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Sept. 15, 2019

Charleston’s Famous Fall Fairs and Festivals!

We don't slow down in the Lowcountry even this time of year. Here are just a few of the Charleston's Famous Fall Fairs and Festivals you will want to know about. Sign up for our newsletter, so you never miss what's happening in this area!

MOJA Arts Festival. The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African American and Caribbean Arts. Selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 Events for many years, the MOJA Arts Festival promises an exciting lineup of events with a wide variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of the events are admission-free, and the remainder is offered at modest ticket prices. This event runs from Sept. 26 through Oct. 6!

The event is a multi-disciplinary festival produced and directed by the City of Charleston Office of Cultural Affairs.

Charleston Wine Festival. Located at the Charleston Harbor Cruise Terminal on Saturday, October 12th, 1 pm-5 pm. 50+ Wines, beer, live music & DJ in an impressive indoor/outdoor venue right on the water! Tickets include entry, entertainment, souvenir acrylic wine glass, and all wine & beer samples. $45 advance, $50 after Oct. 3, $60 day of the event. First 500 tickets are just $35.

12th Annual Arts and Crafts Fair. Magnolia's "Autumn on the Ashley" Arts and Craft Fair is back again! On Saturday & Sunday, October 12th & 13th, dozens of Lowcountry artisans will feature their handcrafted items for sale from 9 am - 5 pm.

Featured items include wood carvings, paintings, textiles, jewelry, photography, natural skincare, lawn art, and more.

Magnolia will also be hosting an Autumn plant sale in conjunction with the Craft Fair. Stop by to purchase your favorites, including Fall planted bulbs, Fall blooming Camellia Sasanquas, Winter blooming Camellia Japonicas, ferns and much more.

Attendance to the Craft Fair is free of charge. Attendance to Magnolia Gardens requires basic garden admission. Garden admission is $20 for adults and $10 for children 6-12. Children 5 and under are free.

Oktoberfest. The Lowcountry's oldest and most beloved Oktoberfest celebration returns to MUSC Health Stadium annually for a memorable day of seasonal beer, German music and food, and homemade fun. This event is held on Oct. 27 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm.

More than just a celebration of Fall and all-things German, Charleston Oktoberfest has become the city's favorite annual community picnic, with games, outdoor activities for children and an atmosphere that encourages friends and families to get away from their various screens and enjoy the simple pleasure of each other's company.

The Woodlands Fall Music & Arts Fest. Umphrey's McGee is proud to announce The Woodlands Fall Music & Arts Festival, a brand-new event happening in Charleston, South

Carolina, on November 8th and 9th, 2019. In addition to two nights of Umphrey's McGee, The Woodlands lineup includes Big Something, CBDB, Empire Strikes Brass, Heather Gillis Band, Manic Focus, Runaway Gin, Spafford, Sunsquabi, The Movement, The New Deal, Voodoo Visionary, and Zach Deputy, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks.

Taking place in the picturesque Charleston Woodlands, a 6,000-acre private nature reserve, The Woodlands reaches beyond your typical weekend music festival, offering festival-goers the opportunity to rent a kayak to fish on two stocked lakes, go for a hike on miles of wooded trails, or hop on a stand-up paddle-board and enjoy a view of both stages from out on the water. Attendees can also choose from a variety of on-site camping options to maximize your Woodlands experience.

Charleston's Hot Air Balloon Festival & Victory Cup Polo Match. Balloons. Polo. Fashion. Food. This FREE event will take place on Nov. 15 at 4 pm – Nov. 16 at 9 pm. In its fourteenth year, this event isn't just a polo match; it's a networking and social destination drawing thousands for each event. Charleston's ONLY Hot Air Balloon Festival!

With events throughout the United States, The Victory Cup has become known as "America's Polo Match!" Come on out and enjoy a gorgeous day of green grass, majestic horses, heart pounding polo, dozens of food and alcohol partners, and beautiful hot air balloons!

The Victory Cup, which has grown to be one of the most significant equestrian events in the United States, is definitely the most fun. Kid and pet-friendly, bring the entire family and enjoy the 2019 Victory Cup Polo Match & Hot Air Balloon Festival in Charleston, SC! Held on a beautiful polo field just north of downtown this is a kid and pet-friendly event. For all pass holders, don't forget to join us on both Friday and Saturday for an evening Hot Air Balloon Glow and Tethered Rides (Approximately 4 pm - 9 pm - Entire Hot Air Balloon activation is Weather Permitting). Saturday starts at 7 am with a scheduled Hot Air Balloon launch, on the polo field! After the Hot Air Balloon launch, the food, wine and polo portion of the schedule kick off around 11 am for Golden Mallet VIP's and Founder's Lounge Passholders. The VIP portion of the event will include live music, a Hospitality Alcohol Tasting Tent (11 am until 1 pm for VIP's), a Battle of the Chefs Tasting Competition (All Day), rivalry Polo Matches (11 am until 3:30 pm), and a kids' play area (All Day). Founder's Lounge Passholders will also be able to enjoy a Farm to Table Dinner on the Polo Field, with the Polo Players (Approximately 5 pm)!

Both VIP and General Admission Passes include the Hot Air Balloon portion of the event starting on Friday at 4 pm until 8 pm, and then Saturday at 7 am the day of and then again around 4 pm and lasting until 9 pm on Saturday (weather permitting). Watch social media for updates. Balloon Pilots will be setting up at 4 pm on Friday and Saturday, on the polo field, for a nighttime burn, glow and tethered rides. If the weather cooperates, tethered rides will be available first-come, first-serve (purchase in advance ONLINE).

Charleston Oyster Festival. Held Nov. 16 from 11 am – 8 pm. The festival has your typical but delicious continental fair. Highlights will include live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a Children's Area and a "Food Court" showcasing a variety of favorite local restaurants to satisfy everyone's taste. Alongside delicious seafood accompaniments, Bloody Mary's, beer, wine, and spirits with a side of live local music

General Admission – Free in advance and $20 at the gate. Children 10 and under are free with a paying adult. Includes entry into event. The general admission ticket grants you access to the festival. Once inside, you purchase food & beverage tickets separately.

