Spend your vacation in Charleston, South Carolina, at The Lodge Alley Inn, and Bluegreen Resorts will welcome you into a luxurious, European-inspired ambience of fireplaces, elegant parlors, rich carpeting, and reproductions of period décor. This Bluegreen Resorts property, encased in red brick walls, opens onto a Southern city noted for its decadent past and vibrant present.
As South Carolina’s major port city, Charleston incorporates a multi-faceted and multi-ethnic heritage, as reflected in the region’s architecture, dialects, cuisines, and festivals. Bluegreen Resorts vacationers can learn about the Gullah culture and language, which maintain a lively presence in the area around Charleston and Beaufort. The Gullah people descend from slaves brought from West Africa to work the rice-growing plantations in Georgia and South Carolina. Now making their home along the coasts and on the local Sea Islands, Gullah-speaking African-Americans have made distinctive contributions to the area’s culture, and tours focused on their heritage remain popular.
Visitors who stay with Bluegreen Resorts in the comfort of The Lodge Alley Inn can experience historic Charleston through free and low-cost excursions to sites such as the Old City Market, a time-honored indoor shopping place whose origins go back two centuries. Purchase one-of-a-kind tapestries, jewelry, blown glass, artisan wares, cookies, candies, and more. Bluegreen Resorts vacationers can also explore the 28-acre farm at the Charles Pinckney National Historical Site, home of one of the country’s founding fathers. The estate offers a special Colonial-themed celebration annually in April. Keep up your courage when you visit “Charleston’s most haunted inn,” the Battery Carriage House Inn, because you just might be greeted by the spirits that locals refer to as “the Headless Torso” and “the Gentleman Ghost.”
Bluegreen Resorts travelers can also enjoy a trip to the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture on the campus of the College of Charleston, or learn from a visit to the Karpeles Manuscript Museum, famous for its Egyptian carvings. Come into the present with a visit to partake of the abundance of the city’s farmer’s market, or shop in the locally owned boutiques along King Street, which figured as the setting for scenes from the popular film The Notebook. And for a modern-day edge to shopping excursions, try some of the area’s brand-name-rich outlet malls, including the designer venues at Tanger Outlets.
Charleston additionally offers Bluegreen Resorts guests the chance to take romantic walks along a 10-mile stretch bordering the Atlantic Ocean in Beachwalker County Park, on the western side of Kiawah Island. The island’s pristine outdoor vistas include heavily wooded pine forests and acre after acre of marshland. Enjoy the beauty of the magnolia trees and enormous live oaks on this stunning natural getaway only 20 miles from the city.
The Charleston area also offers families vacationing with Bluegreen Resorts numerous opportunities for outdoor activities that include fishing, swimming, and shrimping. Take a sailing lesson or charter a small boat or luxury craft, go camping in the low country areas, or take a canoe or kayak out for a trip that includes leaf-peeping or close encounters with wildlife.