Charleston SC Fall 2012 Tour
presents......Historic Charleston Friday November 9th to Sunday November 11th 2012. Departs Raleigh, North Carolina from common parking location TBD.
This is a three day two night inclusive tour. All attractions listed, meals, transportation, taxes, and fees are included where described. This description may be updated at any time.
In the closing pages of Gone With the Wind, Rhett tells Scarlett that he's going back home to Charleston, where he can find "the calm dignity life can have when it's lived by gentle folks, the genial grace of days that are gone. When I lived those days, I didn't realize the slow charm of them." In spite of all the changes and upheavals over the years, Rhett's endorsement of Charleston still holds true.
If the Old South lives throughout South Carolina's Low Country, it positively thrives in Charleston. All our romantic notions of antebellum days stately homes, courtly manners, gracious hospitality, and above all, gentle dignity are facts of everyday life in the old city, in spite of a few scoundrels here and there, including an impressive roster of pirates, patriots and presidents.
Friday, November 9, 2012:
Jump aboard for a ride back in time. We will spend the time together getting to know each other as well as some tidbits about "The Holy City".
Upon arrival in the city we'll jump right into the charm and history of the city with a lunch followed by a Carriage Historic Tour.
Beautiful mule-drawn carriages await for a magnificent private tour of Charleston's Historic District. When visitors arrive in Charleston, they are immediately captivated by her beauty, charm, and grandeur. You'll find history and traditions are her true strengths. Stunning architecture, brilliant colors and cobblestone streets honors the history of Charleston. Hear about our family roots dating back to the 1600's as your Charleston carriage tour guides you along the narrow streets of our historic downtown district slowly revealing her mysteries and charms.
The rhythmic pace of our horses will carry you back to Charleston's secrets and heritage of a time gone by. During the carriage tour, guests may see any number of the "Port City's" major landmarks, from the Battery and White Point Gardens to Rainbow Row and Charleston's oldest Church St. Michael's (circa 1752). Their guide will regale them with Charleston folklore and "insiders" stories. This one hour private tour is a fabulous way to experience the charm and beauty of Historic Charleston and her colorful past.
TRT has set up a "classic dine around" experience. Groups of six will enjoy a spectacular evening at a top restaurant. This "dutch" outing will be the talk of the following day for sure. We escort each group to your selected dinning establishment and ensure that your transportation back to the hotel or you may enjoy a leisure stroll around the battery & gardens.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Saturday, November 10, 2012:
Let's jump right into our day with a full buffet breakfast at leisure at our hotel.
We will depart the hotel and head to the historic district for free time to explore, shop antique and enjoy. We'll have a list of potential activities, destinations and museums to select from. An amazing southern style lunch at Magnolia Restaurant will complete the sights, sounds and tastes elements of this beautiful city.
Magnolia Restaurant is Charleston's most popular restaurant, located at the site of the city's original Customs House (circa 1739). Magnolia's setting is a blend of historic charm & contemporary excitement. The uptown American cuisine with the down south flavor offers a wide variety of your favorite menu items only as Chef Donald Brickman and his associate chefs can prepare them.
Arrive at Liberty Square and board a Fort Sumter tour boat at Bay Street Landing. It will take you to historic Fort Sumter in the center of Charleston Harbor, where the Civil War began. The Fort is a National Monument, maintained by the National Park Services. Located in Charleston's harbor, it is only accessible by boat. Fort Sumter features an excellent museum containing priceless Civil War exhibits.
During the harbor cruise portion of your tour, you'll enjoy the panoramic view of the Atlantic Ocean and entrance to Charleston Harbor, where Charlestonians are fond of saying, "The Ashley and the Cooper Rivers meet to give birth to the Atlantic Ocean."
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Sunday, November 11th: Working Plantation Tour
Middleton Place was owned successively by four generations from 1741 through the Civil War. The Middleton Place House, built by Henry Middleton in 1755 as a gentleman's guest quarters, is the only surviving portion of the three-building residential complex that once stood overlooking the Ashley River.
A National Historic Landmark and home to America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres "the most important and most interesting garden in America". Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas blaze on the hillside above the Rice Mill Pond in the spring.
In summer, kalmia, magnolias, crepe myrtles and roses accent a landscape magnificent throughout the year. The Gardens have been planned so that there is something blooming at Middleton Place year-round.
The plantation Stable yards offer a relaxed atmosphere with costumed interpreters and historic animal breeds as a backdrop.
Plantation Days includes craft workers demonstrating the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the antebellum plantation for harvest time. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored: Domestic Skills, African American culture including Gullah Storytelling, Low Country Foodways and the Plantation Natural Environment.
We'll be having a lovely gourmet picnic lunch from Caviar & Bananas to give us one last taste of Charleston before we head back to the Triangle.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Charleston, SC (Marriott Hotel) (View)
170 Lockwood Boulevard
Charleston, SC 29403
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|Dog Friendly: No|
|Wheelchair Accessible: No|