Move To Charleston And Never Be Bored Again

We have said it before, and we'll repeat ourselves, there's ALWAYS something to do when you live in Charleston! Stick with our blog, and you'll never miss out on what's happening in the Charleston area. If you wish to move to the Charleston area, consider calling Infinity Realty. Our staff has the knowledge and experience to guide you to a place that meets your needs and desires. We are happy to assist you in deciding on the best place in Charleston, SC, for you. Contact us today! We are ready and waiting to help you find your perfect home!

Sept. 9, 2019

8 Of The Best Charleston Ghost Tours You’ll Encounter!

Who likes history? Who is interested in ghosts? You say you are! Well, then you must read on to discover what we believe to be the 8 Best Charleston Ghost Tours to be.  

 

  1. The Spirits of Magnolia Cemetery. This tour will take you around Charleston's most beautiful Victorian burial grounds which was originally a 1790's rice plantation. The cemetery was founded in 1849 and is home to 35,000 residents including authors and poets, artists, confederate generals and soldiers, politicians, and the list goes on. This tour takes place at nighttime and is 90-minutes long. You'll hear about the history, mystery, and spirits of Magnolia Cemetery! 
  2. Charleston Haunted Jail Tour. Another tour which takes place in the evening and begins Old City Jail located at 21 Magazine Street. You'll travel through cells, hallways, and into areas where the worst criminals lived and died. This tour is NOT recommended for small children. 
  3. Haunted Yorktown Tour. You'll climb aboard the USS Yorktown and hear stories about Maritime superstitions, unusual ship christenings, Captain Jocko Clark and much, much more! This tour takes place at 8 pm on Sunday - Thursday and 7 and 9 pm Friday - Saturday. 
  4. Charleston Ghost & Graveyard Walking Tour. Tour the oldest Charleston Graveyard while hearing the stories about famous individuals who have roamed the graveyard for centuries. Do you remember the ghost stories from childhood? These will have the same effect on you. Tours are in the evening hours. 
  5. Charleston Ghost & Dungeon Walking Tour. You may have seen this specific tour on the Travel Channel, in "America's Most Haunted Places." You will hear chilling stories of Charleston ghosts, haunted houses, voodoo, and Lowcountry superstitions.  
  6. Haunted Pub Crawl. That's right! We said, "Haunted Pub Crawl." Learn about superstitions, murder, ghosts, poltergeists, and the origins of the Charleston Pub, Public House and taverns. This is a fun tour you won't want to miss! 
  7. Ghost Hunting. Try your hand at some paranormal investigating the old City Jail. Become part of an actual ghost hunting experience where you'll measure cold spots with an infrared thermometer, take detailed photos, and use special audio equipment to pick up hidden sounds. This tour begins at midnight!
  8. Haunted Arsenal Tour.  This an opportunity to tour the Powder Magazine, Charleston's oldest public building, after hours. You will hear chilling stories through Charleston's haunted historic district and listen to stories of ghosts, haunted houses, voodoo and Lowcountry superstitions. 

 These are the 8 Best Charleston Ghost Tours that we wanted to share with you. They are all hosted by the company known as Bulldog Tours. We hope that you enjoyed this and please let us know what you thought if you take any of these tours. Also, if you are moving to the Charleston area or know of someone who is, please call Team Lail-Chambers to begin your home search today. Our experienced agents have the local knowledge to help guide you through the entire real estate process with ease. From the first point of contact through closing and beyond, we will be there to answer questions and keep you informed every step of the way. Browse through all available listings and contact an agent today. We can't wait to welcome you home!

 

Sept. 1, 2019

Spend One Charleston Fun-Filled Day

 

It starts with a DAY, which slowly turns into a LIFETIME. Yes, this place will capture your heart and make you rearrange the rest of your life in one Charleston Fun-Filled Day!

 

RESTAURANTS TO TAKE YOU THROUGH THE DAY

It begins with a stroll down King Street amid the trendy boutique shops and restaurants that are filled with serious foodies of all ages. The first stop is Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit for a delicious breakfast that offers grab and go award-winning biscuits, pimento cheese sandwiches, and a whole range of tasty treats.

For lunch, you might like to pop into Minero for some Mexican inspired flavor. Choose from tacos, burritos, and chef-created daily specials. You’ll also have the option of choosing craft cocktails, house-made margaritas, and a list of tequila and mezcal to round out your experience!

Fig is the place to go for dinner, but make sure your reservations were made far in advance, and that means it’s a great place!! If you can’t get a reservation, then you can sit at the bar and be served dinner on a walk-in basis and the same for the communal table. Share your meal with some other folks.    

 

WALKING TOURS

With all that eating you’ll want to walk some of it off. Well, Charleston is the city to do that. Starting with Rainbow Row. This area is where you’ll find many of the tourists taking selfies standing in front of these colorful houses that line the historic cobblestone roads. It is a must-see attraction when you’re in Charleston. It is a rich perspective on the historic nature of this beautiful city.

Another great place to stretch your legs is at Charleston Battery - Waterfront Park. Charleston Battery is located on the tip of the peninsula of the city. This area is a great place to walk in the shade and enjoy the natural beauty that the large oaks create and the water. Very relaxing and pleasant.

Charleston City Market is also a destination you should consider. It is a 200-year old brick market building that consists of shops and restaurants. There are OVER 100 Vendors in this market building. We guarantee that you will find something to take home in the way of a souvenir. 

 

CARRIAGE RIDES

Now that you’ve walked to exhaustion, you might wish to sit down. How about taking a carriage ride? Palmetto Carriage Rides is the one to try as they are the leading company in Charleston. You can travel up to 35-minutes in a carriage while learning about the history, architecture, and people. Again, while relaxing in comfort! 

