your New Year's Eve. Whether you’re looking for a low key beachfront party or yearning to break out your black tie, the lowcountry offers every type of New Year's celebration. Here are our picks for the top 5 New Year's Eve parties in Charleston: