Best Southern Food in Charleston

Sweet tea, rich history, beautiful churches, mannerly people and southern comfort … food, that is. If you’re a foodie, Charleston is the place to dig in, but there are oh-so-many choices when locating the best southern food in Charleston and deciding where to secure that mind-blowing southern dish. Fresh seafood is abundant in Charleston, and other local favorites include boiled peanuts, she-crab soup, fried green tomatoes, and of course the famous Charleston shrimp and grits. Here are a few delicious eateries that promise to deliver the best southern food on your visit. There’s nothing better than a good southern brunch. And Magnolias is a must. You can’t go wrong with the fried … Continue reading

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Romantic Trip Ideas in Charleston, South Carolina

If you are considering a romantic getaway, plan on visiting Charleston, SC. There is no end to the romantic activities afforded in this historic southern town. Whether its savory southern dining, lazy beach days, historic tours of homes and plantations or peaceful walks through cobblestone paths with the one you love, there is something for every couple in Charleston. Consider some of the following ways to make your next getaway to Charleston uniquely romantic. Perhaps the most important thing to consider when planning a romantic get away is where to stay. Plan to stay at The Governor’s House Inn, located just a short walk from historic Charleston’s legendary Battery, Old … Continue reading

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Best Charleston, SC Attractions to See

A visit to Charleston is a memorable experience.  It is difficult to describe Charleston without using such words as beautiful, romantic, historic, and just plain fun!  If you are contemplating a visit to historic Charleston, allow our friendly staff here at the Governor’s House Inn assist you in planning your stay.  Since there are so many wonderful attractions to visit in Charleston, a listing of a few favorites might be helpful. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown. The USS Yorktown played a significant role in the Pacific offensive during WW II in which it earned eleven battle stars.  The Congressional Medal of Honor … Continue reading

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Where To Enjoy An Outdoor Brown Bag Lunch in Charleston, SC

Our city is filled with quiet nooks and crannies that are just begging for someone to visit them! While you’re staying here at The Governor’s House Inn, be sure to spend some quiet time in these glorious places while enjoying a leisurely picnic. Because we are conveniently located on Broad Street in beautiful and historic downtown Charleston, there are a myriad of places that would be delightful sites for an informal meal. One such site is just around the corner at Washington Square Park on the corner of Broad and Meeting Streets. There are park benches beckoning to you from under the bowing live oak trees. Enjoy a little history … Continue reading

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Ways to Enjoy Charleston in July

The month of July represents the epitome of summer! Patriotic celebrations, backyard BBQ’s, swimming, and most of all “heat”!  Admittedly, July in Charleston is hot; however, there are plenty of ways to keep cool and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. First of all, enjoy your stay in one of our beautiful rooms here at the historic Governor’s House Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast located in the heart of downtown Charleston. There is no better way to experience the pre-revolutionary period with the benefits of modern conveniences.  While you are here, experience a part of Southern culture as you cool off late in the afternoon on the veranda … Continue reading

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Visit Charleston’s Fountains

Fountains have long been gathering spots for people to cool off, refresh themselves, and hydrate since the ancient Roman Empire built the viaducts to carry fresh water to its citizens. Although their purpose has somewhat changed over the centuries, fountains still provide people with cool, refreshing places for recreation, respite, and reflection. There are a few stunning fountains that one MUST visit while staying here at the Governor’s House Inn. The Pineapple Fountain Perhaps one of the most famous fountains here on the Charleston peninsula is the symbolic Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. The pineapple has long been a symbol for hospitality and since Charleston has been repeatedly nominated as … Continue reading

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Spending a Weekend in Charleston

Spend a few days in Charleston, South Carolina and one can easily see how Conde’ Nast Traveler  voted Charleston  the top U.S. city two years in a row (2011-2012). Whether you are looking for  fabulous views, historical sites, fine cuisine, or “shop till you drop” experiences, Charleston is a  wonderful place to visit. In order to best experience the ambience, history, and charm Charleston has to offer, a  stay in the downtown historic district is a must! Your residence for the weekend is the Governor’s  House Inn located at 117 Broad Street, Charleston, SC 29401. The inn is a historic Georgian double house, built in 1760, and eventually owned by … Continue reading

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Charleston Restaurants to Fit Any Budget

