Queer Charleston – Windy City

Author: , December 26th, 2017

Queer Charleston

“People come to Charleston, first, for its history and, second, for its food.”
These words were uttered by Charleston Area CVB’s C. Doug Warner during a recent LGBT media trip to queer Charleston, South Carolina—and a recent visit to the Palmetto State city showed that it had a lot more to offer than the stereotypical sultry heat.

Belmond Stakes

The first stop in Charleston was Belmond Charleston Place ( 205 Meeting St.; CharlestonPlace.com ), a hotel known far and wide for its elegance and efficiency—even in the face of a technological glitch and temporarily altered the check-in process for guests ( e.g., manually filling out forms ). Fortunately, staffer Star saved the day.

Besides the visual attractions such as the huge chandelier in the lobby and the twin staircases, there’s the Thoroughbred Club, which offers light bites, smooth drinks and cool entertainment.

Our media group was fortunate enough to stay on Belmond’s exclusive Club Floor—commonly called the hotel within the hotel. With 72 guest rooms, is floor offers numerous extras, such as a complimentary continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres, after-dinner cordials and desserts, and full beverage service. As the famous commercial line goes, “membership has its privileges.”

However, the hotel offers plenty for all. My spa facial was a soothing ( and pleasantly talkative ) experience, and the health club ( which must be reached by walking through the humid pool area ) was much larger than I’ve seen at most hotels. There’s also shopping available, thanks to plenty of boutiques on the first floor.

Dining at Belmond is a must. The Charleston Grill has earned a AAA Four Diamond Award—and with good reason. Chef Michelle Weaver’s menu is divided into four categories ( Pure, Lush, Southern and Cosmopolitan ), and everything I tried was incredibly delicious.

By Andrew Davis – Full Story at Windy City

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Gay Charleston, South Carolina – Instinct

Author: , November 20th, 2017

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When it comes to southern comfort, culture, history, and hospitality, we did not need to look any further than Charleston, South Carolina. There were already many arrows, reviews, and people directing us to visit and enjoy Chucktown.

Charleston has been given the nod by readers of many travel magazines as their favorite domestic travel destination. With honors such as being named the No. 1 City in the World and the No. 1 City in the U.S. and Canada (for 5 years straight, 2013 to 2017) by the Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards and the No. 1 U.S. City by the Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards (for 6 years straight, 2013 to 2016).

In the heart of the city, one will find Belmond Charleston Place, which we were excited to call home for the next three nights. Ranked as one of the World Best Hotels by Conde Nast Traveler Magazine consecutively for the last 10 years, Belmond Charleston Place had a reputation to uphold and it did with flying colors.

We opted for the Club Level experience at Belmond. Available by private access only, the Club Level occupies the top two floors of the hotel where we thoroughly enjoyed the two-story Club Lounge. With all-day complimentary food and beverage service, including continental breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeuvres and desserts, it would have been a pleasure to spend the whole vacation on those two floors. The staff knew our names from the first hello and were there until we sadly dragged our bags away to check out.

By Adam Dupuis – Full Story at Charleston

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Charleston on a Budget

Author: , March 27th, 2015

Charleston, South Carolina

Walk up and down King Street in Charleston and it’s easy to see that money flirts with charm. So many cobblestoned paths lead to high-end hotels, wine bars, antique stores, restaurants, and apparel boutiques. But no worries, you can still carve out a quality weekend at this Southern hotspot without blowing a lot of cash.

For starters, don’t rent a car. Not only is parking in downtown Charleston pricey, it’s also difficult to find spots to slide into. After ponying up around $80 for round-trip transportation from Charleston International Airport, take advantage of the free trolley that runs up and down King and Meeting Streets, plus two other routes in downtown Charleston. Charleston Green Taxi charges a flat $7 fee for downtown trips.

By Kristine Hansen – Full Story at Shermans Travel | South Carolina Gay Travel Resources

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Eating Out: Charlerston

Author: , February 11th, 2015

Bowen’s Island RestaurantCharleston, South Carolina, is known for its rich culinary history and dozens of award-winning restaurants. But if you don’t want to spend all of your time with other tourists and can’t score a reservation at Husk, there are plenty of under-the-radar and local restaurants to enjoy. You don’t need to call ahead to these casual spots or worry about breaking the bank for a good meal.

Bowen’s Island Restaurant

This beloved seafood joint has burned down twice but keeps on going, serving up oysters straight from below the dockside restaurant. Follow the gravel road from James Island and you’re met with a wooden structure on the water. Cash is the preferred method of payment and you can get your seafood of choice broiled, fried, or anything in-between. Scratch your name on the table and join the years of graffiti left behind.

The Taco Spot

With locations in West Ashley and downtown, The Taco Spot is the ideal place for a quick and cheap bite. Their tacos come with delicious sauces and everything is made fresh. Choose from chicken, fish, beef, or steak with soft or crunchy shells. In addition to tacos, you can chow down on quesadillas or a burrito. Slosh on some hot sauce from the hundreds of bottles lining the bar.

By y Caroline Eubanks – Full Story at Shermans Travel | South Carolina Gay Travel Resources

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Eating Out – Charleston Restaurants

Author: , June 7th, 2014
Charleston Culinary Tours/Walker Angell

Charleston Culinary Tours/Walker Angell

Three days. How much could you take on of one of the South’s most delectable cities? EDGE has mapped out 72 hours worth of eating at Charleston restaurants. We’d say pace yourself, but there will be no time for that.

DAY 1

Morning: Chefs’ Kitchen Tour – Start your trip off by visiting the kitchens and meeting the chefs in three of Charleston’s top restaurants. Your guide, Hoon Calhoun, will educate you on Charleston’s culinary history and orient you with regard to Charleston’s best restaurants today. The tour starts with coffee and doughnuts at Glazed, Charleston’s gourmet, homemade, delicious, I-can’t-believe-this-is-in-a-doughnut shop, and proceeds to visit three restaurants, meeting chefs and gaining insight into their ideas, methods and creativity along the way.

Lunch: Two Boroughs Larder – Josh and Heather Keeler’s Two Boroughs Larder is where Charleston chefs go to eat. Charleston’s Celebrity Chef Sean Brock calls Two Boroughs Larder, “the best restaurant in Charleston”. Go judge for yourself and order everything on the menu to be sure. This is the place to take chances as you probably won’t recognize half of the ingredients on the menu, but trust in Josh’s capable hands and discriminating taste. Everything will be delicious, and some dishes will be transcendent. In between courses, take a moment to explore the selection of hard goods and specialty products available for purchase.

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Columbia, South Carolina is Famously Hot

Author: , February 4th, 2014

Charleston, South Carolina

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South Carolina’s most popular tourist destinations include Charleston’s Historic District and Myrtle Beach. But now its capital city Columbia is redoubling efforts to attract visitors as it markets itself as “Famously Hot.”

Columbia has been best-known for years simply as the seat of state government and home to the University of South Carolina, said Kim Jamieson, spokeswoman for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism.

“We are trying to change that mindset that people have about Columbia,” Jamieson said. “It’s a challenge but it’s exciting to be able to change that perception.” She said things began changing a few years ago. Today there’s a marketing approach promoting the region as “Famously Hot,” which Columbia summers certainly are, away from the state’s cool mountain regions and beach sea breezes.

Authored By Bruce Smith – See the Full Story at Edge Boston

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