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Meet Kevin:
Your Charleston, South Carolina Concierge

About Kevin McQuade

The most important thing you need to know about me is that I truly LOVE being a concierge. If you told me that I had literally one hour to live, I would want to spend that last hour helping you plan a trip to Charleston, SC.

I have helped thousands of people find the hidden gems of Charleston, SC. I have been recognized by Fodor’s Guidebook on Charleston, and have been awarded for my excellence in my industry.

The one I’m most proud of is when the New York Times reached out to me to get my take on how concierges stay relevant in the age of smartphones.

Before starting Secret Charleston, I was the Chief Concierge at a major hotel chain in Charleston for 18 years.

10 Reasons Why You Should Let Kevin Plan Your Trip to Charleston

10. Follow the Road Less Traveled

How do you find authentic local Charleston experiences in a town swarming with tourists? I’ll tell you about amazing places so hidden and tucked away within Charleston that the staff will be SHOCKED to learn you’re a tourist!

9. “Not in Your Charleston Guidebook” Suggestions

You’re not seeking my guidance to find sights already listed in every Charleston guidebook. So I have a rule: at least 50% of my suggestions will not be able to be found in a guidebook.

8. Separating the Good Charleston Tours from the Amazing Ones

With so many tours, how can they ALL be great? Let me be your Charleston concierge. I’ve done 51 different Walking tours, 45 different Bus tours, and 12 different Black History tours. I’ll help you separate fact from fiction.

7. In Search of Southern Food: Separating the Real Deal from the Pretenders

Charleston has its own cuisine called Lowcountry cuisine, yet most chefs here are hesitant to embrace it, mostly just doing contemporary American cuisine. I’ll send you to the best Charleston restaurants you’ve never heard of that unabashedly embrace classic Lowcountry dishes.

6. I Bet You Haven’t Seen the Best of Charleston Yet

You’ve picked the carriage ride, restaurants, plantations, Ft. Sumter, all the “must-see” Charleston attractions. But there is still one more thing that you absolutely MUST do while you’re here. And you probably don’t have it on your itinerary.

5. Finding the Best Local Restaurants in a Tourist Town

You want to visit Charleston restaurants filled with locals in a tourist town–but do they still exist? I’ve looked hard, and I found them. They’re at the end of the unmarked country road, hidden at the back of the mysterious alley, behind the door with no sign.

4. Is it the Right Charleston Restaurant For YOU?

The Internet tells you the places with the most online buzz, but you won’t know if it’s the right choice for YOU. All my suggestions will be personalized to your individual tastes because I get to know you and your travel style.

3. My Secret Charleston Maps

My custom made maps introduce you to the “unseen Charleston” that most visitors routinely miss. With my secret Charleston maps, you will easily find incredible photo ops and mysterious secret alleys that aren’t even marked on most maps.

2. Visiting Charleston Again? No Problem.

Been to Charleston before and think you’ve seen it all? Think again. I’ll suggest so many off the beaten path places that it will reinvent the way you see Charleston and make you feel that are only NOW seeing it for the first time.

1. Find the Hidden Soul of Historic Charleston

I won’t just tell you where to go and what to see. I’ll also tell you what you’ve overlooked–what you haven’t done–to help you find the soul of Charleston.

Bonus: Beaufort and Savannah, South Carolina

Are you planning on visiting Beaufort or Savannah after Charleston? I also know Beaufort and Savannah extensively. I’d be delighted to help you plan a trip that will WOW you in these South Carolina cities as well.

10. Follow The Road Less Traveled

How do you find authentic local experiences in a town swarming with tourists? I’ll tell you about amazing places so hidden and tucked away that the staff will be SHOCKED to learn you’re a tourist!

9. “Not in Your Guidebook” Suggestions

You’re not seeking my guidance to find sights already listed in every guidebook on Charleston. So I have a rule: at least 50% of my suggestions will not be able to be found in a guidebook.

8. Separating the Good Tours From the Amazing Ones

With so many tours of the city, how can they ALL be great? I’ve done 51 different Walking tours, 45 different Bus tours and 12 different Black History tours. I’ll help to separate fact from fiction.

7. Wanna Be Southern Food Vs. The Real Deal Southern Food

Charleston has its own cuisine called Lowcountry cuisine, yet most chefs here are hesitant to embrace it, mostly just doing contemporary American cuisine. i’ll send you to places you’ve never heard of that unabashedly embrace classic Lowcountry dishes

6. I Bet You Haven’t Done This

You’ve picked the carriage ride, the restaurant, the plantations, Ft. Sumter, etc. But there is still one more thing that you absolutely MUST do while you’re here. And you probably don’t have it on your itinerary.

5. Finding Local Restaurants In A Tourist Town

You want to visit restaurants filled with locals in a tourist town—-but do they still exist? Look hard, and you’ll find them. They’re at the end of the unmarked country road, hidden at the back of the mysterious alley, behind the door with no sign.

4. Is It The Right Restaurant For YOU?

The Internet can still tell you the places that have the most online buzz; but you won’t know if it’s the right choice for YOU. All my suggestions will be personalized to your individual tastes because I get to know you and your travel style.

3. My Secret Maps

My custom made maps will introduce you to the “unseen Charleston” that most visitors routinely miss. You will easily find incredible photo ops and mysterious secret alleys that are not even marked on most maps.

2. Visiting Again? No Problem.

Been to Charleston before and think you’ve see it all? Think again. I’ll suggest so many off the beaten path places in Charleston that it will reinvent the way you see Charleston and make you feel that are only NOW seeing it for the first time.

1. Find the Soul

I won’t just tell you where to go and what to see. I’ll also tell you what you’ve overlooked—-what you haven’t done—to help you find the soul of this place.

Uncover the Magic. Plan a Trip to Charleston.

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Awards and Honors

award

For 12 years, I was one of only five members in South Carolina to hold the prestigious keys of Les Clefs d’Or, an international organization of the world’s best hotel concierges. There are about 550 members in United States and 3.500 members in the world.

Service Award

In a company with 23,000 employees, I was singled out as the Employee of the Year for the entire company. The Eye on Service Award is in recognition of associates who represent the company as leaders, create customer loyalty, and promote a positive workplace.

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To give back to my community and industry, I have been a highly regarded lecturer on the concierge profession at the College of Charleston for the last decade (2007 to 2015).

Don’t take my word for it…

“He skillfully identified our tastes and priorities, listed a preliminary itinerary, and explained alternatives that would give us more of an authentic experience rather than just the usual tourist activities.”

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