Do the Charleston: Winter Fun in South Carolina

Charleston view

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, as the song goes. The holiday season is always magical and an extra-special occasion for families to gather together, celebrate, reminisce and share experiences to create new memories to last a lifetime.

One of the great joys of Bluegreen ownership is spending some of the holiday season at your villa. The late fall and early winter months, from Thanksgiving through New Year’s Day, provide ample opportunities for fun, adventure, camaraderie and relaxation. Your villa can host your Thanksgiving dinner, of course. Its fully-equipped kitchen has everything you need to prepare your feast and nearby markets can supply turkeys, hams, roasts, side dishes, beverages and desserts. No interest in cooking? Many fine local restaurants put on delicious Thanksgiving spreads and also offer complete (or partial) meals to go that you can serve in the comfort of your villa.

The Spectacular Charleston

Charleston, SC is no exception. The Lodge Alley Inn™, a spectacular Bluegreen resort, is centrally located on Bay Street in the heart of town, steps away from to the city’s historic district and in equally close proximity to a full range of cool and interesting places to visit, eat, drink, hang out and more.

This time of year, the weather in Charleston is generally mild and, with a few exceptions, snow-free. The favorable climate serves as the perfect respite for snow-weary Northeasterners and Midwesterners, and as an equally temperate getaway for vacationing Floridians and other southerners.

Charleston Around the Holidays

Charleston gets into the spirit of the season with its annual Holiday Festival of Lights, from November 11 through New Year’s Day at James Island County Park. The event, which has been running for 27 years, also features a Victorian carousel, sand sculptures, giant greeting cards, a sweet shoppe and more.

For music and fun, the theatrical presentation of A Groovy Kind of Christmas (November 22 through December 31) offers musical Christmas classics and 1960’s tunes ranging from The Beach Boys to Motown. Champagne cocktails, wine, craft beer, soft drinks and savory snacks are sold.

Experience the History of Charleston

Charleston Nathaniel Russell House

Charleston is a history lover’s paradise. Tour the Nathaniel Russell House from 1808, filled with period furniture, accessories and design, including a three-story spiral staircase, built mostly without screws or nails. You can also visit historic Fort Sumter, which took some of the first shots of the Civil War. You’ll need to take a boat to get there, but no worries. And since the weather is usually agreeable, how about a walking tour through Charleston history? Tommy Dew‘s narrated jaunts are among the most thorough and entertaining. They usually start at 11 a.m. and he’ll also schedule private walks to accommodate your schedule.

Charleston Plantation

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens, the oldest public gardens in America, (opening its doors in 1870), is great throughout the year but the relatively cooler temperatures and lower humidity make it even better for strolling and admiring the fabulous foliage.

Charleston for Families and Beach-Goers

Charleston Aquarium

There are lots of places to takes the kids, rain or shine. The South Carolina Aquarium, for example, is home to more than 5,000 aquatic animals. It’s a fun way to learn.

Hit the beach! The water might be too cool for swimming but you can still enjoy a picnic or just gaze at the ebb and flow of the breaking waves. Public beaches like Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and Edisto Beach have parking, restrooms, showers and snack bars, so you don’t have to rough it.

Of course, Charleston is also famous for its great food, with restaurants to accommodate every taste and budget.

Whatever you chose to do — even if it’s just relaxing in your villa or strolling around the resort — a splendid time is guaranteed for all in Charleston!


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