Your first day in Charleston includes savoring a slice of one of the most famous cakes in America (a bucket list must), so we assure you it won't disappoint! What are you waiting for? Check in and get ready for three days of romance in the Holy City.
Welcome to your new home away from home: Planters Inn, the sole Relais & Châteaux luxury hotel in South Carolina. This Grande Dame hotel boasts an unrivaled location in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District and wins guests over time and time again with its refined Southern style and beguiling atmosphere, not to mention the welcoming bellhops grinning ear-to-ear and nightly macarons at turndown!
Just steps away from Planters Inn is the historic Charleston City Market. Hop across the street and say “hello” to the talented sweetgrass basket weavers and browse through hundreds of local products, from benne wafers to local artwork to rice bead bracelets. Then, surprise your significant other with a stop at Croghan’s Jewel Box. Located just one block away on bustling King Street, this 100-year-old sparkling nook is a treasure trove of heirloom silver, estate jewelry and classic gifts.
Following a sunset stroll along The Battery, cheers over champagne and a slice of the mouth-watering 12-layer Ultimate Coconut Cake in the hidden garden courtyard of Peninsula Grill. Surrounded by flickering carriage lanterns, you’ll experience one of the most romantic (and delicious) dining experiences Charleston has to offer.
Is there anything more romantic than taking a stroll past Charleston’s hidden gardens and secret alleyways? Begin the day with Bulldog Tours and hear all of the stories Charleston’s historic streets have to tell via your expert guide.
Step into the tropical-inspired oasis that is Basic Kitchen and enjoy local produce, whole grains and legumes and a rainbow of spices and vinegars. INSIDER TIP: The Watermelon Whisperer and Southern Exposure cocktails are two favorites.
When booking a Planters Inn hotel suite online, guests can enjoy complimentary use of a luxurious new BMW 750i or X5 during their stay. Hop in and take a drive to Middleton Place, the placid oasis that offers an inviting step back in time, where the air is sweet with the scent of tea olives and roses, and branches of broad-trunk trees sway gently with the river breeze.
Spend a soothing morning at the spa. Legend has it that travelers sought amethyst for its soothing properties of peace, calmness and positive energy, Drawing from amethyst’s mythical past, the Amethyst Spa at The Restoration offers a soothing, luxurious spa experience. INSIDER TIP: Spa guests also have access to the rooftop pool!
Wine time! Head to goat.sheep.cow and feel as though you’re stepping into an inviting French fromagerie. Enjoy a leisurely afternoon filled with exceptional cheese and charcuterie, and a bottle - or two - of wine, of course.
Set sail aboard the Schooner Pride and keep your eyes open for flippered friends in the peaceful waters of Charleston Harbor during a sunset sail. We can think of no better way to say “so long” (or “see you soon!”) to the Holy City. P.S. We won't judge if you sneak in one last slice of Ultimate Coconut Cake before you go!