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November 2014 Blog

Posted by charleston on November 1, 2014

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 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.

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.

 NOVEMBER, 2014 is chock-full of Fun & Festive Events ~ Just a few Samplings Below. Gray Line Charleston can ‘get you there’ in & around Historic Charleston, SC, the Barrier Islands, and other key locations climate-controlled comfort ~ just give a Call Today to Learn More!

Gray Line Charleston Group & Private Tour Services ~

Gray Line mini-buses provide a comfortable, safe, fun and convenient mode of transportation to and from special events. Gray Line’s fleet of seven air-conditioned and heated vehicles is available for transportation to and from area hotels and attractions, the convention center, churches, reception halls, and even outlying locations, such as Charleston’s historic plantations and beaches.

Gray Line Charleston will happily arrange private bus tours of the city during daylight hours, with special pick-up and drop-off location. Just call ahead to friendly reservationists to customize your door-to-door service and tour. It’s easy! Take the stress out of the transportation to some of Charleston’s Athletic Events or Major Annual Festivals, such as the below. For more information… Gray Line Bus Tours:  Phone: (843) 722-4444. Email charleston@grayline.com. GrayLineofCharleston.com.

James Island, South Carolina  

Holiday Festival of Lights Run/Walk ~ 11/12 & 11/13/2014

James Island County Park

Two-mile non-competitive fun run and walk and special preview of the Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. After reaching the finish line, participants are invited to enjoy all the Festival has to offer. Event begins at 6:30pm. Park will close to all traffic at 6:30pm and will not reopen until approximately 8:30pm. Race fees are $12 per person (ages 3 and up). Tickets can be picked up until 5:30 on the day of the event at CCPRC Park & Program Services.

http://www.ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1184 

Holiday Festival of Lights ~ 11/14/2014 - 01/01/2015

James Island County Park

Featuring over 750 displays and two million lights, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a cherished holiday tradition for many families throughout Charleston and beyond. James Island County Park comes alive with illumination, and is a great place to capture the magic of the holiday season for all ages. The Holiday Festival of Lights has been recognized around the country and the world. It was featured as the only U.S. event in Moscow's Festival of Festivals, Coastal Living recognized it as "One of the Top 10 Holiday Celebrations," the American Bus Association ranked it as "One of the Top 100 Events in the Nation," and it was most recently named one of the "Top 20 Events in the Southeast" by the Southeast Tourism Society. The Holiday Festival of Lights is much more than just a driving tour! Call Gray Line to arrange a climate-controlled Bus Tour for your group.

Celebrated attractions to see and do, including:

•Marshmallow Roasting

•Festival Train Rides

•Lakeside Lights Interactive Activity

•The Amazing Dancing Light Display

•Enchanted Walking Trail

•Old-Fashioned Carousel

•Unique Gift Shops and the Reindeer Workshop

•Santa’s Sweet Shoppe

•The Festival Fun Run on Nov. 12 & 13

•Grand Opening Celebration on Nov. 14*

•Special Family Events on select evenings, including photos with Santa

•Plus much more!

*Activities include: Live music; stilt walking performances; fireworks (9 pm); the announcement of the giant greeting card, gingerbread house and light display design contest winners (entries due Nov.10 if you wish to participate); and loads of fun for the entire family! The grand opening ceremony is FREE with your vehicle access. http://ccprc.com/index.aspx?NID=1546

Downtown Historic Charleston Events, November 2014

16th Annual James Island Connector Run ~ Cannon Park ~ 11/01/2014

Come join the 16th annual Charleston James Island Connector Run November 1st beginning 8:30 am. The Event features a 10k run/ bike and a 5k run/walk over one of the most beautiful views of the Charleston harbor followed by a fun post run party which includes live music, food, refreshments and a jump castle for the kids. http://jicrun.com/index.htm

Veterans Day Parade ~ 11/08/2014

Take part in patriotic pride will visiting Historic Charleston, SC and enjoy a Veterans Day parade in Downtown Charleston! The Veterans Day Parade is a very special event that gives the community an opportunity to recognize America's heroes!

