ton Harbor and the Ravenel Bridge, the
Admiral’s and Captain’s Quarters, which
is perfect for meal functions or cocktail
parties, and a theater that accommodates
Historic Columbia protects significant
community structures and accommodates
private events in several of its venues.
“Whether you’re renting one of our
historic houses for your corporate meeting
or taking an afternoon break during a large
conference and want to get to know the
host city, our team is ready to make your
visit one-of-a-kind,” said Brittany Buckner,
Historic Columbia’s rental coordinator.
Group-friendly spaces include the Rob-
ert Mills Carriage House, a rustic indoor
space with adjacent gardens, and Seibels
House and Garden.
“Guests will marvel at the plantings in
South Carolina State Museum,
the Seibels Garden, as well as the striking
1920s features of the home,” Buckner said.
“Upstairs there is a private boardroom on
a glassed-in porch overlooking the garden.
Truly one of our favorite spots!”
Group tours are available.
South Carolina State Museum offers an en-
tertaining and educational experience for
groups as it houses four floors of interactive
exhibits featuring South Carolina art, cul-
tural history, natural history and science/
The museum is also a popular host
for gatherings ranging from 10 to 1,500
Spaces include the main lobby, which
features iconic artifacts representing the
museum’s four disciplines, meeting rooms
equipped with audiovisual equipment and
an observatory with an adjoining terrace
that overlooks the city skyline and Conga-ree River.
“In addition to our beautiful meeting
spaces throughout the facility, guests can
explore outer space in one of the largest
planetariums in the Southeast, watch an
interactive 4-D movie and look through a
vintage telescope in our public observatory,” said Jared Glover, the museum’s public
Guided tours are available as an add-on
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon
B. Chapin Art Museum,
The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B.
Chapin Art Museum is the only museum dedicated to the visual arts along the
Grand Strand. Exhibits over the years have
included artists such as Ansel Adams and
According to Casey York, museum
services coordinator, unique exhibits and
interactive, educational programs will
engage visiting groups.
“Not only do we offer the finest in visual
Gullah Heritage Trail Tours,
arts exhibitions, but we also encourage our
guests to enjoy the Carolyn Burroughs Tea
Porch for a cup of tea and an ocean view,”
she said. “The museum shop is the best
place on the Grand Strand to find a unique
gift, from jewelry and scarves to books and
While the museum doesn’t host group
events, it offers group tours, and there are
nearby options to coincide a museum visit
with a meal, including Tupelo Honey, a
restaurant specializing in Southern cuisine
and handcrafted cocktails.
Hilton Head Island is part of the Gullah
Geechee Corridor, a federal National Heritage Area that encompasses the coastal
areas and sea islands off South Carolina,
Briefly state what your job entails.
I plan and execute special events for the
NRAEF. I’m lucky to work on some very
exciting programs in beautiful settings,
such as executive golf tournaments in
Pebble Beach, Calif., and student competitions in Charleston, S.C.
What type of meeting did you hold in
We hosted the National ProStart Invitational (NPSI) in 2017 at the Embassy
Suites North Charleston and the North
Charleston Coliseum. NPSI is the country’s premier secondary school competition focused on restaurant management
and culinary arts. Annually, nearly 400
student competitors put their skills to the
test in front of industry leaders, NRAEF
trustees, state restaurant associations
and family and friends, all with hopes of
earning coveted scholarships from the
nation’s premier culinary and restaurant
Was anyone particularly helpful in
executing your event?
Rebecca Young, formerly with the
Embassy Suites North Charleston and
now the director of catering and con-
vention services at Double Tree by Hilton
Charleston-Historic District. I’ve worked
with many talented convention service
managers, but Rebecca stands out.
NPSI is a unique event with extreme-
ly specific details due to competition
requirements and the variety of guests in
attendance. Despite the challenges, no
request was overlooked and nothing fazed
her. Any planner fortunate enough to work
with Rebecca can rest assured that their
meeting will be perfect.
What did attendees enjoy the most?
The food and hospitality.
Are there any group-friendly attractions that you recommend?
Our adult guests enjoyed a reception at
the Visitor Center and our student competitors enjoyed a show by local improv
group, The Have Nots.
How does Charleston compare to other cities where you held meetings?
In 2017 Charleston was voted “Best Food
City in America.” Bringing the current
and future leadership of the restaurant
industry to the “Best Food City” was an
Would you recommend Charleston to
other meeting planners?
Absolutely! You’ll get the most out of
Charleston if you explore the city, chat
with locals and dine out often.
Mallory Domingue // Events Manager // National Restaurant
Association Educational Foundation (NRAEF)
THE GIBBES MUSEUM OF ART, CHARLESTON