With a name like the Holy City, what better place to celebrate Easter weekend than in Charleston SC? Whether you’re looking for activities that can be enjoyed by the whole family or just you and a few friends, we’ve rounded up an itinerary to make the most out of your Easter weekend. So break out the pastel-colored dresses and colorful hats, have the kids grab their baskets, and check out these activities that will have you wanting to plan a springtime trip to Charleston SC for Easter!
Lace up your Shoes and Head out for a walk
Stop and Smell the Flowers – Charleston is gorgeous no matter the time of year but there’s a certain quality about springtime in the Holy City. Everywhere you look there are petal-rich trees and shrubs boasting spectacular colors. Take a walk through the gardens at Middleton Place for their Camellia Walks (seasonal), and learn about the first camellias planted in America. Or simply take a stroll down any street in Downtown Charleston and stop to admire the lush window boxes, sumptuous gardens or vibrant azaleas that are seemingly everywhere along the way. We particularly love packing a picnic basket and admiring the flowers in Hampton Park on a sunny day!
A Hat of Many Colors – What would a Charleston Easter be without the city’s most lovable icons, the ultimate symbol of Southern gentility and class, the illustrious “Hat Ladies?” For their annual Easter Promenade, this fabulous group of women will be strolling down Broad and Meeting Streets on Saturday, wishing all a happy and healthy holiday. If you’re out and about on Saturday, you’re bound to be wrapped up in the fanfare of these gregarious girls.
Take In a Sunrise Over the Ocean
Sunrise Services at Folly Beach Pier – The only time you’ll want to set an alarm, but we promise it’s worth it! Begin your Sunday morning with a Sunrise Easter Service at the Folly Beach Pier. This all-denominational service is held each Easter Sunday at 7am and offers more than just an inspirational word, but a stunning sunrise over the Atlantic Ocean too. Afterwards, adjourn to your Folly Beach vacation home for breakfast on the porch or enjoy a hot stack of pancakes at Lost Dog Cafe.
Build the Perfect Easter Basket
Want to help the Easter Bunny build an extra special basket this year – one that’s full of Charleston goodies? It starts with a one-of-a-kind sweetgrass basket, made by hand locally and woven by sweetgrass basket weavers in a time honored tradition that has been handed down by generations. Pack your basket with local goods such as a handmade sweetgrass palmetto rose, mouth-watering Carolina Pralines and cookies from Market Street Sweets. Tuck in some decadent treats like chocolates from Christophe Artisan Chocolatier-Pâtissier or Carolina Key Lime Cookies from Olde Colony Bakery. For the grown-ups, build a basket that includes locally loved favorites like buttery biscuits from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits, cocktail mixers from Jack Rudy Cocktail Co. and Charleston Bloody Mary Mix for a truly Southern-inspired basket!
Don’t Forget Brunch!
After an enjoyable morning, gather with family and friends to feast on a Charleston tradition: Sunday brunch! No matter your tastes, there’s certainly something for everyone, just make sure you make reservations sooner rather than later!
Brunch but Make it Gospel – Join family and friends at renowned restaurant, Halls Chophouse, for their “Sunday Gospel Brunch.” Enjoy a delectable eggs benedict or shrimp and grits all while being serenaded by local gospel singers.
Eat Until You Pop! – Easter brunch in Charleston calls for a lively atmosphere, stellar hospitality, and maybe a Bloody Mary or two. At Stars Rooftop and Grill you can enjoy a spectacular Easter buffet brunch filled with both classics and specialty dishes alike. Afterwards, enjoy a libation on their rooftop overlooking the historical city skyline.
Dine Inside a Historic Church – What better way to celebrate Easter than inside a historic church? If you have never experienced the remarkable interiors of this enchanting restaurant, Church and Union, Easter Sunday might be the perfect day.
This Charleston restaurant is built inside of an old church building, with original, soaring glass windows in place and the visually stunning hand-painted ceiling with verbiage from Sun Tzu’s The Art of War by artist Jon Norris. At Church and Union you’ll enjoy classic Southern dishes with a twist with your family and friends.
Stay with Us
Whether you’re planning a weekend getaway or a month-long visit to the Holy City, you’ll find that our team at Luxury Simplified Retreats goes above and beyond to provide an unforgettable experience. Choose your dream vacation home from an impressive portfolio of high-end properties tucked alongside grand historic homes and some of the top historic sites located on the Charleston peninsula. Let our Concierge team help you plan the perfect Easter weekend itinerary or “anytime getaway.”