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February 2015 Blog

Posted by charleston on January 28, 2015

Gray Line of Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off locations. Just call ahead to friendly reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour. It’s easy! A perfect Pairing would be a Gray Line City Tour and a “drop-off” to board a Valentine’s Dinner Cruise as described in the Events below. Or, for more adventurous couples ~ try the new ‘Wild Blue Ropes’ Climb and Bonfire, for Valentine’s Day, on James Island, South Carolina. Great ideas from Gray Line of Charleston guaranteed to pull upon your Significant Other’s heartstrings.

One of the oldest and largest sightseeing companies in the world, Gray Line is an international association of operators with more than 100 years of experience in the tourism industry. A trusted name in travel, Gray Line of Charleston provides informative, entertaining bus tours of Charleston’s historic district daily to visitors from around the world.

Learn about historic Charleston, SC and see this Port City up close and personal, via Gray Line of Charleston. Gray Line City Tours depart every 30 minutes from 9:30am until 3:30pm from the Charleston Visitors Center located at 375 Meeting Street. Parking directly adjacent (check website for seasonal departure times).

Several types of COMBO Tour Tickets are available. Examples ~ Charleston City Tour + Charleston Museum. Charleston City Tour + Charleston Mansion. Charleston City Tour + Fort Sumter Boat Tour, to name just a few. Take advantage of COMBO Savings and enjoy 2 top-notch Tours by 2 expert area Tour Operators. Leaving your Charleston visit in the hands of the experts will make for great memories!
Booking online is easy via charleston@grayline.com. For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email charleston@grayline.com. GrayLineofCharleston.com.

February 2015 is a perfect time to experience Historic Charleston, South Carolina and the great Events available throughout the Lowcountry. Let Gray Line of Charleston make it seamless!

Kiawah Island, South Carolina

7th Annual ‘Gourmet and Grapes’ Event ~ 02/06 – 02/08/2015

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Gourmet and Grapes is an Epicurean Delight that pairs local and regional culinary talent with award-winning wineries. The goal is to raise funds to support cancer research at the Hollings Cancer Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. Gourmet & Grapes brings together renowned chefs and winemakers and is the only fundraiser to do so.

During the weekend there is an Exclusive Black Tie Private Dinner, Lunch & Wine Seminars, Wine Odyssey, Silent & Live Auction, regional Chefs preparing specialty and traditional favorites, vintner wine parings, and so much more!

Friday, February 6 ~ An Epicurean Affair- $250

The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary

Savor this elegant black-tie dining experience in The Sanctuary’s signature dining room, The Ocean Room. Reuniting four, five-star culinary talents. This epicurean affair will feature the French burgundy wines of Louis Latour. 6:30pm.

Wine Odyssey Gala presented by Kiawah Wines ~ The Sanctuary

Begin with a cocktail hour, a silent but lively Auction. Savor the flavors of the Southeast. Meet the Chefs and taste their unique creations while sipping on distinctive wines from around the world. Dance the night away with The Local Palate. 6:30pm.

Sunday, February 8 ~ Farewell Brunch ~ Jasmine Porch, The Sanctuary

Farewell Brunch presented by Charleston Magazine and MUSC Physicians. Reservations from 11:45 to 2:00pm ~ $75. Celebrate the weekend and salute the Chefs. The walls of authentic Charleston brick, oak-plank floors, and the backdrop of the  spectacular Atlantic Ocean create the ideal setting for this celebratory gathering. Guests will have the choice to dine as a large group or at a private table.

NEW THIS YEAR! Gourmet & Grapes Golf Outing — $200/per player on the world-famous challenge that is The Ocean Course, Kiawah Island. Players can register as singles or by teams. During the weekend, you’ll have the opportunity to up the ante by bidding on one of the weekend celebrity Chefs to complete your foursome. 1:00am. http://www.kiawahresort.com/gourmet-grapes

James Island, South Carolina

The Climbing Wall at James Island County Park ~ 02/12/2015

Enjoy an evening under the stars at The Climbing Wall, and try your favorite route from a different perspective. Ages 16 & up. Bring your own headlamp/flashlight. Registration is not necessary. Park fees, operating schedules, and hours are subject to change without notice. $14. 5:00pm -10:00pm. http://www.ccprc.com/161/Climbing-Wall

 

Wild Blue Ropes ~ 02/14/2015

Wild Blue Ropes will be hosting their first Valentine's Date Night Climb! There will be a fire to cozy up to once they finish climbing. Couples are allowed to bring their own picnic dinner, blankets and wine/beer to enjoy once they are on the ground. Night climb from 6:00-8:30pm. The bonfire will be until 10:00pm. Reservations required. $50/couple. www.wildblueropes.com

Historic Charleston, South Carolina

Valentine’s Day Dinner Cruise ~ SpiritLine Cruises ~ 02/14/2015

Love is in the air and aboard SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet! Plan to a romantic evening on the Charleston harbor with your special Valentine. Dine, dance and share the beautiful views aboard the Spirit of Carolina. SpiritLine Cruises offers a 3 or 4 course dinner, made to order by Chef Mason Mullock, on a 2 and half hour cruise of the romantic, moonlit, Charleston harbor. A limited number of private tables for two are available. Make your reservations early, for the most enchanting and memorable Valentine’s Day!

