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It’s been 15 years since The Notebook came out in theaters.


The Notebook is about two teens, Allie (Rachel McAdams) and Noah (Ryan Gosling), who fall in love and are then separated for years. Though they pursue their own paths, fate brings them back together, and they are faced with a big decision. I am not going to give any details away for those who haven’t seen the movie, but if you haven’t… today is the day to do it! Spoiler Alert: Don’t forget the tissue box. You’re going to need it!

Did you know that some scenes from the movie were filmed in Charleston, South Carolina? The Holy City has also served as the setting for other films, including The Patriot, Cold Mountain and The Legend of Bagger Vance, which was actually shot at Kiawah Island Golf Resort.

While visiting Charleston last week, we decided to follow the footsteps of Allie and Noah, and check out five of the sites featured in the film.


Boone Hall Plantation 

The famed estate and working farm served as the setting for the Hamilton’s (Allie’s family summer house).


Cypress Gardens

During a lake scene, Allie and Noah are on a boat surrounded by swans at Cypress Gardens. The animals, which aren’t native to the area, were trained actors brought in to follow the boat in the scene. Filming took place in January, to avoid the resident alligators, which were in a  hibernation-like state known as brumation.


We imported our own special birds for this photo


College of Charleston 

The home of the Cougars served as the stand-in for the Allie’s college.

We were able to import the birds to Charleston College.


American Theater

Allie and Noah watch a movie at this theater, and then lie on the street just outside watching the traffic light. Note: The traffic light was brought in for production. There is no actual traffic light at this location.

We couldn’t send the bird back so it followed us along our Notebook Movie site tour


High Cotton

At one point in the movie, Noah looks through a restaurant window and sees Allie dining with her fiancé. That scene was shot at High Cotton.

Photo Credit: Bulldog Tours. Join Bulldog Tours for a fun and informative walking tour of Charleston to visit these spots and many more throughout the city



Merry & Bright


(Photo Credit: Getty Images. Ornate wrought iron porches and Christmas garland really set off the beauty of a Charleston office downtown. The historic district is full of old buildings that have been renovated to their antebellum grandeur)


Charleston is always a good idea, but come December the Holy City goes full tilt. Not only are there numerous churches, cathedrals and synagogues — among countless other houses of worship — that make the whole season merry and bright with pop-up shops, carnivals, musical performances and other annual traditions, but the city itself gets an extra dose of sparkle and light, courtesy of several light shows, and it ends with a BANG! Here is a primer for where to go and what you shouldn’t miss when you do the holidays the Charleston way:


The 29th Annual Holiday Festival of Lights











(Photo from website)


Organized by Charleston County Parks, what is arguably Charleston’s biggest holiday extravaganza runs from November to January 1st at James Island County Park. Get there between 5:30 and 10 p.m. from Sunday to Thursday, or until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Beyond the driving tour of the lights, the event also features a 50-ton sand sculpture, a holiday train, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, the Enchanted Walking Trail (for more sparkly fun), a Victorian Carousel and much more!


Candlelight Tour of the Edmondston-Alston House












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Boasting commanding views of Charleston Harbor, the Edmondston-Alston House elevates the holiday magic when the house is lit exclusively by candlelight and decked out in mid-19th century holiday décor. Arrive anytime between 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. on December 14th or January 4th to get a tour of the historic property, and enjoy light refreshments at the end of your self-led tour.


Holiday Parade











(Photo from website)


Bands, floats, marchers and performers make their way through downtown Charleston spreading cheer as they play holiday favorites and interact with the crowd. This year the event was rescheduled to Saturday, December 16th. The Parade will begin at 3 p.m. near Colonial Lake and continue up Broad Street to Meeting Street, ending on Calhoun Street near Marion Square.


Christmas at Boone Hall Plantation










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Everyone knows about the Avenue of Oaks, but if you head to Mount Pleasant to visit Boone Hall through December 22nd, you’ll find the property dressed in its holiday best with Christmas decorations of every kind. Ornately decorated Christmas trees grace every room of the mansion’s main floor, and the ornaments and decorations are made with local sweetgrass, or cotton and berries grown right on the plantation, and the wreaths are made with leaves from the magnolia trees that grow on the historic grounds. Understated, tasteful and invigoratingly fresh — no plastic here — this holiday display may not be overly lit, but it does light up the season.


…and close out with the really bright lights!


Happy New Year, Charleston!

Ring in 2019 with fireworks over Marion Square! You can get into the spirit as early as 4 p.m. on December 31st with family friendly activities, live music and food trucks. This free event is a brilliant way to kick off the New Year in the heart of the Holy City.