Charleston hotel wraps up a $5.6M update, while 'Is It Cake?' checks into The Loutrel (2024)

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Charleston hotel wraps up a $5.6M update, while 'Is It Cake?' checks into The Loutrel (6)

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A suburban Charleston hotel has invested in a new look.

The 121-key Hampton Inn & Suites in West Ashley at 678 Citadel Haven Drive near the Costco superstore recently wrapped up a $5.6 million renovation.

The six-month revamp included updates to all guest rooms, meeting space, as well as the public and outdoor areas.

The property is owned by Bennett Hospitality and managed by Hilton.

Charleston hotel wraps up a $5.6M update, while 'Is It Cake?' checks into The Loutrel (8)

The West Ashley lodging offers a business work area, an expanded fitness center, new sitting areas and new technology. Each guest room now has a 55-inch TV with Hilton’s proprietary “connected room” interface to stream Netflix programming and a variety of other content.

General manager Younes Zadi said the investment prioritizes “exceptional guest experiences through high-quality guest rooms, superior personalized service and the most current technology innovations and amenities.”

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Let them make cake

Charleston hotel wraps up a $5.6M update, while 'Is It Cake?' checks into The Loutrel (10)

A sweet surprise guest is coming to The Loutrel in downtown Charleston for a free event.

Local cake artist Julie McAllister is bringing the Season 3 cast of the Netflix competition show ”Is it Cake?” for an artist residency. They say life imitates art, but sometimes it’s hard to tell, which is the premise of the show.

The culinary artists will prepare an edible installation of realistic Southern dishes and representations of life in the Lowcountry. The cakes will be displayed in the lobby at 61 State St. beginning July 8 and free to view through Sept. 30.

Visitors can meet the cake artists during a July 8 opening event at the hotel from 5 to 7 p.m.

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Kristin Eagles, Jujhar Mann, Timmy Norman, Grace Pak, Raina Washington, Caitlin Taylor and Season 3 winner Henderson Gonzalez will reveal their creations, discuss their process and answer questions at Monday’s gathering. Light bites, including complimentary cake, naturally, will be served, and drinks will be available for purchase at the Veranda Lounge.

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Just for the kids

Bulldog Tours has dozens of walking tour options spanning Charleston history and haunts to Lowcountry cuisine, but the latest addition is tailored to the kiddos.

Similar to the idea behind the self-guided family scavenger hunt trend, the company is adding a Charleston spin. The outing is not tied to a certain time, as tours are. Visitors can order a scavenger hunt kit online to pick up at the attraction’s office. Kids get a plush version of the company’s bulldog ambassador to “walk” and a map that will guide them to 10 landmarks in downtown Charleston. Once all questions are answered, the children can head back to the tour company’s headquarters to receive a prize.

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Sunflower fields forever

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Boone Hall Farms opened its U-pick sunflower field experience for visitors to view and purchase the daisy family species.

The cost is $2 to enter and $2 per stem picked.

The 120-acre site along U.S. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant is the agricultural arm of Boone Hall Plantation. The farm grows and sells a wide variety of fresh local produce throughout the year.

The sunflower fields are open Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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