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Three Perfect Days in Charleston

It’s no secret that over the past decade, Charleston’s popularity has increased–and not just with the cruise ship tourists. Bloggers, foodies, fashionistas and entrepreneurs the world over have stopped in to the Lowcountry to see the historic sites, eat our world-renowned cuisine and they might even stay awhile. But if you find yourself planning a trip for a Charleston long weekend someday soon, the recommendations can seem overwhelming. A few writers have crafted “three perfect days” in Charleston. One of our favorites was published recently at Hemispheres. Besides gnoshes at Leon’s and Husk, they discuss their experience taking one of our tours. The excerpt is below:   We hop a cab back to the Historic District and climb into a different set of wheels: a carriage pulled by two brown and white horses, Sally and Deedee. Horse-drawn carriages seem to…

Life in Retirement: Loretta’s New Chapter

Have you ever wondered about a carriage horse’s retirement? Here’s the perfect example. Loretta was a company-wide favorite horse and worked with us for many years. We’ve gotten permission to share this lovely update from her new owners in Maine, who are enjoying her tremendously. We are incredibly proud of our animals and the impact…

The Domestication of Horses: A Brief History

We’ve all seen those vintage cowboy movies. There are wild horses running freely and all of a sudden, a hero-type jumps in, ropes her neck and begins the breaking process. Soon, the horse is eating out of his hand and maybe coming to his rescue. But how did the domestication of horses really happen? Here’s a brief history:   Did you know that people began domesticating horses up to 10,000 years ago? According to new DNA research, archeologists that once believed horses began being trained about 4,000-6,000 have now discovered new lineages and surmised that different groups of people across Eurasia were raising and/or training horses within the last 10,000 years ago. Evidence of bits being used on horses have been recovered from 5,000 years ago.   Before the invention of the locomotive, horses were the fastest way to travel…

Horse Hygiene Quick Facts

All equine lovers know that maintaining healthy, happy horses and mules is not an easy task. It not only requires a lot of horseshoes and shampoo, but a lot of love! Here are a few quick horse hygiene facts that you may not know about Palmetto Carriage Works. Currently, we have 32 horses and 10 mules on our team. That means 168 feet to maintain. Our farrier comes by three times a week asses our animals’ shoes. We use rubber or elastomer shoes, boots or pads to prevent slipping on the pavement, brick or concrete. Have you ever heard of floating? No, not down the Edisto River. We mean floating for horse’s teeth! A float is a tool that is used to file a horse’s teeth. Therefore, floating is filing a horse’s teeth in order to keep them relatively smooth…

Historic Charleston Sites You’re Likely to See on our Carriage Tour

Charleston is full of historic sites that you might pass by and never know the significance they carry. When you climb aboard one of our carriages, driven by one our licensed tour guides and pulled by our beautiful horses and mules, here are some of those historic Charleston sites you are likely to see (depending…

Our Favorite Fan Photos from 2018!

Every year, our fans and followers tag us in awesome social media photos. We love that we get to entertain you and your family and friends while you’re with us in Charleston and hope that we get to do it for generations to come. Without further ado, here are a few of our favorite fan…

Top 5 Charleston Moments from 2018

Our city’s history is dense, but 2018 proved to be a great one. Here are the top five Charleston moments from 2018 in New Year’s Eve countdown fashion: Charleston issued over 5,000 wedding licenses last year! Weddings continue to be a huge staple of our economy and we enjoy it, too. Check out this great…

10 Reasons To Take Our New Historic Walking Tours

At Palmetto Carriage Works, we know what we are best known for is our beautiful animals and our carriage ride tours through the historic district of Charleston. But what is life without a little variety, eh? We are now introducing historic walking tours! Here’s a checklist to see if you are a match for one of our historic walking tours: You want to learn about the unique history of Charleston, SC. You’re an architecture buff and want to see all the charming homes and buildings that our city has to offer. You like being entertained and smiling. Your family is visiting and you really need something to do with them that doesn’t include spending an exorbitant amount of money on King St. You’ve lived here awhile and you still don’t know anything about your city. You’d like to meet new people….

Spotlight: Carriage Tour Guide David Collins

Palmetto Carriage Works may be the oldest and largest carriage company in Charleston, SC, but we’re also the most fun. To prove it, we’ll be highlighting our employees from time to time. First up is our driver and guide, David Collins, a local Charlestonian who loves his job as a Charleston carriage tour guide.   From where do you hail? Charleston! Describe Charleston in five words or less. Seductively Southern How long have you worked at Palmetto Carriage? One year What’s your favorite thing to do on a Saturday? Watch Gamecock football What’s your favorite historic site to talk about on tour? Calhoun Mansion If you had to choose a favorite animal, who would it be? Carlos  (he’s our 2009lb 9 yr old Percheron Gelding) Where is your favorite place to have lunch Downtown? The first of every month at…

Fun Facts You Didn’t Know about Charleston Tourism

On average, Charleston has 230 sunny days a year, which is 63%. The yearly average temperature is a perfect 65 degrees, making us a temperate tropical climate. Over 6 million people visit Charleston each year, which is 60x its year-round population of 100,000. (Note: the entire tri-county area is about 550,000 people.) Visitors typically spend 4 nights and spend an average of $217 per adult per day. Our Passenger Terminal for cruise ships has between 80-90 scheduled round-trip cruise departures each year. The average capacity of these large cruise ships is 3,000, which means nearly 250,000 people come through! In 2015, the Charleston Port handled nearly $76 billion dollars of goods. Yep, we said billion with a ‘B’! 15,000 people pass through the gates at the Charleston International Airport every day. The majority of our tourists hail from North Carolina, Florida,…