2 Great Tips to Have a Romantic Vacation With Your Partner

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Couples who go on vacation together are usually excited about finally getting some peace and quiet away from their stressful jobs and lives. They are able to be alone together for perhaps the first time in months or maybe even longer if kids are involved. The difficult thing, however, is actually having a nice, romantic getaway while on these vacations.

Though 47% of couples feel more romantic on vacation, that’s not always the case. If you and your spouse aren’t careful, you could end up having a frustrating experience and not the romantic getaway you both imagined. The most important part of ensuring that your vacation is a success is planning ahead. As long as you and your partner spend time planning out some romantic things to do while you vacation (and each of you plan a surprise or two to really spice things up), you should both have a lot of fun and end up closer as a result.

Here are a few great ideas for couples to consider in order to have a romantic vacation.

Charleston horse carriage tours
Founded in 1670, Charleston has over 300 years of interesting history, and you and your partner will be able to enjoy each other’s company as you ride on private carriage tours across the Atlantic coastline. Not enough people have ever indulged in the romantic activity of riding with their partners in a carriage, despite all the romantic benefits. Imagine just you and your partner riding romantic carriage tours at night, the ocean crashing in the background, as you both look at the skyline. It doesn’t get much more romantic than that.

Make dinner reservations
Although you shouldn’t eat out at fancy restaurants every night of your trip — because that can get quite expensive — splurging one or two nights can be a lot of fun. When is the last time you and your partner had a romantic dinner together at a beautiful restaurant? You are both overdue for a magical night out, and now is the perfect time. Enjoy your meal and don’t take your eyes off each other!

In addition to planning out a few special nights for your vacation, it’s just as important to make sure you both are going in with a positive attitude. You both deserve a romantic trip away from all your stressors. Contact Charleston Carriage Works if you want to learn more and enjoy your trip!

Historic Charleston Tours by Carriage

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Quick: name a relaxing vacation event that’s informative, entertaining and memorable. Having trouble? That’s understandable. After all, it’s rare to find vacation events that the entire family will enjoy together. As one of the top-rated activities to do in all of Charleston, historic Charleston tours by carriage might just be the exception!

Don’t believe us? Here are a few reasons top reasons to experience a carriage tour in Charleston today! Read more

2 Fun Things to Do This Summer In a New City

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If you’re planning on taking a trip this summer, in order to fully enjoy yourself, you should consider doing something that you wouldn’t normally get the chance to. If you’re going to Charleston, for example, there are plenty of activities for you and your family to enjoy that will provide you all with a trip of a lifetime. Read more

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The Horse And Buggy: A Brief (But Fascinating) History

buggy toursBelieve it or not, the horse and buggy has a very interesting history. About 2.7% of the United States’ gross domestic product is attributed to travel and tourism, and the horse and buggy has come a long way in its development and is now being used for buggy tours and other attractions in countless cities.

Concorde Buggy
The Concorde Buggy, originally made in Concord, New Hampshire, is known for its low-hanging sides. It also has side-spring suspension to make it more comfortable for riders.

Stanhope Buggy
The Stanhope Buggy, on the other hand, is known for its higher seats and enclosed back. It was originally named after Captain Hon. Henry FitzRoy Stanhope, who was the son of William Stanhope, a renowned athlete in his era.

Horse And Buggy Rides
Horse drawn carriages were among the most popular forms of transportation between the years of 1815 and 1915. During the same time period, horseback riding itself was growing in popularity but required more specialized skills and expertise. It also seemed to be reserved for the more affluent members of society. It’s also important to note that at this time, the automobile hadn’t yet been mass produced, which made it extremely unaffordable for the vast majority of people.That’s why it was mostly the lower and middle class citizens that took advantage of the benefits of the horse and buggy method of transportation.

According to mnn.com, “The automobilizing of America was inevitable, especially because it soon became cheaper to keep a car. In 1900, only 4,192 cars were sold in the U.S.; by 1912, it was 356,000.”

However, an essay titled From Horse Power to Horsepower explained that “The equine was not replaced all at once, but function by function. Freight haulage was the last bastion of horse-drawn transportation; the motorized truck finally supplanted the horse cart in the 1920s.”

Transition From Horse Carriage Rides To Automobiles
Experts cite 1910 as the year that automobiles finally outnumbered horses and buggies. Nowadays, the Amish still use horse and buggy rides to get around. They’re also popular in New York City in addition to a number of different cities all over the world.

Ultimately, horse and buggy tours have a very rich history, and that makes taking a ride all the more enjoyable. For more information about horse and buggy tours, contact Charleston Carriage Works today.

3 Reasons You Should Experience a New City in a Horse Drawn Carriage

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If you’re planning on taking a vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, you’ll soon find out that there are countless ways to explore the city. With a city as vibrant, unique, and momentous as Charleston, there’s no shortage of things to do. But while many families opt to take a walking or boating tour to see the sights, horse carriage tours can provide a whole new level of appreciation in a city known for blending the old with the new.