 

PLANTATION

The Magnolia Plantation is located a short 20-minute drive outside of downtown Charleston and is so worth it! You’ll get lost in the gardens there, and I’m sure you’ll want to return because there’s a lot more to see than just the gardens, as beautiful as they are. In fact, we wrote a separate blog about this special place – The Top Visited Charleston Plantation.

 

 

Find Your Place in the Lowcountry With Team Lail-Chambers Real Estate

We know you can’t possibly do all of the activities we have described in 1 day, and that’s why we suggest you choose a few activities and make sure to come back OR as we said earlier, make that action plan of returning to Charleston for good. Call Team Lail-Chambers to begin your home search today. Our experienced agents have the local knowledge to help guide you through the entire real estate process with ease. From the first point of contact through closing and beyond, we will be there to answer questions and keep you informed every step of the way. Browse through all available listings and contact an agent today. We can’t wait to welcome you home!

Aug. 23, 2019

Charleston September 2019 Calendar of Events & Activities

It is almost a brand new month which means it is time to get your calendars out and start planning your activities! Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might find this useful.

 

Sunday, September 1st  

11th Annual Lowcountry Jazz Festival running through Labor Day Weekend (Friday, Sat., Sunday & Monday!) Learn more LowcountryJazzFest.com

Monday, September 2nd

Holy City Heaters are performing at the Charleston Pour House located at 1977 Maybank Hwy, Charleston doors opening at 4 pm with show beginning at 6 pm. Learn more CharlestonPourHouse.com

Tuesday, September 3rd   

PALMETTO BREEZE "2 for Tuesday" Sunset Sail Head out from Shem Creek on board Charleston’s ultimate catamaran, the largest capacity sailing catamaran north of Ft. Lauderdale, FL and set sail venturing to see dolphin, turtles, shore birds and the beauty of the Charleston Harbor at sunset! "2 for Tuesday" BOGO......TWO guests get to sail for the price of one! (Purchase 1 Ticket for $40 and it admits 2 guests.) 2-hour Charleston Harbor Sail includes complimentary Bottled Water and Soft Drinks. Cash bar available for Beer, Wine & pre-mixed Margaritas. September 3rd, Tuesday, 6pm-8pm. Learn more etix.com/ticket

Wednesday, September 4th  

Charleston Restaurant Week offers locals and visitors alike a chance to experience the world-renowned cuisine of Charleston chefs with prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. This event runs from September 4th  through 15th. Learn more LowCountryHospitalityAssociation.com/restaurant-week

Thursday, September 5th

Blues & BBQ Harbor Cruise. Join a 2-hour Charleston Harbor Cruise and enjoy a Swig & Swine BBQ Buffet while listening to live blues by Shrimp City Slim! The delicious buffet includes pulled pork, smoked chicken, mac & cheese, coleslaw, buns and sauces on the side, tea and water. Fully stocked cash bar on board! This cruise is perfect for date night, groups of friends, group outings, or any occasion. Party the way the locals do... with Charleston Harbor Tours and The Shrimp City Slim Band! This event is on the Carolina Queen the address for this boat is: Safe Harbor Charleston City 17 Lockwood Drive, Charleston. Learn more Facebook.com/events

Friday, September 6th

Charleston Pride Week & Festival. Come out for a week of fun as Charleston celebrates its LGBTQ community. Enjoy a variety of unique events, including the Toast to Equality and Charleston Pride Parde. Learn more CharlestonPride.org

Saturday, September 7th

7th Annual Charleston Beer Week running September 7th – 14th. 50+ different events over eight days highlighting the tri-county craft beer community. Learn more CharlestonBeerWeek.com

 

Sunday, September 8th

Vet Musical Festival on September 8th from 12 to 6 pm at Danny Jones Park located at 1455 Monitor Street, North Charleston. Food trucks, bounce houses, local vendors, live music - benefits veterans in need of emergency relief and mental health care. Learn more EventBrite.com/vet-fest-music-festival-tickets.

Monday, September 9th

Sip and Paint: Hocus Pocus. Painting on Mondays now! Join on the first Monday of every month and enjoy Sip and Paint at one of Charleston's finest Breweries. Andre brings the art and the fun and as always, the first drink is on him! Pre-register and sign up by clicking the link below. $35 per person. 1 drink on Andre. Starts at 6:30 pm and runs to 9:30 pm. This event is held at the Frothy Beard Brewing Company, 1401 Sam Rittenberg Boulevard, Charleston. Learn more Facebook.com/events

 

Tuesday, September 10th  

Community Yoga at The Crow’s Nest held from 10 am to 11 am at the Crow’s Nest at 1651 Oak Leaf Street, Daniel Island. Enjoy yoga outdoors from the panoramic perch of The Nest’s second story screened porch. All levels welcome for a flow linking breath with movement to create strength, balance, flexibility and relaxation. Please bring a mat. Learn more DanielIsland.com/event

Wednesday, September 11th

Charleston Harbor Tour. Take the evening Harbor Tour starting at 6 pm. While aboard the Carolina Belle, you'll get close-up views of the Holy City's most famous and charming sights. Relaxing 90-minute tour which departs daily from convenient downtown location. Learn more CharlestonHarborTours.com

 

Thursday, September 12th

Drink Beer. Save Turtles. For Charleston Beer Week hosted by Holy City Brewing, Turtle Survival Alliance, and Charleston Beer Week. Held today from 2 pm to 8 pm at Holy City Brewing located at 4155 Dorchester Road, Suite C, Charleston. The Turtle Survival Alliance will be there with their gigantic land beasts, crawling around the brewery. There will be limited edition Holy City/TSA swag for sale that will go to benefit the organization. Turtles typically show up around 4 pm. Come on out, eat some good food, and help these people save some turtles! Drinking for a cause always feels way better. Learn more Facebook.com

