Valentine’s Day in Charleston

This Valentine’s Day, think outside that heart shaped box!

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Yikes! Have you made that very expensive, very romantic, hardest reservation in town to get – reservation yet?? If not, well… bless your heart.

The pressure to have the most romantic date night ever is always so intense and often leads to arguments, tears, hangovers and sometimes even breakups!

So we’ve put together some suggestions that might just take that pressure off this year and give you one memorable Valentine’s Day.


The Valentine’s Day Food

Do you really need/want to get dressed up, rent a limo, spend the $$$$ on a lavish Five Course Dining experience with wine pairings? If so, Circa 1886 at the Wentworth Mansion (maybe a room reservation for the night?) is one romantic option out of the many awards winning fine dining options we have here in Charleston. That is if – there are reservations to still be had!

Photo courtesy of Circa 1886.

If however, you’d like to mix it up a bit – think outside that heart-shaped candy box – why not head out to Bowens Island and get messy shucking some briny, fresh local oysters. Jeans, sweaters, and boots highly recommended. How about an oyster knife monogrammed for your love? That sunset over the marsh with a cold beer and hushpuppies… ahhh.

Think you might need to fancy it up a bit more than shucking oysters? A two-hour sunset cruise on board The Carolina Girl might be the answer. Light hors-d’oeuvres, music and BYOB… and that sunset!

Photo courtesy of The Carolina Girl.

Or for something really outside that box, how about a reservation for one of our Food Tours? Savor the Flavors Downtown or Savor the Flavors Uptown – meet some new people, learn a bit of history and sample some of the food we’re known for down here in the Lowcountry. And if sweet treats really make you think of Cupid, our Dessert Tour will give you a sugar rush fit for the Gods!


The Gift

More pressure here… huh? Naughty nighties? Ravishing rubies or perfect pearls? Another new YETI product? Tee times? Didn’t we just go through all this during the holidays?

Mother Nature can be a very helpful relative to have as we live in one of the most beautiful places around – and she’s usually very mild mannered so an outdoor adventure this time of year is not out of the question.

How about a kayak adventure – anywhere! Shem Creek, Folly Marshes, along the Ashley. That sulfury smell of pluff mud is perfume to many who call this part of the world home. Coastal Expeditions can help with your outdoor adventures.

Photo courtesy of Charleston Outdoor Adventures.

If pluff mud isn’t your thing, why not see the marshes, oyster banks, islands from above with a private Helicopter tour of the Lowcountry. Holy City Helicopters offers daytime flights, sunset flights (with an optional champagne add-on) and even flight lessons. To see the Lowcountry from the water is one thing but viewing it from above… priceless.

Thinking of something a bit more leisurely, but no less romantic, consider a Charleston Stroll. Two hour history walk through the Holy City’s Historic District. Walk along Church Street, voted American’s Most Romantic Street. Delve into the Charleston Renaissance – a time when poets and artists were telling the stories of this sultry Southern place. The tea olive is blooming now and only enhances the romance this place we love so dearly.

If you really want to have something in a pretty box to unwrap – King Street should be your answer. Stop by Croghans Jewel Box and check out their Gold Bug Collection. Nothing says Lowcountry love better than a gilded palmetto bug! Or the beautifully chosen feathers of a Brackish Bow tie found at the Preservation Society Gift Shop on the corner of King and Queen. Feathers and bugs will be all the rage at the Dock Dogs competition during Southeastern Wildlife Expo, Feb. 15-17!

Photo courtesy of Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Not attached at the moment?

So, this year you just want to spend time with your friends – some are using the expression “galentines” day – you just want to laugh and plan and toast each other and the beautiful “tribe” you’ve assembled.

You can still have pretty flowers and dance at Republic Garden & Lounge on King Street. They’ve joined Fetes de Fleurs for a Flower Crown making party! Ticket includes a beautiful flower crown bar (and experts) to help you craft your own unique floral crown – to celebrate you! A glass of bubbles might help those creative juices!

Perhaps wear your Flower Crown, Saturday, February 16th for a very special Chocolate Tasting at Bar & Cocoa, Mt. Pleasant. This chocolate tasting adventure with chocolate experts – I want to be a chocolate expert but I digress – will teach you how to recognize good chocolate – bonus – this exceptional chocolate will be paired with sparking wines! Day drinking at its finest! (Remember to schedule your Uber/Lyft!).

Photo courtesy of Bar and Cocoa

And if flower crowns and chocolate tasting just aren’t your idea of romance – February 15-18, there will be a Paranormal Investigation at the Old City Jail to mark the anniversary of the hanging of Charleston’s most beautiful, most notorious serial killer, Lavinia Fisher! Join our ghost hunters as we commune with the dead and reach out to the other wolds to perhaps chat with or bump into those lost souls from the past. Reservations required for this witching hour midnight to 3 am investigation. Legend says her husband John was so in love with her he gave up his freedom to rescue her from this prison. After all, isn’t the true story of Valentine’s Day a bit darker than our present day celebration?!!

So, this year – take the pressure off. There is still plenty of time to come up with the perfect plan to dazzle that special someone. Take up Mother Nature on her offer to help. Grab your girlfriends and dance. Let Bulldog Tours make all this easy for you! And Happy Valentine’s Day!