Charleston Home & Garden Festival Getaway

Overview

There’s no lovelier time in Charleston than spring – and no better way to experience the city’s charm than by visiting the annual Festival of Houses & Gardens. Step inside the private houses and gardens of some of the city’s most stunning properties, learn about Charleston’s distinctive architecture and history and celebrate the unique culture.

 

While in Charleston you will experience the spirit of the South while listening to the Plantation Singers, dining on delicious southern cuisine and visiting one of it's grand plantations, the magnificent Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. 

Highlights

  • Hotel in Historic Downtown Charleston

  • Breakfast Daily

  • 3 Dinners in Historic District

  • Walking Culinary Tour

  • Historic City Walking Tour

  • Entry to King Street Home & Garden Tour

  • Plantation Singers Musical Performance

  • Full Day Trip w/ Transportation to Magnolia Plantation

  • Tour of Nathaniel Russell House Museum

Accommodations

Experience Charleston's past with a stay at Embassy Suites by Hilton Charleston Historic District. Set in the original Citadel Military College in the heart of historic downtown and adjacent to Marion Square, this all-suite hotel in Charleston, SC is on the National Register of Historic Buildings. The hotel's architecture and design reflect the building’s past, from the gun ports in the façade to artifacts and exposed brick walls in some of the guest suites.

Relish the hotel's British West Colonial Plantation decor. Relax in the five-story open-air atrium, an inviting space with warm hardwood floors, potted palms, ceiling fans and mahogany furnishings. Enjoy a short stroll to historic attractions including downtown restaurants, King Street shopping district and nightlife. 

Daily Itinerary

Wednesday, March 27 - Arrive Charleston; Culinary Tour (D)

Arrive in Charleston, transfer to hotel.  Meet your tour leader and fellow travelers in lobby of hotel at 2:00pm. Meet your local guide for a walking culinary tour of Upper King Street. The Upper King Street district has emerged as an area with tremendous energy; showcasing culinary innovation, experimental design, and boutique shopping. The restaurants featured on the food tour are trailblazers in Charleston’s culinary scene, edgy and innovative, with tremendous passion for their craft. After the tour we will have free time to experience the neighborhood and do some boutique shopping.

Thursday, March 28 - History Tour; King Street House & Garden Tour; Plantation Singers (B,D)

Led by Charleston’s most experienced guides, our walking tour of the Old & Historic District provides the perfect background for the afternoon house and garden tours. After lunch, you will tour the homes and gardens of King Street.In the early days of the settlement, King Street was the main highway into Charles Town, down the narrow ”Neck”‘ of the peninsula from the interior. It followed a ridge of high ground between the many creeks and marshes lacing the area. The road was known variously as “The Broad Path,” the “High Way,” and “The Broad Road.” The area south of Broad Street is residential in nature and features an array of outstanding Charleston architecture from the eighteenth through the twentieth centuries. Continue the evening with a musical performance by the Plantation Singers are one of the Southeast’s most acclaimed a cappella and percussion singing groups. Afterwards, dinner will be at a local restaurant.

Friday, March 29 - Magnolia Plantation and Gardens (B,D)

Today you will spend the day at one of the the most beautiful plantations in the old south. The Magnolia Plantation has remained the Drayton family home for generations. It has seen centuries of history since it was established in 1676. In fact, it is the only plantation on the Ashley River that survived both the American Revolution and the Civil War. Many sections of the gardens are more than 325 years old. In addition to the house tour, you will experience a 45-minute narrated tram ride past slave cabins, through swamps, rice fields and see wildlife such as alligators, egrets, herons, and turtles on the nearly 600 acre plantation and garden visit. You will also receive a guided walk through America's last large scale Romantic Garden, which is also known as America's most beautiful Garden. Tonight's farewell dinner will be at a local restaurant.

 

Saturday, March 30 -  Nathaniel Russell House Museum; Depart for Home (B)

 

After breakfast take a guided tour of a National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Russell House Museum which was built over a five-year period and completed in 1808 by Charleston merchant Nathaniel Russell. The house cost $80,000 to build, at a time when the average value of a home was $262. The home’s graceful, free-flying, three-story staircase is an architectural marvel with each cantilevered step supporting the one above and below it. The graceful interiors with elaborate plasterwork ornamentation, geometrically shaped rooms, formal gardens and collection of 18th-century decorative and fine art speak to the wealth of Charleston’s elite in the early days of the American Republic. After your tour you may depart for home at your convenience.

 

**Airfare and transport to hotel in Charleston are not included. Additional/optional costs may include: optional single supplement, additional accommodations, early hotel check-in, optional travel insurance, meals not included in the itinerary, optional tour leader gratuities, optional activities not included in the itinerary, porterage, telephone charges, room service, mini bar charges, laundry, personal expenses.

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