Spending Easter 2013 in Charleston? Get ready for divine weekend in the Holy City. The skies will be clear and the temperatures warm. The stage is set for a picture-perfect, family friendly weekend. Here’s a few tips for Easter Weekend (and spring break kick-off!) in Charleston.
Egg hunts, church and Easter baskets-
Charleston is called the Holy City for good reason. Our virtually flat skyline is punctuated by beautiful steeples. Charleston building code states that no structure can exceed the height of St. Matthews’ steeple on King Street. The city was founded on religious freedom, so churches of nearly every denomination can be found on the 1.5 mile wide peninsula. Planning to attend a Good Friday or Easter Sunday service? Want to peek inside to see amazing history and architecture? Here’s a directory of Charleston’s churches. [Or you can also refer to our traveling pineapple friend Penelope’s guide a few of Charleston’s places of worship.]
Easter traditionalists may take their pick of many Saturday and Sunday Easter Egg hunts. We’re excited about Hampton Park’s Easter EGGstravaganza – Charleston’s largest outdoor Easter egg hunt. Even the Easter Bunny himself will make an appearance to honor those last minute Easter basket requests.
Stock up on last minute basket fillers with a shopping trip down King Street. For cards and surcees, visit our neighbors at Lily and Old Road Mercantile. Hop further down the street to find great clothes, boutiques and gift shops. Round the block to the City Market for Charleston-centric goodies ranging from benne wafers, sweetgrass baskets and t-shirts.
Eating + Sight Seeing Essentials
Don your best wide-brimmed hat, suit up in seersucker, and relish in Easter brunch, Charleston style. Try making your reservations in advance – we expect tables to fill quickly. OpenTable has a fabulous guide to Easter brunch in Charleston alongside menus, reservation details and reviews from actual diners. Our guests’ favorite restaurants (ie 82 Queen, Carolina’s, and Magnolia’s) made the list and come highly recommended.
A trip to Charleston in the spring would be incomplete without marveling at blooming trees and gardens. Try to spy the elusive Peppermint Patty Peach Tree (pictured above in Washington Square Park) and keep your eyes peeled for Camellias of all colors and sizes. Venture away from downtown where a sea of azaleas await at Magnolia Plantation and Middleton Place. Pink, lavender, white, ruby red – this is one of Charleston’s best azalea seasons in recent years.
Remember- to fuel up for these fabulous activities with our complimentary breakfast and afternoon wine and cheese reception — two of our many refreshing amenities at the Kings Courtyard Inn. Check our availability or take a look at our specials and packages to plan a future visit.