Charleston Ranked No. 1

For three years running, Charleston has been named the No. 1 destination in the U.S. and Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. This year, Charleston was also named No. 2 in the world! If you’ve never visited the Holy City, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The CNT rankings are part of the Readers Choice Awards. Rankings are determined based upon reader ratings in the following categories: Culture Friendliness Atmosphere Restaurants Lodging Shopping Charleston receives high scores across the board, and we have some sneaking suspicions as to why. Culture Like most seaports, Charleston is somewhat of a melting pot; blending Southern, English, French … Continue reading

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The Charleston Bridal Show

When it comes to wedding planning, starting is usually the hardest part. This is especially true if you are planning a destination wedding. The Charleston Bridal Show is an annual event, and it’s a great way to begin tackling your wedding check list. The show is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the area’s best vendors. This year the event will be held Sunday, July 20th at the Shriners Building at Patriots Point. Admission is only $10, and the event lasts from 12:00pm-5:00pm.every wedding detail or Just looking to test the wedding planning waters, there is no better place to start than a bridal show. The Charleston Bridal Show Features:  … Continue reading

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Celebrating July 4th in Charleston

Summer is in full swing, and there is nothing quintessentially more summer than vacation or the 4th of July. This year combine both for the ultimate summertime experience! Many history buffs flock to Boston or DC for America’s birthday, but there are certainly other ways to get your historical fix on Independence Day. A July 4th vacation to Charleston, SC may be particularly appealing to those who prefer to avoid peak tourist season. If you enjoy the “road less traveled” consider visiting historical downtown Charleston this July, and retrace the footsteps of a founding father. Edward Rutledge, a Charleston native and South Carolina congressional representative, was the youngest signer of … Continue reading

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Historic Charleston Harbor Tours

One way that you can experience the history of Charleston, SC, is by taking one of the awesome carriage tours that the city has to offer. These tours take you in and out of the historic streets with experienced tour guides leading the way. Another way to experience the history, though, is to take a Charleston Harbor tour. Guests on a Harbor tour can sail around the water and get a unique view of downtown Charleston, The Battery, Patriot’s Point, and For Sumter, among other iconic landmarks. We recommend you get to Charleston, head to the Harbor, and enjoy the warm sun and amazing breeze as you tour the city by … Continue reading

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The Charleston Aquarium, Not Just for Kids

Although not officially called the Charleston Aquarium, the city has great pride and a strong sense of ownership of the magnificent South Carolina Aquarium. Officially opening in May of 2000, the South Carolina Aquarium is located right on the Charleston Harbor at 100 Aquarium Wharf. With the wonderful location overlooking the harbor, you have a chance to see Charleston from a unique angle while exploring the numerous animals and exhibits that the aquarium hosts. Although the aquarium has plenty to do for the children, it’s not all about the kids. Here are some great ways that adults can have a fulfilling day at the Charleston Aquarium. As already mentioned, the … Continue reading

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Charleston Carriage Tours that Suit Many Historic Avenues

The history of Charleston, SC is a huge draw for people to want to visit the Holy City. With Charleston dating back to the 17th century, there is so much to learn and see when you are in town. But with all the history, where do you begin? We can help! Let a trained historian take you on one of the many horse-guided Charleston carriage tours that are offered. Below are a few that we know will do the city justice and give the guests of our city a remarkable new perspective. – Classic Carriage Works Location: 10 Guignard Street Standard Price: Adults – $23; Children – $15 The Classic … Continue reading

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Fort Sumter Tours: A Popular Charleston Attraction

On April 12, 1861, the first shots of the American Civil War were fired upon Fort Sumter, forever solidifying the location in the annals of history. Today, visitors will find the Fort Sumter National Monument – a unique historic site that folks seek out as one of the best things to do in Charleston, SC.  When you take a visit, your knowledge on the history of Charleston, SC, will undoubtedly grow abundantly, while you will get to experience the beauty and charm of the city from a different angle. With the site being on an island, the only way to get there is by boat. We recommend hopping aboard a … Continue reading

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Charleston Dinner Cruise for You & Your Spouse