Friday, September 13th

Shoot for the Moon Gala 2019 on September 13th from 6 to 11 pm at the Gaillard Center in the Grand Ballroom. Live music, drinks, dancing, live and silent auctions - black-tie optional - 21+ event - benefits Lowcountry Orphan Relief. Learn more LowcountryOrphanRelief.org/gala2019/

Saturday, September 14th

 Take 5: West Coast Cool Jazz. The CJO takes on songs of the 1950s and arrangements while exploring new versions of some of its classics - a Charleston Jazz event. The event is held at the Charleston Music Hall located at 37 John Street, Charleston and runs from 5 to 9:30 pm. Learn more CharlestonJazz.com

Sunday, September 15th

Mexican Independence Day Festival held at 5070 International Blvd, North Charleston from 12 pm to 8 pm with Music by Azucar Entertainment and featuring Mexico’s Traditional foods. Bring the kids. Fun for the whole family! Learn more Facebook.com/events

Monday, September 16th

Charleston City Sightseeing Bus Tour. Step onto an air-conditioned sightseeing bus which offers a refreshing look at Charleston sights such as Rainbow Row, the Battery, and White Point Gardens with a professional guide leading the way. Learn more Viator.com/Tours/Charleston-City-Bus-Tour

Tuesday, September 17th

Sweetgrass Salt Marsh. Travel through the salt marshes of the Lowcountry with Sarah and Sandy, your Salt Marsh Safari guides. This delightful play brings the sights, sounds, and wildlife to life on the Gaillard Performance Hall Stage. Where children ages 0 - 6 will explore the world and sing songs in a fun, interactive, sensory-filled play. Learn more Facebook.com/events/gaillard-center

Wednesday, September 18th

Garden Strolls and Wine Tasting at Middleton Place. Sip and stroll in America’s oldest landscaped gardens while sampling old and new world wines. Each Wednesday evening, a different garden location will be paired with a selection of wines for you to sample. Enjoy spectacular views and light snacks. Learn more MiddletonPlace.org

 

Thursday, September 19th

A Night for the Children Gala. Seated dinner, live music, dancing, live and silent auctions - black-tie optional - benefits Carolina Youth Development Center. Learn more CYDC.org/Gala2019

Friday, September 20th

Judy Collins performs at Charleston Music Hall, 37 John Street, Charleston at 8 pm. Learn more CharlestonMusicHall.com

Saturday, September 21st

Crowfieldfest. This Family fun event has a car and motorcycle show, jump castle, kids' activities, local emergency services booths and is held at Middleton Park, 101 Hunters Lane, Goose Creek from 11 am to 3 pm. Learn more Crowfieldhoa.net

Sunday, September 22nd

Pediatric Cancer Awareness Day. Takes place from 2 to 5 pm at North Charleston Riverfront Park. Family event with a bounce house, slip n slides, games, cupcakes, face painting, speaker - hosted by Camp Happy Days. Learn more CampHappyDays.org

Monday, September 23rd  

Pitch Perfect featuring a special a cappella performance by the Charleston Vibes. Doors open at 6 pm and the show starts at 7 pm. This performance is at Charleston Music Hall. Learn more CharlestonMusicHall.com/Event/Pitch-Perfect

Tuesday, September 24th

Beach Walk. Join educators as you go on a nature hike on the beach and explore this amazing habitat. Participants will engage in hands-on activities and participate in wildlife observations – watching various birds and sand dwellers. You will also learn about the plants and animals that call the beach home. Sponsored by the South Carolina Aquarium. Located at Folly Beach at 6th Street W and West Ashley Ave and takes place at 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Learn more SCAquarium.org/calendar

Wednesday, September 25th

The Sounds of Charleston. Experience the sounds that define Charleston’s unique southern charm — gospel, Gullah, Gershwin, Civil War songs, jazz and light classics — coming to life in historic Circular Congregational Church during live 75-minute concerts. This event is held at the Circular Congregational Church which is one of the oldest continuously worshipping congregations in the South, having been founded in 1681. It is located at 150 Meeting Street, Charleston. Learn more SoundofCharleston.com

Thursday, September 26th

The MOJA Arts Festival is a celebration of African American and Caribbean Arts. It runs from September 26th through October 6th.  Learn more MojaFestival.com

Friday, September 27th

Gary Allan in Concert at the North Charleston Coliseum & Performing Arts Center in North Charleston. Show starts at 7:30 pm. Learn more NorthCharlestonColiseumPac.com

Saturday, September 28th

Park Circle Oktoberfest at Riverfront Park, 1001 Everglades Drive, North Charleston. This fun event runs from noon to 6 pm. Featuring craft beer, local food, and live music. Learn more Facebook.com/Events/Riverfront.park/park-circle-oktoberfest

Sunday, September 29th

Sea Island Arts Fest at James Island Town Hall, 1122 Dills Bluff Road, Charleston from 1 to 6 pm. A community-wide celebration of all things Island Arts. This vibrant festival showcasing Island music and dance, local artisans and the best in local food (come hungry!) is a good time serving several good causes, including an important food drive for our local food pantry, JI Outreach, right before the holiday season. Learn more CharlestonArts.org/event/2nd-/Annual-Sea-Island-Arts-Festival

Sunday, September 30th

Magnolia Plantation & Gardens. End the month by taking a trip to this amazing Plantation and stroll through the historic gardens that attract visitors from around the world. There’s so much to do here that we dedicated a separate blog which you can view here – The Top Visited Charleston Plantation.

 

We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggestions of events for September and if you need any local advice or real estate assistance please reach out to us, Team Lail – Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers have the know-how and experience to get you into the perfect home.

 

Aug. 18, 2019

The Top Visited Charleston Plantation

Do you know what is the most famous and top-visited Charleston Plantation? Here are a couple of clues. It was founded by Thomas and Anne Drayton in 1679 and has been a family tradition for more than 300 years. It also has been owned by the same family for 13 generations! Have you guessed what plantation we are referring to? It is none other than the Magnolia Plantation. Having been built in the 1600s it has witnessed much of the history in this country from the American Revolution through the Civil War and beyond, as you might imagine.