Parade Route begins at Concord St. and Market St. and ends at Colonial Lake

9:55am - National Anthem

10:00am - Flyover, Parade Starts

11:15am - Estimated Finish Time. http://www.charleston.va.gov/Veterans_Day_Parade.asp

Lowcountry Hoedown ~ 11/08/2014

Charleston Visitor's Center Bus Shed

Do you and yours enjoy live bluegrass music and sampling delicious BBQ and bourbon? Of course! Then join the Lowcountry Hoedown on Saturday, November 8th. This all-inclusive South of the Mason-Dixon Line and East of the Mississippi affair features sampling from over 30 bourbon & moonshine distilleries, restaurants, and artisan food vendors, plus a bang-up array of two fantastic Bluegrass Bands: Seven Handle Circus from Atlanta, GA and The Dunder Chiefs from Charleston. Tickets are $50 in advance, $65 at the door (if available), and include sampling from all participating vendors and live entertainment. A portion of the proceeds from this event benefit Lowcountry Food Bank, whose mission is to lead the fight against hunger. http://www.lowcountryhoedown.com/

Holiday Event at Fort Sumter ~ 11/29/2014
Let your holiday adventure begin at the Fort Sumter Visitors Center at Liberty Square where you board the Spirit of the Lowcountry. Your will journey back in time to Christmas,150 years ago. During the cocktail reception on your way to the Fort, a National Park Service Ranger will set the memorable scene. At the Fort, re-enactors representing Union & Confederate soldiers share their experiences of Christmas at Fort Sumter. After touring the Fort, a delicious three-course, Southern-style dinner will be served during a cruise through Charleston Harbor. Rangers will be available to answer questions on the return trip to Liberty Square.  Don’t miss this unique opportunity of exploring Fort Sumter by lantern light in this exclusive after-dark tour of the Fort. Festive and educational ~ seeing re-enactors realistically portray Christmas past for those serving on Fort Sumter 150 years ago is moving and memorable. The cost is a reasonable $68.00* per person (plus tax). Boards: 4:15pm Liberty Square. Cruises: 4:45-8:30pm. *Price includes hors d’oeuvres, three-course meal, coffee, tea, one hour on Fort Sumter, and all tax and gratuities. Cash bar available onboard. Seating onboard is assigned group seating, larger parties may be seated at separate tables. No special seating requests can be accommodated for this special event. History comes alive before your eyes at Fort Sumter! http://spiritlinecruises.com/holiday-event-fort-sumter/

West of the Ashley

Middleton Plantation ~ 11/15 & 11/16/2014

Gullah Storytelling

Craftworkers demonstrate the skills practiced by slaves as they prepared the antebellum plantation for winter. Different aspects of 18th and 19th century plantation life will be explored including domestic skills, African American culture and Gullah storytelling. 10am-4pm. Free with General Admission.

https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html

Thanksgiving at Middleton Place ~ 11/27/2014

Buffet Seatings from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. (reservations required)

Price: $60/adults; $25/children ages 6-13; $10/children ages 3-5.
Served among the ancient Live Oaks of Middleton Place in the Pavilion and under a graceful sailcloth tent, Thanksgiving at Middleton Place promises to be a wonderful gathering for families who are invited to stroll “America’s oldest landscaped gardens” before and after dinner.

https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html

Middleton Place ~ Holiday Market ~ 11/18 & 11/29/2014
No admission required to shop. 10am- 4pm.https://www.middletonplace.org/visiting-middleton-place/events-calendar.html

North Charleston

‘So You Think You Can Dance’ Tour ~ 11/14/2014

North Charleston Performing Arts Center ~ 11/14/2014

Finalists from the Emmy Award-winning reality show So You Think You Can Dance are hitting the road next year featuring a stop in North Charleston. Dancers from the 11th season of the U.S. dance program will appear November 14th at North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Dancing some of their most popular routines as well as pieces created for the Tour will delight audiences of all ages.Ticketmaster.com.

 James Taylor in Concert ~ North Charleston Coliseum ~ 11/21/2014

Iconic singer-songwriter James Taylor and his All-Star Band are coming to the North Charleston Coliseum on Friday, November 21st for one intimate and memorable night! Come spend an unforgettable night with your favorites by James Taylor. Tickets go on sale on Friday, September 12 at 10 at the Coliseum Ticket Office, Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com

 GRAY LINE TOUR & SPIRITLINE CRUISES HARBOR TOUR COMBO

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 ~ Charleston’s Premier Cruise Fleet giving visitors true value on combination tours! 

  • Take a journey through Charleston’s 300 years of living history and learn more from the knowledgeable Guides.

On the Gray Line Bus Tour of Historic Charleston, South Carolina, you will:

  • Enjoy great views of the architectural gems that are Charleston’s historic mansions.
  • Glimpse gorgeous walled gardens plus wrought ironwork forged by amazing artisans.
  • Experience the Old Market area and its open-air booths and great shops.
  • Walk where Pirates did in White Point Gardens.
  • Discover an American place of living pre-Revolutionary living history.
  • Step out of the climate-controlled bus onto the famous high Battery Seawall.
  • Gray Line Tour’s 20 to 25-passenger mini-buses are specially designed to access downtown narrow streets. Get close-up views of historic Charleston’s most significant details that larger buses often miss.

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 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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