Charleston, SC is known around the world for its FOOD (among other things)! Fantastic eateries are everywhere and can accommodate any budget and any desired atmosphere. In fact, some folks come to the Lowcountry simply for its unique and titillating cuisine! Here are just a few suggestions for you to try during your stay on the peninsula, but the list is definitely much longer than this. Feel free to be adventurous as you visit our Charleston restaurants. Fine Dining: 82 Queen (located conveniently at 82 Queen Street) is the epitome of elegant atmosphere, dining in one of the restaurant’s three 300 year old buildings, or if the weather permits, one … Continue reading

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Visit Our Charleston Gardens

Charleston SC is well known for its lush and beautiful gardens! Some of the most impressive can be found at the plantations along Ashley River Road. Middleton Place, Magnolia Plantation, and Drayton Hall are truly places you will not want to miss when you visit Charleston. These are located a short 30 minute drive from downtown and are well-worth the trip to come visit our Charleston Gardens. Middleton Place Middleton Place is a National Historic Landmark and home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens. The Garden Club of America has called the 65 acres “the most important and most interesting garden in America”.  Centuries-old camellias bloom in the winter months and azaleas … Continue reading

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The Charleston City Market: A Brief History

In the 1700s in Charleston, there was no refrigeration, and so it was necessary to go to the market for food each day. In the 1790s, at the corner of Broad and Meeting Street, the first public market was established in Charleston. At first, beef was sold at Meeting and Broad Streets, fish at the East end of Queen Street, which is now Vendue Range, farm produce from the barrier island planters at the East end of Tradd Street, now South Adger’s Wharf, and butter was sold on the peninsula. After the American Revolution, city planners decided for many reasons to consolidate these markets into one Center Market at Broad … Continue reading

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Best Brunch Places in Charleston

Most of us love to eat. Whether you are a foodie or just enjoy a good meal, it’s hard to find bad food in Charleston. We have an abundance of good restaurants and wonderful chefs. From casual to upscale, there’s something to suit every taste and satisfy every craving. When you take a trip to Charleston, you might want to sleep late and enjoy brunch. Here are just a few of the places you won’t want to miss. In a random and unofficial poll, High Cotton , at 199 East Bay Street, was mentioned as a favorite of locals for brunch. It was also named the best brunch spot in … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in June

June is a great time to see Charleston! The weather is hot and sunny and perfect for visiting the area beaches, where there is always a breeze. There are also a number of annual events in Charleston in June that will give you a taste of the Lowcountry in this beautiful southern city. One of these is the Spoleto Festival and Piccolo Spoleto Festival. These began May 24 but continue until the finale on June 9. You can check out the link for tickets to specific venues if you would like to enjoy the arts, music, theater, dance, and other events. The finale is not to be missed. It is … Continue reading

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Southern Hospitality in Charleston, South Carolina

When one first thinks of Charleston, the images that come to mind are graceful live oaks with delicate Spanish moss hanging from the branches, the clip-clop of horse hooves as they pull carriages full of tourists, antebellum homes with wide side porches and to top it all off, the welcoming spirit of southern hospitality. But what exactly does this southern hospitality mean? What can the newcomer or traveler expect when in Charleston? Charleston was voted the #1 city by Condé Nast Traveler readers the second year in a row – and for good reason: In addition to amazing restaurants (chefs are stars here), gorgeous scenery, and an abundance of history, … Continue reading

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Springtime at Charleston Plantations

Alleyways of majestic live oaks, grand estate houses and old-world gardens filled with bright azaleas, bulb flowers and camellias are part of any story about the gracious living, hospitality and elegance of plantation life in the Colonial and antebellum South. Some of the oldest gardens in America are found at Charleston’s plantation homes. History and beauty abound making springtime at Charleston plantations an excellent time to visit. A Little Plantation History Charleston’s wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries was derived, in large part, from the plantation system. In the early 1700s, planters began the arduous process of clearing and diking inland swamps to provide water for cultivation and began … Continue reading

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Shopping in Downtown Charleston

U.S. News & World Report chose King Street as one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the United States. Yes, we’re up there with Rodeo Drive, Michigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue! Best of all, shopping in downtown Charleston is just plain fun! Walking uptown, downtown, through boutiques or sidewalk markets, you’ll find designer fashions, vintage consignments — Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, or find great gifts. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. … Continue reading

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