Lovely Charleston, South Carolina has a history so rich, even the smallest slice is fascinating. Yet this Southern belle also surprises visitors with her distinctive regional architecture, lush secret gardens, and a culture all her own. What better way to take it all in during your next vacation than by enjoying the Charleston Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens, sponsored by The Historic Charleston Foundation. This annual Charleston festival features a variety of homes, gardens, tastings and more.
A time-honored Charleston festival
Since 1947, Charleston Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens celebrates the most beautiful city in the South during her unparalleled spring bloom. Riots of native azaleas and camellias explode with color during the series of award-winning tours that showcase all aspects of “the city set in a garden.” One ticket price affords the opportunity to spend time in some of the city’s most beautiful gardens and habitats, dating to the 18th century.
Classic Victorian, Antebellum and Colonial-period homes will thrill architecture and decorative arts buffs, particularly when brought to life by the city’s most professional tour guides. Several homes within different neighborhoods are included in each afternoon and evening tour; visit a different magical neighborhood each day of your vacation.
Charleston Spring Festival of Houses & Gardens Tours, featuring eight to 10 picture-postcard gardens, are conducted each Thursday of the Festival, and include a wine and lemonade reception at the Nathaniel Russell House, 51 Meeting Street.
Morning historic walking tours provide a wonderful backdrop for the home and garden tours. Led by more of the city’s most entertaining history experts, these relaxing two-hour tours depart from the festival ticket office at 108 Meeting Street. Ticket prices vary. No private sites are included on this tour. Of all the things to do in Charleston during your vacation, at any Charleston festival, attraction or point of interest, it ranks among the highest. Reservations are required.
The Historic Charleston foundation has pulled out all the stops, and is also including wine tastings and vodka/rum tastings for those so inclined. Host sites for these events include the popular Caviar & Bananas gourmet market and deli; The Captain James Misroon House; and Circa 1886 Restaurant at the Wentworth Mansion. Ticket prices vary. Reservations are required and sell quickly, so order your tasting tickets as soon as you can.