It overlooks the banks of the Ashley River with gardens and landscape that inspire gardeners from around the world. It is home to where the first azaleas and camellias were first introduced to this country. Parts of the garden are over 325 years old! This makes them the oldest unrestored gardens in America. There is a wonderful section on their website that tells what is in bloom each month. So start planning your visit by way of the flower calendar.  

If you visit between November 15th through March 15th make sure to get tickets to the “Lights of Magnolia.” This is where you will witness 9 acres of amazing lanterns with 23 themed walk-through displays. There are also family activities and food trucks. It is a fun experience for the whole family to enjoy!

Other attractions to this magnificent plantation are weddings. Imagine getting married in surroundings such as this. It would certainly be a day to remember. 

There are also several tours of different sections of Magnolia such as:

The Gardens Tour. Stroll through America’s last large-scale romantic-style garden with countless varieties of flowers. Each generation in the Drayton family has added their own special touches to the gardens. It’s definitely a tour for those interested in botanical gardens. 

The Plantation House Tour. This tour is 30 to 45 minutes long and begins on the front porch of the Plantation house. The tours begin at 9 am and run every hour ending at 5 pm and they cost $8 per person with a paid garden admission. Children 6 and under are free. During this tour, you will learn all about the history of the Drayton family as well as the fate of the previous two family homes. 

The Nature Tram Tour. This tour lasts 45 minutes and begins at the Nature Tram depot near the main parking lot. It departs every half hour and you will need to check with the admissions gate or office for a daily schedule. The cost is $8 per person with a paid garden admission and children 6 and under are free. This tour will bring alive the historic nature of the property along with the wildlife. 

Rice Field Boat Tour. This tour lasts 1 hour and departs from a dock in the historic garden. It operates 7 days a week from March through October and the costs is $8 per person with a paid garden admission and children 6 and under are free. The rice is gone today but you can still imagine what it was like as the boat glides along the Ashley River. It’s also a good break from walking.

From Slavery to Freedom: The Magnolia Cabin Project Tour. This tour lasts 45 minutes and costs $8 per person with a paid garden admission and children 6 and under are free. This tour is an effort to preserve 5 historic structures that date back to 1850. These cabins were former slave dwellings that now serve interest to an award-winning 45-minute program in African American history. 

The Zoo and Nature Center. Located adjacent to the Peacock Café near the main parking area. It is open during regular garden areas and the cost is included with the basic admission ticket price. It will take you as long as you like as it is self-guided. You’ll be able to interact with domestic species that are representative of plantation life. 

The Swamp Garden. This is open all year from opening until 5:30 pm. Allow 1 hour for a self-guided walk where you will see different wildlife and interesting diverse landscape.

Bird Walks. Every Sunday morning starting at 8:30 am guests are invited to tour the property and take advantage of all the nature waking up on the plantation. It is quite an experience!

Call Infinity Realty To Help You Find A Home Near Magnolia Plantation!

Magnolia Plantation could become a regular spot for you to spend time if you move to Charleston and if you do move to Charleston then make sure to give a call to Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love! 

 

Aug. 12, 2019

Let’s Talk About Our Favorite Charleston Islands!!

The beautiful islands located just beyond Charleston are known as the barrier islands. Imagine sea breezes and miles of beautiful beaches. We bet you’ll want to spend your vacation or simply the day on one of these or you just might like to island-hop!! 

Folly Beach. This beach is often referenced as “The Edge of America” and it is home to the East Coast’s second LARGEST fishing pier. You’ll find locals and visitors at Folly Beach taking in the colorful local establishments as well as enjoying some of South Carolina’s best waves!

Folly Beach is located near downtown Charleston and is a draw for surfers, fisherman and beach lovers. Enjoy kayaking, sailing, fishing, surfing and paddle boarding and don’t forget to Instagram those beautiful photos you’ll be taking!!   

Kiawah Island. This is a community with 10 MILES of beaches!! There’s also forests, dunes and marshes and the wildlife consist of whitetail deer, alligators, bobcats, seabirds and sea turtles. You should definitely be able to carve out a sandy spot to enjoy a good book or build a sandcastle. Along with water sports, such as fishing, boating, and swimming, there’s golf, tennis, and shopping!!

Kiawah Island is a barrier island a few miles from Charleston. Spend the day or the weekend and watch your cares melt away. 

 

Seabrook Island. You’ll discover three miles of undisturbed beaches and trails on Seabrook Island. This Island also offers golfing, tennis, and horseback. After you expend energy with those activities find a spot on the shore and lay down on your towel or enjoy some kayaking, sailing, fishing, and/or paddle boarding. So many things to do!! 

Seabrook Island is located 30 minutes from historic Charleston. 

 

Sullivan’s Island. This is quite a small island that is only 3.3 miles. There is still a lot to do though. Don’t let the size fool you! You can enjoy kayaking, sailing, fishing, kiteboarding, and paddleboarding. There are a variety of vacation house rentals available and so you can really get the full experience by staying on the island. 

Sullivan’s Island is located at the mouth of the Charleston harbor and is next to the Isle of Palms. 

Isle of Palm. This is one of the most popular places to stay with the famous Wild Dunes Resort located here. The resort offers golf courses, tennis, restaurants, and a wide array of hotel, private homes, and villa rentals to choose from. Choose to stay right on the beach at the Isle of Palms hotels. 

The activities offered are numerous such as golfing, kayaking, sailing, tennis, fishing, surfing, and paddleboarding. You can also charter a boat! So much to do and don’t forget about shopping!! 

So, these are some of our very favorite Charleston Islands. We hope you’ve enjoyed it! Spread the word if you found our blog helpful and don’t forget to check back often OR sign up to receive updates via email. We send out a Calendar of Events, Blog Recap and 1 Real Estate Market Update each month. That’s all! Pure information!! 