$75.00* per person for three courses. Includes gratuity and special valentine for all ladies. *Pricing for this date will be: $75 per person ($150 per couple) will include the regular menu – tax and tip included – desserts are extra – all Ladies will receive a special Valentine. All other packages available at regular rates. Rates & availability are subject to change. http://spiritlinecruises.com/valentines-day-dinner-cruise-spiritline-cruises/

Daniel Island, South Carolina

Soccer’s Carolina Cup Challenge Match ~ 02/21,02/25 and 02/28//2015

Daniel Island’s Blackbaud Stadium, one of the most storied small stadiums in North American soccer, will host the first-ever meeting of Major League Soccer 2015 expansion clubs NYCFC and Orlando City, SC. Eight-day tournament that featuring six matches between four teams, played in double-headers. All three nights will be played at Blackbaud Stadium, with 5pm and 7:30pm start times. http://soccer.sincsports.com/TTIntro8.aspx?tid=CHBCC

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina

Southern Season’s Cooking Class: Return to Capistrano ~ 02/27/2015

Chef: Celia Cerasoli Popular instructor Celia returns and lets you follow her back to her Abruzzi’s roots. Learn from this master of Italian cooking as she prepares recipes from her paternal grandmother from Capistrano. She will even be making Pizelle, traditional Italian waffle cookies, with her grandmother’s old pizzelle iron! Menu: Grandma’s soup; Garlic Studded Porchetta with Roasted Peppers and Potatoes; Aunt Rose’s Pizzelle. $40. 6:00pm. http://www.southernseason.com/events/list/?type=cooking-school&location=charleston

Southern Season’s Cooking Class: Eat Well ~ Live Well ~ 02/28/2015

In her debut cookbook Starting Fresh! Recipes for Life, Chef Jill Dahan promotes her philosophy of wholesome yet simple meals. Learn to throw together a healthy, fuss-free dinner, snack and dessert with Jill’s nutritious tips and techniques. Menu: Avocado and Shrimp Cakes with Mango Chili Sauce; Cauliflower Crusted Pizza (that no one would ever guess it is cauliflower) topped with Roasted Butternut Squash and Sage and Walnut Pesto; Spinach, Pomegranate, and Feta Salad with a Sherry Vinaigrette; Deliciously Dark Chocolate Truffle Tart with an Oat Crunch Crust. $45.1:00pm. http://www.southernseason.com/events/list/?type=cooking-school&location=charleston

Isle of Palms, South Carolina

2015 Special Olympics Polar Plunge ~ The Windjammer ~ 02/28/2015

Locals and visitors are invited to take a plunge into the chilly waters at Isle of Palms Beach in front of the Windjammer, all to benefit Special Olympics South Carolina. Registration begins at 10:30am, the plunge takes place at 1pm, and the plunge party will be held from 10:30am–1pm. Plungers and spectators of all ages are invited to partake in the plunge party, which will include food, music, games and door prizes. All proceeds from the event will benefit Special Olympics South Carolina. A minimum donation of $50 is required to participate in the plunge. All plunge participants will receive a plunge T-shirt, tickets for free food and drinks, and a chance to win door prizes. firstgiving.com/so-sc/polar-plunge-at-the-windjammer

GRAY LINE TOUR & SPIRITLINE CRUISES HARBOR TOUR COMBO (starting in March)

Both Gray Line Bus Tours and SpiritLine Cruises ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet employ licensed, dedicated professionals who complete rigorous, comprehensive training. Most are Charleston natives who have grown up surrounded by the area’s vibrant history and many have been with the company over 10 years. Proudly owned and operated for over 50 years by a local Charleston family with generations of maritime heritage…Gray Line of Charleston partners with SpiritLine Cruises giving visitors true value on combination tours! 

 By purchasing the COMBO Package….you can do it all in one day…or break it up…whatever your schedule allows. SpiritLine Cruises’ entertaining and knowledgeable Tour Guides, licensed by the City of Charleston, will fascinate as you take in 100+ of the majestic sights and sounds of Historic Charleston, SC from the waterside perspective. You will cruise past notable American landmarks such as Fort Sumter where the first shot of the Civil War was fired and the USS Yorktown Aircraft Carrier.

COMBO package Advance Reservations suggested. Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email charleston@grayline.com.GrayLineofCharleston.com. This tour departs every 30 minutes, Monday through Saturday starting at 9:30 a.m. until 3 p.m. March-November and until 2 p.m. December-February from the Charleston Area Visitors Center Bus Shed located at 375 Meeting Street.

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