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Charleston at Christmas: Traditions We Love at Charleston Carriage Works

Best Wishes For the Holidays From Our Carriage Barn

At Charleston Carriage Works, we hear so many reasons why our guests adore a traditional Christmas in Charleston, beginning with the city’s best horse drawn carriage ride. But, there’s lots more, so we’ve made this list of local highlights for the holidays.

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Holiday Gift Ideas From Charleston Carriage Works

Santa may favor reindeer to guide his sleigh, but at Charleston Carriage Works, we’ve got a penchant for Percheron horses to clop along the cobbled streets of Charleston. Who do you know that shares your love for Charleston, South Carolina? Or, perhaps there’s a special person who has Charleston on their bucket list? If you have friends and family in or near Charleston, treat them to the best “staycation” experience with a professional local guide.

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TripAdvisor Loves Charleston’s Sightseeing & Dining

Everyone associates the charming city of Charleston, South Carolina, with horse-drawn carriages, meticulously preserved historic homes with hidden landscaped gardens, cobbled streets, white church steeples and a lovely waterfront. However, there’s another layer to the delicious cake that makes up the Charleston story. With each passing year, Charleston’s reputation as a foodie destination gains another candle and grows even stronger.

In October 2015, TripAdvisor published a list of the nation’s top 25 fine dining restaurants as selected by millions of guests who contribute comments on the popular travel website. Along with American cities internationally known for their outstanding restaurant scene, Charleston has two bright stars among the top 15, earning a solid presence on the list, “Best Fine Dining Restaurants United States 2015.”

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Legends and Haunts in Historic Charleston

Charleston’s past is rich with ghost stories and haunting tales passed down for generations. Your Charleston Carriage Works guide knows the Holy City inside out and is looking forward to sharing a few thrilling tales with you. We find that people always love to hear stories about Charleston’s past residents and they’re are fascinated by ghost stories, especially around Halloween.

Is Charleston haunted, and if so, where? From the pirates who frequented the harbor to the gracious houses near the coast, and from the old graveyards to the deep-rooted superstitions of Creole Gullah culture, Charleston has produced some of the South’s most famous ghost stories. These are a few of the spots you might see on your next visit to Charleston that will most likely give you some goose bumps, chills, and thrills.

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Civil War Monuments in Charleston, SC

Charming and gracious, Charleston provides a window to our past. This well-preserved city manages to combine southern appeal and enormous opportunities to tour our nation’s history. In addition to getting a historic overview from the best Charleston carriage tour, a cruise to Fort Sumter is a great idea. You’ll find the best-informed tour guides at Charleston Carriage Works and expert National Park Service ranger guides at Fort Sumter.

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Touring Charleston in the Fall

Every destination has its ideal season…and for Charleston, it’s fall. We’re sharing the top five reasons why so many of Charleston Carriage Works’ guests, local residents and our friendly neighbors consider this the very best season to visit Charleston.

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September Spotlight on Charleston Cuisine

We think you’d agree with all of us at Charleston Carriage Works that a taste of Charleston is always sweet. However, when Charleston Restaurant Week, Sept. 9-20, 2015, comes along, it’s a gift for the wallet, as well as the tastebuds. Following right on the heels of the city wide dining out promotion, Southern Living’s “Taste of Charleston” is Sept. 25-27, and is the 35th annual installment of Lowcountry’s culinary event of the year. Make your visit even more memorable by pairing the best Charleston carriage tours with the best Charleston dining experiences.

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Top 7 Reasons to Visit Charleston, South Carolina

Print out that boarding pass or fill the car’s tank with gas and head on a road trip to Charleston, South Carolina. We’ve compiled details on seven of the top reasons for tourists to visit America’s favorite city as voted by readers of Condé Nast Traveler for four consecutive years, and prized in the “World’s Best Awards” by Travel + Leisure for the past two years.

We’re so proud to be your escort as you explore Charleston by carriage with our experienced guides on the very best Charleston carriage rides. We can’t wait to meet you.

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20 Charming Things to Do in Charleston

Charleston, South Carolina certainly doesn’t lack for enthusiastic fans from all over the world. At Charleston Carriage Works, one of the greatest perks for us is getting to meet so many of these excited visitors each and every single day on our Charleston carriage tours.

We asked a few Charleston enthusiasts for their top suggestions on the best things to do, the best places to eat, the best things to see, from the hidden local gems to the big name tourist hot spots. Here is the full top 20 list of the most classic and charming things to do in Charleston, SC.

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Four of America’s Historic Hotels in Charleston

Stay with the theme of Charleston carriage tours, cobblestone streets, period homes and old-world charm on your next visit. The city is proud to have four members of Historic Hotels of America, the official program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation that recognizes the finest in America.

Enjoy Charleston’s Southern hospitality with touches like free Wi-Fi, wine and cheese or sherry receptions, complimentary afternoon tea, evening turndown service with nightly chocolate and breakfast inclusive.

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