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Charleston is well known for it’s award-winning restaurants and bars but what about coffee? Did you know that Charleston is just in love with coffee as it is with food? You’ll find a diverse range of shops and a coffee scene really coming into its own here in the Holy City. Our helpful “Coffee Lover’s Guide to Charleston SC” will help you navigate the Holy City and help you to experience some of the best coffee shops and even some pointers on what exactly to order when you get there!

Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer

Located around the corner from our chic & modern King’s Court and Park’s Edge vacation rentals, you’ll discover the hidden gem that is Kudu Coffee and Craft Beer. This inviting cafe just steps from King Street is ideal for those looking to escape the Charleston heat and settle into a quiet courtyard for a coffee or craft beer! Kudu offers all the standard coffee and espresso beverages you’d expect but the real beverage you’ll want is their nitro tap cold brew coffee. If you feel your energy beginning to fade after a day spent exploring Charleston, one sip of this fine beverage and you’ll be off and running again!

Their charming courtyard with bubbling fountain is the perfect place to relax. And if you’re looking for a happy hour libation, try their on tap rosé wine or one of the local craft beers on the menu.

4 Vanderhorst Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Second State Coffee

Nestled among historic homes and ancient oaks, you’d almost miss Second State Coffee if you weren’t looking for it. Located in the Harleston Village neighborhood may mean it is a bit off the beaten path, but finding this gem makes it worth the trip since Second State has been crafting perfect lattes since 2012. This charming, minimal, and bright cafe is a local favorite. Begin your morning with a lavender infused latte or if it’s the afternoon, try one of their coffee cocktails like the Black Juleps.

70.5 Beaufain Street, Charleston, SC 29401

The Rise

Craving a silky smooth cappuccino and the perfect Instagram photo? Look no further than The Rise on Wentworth! Take a break from shopping on King Street and relax in this chic and modern cafe. Try one of their cold brew coffees or their vanilla almond latte for a special treat. The only difficult choice is finding the perfect spot for your coffee photo.

77 Wentworth Street, Charleston, SC 29401

Bitty and Beau’s Coffee

With its roots in Wilmington, North Carolina, Bitty and Beau was started in 2016 to create employment opportunities for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Beau’s Coffee created a path for people with IDD to become more valued, accepted, and included in every community. Their second location in Charleston SC was opened in 2018 and a third was opened in Savannah in 2019. This amazing coffee shop is one not to be missed and a way for all of us to participate in something that makes our community better.

159 Church Street, Charleston, SC 29403

Note: Working and living in a city dedicated to delivering on hospitality and culinary at the highest level is just one of the reasons why we love Charleston SC, and know you will too!  Book a stay with us to explore the Holy City and discover for yourself everything this vibrant city has offer.  Our Concierge team is committed to delivering exceptional service, impeccable cleanliness and all the amenities of your everyday home. And, should you need any recommendations during your stay, our team can provide suggestions for restaurants, make reservations, organize activities, and answer any questions.

It’s that time of the year again! What better way to get into the Halloween spirit than getting spooked by ghost stories in the oldest, and most haunted cities in the US?  With Charleston’s rich history comes unrested spirits that haunt many of the city’s oldest and most iconic homes and buildings. When people hear the word “ghost,” they often think of evil spirits that haunt the living. Although Charleston may possess a few evil spirits, there are more often cordial and even happy ghosts that make themselves known.

The ghost of George Poirier is one in particular that tends to be an office favorite here at Luxury Simplified, where all happy spirits are welcomed.

The story of George Poirier goes like this. George came from a family of wealthy cotton planters and tradesmen back in the late 1800’s. The family thrived from the cotton business for quite some time. As smart entrepreneurs, the Poirier’s diversified their wealth into British bonds so when cotton became a saturated market, their wealth continued to grow. George Poirier happened to be the lucky recipient of the families’ well-earned profits. However, he did not inherit the entrepreneur gene and blew through the majority of funds that were left in his name.

Just when George didn’t think things could get any worse, the boll weevil (a small beetle known for ruining cotton fields) invaded and depleted the Charleston cotton fields. With most of his trust and income depleted, George made a deal with the British and sold the last bit of his cotton. As his cotton was being loaded onto a British ship in the Charleston harbor, he sat watching from the third floor of the F.W. Wagener building – where the Poirier family rented office space at the time. As he sat watching from his captain’s chair, the ship suddenly went up in flames, leaving him with nothing left to live for.

In one last act of desperation, George stacked the office furniture with his captain’s chair on top, draped a rope over the rafters, and jumped.

Since the death of George Poirier, various restaurants have occupied the F.W. Wagener building at 161 East Bay Street. Most recently, Lagunitas Taproom has moved into the High Victorian building, making it the perfect place for a beer after a hard day of work.

Customers and employees of previous restaurants in the building have reported several incidences of paranormal activity. Frigid air has rushed through the building when the A/C was turned off, shadows of a swinging corpse has appeared on the walls, and even beer taps have mysteriously started pouring.