Experience the Charleston Islands Like A True Local With The Team Lail-Chambers  

If you're looking to move to any Charleston area and want to know more about these special islands, call Team Lail-Chambers today. Our team of experts are some of the most professional agents you'll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. Browse all available listings or register for a home search today. We'll make sure to fit you with a home you'll love!

 

Aug. 5, 2019

The Neighborhoods of Daniel Island

We have assisted many clients in securing a home on Daniel Island. The island has a variety of neighborhood choices, and the slower-paced lifestyle is definitely a big enticement. Let’s take a closer look at the neighborhoods of Daniel Island and the downtown area.    

Downtown Daniel Island – You will love the convenience and the pedestrian-friendly lifestyle found in downtown Daniel Island. Oh, and of course, all the shops, restaurants and entertainment. It is a typical urban environment with a small-town vibe. Some people opt to live in the downtown area as there are a variety of condominium choices, and they prefer the walkability factor. 

Codner’s Ferry Park – This was one of Daniel Island’s FIRST custom built home neighborhoods. It borders the Beresford Creek and Bellinger Island, a nature preserve on the edge of this neighborhood. A very serene and peaceful setting. 

Barfield Park – Set amongst large trees and marshes, Barfield Park is a nature lovers dream! This is a very walkable community which offers a pool at Pierce Park, walking trails that lead to Wando river, a picnic gazebo and many opportunities to commune with nature as it is surrounded by forest and marsh edges. You can choose between homes or townhomes.

Center Park – This neighborhood is at the heart of Daniel Island and attracts people of all ages. It is surrounded by lush landscape, play structures, and shared sitting areas. The architecture is typical of Lowcountry homes. 

Cochran Park – Marsh views and quiet streets are what you will find in Cochran Park. Typical southern architecture located at the edge of the island on the end of Seven Farms Drive. It is within walking distance to all of the schools on Daniel Island as well as shopping and restaurants. 

Etiwan Park – The Etiwan Park neighborhood was named after a Native American tribe that once inhabited the island. There is an ample 7-acre green space that is the center for community gathering events such as sports, concerts and more. It is also near churches, schools, and restaurants. Another community with great walkability features. 

Pierce Park – Pierce Park is located in the center of the island and is close to all the schools and the Daniel Island Library. The homes overlook the marsh and the Wando River. This community has access to a swimming pool and a pavilion with a kitchen and fireplace.

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July 24, 2019

Charleston and Surrounding Areas: August 2019 Events

It is a new month which means it is time to get your calendars out and start planning your activities! Please feel free to share with anyone you know who might find this useful.

 

Charleston August 2019 Calendar of Events and Things To Do

 

Thursday, August 1st

North Charleston Farmers Market. Celebrating the Lowcountry’s bounty of fresh local produce and homegrown creativity every Thursday from 3 pm to 7 pm at the Felix C. Davis Community Center located at 4800 Park Circle. Visit Website.

Friday, August 2nd

A Chorus Line. A stunning Tony and Pulitzer prize-winning musical capturing the lives of Broadway hopefuls starts tonight at the Flowertown Theater located at 133 South Main Street, Summerville. Runs from August 2nd through 18th. Visit Website

Saturday, August 3rd   

Charleston Riverdogs Baseball. Watch the Riverdogs take on the Delmarva on August 3rd through the 6th at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park, 360 Fishburne Street, Charleston. Visit Website.

Sunday, August 4th

Intro to Climbing. Summer Program at Outdoor Zone located at 871 Riverland Drive, Charleston. This program is for ages 14 and up. Visit Website.

Monday, August 5th

PouyaRamirez, and Boobie Lootaveli Concert. Come out and enjoy this concert at Music Farm, located at 32 Ann Street, Charleston. The doors open at 7 pm. Visit Website.

Tuesday, August 6th

Family Tours at Nathaniel Russell House. Families are invited to the Nathaniel Russell House on Tuesdays throughout the Summer for special family-focused tours and activities. Located at 51 Meeting Street, Charleston. Visit Website.

Wednesday, August 7th

National Lighthouse Day. Explore the lighthouses located on the coast. For a list of them click through. Visit Website.

Thursday, August 8th

Archaeology Thursdays at Drayton Hall. Join Archaeology Thursdays on the second Thursday of every month in Hill Hall at Drayton Hall! Drayton Hall is an active archaeological site with excavations dating back 40 years. They will share these objects, stories, and include you in the archaeological process along side them during the demonstrations. Located at Drayton Hall, 3380 Ashley River Road. Visit Website.

Friday, August 9th

Matilda the Musical. Midtowne Theatre presents Matilda the Musical. Running from August 9th through 25th. Located at 2816 Azalea Drive, North Charleston. Visit Website.  

Saturday, August 10th

Charleston Farmers Market. Every Saturday Marion Square becomes the meeting place for visitors and locals alike to enjoy fresh local produce, made-to-order brunch, packaged food products, artisans & crafters, live music, and more! Marion Square is located at 329 Meeting Street, Charleston. Visit Website.

Sunday, August 11th

Sunday Brunch Farmers Market. Spend your Sunday brunch from 11 am to 3 pm shopping 100 percent LOCAL products behind the Charleston Poor House. Located at 1977 Maybank Highway, Charleston. Visit Website.

Monday, August 12th 

Mean Girls – The Musical. Playing at the Charleston Music Hall in Charleston starting at 7 pm. Ticket prices start at $16. Visit Website.

Tuesday, August 13th

Free Wine Tasting Every Tuesday. Enjoy a private, complimentary wine tasting by an in-house sommelier. This event runs from 6 pm to 7 pm at the FortyEight – Wine Bar & Kitchen located at 547 Freshfields Drive, Kiawah Island. Visit Website.

