The Vendue

Art Docent Tours

Interested in learning more about the works of art featured in The Vendue’s current exhibition, or the surrounding art district? Schedule a tour with Alison or Megan, The Vendue’s Art Docents… Read More

Art Docent Tours

During your stay at The Vendue, we welcome you to explore the hotel's art space, as we have filled our walls with a variety of works from incredibly talented artists. As the only hotel in Charleston that caters to the arts, we highly encourage you to take advantage of our exquisite gallery and the culture-rich area surrounding the hotel.

If you are interested in finding out more information on any of the works exhibited throughout the hotel, or experiencing different art events around town, we encourage you to call or e-mail The Vendue's Art Docent. Alternatively, feel free to stop by the Art Docent's desk located on the first floor of 19 Vendue, in the main exhibition space.

We offer regular art tours which are complimentary to our guests and their friends or family.

Coffee Tour

Tuesday-Saturday at 11:00 am, < 1 Hour

Meet at The Press, our in-house coffee shop, and follow our Art Docent through the current exhibition in 19 Vendue. The tour next heads across the street to 26 Vendue and our working studio space, where guests will meet our current Artist in Residence. The tour lasts less than an hour and then guests are encouraged to take one of our bikes or leave on foot to go explore the city and track down some of the gallery's that display the artists they've just learned about.

The Press will serve each guest of the hotel one complimentary Grande Starbucks coffee.

Wine Tour

Every day at 5:00 pm, < 1 hour

Meet our Docent at the daily’s manager reception held in The Sitting Room of 26 Vendue.  Once everyone has a chance to have some snacks and a glass of wine, we start with a visit to our Artist in Residence Studio and then walk through the current exhibit.  We will end with a refill on your wine at 26 Vendue.

Private Tours

Call the concierge or docent desk to set-up a private tour with our docent of the exhibition at 19 Vendue. Tour length and times may vary. Can be tailored for couples or families.

Guided City Art Tour

Before your visit to Charleston, set up a guided city art tour. We work with Charleston Art Tours and their professional tour guides to create a perfectly guided tour for your visit. This is a great option for medium-to-large groups.

Your tour guide will meet you at The Vendue and take your group throughout the city's many galleries. You will meet working artists in their studios, and see the best of what the city has to offer. Call for pricing.

Charleston Art Tours - Ranging from about $45 - $55 per person.

French Quarter Tour - This tour guides you through a selection of our prominent galleries located in the historic French Quarter.

Contemporary City Tour - Charleston has a growing community of contemporary and abstract artists.

Renaissance Tour - Artists were drawn to this civil war ravaged city and it's decaying beauty in order to capture it.

Custom Group Tour - Depending on the size of your group and your artistic interests we will be happy to design a tour just for you!

For more information, please visit Charleston Art Tours website here.

More Art Events

Redux - Charleston's non-profit exhibition and studio space is a great spot to pop in or ask us about class schedules if you are interested in creating something fun while you visit.

The Halsey - Hosting thought provoking contemporary exhibitions this is a free space to visit.

The Gibbes - This local museum has rotating shows as well as an impressive collation of historic art. There is a fee.

Art Walks - The first Friday of each month (except January & July) the galleries open their doors to present their new shows (wine included!)

Palette & Palate Stroll - In July the fine dinning restaurants cater gallery openings for charity.

Fine Art Annual Painting in the Park - Every November more than 20 nationally renowned artists come together for a weekend long event, including painting in Washington Park.

Spoleto - For 17 days and nights every Spring (beginning at the end of May), Spoleto Festival fills Charleston's theaters, churches and outdoor spaces with performances. One of the world's leading art festivals.