James McCallister, the manager of Easy Bay Trading Company, a restaurant previously occupying the building, reported a bone-chilling incident. As McCallister opened up the restaurant one morning, he found tables and chairs piled on top of one another with the captain’s chair rocking back and forth. As McCallister went to take down the mound of furniture, it all came crashing down right before him.

Although George may stage some creepy stunts, overall he’s known as a pretty stand-up ghost. So the next time you are enjoying a beer at Lagunitas and feel a cool chill fall over you, or see the taps mysteriously start pouring, just know its only George trying to have a good time, too.

Looking to take a Charleston ghost tour and possibly experience some paranormal activity first-hand this Halloween? Luxury Simplified Retreats invites you to visit Charleston and stay in our luxurious beachfront retreat located on Folly Beach. The View, which sleeps 10, is the perfect place for friends and family to get into the Halloween spirit. And don’t worry, we’ve checked it for any ghosts, so you can feel at ease knowing none will be joining you during your stay.

November marks that time of the year where New Englanders flock south to escape the impending frigid northern winters. Some fly, others drive and then there are those yachtsmen who brave the high seas and intercostal waterways to obtain winter warmth.

My solo migration sailing south for the winter began aboard Riverwind on November 1st with a thin sheet of ice covering the decks. Departing from Rowayton, CT at sunrise with the hell bent goal of reaching Cape May, NJ by sunset.

Once I hit the Atlantic, it was fairly smooth sailing down the east coast. Averaging 22 knots, 3 miles off-shore for about 8 hours a day, put me into Cape May, New Jersey for the 1st night, Virginia Beach for the 2nd, Beaufort, North Carolina for the 3rd and Conway, South Carolina for the 4th and final night before I reached my destination.

 

On a journey like this, utilizing every bit of sunlight is crucial, and besides, there really is nothing like an Atlantic sunrise while underway. I found myself not alone making the expedition down to warmer waters. Along with the annual migration of birds, humpback whales and bottlenose dolphins, migrating vessels were also heading down the east coast.

 

“We are seeing about 50-60 boats coming into and staying in Charleston for the winter. There are still quite a few transient customers that continue on to Florida or the Bahamas, but as the city’s popularity has grown, we are starting to see more and more people winterizing their boats here instead of heading further south” says Stephanie Collins, the Dock Office Manager at The Charleston City Marina.

 

The stretch from Virginia Beach to Beaufort included some Atlantic Ocean, but mostly an intracoastal duck-in at Pamlico Sound which was about 60 miles with an average of 9 to 12 feet of depth.  I attempted the open ocean from Beaufort to Conway, however, 9 foot swells and 30 knot winds, as well as the treacherous seas around Cape Fear, put me back through the intracoastal for the remainder of the excursion.

 

Four stops, 760 miles of open ocean and intracoastal waterways, and a six pack of Coronas later, I finally reached the Charleston SC port. Some treacherous moments, some passive, all awe inspiring.

 

In years to come, my wife and I plan to stay in Charleston for the winters at Luxury Simplified Retreats properties, such as Ivy Terrace. We  are also searching for an investment home for those long cold New England months that we can rent out for the times we are not in Charleston. For the time being, we will pop in and out to enjoy the boat with friends and family, even in the “dead of winter.”

 

Are you looking to sail south for the winter? Take a look at our portfolio of long- term luxurious homes that will serve as a perfect escape for the frigid months.

Each year the Preservation Society of Charleston holds their annual Fall Tour of Homes, History and Architecture. From Oct 3rd until Nov 2nd, friends of the Preservation Society of Charleston open their doors for a limited time and invite guests to experience the historic interiors of their homes. Tour a few of Charleston’s most historic and magnificent residences and live Charleston’s rich history, charm, and southern hospitality first hand. The significant beauty of these homes truly comes alive as you experience the rich antebellum interiors as the original inhabitants had.

As many of these homes currently exist as private residences, this is the perfect opportunity to tour a favorite home you’ve always admired and learn more about the history and significance of this beloved and special place. Whether you’ve lived in Charleston for years or are enjoying a fall, family vacation, the “Fall Tours – Homes, History and Architecture” offers a glimpse into Charleston’s storied past only available during this limited time. Pairing informative tours with the captivating visuals of lavish antebellum architectural  elements including beautiful fireplaces, staircases, moldings etc., as well as historic furnishings and design, makes for the perfect opportunity to learn about these structures and their landscapes.

The tour schedule runs throughout the month of October and allows you to choose different tours specific to your interests. Each day is a separate tour and is either laid out by street name or special topic. Historic street tours include: Legare, South Battery, Battery, East Battery, Broad, South of Broad, Tradd, Upper Tradd, Colonial Lake, Church, Meeting and King.

Other special topics tours include “Enduring Traditions: Ironwork of the Holy City Walking Tour,” “Invention of Wings: The Grimke Sisters of Charleston Walking Tour,” and “Gardens of Historic Ansonborough.” Choose from any of these tours and experience Charleston’s most prized treasures otherwise unseen. All proceeds from these tours support the Preservation Society of Charleston and their efforts to respect, cherish and protect Charleston’s rich history, unique culture, and significant historic materials.

Confirm times and ticket availability on the Preservation Society’s website for a full schedule and ticket information.