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by Crazy Cat Lady
June 7, 2005
From journal Southern Comfort in Charleston
Cary, North Carolina
November 18, 2008
From journal Charming Charleston Weekend
by Katie Morgan
San Antonio, Texas
July 10, 2000
From journal Charleston, SC
by Taylor Shelby
Charleston, South Carolina
April 23, 2005
We asked the concierge at Charleston Place about it, and they said that Palmetto Carriage Works does one for $100 and picks you up at the hotel, so you don't even have to do anything. She also said that, after 6pm, the prices go up pretty dramatically, so we booked a 1-hour tour to pick us up at 5pm.
A little after 5pm, we saw a lovely grey carriage pulling up to Charleston Place pulled by an equally lovely grey draft horse called Millhouse. Our driver, Ed, an Ohio transplant, welcomed us aboard and we were off.
Routes for the carriage tours are a lottery. Since there are so many companies, they can't all go the same direction, so there are four different routes that go through the city. They use a bingo machine to determine who goes where, and you don't know until the tour starts. We lucked out and got to go down Church Street (my favorite), The Battery, and Meeting Street.
Ed was a really good tour guide. Not only did he not tell us any lies, but he actually pointed out the things that guides usually say that aren't true. Now, this was probably because when my mom got in the carriage, she told him that I was a licensed tour guide and that I would call him out, but I appreciated it all the same. There wasn't much he said that I didn't already know, but everyone else really enjoyed the tour. If nothing else, it was a really nice ride (and when you are a little higher up, you can see over some of the walls into the gardens, which I love).
If you are going to go on a carriage tour and have three, four, or five people in your group, it is worth it to go ahead and pay a little extra for a private carriage. That way, they pick you up and drop you off and you don't have to go into the war zone where all the carriage people try to get you to take their tour. I hate that!
From journal Entertaining my Parents in Charleston
September 11, 2004
We have had many tours with Palmetto and when you have your own group you can pick your interests. You can see homes or take a ride on the Battery. The guides are very agreeable and will take your group's interests into consideration. They also will pick you up at your home, hotel, or wherever you request your pick up. I enjoy the private groups as you can ask questions and don't feel like you are in the mix of strangers.
The last time we went down we had a great driver from Georgia. He had one of the best southern accents I have ever heard and each story was like listening to your southern grandfather tell it on the porch of his plantation. We could have listened to him all day.
There is so much to see in Charleston and a carriage ride allows you to see it at a nice pace while feeling the hot sea air. It's enjoyable.
The mules and horses are well taken care of and the guides know their stuff. They are tested and have to know their Charleston history to give tours. We have had a few stories change details over the years, but for the most part they tell the same story.
Charleston would not be Charleston without a carriage ride in my book.
From journal Fourth of July, Charleston Style