If you are child of the 80s like me, you can recall the Choose Your Own Adventure series of books. I loved these books, as I got to choose the ending. While not exactly the same, a stay at the Wild Dunes Resort, near Charleston, South Carolina offers guests the chance to choose their own culinary adventure of sorts.
Wild Dunes Resort, located on a barrier island minutes from downtown Charleston, is offering a package pairing beach vacation rental accommodations with one of four distinct culinary tours. Participants will meet the masters behind Charleston’s top restaurants and bars including top chefs, master mixologists, and local farmers.
Here are the adventures to choose from:
o Historic Downtown Culinary Tour: This 2½-hour tour focuses on the heart of downtown Charleston through exploring the area around the Old City Market. Each tour gives guests the opportunity to meet the managers, owners, and chefs of four restaurants, as well as sample specialty dishes from each. This tour is offered Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.
o Upper King Street Culinary Tour: This 2½-hour tour showcases many of Charleston’s up-and-coming chefs through exploration of King Street, north of Calhoun. Each tour visits four restaurants highlighting the trendy, upscale, and innovative food scene surrounding this area. This tour is offered Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 2 p.m.
o Mixology Tour: This 1½-hour tour stops at three of Charleston’s buzz worthy bars to meet the master mixologists behind Charleston’s most delicious drinks. In addition to learning about Charleston’s cocktail culture, guests will be provided a specialty craft beverage at each of the three stops. This tour is offered on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays at 5:30 p.m.
o Chef’s Showcase at the Farmers Market (Saturdays only): This 2-hour tour showcases Charleston’s critically acclaimed Farmers Market. In addition to meeting local farmers, the group helps pick out a selection of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients. Those same ingredients are then sent to a partner restaurant as a walking tour of the surrounding area continues. The grand finale ends with a true farm-to-table meal at the partner restaurant, highlighting the previously chosen ingredients in a variety of perfectly prepared dishes. This tour is offered on Saturdays while the Charleston Farmers Market is open, from mid-April through mid-December at 9:30 a.m.
Available now through December 31, 2013, the two-night Charleston, SC Culinary Experience Package starts at $209 per night, based on double occupancy. To book a stay check the Wild Dunes website. Enjoy your adventure!