Wednesday, August 14th

Freshfields Village Starlight Cinema Series. Every Wednesday between June 19th through August 21st, guests can bring a blanket, chair and picnic and enjoy a free family outdoor movie under the stars. Tonight’s feature is “Coco.” Located at 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island. Visit Website.

Thursday, August 15th

Daniel Island Farmers Market. Now extended through to September 26th!! The Market runs every Thursday morning between 10 AM to 1 PM. Located at Center Park, at the intersection of Daniel Island and Center Park Street. Visit Website.

Friday, August 16th

Freshfields Village Music on the Green Series. Music on the Green will be held on Friday evenings from 6 to 9 pm on the Village Green and will feature top acts from across the Southeast in all genres of music! Tonight the feature is Shem Creek Boogie Band! Freshfields Village is located at 165 Village Green Lane, Kiawah Island. Visit Website.

Saturday, August 17th

Charleston Wine Festival. This is the 1st Charleston Summer Wine Festival at Memminger Auditorium. The time is 6 pm through 10 pm. There will be 50 plus wines, beer, live music and a DJ. Visit Website.

Sunday, August 18th

Annual First Day Festival. This event is a celebration of education and provides children and families with information on educational services in the community as well as a fun day together. It runs from 1 to 4 pm at Liberty Square & Gadsdenboro Park. Visit Website.

Monday, August 19th

Toad the Wet Sprocket at Charleston Music Hall. Doors open at 8 pm. Located at 37 John Street, Charleston. Visit Website. 

Tuesday, August 20th

Simply Irresistible. The faculty of Arden High return for a new year of love and detention. But does Cathy hear wedding bells? It's an 80's musical-comedy from the creators of the 2016 sellout ADDICTED TO LOVE. Playing at 34 West Theater which is located at 200 Meeting Street. Visit Website.

Wednesday, August 21st

 2019 Art of Jazz Series. Arshak Sirunyan Quartet at the Gibbes Museum of Art, 135 Meeting Street, Charleston. The show runs from 6 pm to 7 pm. Visit Website.

Thursday, August 22nd

Richard Marx – A Solo Acoustic Evening. Doors open at 7 pm and show starts at 8 pm. Playing at the Charleston Music Hall on 37 John Street. Visit Website.

Friday, August 23rd

Sunset at Fort Sumter. Setting sail every Friday, experience a sunset waterside view of the historic architectural gem that has been voted “Top City” in the USA, by Conde Nast Traveler. Board at Liberty Square at 5 pm and return by 7:45 pm. Visit Website.

Saturday, August 24th

Race for the ARK. 5K run/walk and 1-mile fun run benefitting services for families dealing with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia. Visit Website.

Sunday, August 25th

Hot Nights in the Holy City. To commemorate the end of Summer, Middleton Place Restaurant will present a menu of sustainably caught seafood dishes paired with heat quenching local brews in the Pavilion courtyard. Visit Website.

Monday, August 26th

A League of Their Own. This is part of the Ladies Night Film Series at the Charleston Music Hall and there is half-off on ALL wines! Doors open at 6:30 pm and film starts at 7 pm. Visit Website.

Tuesday, August 27th

Mount Pleasant Farmers Market. Held every Tuesday from 3:30 pm to 7 pm. Located at Moultrie Middle School, 645 Coleman Boulevard, Mount Pleasant. Visit Website.

Wednesday, August 28th

Charleston Stage Company presents Footloose: Musical. Kick off your Sunday shoes and cut loose as the explosive rock ‘n’ roll musical sensation Footloose comes to the Dock Street Theatre for the first time. Based on the 1980s Kevin Bacon runaway film that became a worldwide sensation, Footloosesizzles with the youthful rebellion and romance that every generation faces. When Ren, a city kid, arrives from Chicago and begins breaking all the rules in small town Bomont sparks fly. The score features numbers from the now classic soundtrack, which sold 15 million copies and reached number one on the Billboard charts. Footloose will have you dancing in the aisles with such rousing numbers as “Footloose” and “Let’s Hear It For the Boy.” Visit Website.

Thursday, August 29th

PURE Theatre presents Last Rites – Detroit, 1967. It’s the second day of the Detroit riots, in the summer of 1967. In the epicenter of the riot, three people take refuge from the chaos in a gas station. As the violence mounts outside, tensions rise inside as the three consider the harsh nature of loss and the inevitable combustibility of their differences. Last Rites-Detroit, 1967 considers both the sparks that ignited the violence and the embers that still burn amid the ashes today. Visit Website.

Friday, August 30th,  Saturday, August 31st, Sunday, September 1st

 Lowcountry Jazz Festival. The Lowcountry Jazz Festival, South Carolina’s premiere annual Smooth Jazz event, returns to– the Charleston Gaillard Center – and with a stellar lineup of superstar artists and up and coming instrumentalists and vocalists. The festival continues its Labor Day weekend tradition, kicking off Friday, August 30 with the All White Party Affair. Visit Website.

 

In Closing

We hope you’ve enjoyed our suggestions for events for August and if you need any local advice or real estate assistance please reach out to us, Team Lail – Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers has the know-how and experience to get you into the perfect home.

 

 

July 14, 2019

5 Charleston Restaurants To Try For Lunch

For those new to the area or visiting, Charleston has some of the best restaurants to satisfy even the choosiest foodies around. We have made a shortlist of 5 Charleston restaurants to try for lunch. Share with us what your favorite Charleston lunch spot! 

 

ONE

Butcher & Bee

1085 Morrison Drive, Charleston, SC l 843-619-0202

4.5 Stars on Yelp

 

If local and fresh is important to you then the Butcher & Bee is the place you’ll want to visit. They partner with local farms, fishermen, and ranchers to bring fresh handpicked flavors to every dish. They describe their sandwiches as “a gourmet meal between two pieces of bread.” Yum!!

