To tell the story of Lowcountry cuisine is to trace the progression of plantation-field-to-table fare through more than three hundred years of history. With emphasis placed on seasonal staples and flavors reflecting the Caribbean and African influences on the region's sea island heritage, the cuisine is the heart and soul of Charleston culture and holiday fare.
Join a merry band of festive revelers and journey by carriage to dine at three different locations during the 31st annual Holiday Progressive Dinner hosted by Charming Inns. Begin with hors d’oeuvres at Kings Courtyard Inn, continue with a three-course dinner at Circa 1886, and cap the evening with coffee and dessert at the John Rutledge House Inn. On a different night, travel back in time with Circa 1886’s 15th annual Dickens Dinner, an evening of dramatic storytelling and fine dining.
Kiawah Island Golf Resort
Santa is one smart cookie. He knows that the treats galore are in store at the island named #3 Best in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler. From Thanksgiving pies to New Year's Eve toasts, Kiawah Island Golf Resort makes the holiday season a truly memorable time with different dining experiences at multiple restaurants. Cap off your Christmas visit with a daring ocean dip during the annual Polar Bear Plunge on January 1st.
Take a stroll back in time while meandering past some of the most historic rice fields and camellia groves in the United States, the very land where Charleston's native cuisine took root more than three centuries ago. Dine on indigenous ingredients, many of which are grown at Middleton Place's organic farm, amid boughs of fresh greenery and a roaring fireplace at the Middleton Place Restaurant. During Grand Illumination nights, costumed interpreters, historic cocktails, and a traditional Lowcountry supper transport guests to back to 1782.
Slightly North of Broad
Between the restaurant's Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve specials, there are plenty of reasons (and opportunities!) to sip Chef Frank Lee's famous Eggnog and cheers to the holiday season. Be sure to enjoy Chef Lee's seasonal specials while the dining room is decked out with cheerful holiday décor.
While carriage lanterns and candles illuminate the courtyard entryway, the dining room wears a halo of joy radiating from happy guests enjoying the Ultimate Coconut Cake, a show-stopping 12-layer dessert. A glimmering Christmas tree and wreaths hung from the leaded glass windows with red velvet bows set the stage for special holiday menus that showcase the Lowcountry's seasonal ingredients, such as sweet potato bisque, herb marinated heritage turkey, and apple streusel pie with Eggnog Anglaise.
Step into Charleston Place and admire the Orient Express passenger train in the lobby before dining at restaurants Charleston Grill and Palmetto Café this holiday season. Charleston Grill's holiday menu is sure to please with Chef Weaver's famous crab cake and traditional Christmas indulgences like duck Burgundy while Palmetto Café is serving up a buffet style Christmas Day Feast. Each Sunday in December leading up to Christmas, children are invited to enjoy Teddy Bear Tea at the Thoroughbred Club.
Caviar & Bananas
Caviar & Bananas is doing the heavy lifting for you this holiday season with made-from-scratch specialties for Christmas and Thanksgiving gatherings. The menu features traditional holiday entrees such as Applewood smoked ham, cornbread stuffing, mashed potatoes and more! Desserts are also available for pick up before the holiday rush begins.