Here are just a few reasons why you might find that horse drawn carriages are the best possible way to experience the old world charm of Charleston — or any new city, for that matter.

  • They’re historic
    There’s no better way to appreciate a historic city than through a historic means of transportation. The city of Charleston was founded in 1670 and has over 300 years of fascinating history. Horse drawn carriages are also a classic mode of transportation that can actually be traced back to the ancient Egyptians and Romans. While those chariots and early carriages aren’t quite the same kind we use today, you’ll truly feel transported back in time when you take a carriage ride through the heart of Charleston’s Historic District.
  • They’re romantic and fun
    If you’re looking to reconnect with your partner, this intimate tour is a great way to enjoy your time together. Our charming guides will let you in on the stories and secrets of the city while you enjoy the beautiful views of the South. Alternatively, tours on horse drawn carriages can be fun for the entire family. Because our carriages seat up to 16 people, your whole group can share this experience together. With so much to see, there’s sure to be something to capture the attention and imagination of every passenger.
  • They’re relaxing
    You deserve to get some rest on your vacation. But many folks find that there’s a lot of pressure to rush around the city. This doesn’t give you much of an opportunity to actually enjoy yourself! But when you’re on one of these horse tours, you get to sit back, relax, and take in everything around you. All you have to worry about is keeping your eyes and ears open. Safety and satisfaction are part of our mission, and above all, we want you to be able to enjoy your time in Charleston on our carriage rides.

Whether you’re visiting Charleston for the first time or want to see a beloved destination in a whole new way, classic carriage tours are ideal. Don’t forget to check out all of the incredible attractions our city has to offer, including historic buildings, shopping, dining, nightlife, sports, and more.

Family Fun Ideas In Charleston, SC

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Did you know that 37% of families say that vacations make them happy? With summer right around the corner it’s time to start planning! Many families struggle with picking out activities and destinations that are entertaining for everyone on the trip. It is crucial to plan in advance and have a list of ideas (with plenty of back-up options) so that everyone can enjoy their getaway. Charleston, South Carolina is a very popular tourist destination for families because it has something for everyone. The history, the charm, and endless amounts of family approved activities make it the perfect choice. Here are just a few options for you and your loved ones to enjoy during your visit.

  1. South Carolina Aquarium
    The South Carolina aquarium is a family favorite. This could easily take the whole day to explore too! It has a touch tank for the kids to put their hands on horseshoe crabs, sea urchins, and stingrays. According to the South Carolina aquarium website their main attraction is a 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. The tank has sharks, sea turtles, an array of tropical fish, and even divers who interact with the visitors during their daily dive shows.
  2. Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
    Your wife will feel like Cinderella and your kids will enjoy an adventure around the city in their very own horse drawn carriage ride, also known as buggy rides. History is always more exciting when you feel like you are a part of the past. These authentic carriage tours will make you feel like you’ve been transported to another time. This unique outing gives you a chance to sit back and relax as you clip clop along the cobblestone streets while your guide tells you about the stately homes and buildings in Charleston. Find a company that has knowledgeable guides, extensive experience, glowing reviews, and some will even let you tour their stables. The stable tour gives the kids a fun opportunity to meet the majestic animals responsible for their fun trip around the city. Private carriage tours will please the history buffs, animal lovers, and adventure seekers in your family for sure!
  3. Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
    This museum has it all: hands-on exhibits, pirate exploration, art room fun, water play stations, an interactive food market, fishing boat replica, and even a medieval castle with puppets and costumes! Let the kids run wild so that you can take a break too. It’s located in the historic district so it is the ultimate relaxation destination for the adults after a day of walking and exploring the city. After your kids have created a masterpiece in the art room and have tuckered themselves out playing princesses and knights you will feel recharged and ready for your next ADULT outing in the city.

Charleston, South Carolina is a travel destination that really has mass appeal. Now that you know the kids are going to be happy with an aquarium visit, carriage tours, and hands on museum don’t forget to make plans for yourself too! There are still so many activities to consider including the many beaches, forts, plantations, and captivating waterfront. A family vacation can provide memories that last a lifetime and with all there is to see and do in Charleston, this family vacation will do just that.

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5 of the Best Charleston Landmarks to Visit on a Buggy Ride

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Charleston is a great vacation destination for families, couples, school trips — and earned the number one spot on Travel and Leisure Magazine’s “World’s Best Cities” list in 2016.

So when you are there, you will want to see the best the city has to offer. The best way to do so is by taking horse carriage rides around the city as you’ll be able to see so many exciting landmarks along the way. Don’t know where to start? Here are some outdoor destinations that are best traveled to by horse and buggy rides!