 

TWO

Persimmon Café

226 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC l 843-937-5399

4.5 Stars on Yelp

If you are a fan of paninis, wraps, or salads then look no further than the Persimmon Cafe.’ It is described by one yelper as a “lovely hole-in-the-wall, trendy, hipster (but in a good way) little sandwich shop.” Makes you want to go, right.

 

THREE

Cru Cafe

18 Pinckney St, Charleston, SC l 843-534-2434

4.5 Stars on Yelp

Self-described as “Charleston’s home to some of the best gourmet comfort food in the Lowcountry.” Sounds good, right?!

A yelper had this to say about the atmosphere - 

This restaurant exceeded my expectations. I love the homey environment-- it feels like it's in an old house.” And apparently, from the other reviewers, this is the place to go if you are a foodie. Oh and the website mentions that reservations are strongly encouraged.

 

FOUR

Five Loaves Café

43 Cannon St, Charleston, SC l 843-937-4303

4.5 Stars on Yelp

Vegan and gluten-free options may be found here. There’s even a juice bar!! Described as a “quaint café, great service, and excellent food!” I think we know this is definitely one to try!

 

FIVE

Brown Dog Deli

40 Broad St, Charleston, SC l 843-853-8081

4.5 Stars on Yelp

From the website they describe their signature dishes in the following way: “The Muffaletta is un-paralleled in the city and his Curry Chicken Salad is another top menu item. In addition, he loves to incorporate great Asian influences and, most importantly, the great Southern BBQ cooking he grew up eating.”

And we simply must share this Yelper’s review. It’s too good not to share –

“Holy sandwiches, Batman. 

I always dreamed that a perfect sandwich utopia existed. A place where you can sit down, be totally confounded by what to order because literally everything on the menu sounds incredible and, when it arrives, it's everything you hoped it'd be and more. A place that has perfectly build sandwiches and a comfortable atmosphere, but that also supplies your favorite local beer to sip on while you come to Jesus over a sandwich.  

I never thought I'd find such a place, but heaven is real and it's in Charleston.” Micah N. Asheville, NC 4.20.19

Experience Charleston Like a True Local With Infinity Realty

No matter the season, Charleston is one of the best and most beautiful cities to live in and there’s never a shortage of restaurants to visit. When you decide to turn into a Charleston Foodie, make the call to Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers are some the most professional agents you’ll encounter and will give you the easiest home-buying experience imaginable. We can help you determine your top priorities and find a place that accommodates both your tastes and your budget. Our staff knows the Lowcountry well and is acquainted with all of the facilities, resources, and services available in each community. We’ll make sure to fit you with a home you’ll love!

Posted in Charleston food
July 8, 2019

Experience Charleston Art Galleries

"Creativity takes courage."

Henri Matisse

Charleston has been striving to become the art destination for travelers from around the world and with so many top-rated galleries in the area, we are well on their way! If you are looking to bring home a piece of Charleston, then you should partake in the Artwalk or pop into one of these beautiful galleries during your stay. Here’s a short list of a few of our personal favorites and we’ll connect you at the end with a full Charleston Art Galleries list.

 

FIRST

 

Lowcountry Artist Gallery was founded in 1982 and is located at 148 East Bay Street in Charleston. What makes it unique is that it is staffed by nine local artists who own the Gallery and therefore, you can meet them and discuss their work in person. It’s a beautiful place to find a keepsake that is 100 percent Charleston inspired.

 

You will discover several different styles of art housed in a comfortable and friendly environment. From pottery to photographs to glassworks and acrylic paintings, you’ll find it all at this exclusive Gallery.

 

SECOND

 

The Charleston Artist Guild Gallery was founded well over a century ago and is located at 160 E. Bay Street. What we particularly like about this Gallery is their community outreach. They offer a variety of outreach programs that include engaging programs for children, Alzheimer’s patients, high school seniors, and younger school children. It is where the community comes together for the common purpose of engaging in the love of art.

 

You’ll discover more than 70 local members of CAG which share their local love of art and creativity. It’s an exceptional place.

 

THIRD

 

The Grand Bohemian Gallery was established by hotelier and art enthusiast Richard C. Kessler and is located at 55 Wentworth Street, within the luxury hotels and resorts of The Kessler Collection. It is known as being one of the “most eclectic and visually stimulating art galleries in the nation.”

 

In this Gallery, you will experience not only local talent but also internationally famed artists such as Italian artist, Stefano Cecchini. The Gallery also hosts events where you can meet the featured artist.

 

FOURTH

The John C. Doyle Art Gallery was started over 30 years ago and is located at 125 Church Street. If you visit their website, you will get a preview of what you’ll see at the Gallery, but believe us when we say seeing it in person is a much more emotional experience. Mr. Doyle founded the Gallery with local artist talent, including his own artistic endeavors. He had over 2000 paintings in his career before passing away in 2014. Angela Stump stepped in to carry on Mr. Doyle’s wishes of continuing the Gallery in his name.

 

Today you will find not only the work of local artists, but Mr. Doyle’s work is showcased as well. It’s a special experience when you visit this Gallery.

 

FIFTH

 

The Wells Gallery is located at One Sanctuary Beach Drive on Kiawah Island. The Gallery is set-up in a way that is meant to enhance the visitors’ experience when it comes to the artwork that is being displayed. Another point of interest is this Gallery’s chosen subject matter, which is the beauty found on Kiawah Island. There are local, and nationwide artists who have works of art displayed here and the one thing in common is the subject matter all points to the island’s natural beauty. This Gallery is not one to be missed.

 

Last but not least, here’s a list of all the local galleries provided courtesy of Charleston’s Gallery Association.

 

CONSIDER MAKING CHARLESTON YOUR HOME!

 

If you have visited Charleston and have fallen in love with what this area has to offer, please let us help you with any local advice or real estate assistance you might need. Please reach out to us, Team Lail-Chambers of Infinity Realty. Our team of experts led by Bob Chambers has the know-how and experience to find you the PERFECT Charleston area home!