With Charleston, SC being a coastal town, locals and visitors alike have constant access to the water. You can head to the beach and enjoy the salty Atlantic Ocean, you can sail around the Charleston Harbor, or you can take a boat on the Ashley River. One other way to get out to sea would be to take a cruise. While there are many cruises that leave from Charleston and sail abroad, there are also some ways to take a cruise and stay in town. If you don’t want to leave The Holy City, perhaps you and your spouse could take a Charleston dinner cruise. This is a great way to … Continue reading

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Performing Arts Enthusiasts: 2014 Spoleto Festival

The annual Spoleto Festival USA is one of the best events that comes to Charleston, SC every year. Coming up on its 38th season, Spoleto runs for two and a half weeks every spring and highlights performing arts from around the world in various genres of music, theater, and dance. Over the 17 days of the festival from May 23 – June 8, nearly 150 performances will be featured at 14 different local venues, giving people an abundance of opportunity to find the show that’s perfect for them. And because there are so many options, you aren’t limited to choosing just one. No matter where your interests lie, be sure … Continue reading

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Add These Charleston Beaches to Your Beach Bum Tour Schedule

As you continue to thaw out from a cold winter and dream about the summer sun, there is a good chance that your mind has wandered to a beach somewhere. Picture it now – you’re fully reclined on a beach chair, the sun is making you warm while the slight ocean breeze keeps the temperature just right, and the crash of the waves is massaging your ear drums, almost to the point of falling asleep. Are you smiling yet? If you are, keep that smile painted on your face and head to the east coast where you can unwind and experience perfection at five Charleston beaches. – Best Beaches in … Continue reading

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Some History of Charleston, SC

Thousands of books, blogs, magazines, websites, and other publications are committed to giving readers the history of Charleston, SC. That fact is quickly recognized with a basic search on Amazon, displaying over a 1,000 hits on that site alone. With that, there is obviously no way to give an exhaustive account on the history of Charleston, SC, but here are some of our favorite historical facts on The Holy City. Charleston was founded in honor of King Charles II in 1670 as “Charles Towne” and eventually earned its current name in 1786. Charleston was heavily involved in both the American Revolution and the Civil War. The American Revolution spawned key … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Kiawah Island Restaurants to Try During Your Stay

Wake up in your room at The Governor’s House Inn and spend your day exploring the Holy City. You can visit Isle of Palms and walk around historic downtown Charleston, but we do recommend trying out one or all of our favorite Kiawah Island Restaurants! Ocean Room at The Sanctuary This is the only steakhouse in the United States to earn both Forbes 4 Star and AAA 4 Diamond ratings. The Ocean Room is Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s premier restaurant. It offers an unparalleled steakhouse experience featuring a variety of signature dishes. There is a dress code at this restaurant. Ladies should wear dresses, skirts or pants paired with a … Continue reading

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We Recommend You Tour These Charleston Plantations During Your Stay

When you stay at the Governor’s House bed and breakfast, you’ll be in the middle of one of the most historic areas in the country.  There is so much to see and do that will remind you of Charleston’s roots. At the heart much of Charleston’s unique and storied history are the plantations surrounding it.  Today, these homes and gardens serve as a reminder of our past and act as a window into a different time. Along with dozens of other Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston, a visit to one of the lovely Charleston Plantations is a wonderful way to spend the day. Hopefully our guide to Charleston Plantations … Continue reading

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Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston SC

Everyone is talking about it… There’s no question now about whether or not you should visit Charleston, but you may be wondering how to narrow down your activities once you arrive. We at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast want to ensure you have a fabulous trip. That’s why we have put together this list of unforgettable things to do in Charleston! Take a photograph of Rainbow Row. One of the most gorgeous parts of Charleston, Rainbow Row is a must-see. We’re talking about a number of colorful historic houses that run from north of Tradd Street to south of Elliot Street on East Bay Street. Pastel colors paint … Continue reading

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Charleston Golf Courses that are Fun for Any Handicap

Breathtaking views and world-class courses await you in one of the world’s most acclaimed vacation destinations. It just doesn’t get any better than Charleston. You can choose from true links style or tight wooded Lowcountry layouts. No matter what, you’ll find amazing coastal terrain! Here at the Governor’s House Inn, we want to make sure you enjoy your trip to the fullest extent. We’ve made a list of Charleston golf courses that are fun for any handicap. Let’s start with the Wild Dunes Harbor Course. The Harbor Golf Course is one of Charleston’s best. Designed by Tom Fazio, it’s known for its challenging design and beautiful views. The course is … Continue reading

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