The Historic District and Charleston city market
Visiting this area will make it seem like you have stepped into a time machine and are seeing Charleston back at the turn of the century. There are plenty of historic homes and churches to see and don’t forget to stop by the Old Exchange Building or the Old Slave Mart Museum. After these, ride on down to the city market where you will be introduced to local foods and handmade crafts.

Middleton Place Plantation
The “Old South” is riddled with plantations that are fantastic examples of how life used to be before the Civil War. This plantation has a fully furnished plantation house built in 1755, one of America’s oldest landscaped gardens, and a full stableyard.

The Waterfront Park
This 12-acre park will give you sweeping views of the Charleston Harbor. There are plenty of different fountains sprinkled across the park but make sure to check out the Pineapple Fountain, with the pineapple being a traditional symbol of friendship and welcome.

The Battery and White Point Garden
History buffs, this is the place for you. Located right by the Charleston Harbor, this garden has Civil War mortars and cannons along with the stoic Confederate monument. Perfect for access by our buggy tours!

Historic Churches
There are plenty of historic buildings to see in Charleston, with churches being no exception! Some churches to see include St. Michaels Episcopal Church, which is a National Historic Landmark, the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, and the Circular Congregational Church.

So next time you’re in Charleston, make sure to check out these sites on your carriage rides! We promise you won’t be disappointed!

Debunking 3 Common Myths About Horse Drawn Carriage Rides

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When it comes to horse carriage rides, many people have a misinformed idea that they’re somehow cruel or inhumane. In reality, classic carriage tours and horse and buggy rides are a fun and exciting way to see the best sights of a new city. Here are some common myths about carriage rides.

  1. Myth: Horses’ behavior is unpredictable, and horses can get spooked at anytime.
    It is a fact that horses can get spooked, but the horses used for carriage rides are extremely well-trained horses that can easily adapt to almost any environment. Even in loud cities with a ton of traffic, sirens, yelling people, and other noise pollution, you can rest assured that the horse leading your carriage has been fully trained by a professional. Noises that may cause ordinary horses to bolt in fear are no big deal to a well-trained carriage horse.
  2. Myth: Carriage horses are forced to perform regardless of weather conditions.
    It may seem like horses get cold when out in the snow or rain, but you’d be surprised at how well these animals can adapt to weather conditions. Mother Nature has equipped horses with the amazing ability to grow and extra layer of thick fur to keep them warm throughout the winter.
    Then, when spring arrives, horses not only shed their extra fur but have the ability to sweat to keep them cool. It’s also important to note that most professional carriage tour companies have strict regulations in place to prevent horses from having to work in extreme temperatures.
  3. Myth: Carriage horses are forced to work to the point of exhaustion.
    This myth could not be further from the truth. Horses are generally able to pull two to three times their body weight on wheels, and while the average horse weighs between 1,200-1,800 pounds, carriage loads generally do not exceed 1,000 pounds. Even when it’s fully loaded, a carriage is easy for a horse to pull because of its wheels. On top of that, the numbers of hours in a row that horses are allowed to work is highly regulated by the city.

Ultimately, it’s important to be aware of these myths, because they could be keeping you from experiencing a unique and old-fashioned method of transportation. One out of nine U.S. jobs depend on travel and tourism, so do your part and book a carriage ride today! For more information about horse drawn carriage rides, contact Charleston Carriage Works.

Carriage Tours in Charleston: How to Choose the Best

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Okay—off the bat, we have to admit we’re a little biased when it comes to Charleston. Yes, Charleston, SC was named the top city in 2015. And yes, TripAdvisor lists us in the top 10 of outdoor activities in Charleston. But just because we have a vested interest in people checking out our carriage tours in Charleston doesn’t mean that we want you to make a snap decision, either. It’s understandable if you feel a little lost when choosing carriage tours—and where to take them. After all, who shops for carriage tours all that often? It’s not a skill you hone over time; it’s something you have to tackle as the need approaches.

To that end, we’ve put together a brief guide on making sure that you’re working with the best carriage ride around. Yes, we hope you’ll conclude, as TripAdvisor did, that we’re the best—but it doesn’t hurt to know how to do your research. Especially if you happen to—for whatever strange reason—visit a city other than Charleston, South Carolina. Read more

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Visiting Charleston? Why a Carriage Ride is Ideal

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It’s true that we’re the first ones to tell you that Charleston, S.C. has a lot to offer. There’s a reason it’s been selected as one of the best cities in the entire United States, and it’s not because it’s a one-trick pony. Charleston combines history with modern beauty, leisure with amazing cuisine, and authentic southern charm you can’t find anywhere else. But if you truly want an authentic Charleston experience, there’s nothing quite like a carriage tour.

There’s an old saying about the south: time moves a little differently down here. And it’s true. So many visitors are thinking about their next flight or their next checkpoint that they forget to slow down, relax, and let the city host them. Don’t believe us? Let’s look through a list of what a carriage ride can give you that no other Charleston experience will:   Read more