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Charleston's Jazz Scene

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Charleston’s burgeoning jazz scene is attracting national attention thanks to a local nonprofit, Jazz Artists of Charleston. Restaurant goers can now enjoy live musical performances every night of the week, and we’ve put together a short list of our favorite spots… 



Eli’s Table


Eli’s Table is located on Meeting Street beside the Gibbes Museum of Art. The restaurant offers a diverse menu, outdoor seating a live jazz performances every Wednesday evening. Visit for more information.

The Mezz

The Mezz is a renovated Jazz club located in the heart of downtown Charleston above Sermet’s on King Street. The club serves lunch and dinner and hosts live music Wednesday through Saturday. The Mezz becomes a piano bar every Wednesday night at 7:00, and the Joe Clark Trio plays every Friday. Visit for more information.


Barsa is a Spanash influenced tapas bar and restaurant. Thursday nights are “Jazz Jam” nights and feature musical stylings from Steve Simon and the Kings of Jazz. Visit for more information.

High Cotton

High Cotton, located on East Bay Street, prides itself in Lowcountry cuisine prepared with local ingredients. The restaurant also features live music every night of the week with performances by Cattle in the Cane, the James Slater Trio and the Frank Duval Trio. Visit for details.

Many other popular Charleston restaurants, including Halls Chophouse and Fish, offer live music. For an extensive list of jazz performances visit

Non-Traditional Thanksgiving Travel Plans

Tuesday, October 06, 2015

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Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition—the Macy’s parade, turkey, trimmings, family, football and pumpkin pie. We adore the warmth of it all and so do you, but sometimes you just need a change.

If you are seeking a change of pace, Charleston may be the answer. An increasing number of local restaurants are hosting Thanksgiving meals. The following are just a few of the delicious dining establishments who participated in 2014:
  •  -  Charleston Grill
  •  -  Hall's Chophouse
  •  -  High Cotton
  •  -  Magnolia's
  •  -  Oak Steakhouse
  •  -  Poogan's Porch
  •  -  Virginia's on King
Stay tuned for special Thanksgiving 2015 menus. We will be sharing our favorites on Facebook and Twitter.

After you’ve enjoyed a beautiful meal (and someone else has done the dishes), you may want to fill the weekend with other holiday season festivities. Most downtown retailers are open for Black Friday, and many local retailers will have Small Business Saturday specials as well. The Holiday Festival of Lights is also open every evening after November 13th.  

If you are planning ahead to keep things simple, online booking is available for your convenience, or you can call our innkeeper (800-720-9812) to book your accommodations over the phone.

*UPDATE 10/14/15 - The 38th Annual Turkey Day Run is scheduled for Thursday, November 26th. The event starts at 9:00am, and with free food, drinks and family activities, it is sure to be a lot of fun! Visit for details.  

*UPDATE 11/18/15 - Several downtown restaurants still have Thanksgiving Day tables available. Visit for details.  



Charleston Activities for Art Lovers

Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Thousands flock to Charleston every year for its rich history and culinary scene, but Holy City culture certainly has a whole lot more to offer. The arts play a large role in the allure of Charleston. Here are just a few of our favorite activities for art aficionados…

Gallery Row on Broad Street in Historic Downtwon Charleston 

First Friday

Art lovers gather on Broad Street the first Friday of every month to peruse Gallery Row. The area boasts a variety of fine art (contemporary pieces, portraiture and works from local artisans), and it is conveniently located to The Governor’s House Inn (mere steps away). First Friday is a wonderful opportunity to engage with gallery owners, artists and fellow art lovers. Gallery Row is also home to several boutiques and Oak Steakhouse, which we highly recommend.

Night Market

The Historic Charleston City Market remains open on Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings from 6:30pm until 10:30pm. The Night market features the work of local artisans, and live music and street performances are often present as well. For more information visit

MOJA Arts Festival – September 2015

The 2015 MOJA Arts Festival opens September 24th and will last through October 5th. The festival is a celebration of African American and Caribbean influences on Western culture and features a wide range of events including visual art displays, musical performances (gospel, jazz, R&B, etc.), storytelling, theatrical performances and so much more. MOJA events are open to the public and many are free. Visit for event details.

Charleston International Film Festival – November 2015

The 2015 International Film Festival here in Charleston is scheduled for November 4-8. The festival will explore all genres through features, documentaries, short films and animations. Work by local, national and international filmmakers will be on display. In addition to screenings, festival goers attend after parties, workshops and a closing awards gala. Visit for more details.

Annual Charleston Antiques Show – March 2016

The Annual Charleston Antiques Show is a must see event for collectors and decorators. Furniture and other antiques will be present, but the show also a features a variety of fine art and vintage prints. The Preview Party is scheduled for Thursday, March 17, 2016, and the show will last March 18th through the 20th. 

Piccolo Spoleto Festival – May 2016

Piccolo Spoleto is of course the most popular art attraction. The festival begins in May and lasts through the first week in June. 

Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival – June 2016

The Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Festival occurs annually in June. It is a unique cultural showcase featuring Gullah crafts, gospel performances, basket weaving and more. Visit for more information.   


More to Love…

The Charleston Gallery Association puts on even more art events; the most popular being The Palette & Palate Stroll (in July) and the Charleston Fine Art Weekend (in November). These events are popular among locals, but you can learn more by visiting

New visual and performing arts events are announced throughout the year. Stay tuned to the Charleston Visitor’s Bureau for the latest and greatest news.

September in Charleston

Tuesday, August 04, 2015


There are plenty of reasons to visit Charleston this September. The dog days will soon be over, and we are eagerly anticipating pleasant, 70-something weather! We’re also excited about Charleston Restaurant Week! More than 30 of the area’s most popular eateries have confirmed participation, and that list will likely grow to 100 or more establishments between now and September 9th.

Restaurant Week is an open invitation to eat like you've never eaten before! The 11 day affair (September 9th through the 20th) is hosted by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, and you can visit their website to learn more about participating restaurants and peruse prix fixe menus. The latest and greatest updates and menu additions will also be available on the CRW app. Visit the app store and search "Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc." to download. 

The  MOJA Arts Festival also occurs in September. MOJA, which is a celebration of Caribbean and African-American arts, begins September 25th, and you can visit to learn more about specific events and featured artists. 

And if that's not enough reason to visit Charleston this September, Southern Living's Taste of Charleston  is scheduled for September 27th!

We hope you will come visit with us! Remember that all accommodations (The Governor’s House included) book quickly this time of year. Book your room online or call our innkeeper (843.720.2070) to start planning your vacation today!

The Charleston Bridal Show is Back

Monday, July 20, 2015

So you want to get married in Charleston? Well, it's the perfect time of year to start making some decisions! The Charleston Bridal show is this Sunday, July 26th. Tickets are $10 at the door, and there is no need to preregister. Get all the bridal show details at


Photo courtesy of Wild Cotton Photography


A representative from the Governor's House will not be in attendance, but it's a great time to get in touch with our innkeeper, especially if you are already planning some venue tours. The inn, located in the historic district of downtown Charleston, is ideal for bridal party accommodations and small, intimate weddings. Please call 843.720.2070 to schedule a property visit. 


Learn More About Our Historic Bed and Breakfast


Visit our Weddings Page to learn more about renting the entire inn. Click to view a real Governor's House wedding, and call 843.720.2070 for additional information. Our innkeeper would be happy to answer questions or schedule a visit. 



Summer Packing Guide

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

1. Yellow Sunshades (women’s style 4843) – SEE Eyewear / 2. Eve Lom SPF 50 – Pink Dot Beauty Bar / 3. Lucy Sun Hat – Goorin Bros. / 4. Prima Dona Sherry Swimsuit – Bits of Lace / 5. The Hamptons Sandal by Jack Rogers – Copper Penny Shooz / 6. Grey Sunshades (men’s style 5348) –SEE Eyewear / 7. Coola Makeup Setting Spray – Pink Dot Beauty Bar/ 8. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray – The Hive / 9. Ruben Gonzalez Fedora – Goorin Bros.

Packing for Your Charleston Vacation

Planning a trip to Charleston? Wondering what to take? You’ve probably already anticipated warm weather… You are right to assume that shorts, sundresses and anything made of cotton are a safe bet for your suitcase, but we’ve put together a short list of items that make summertime in Charleston even more enjoyable.


Stylish Sun Protection: Shades, Sunscreen and Hats

Plan on spending some time outside... Outdoor dining, plantation tours and cocktails on the veranda is what Charleston is all about, so sunshades and sunscreen are a must.

Sunscreen is easy enough to grab from a local drugstore, but if you want the very best, we recommend Eve Lom SPF 50 (item 2). It provides broad spectrum protection while hydrating, and the formula is paraben free. As far as sunshades are concerned, we love bold styles by SEE Eyewear (items 1 & 6). Frames come in a variety of shapes and colors that combine to create virtually endless possibilities. 

Hats are another stylish way to keep harmful rays at bay. We recommend classic styles (items 3 & 9) from Goorin Bros.

Beach Ready Fashion: Swimsuits and Sandals

Charleston is home to five beaches (Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Folly and Sullavins). Make time to visit at least one! Lawn chairs and coolers are available to Governor’s House Inn guests, so all you have to do is grab your bathing suit and go. Bits of Lace has some classic styles available (see item 4), and you can finish the look with fashionable sandals. Jack Rogers styles (item 5) are a favorite among locals. Sandals or comfortable flats also come in handy for strolling cobblestone streets downtown.

Beauty Products that Beat the Heat

Ladies, you may want to leave your flat iron at home. Beat Charleston humidity with a leave in hair spray like Sachajuan Ocean Mist (item 8). You can prevent makeup meltdown as well with a setting spray like Coola SPF 30 (item 7).

Pack Light and Save

All of the products featured in our Summer Packing Guide are available for purchase in downtown Charleston. Governor’s House guests who prefer to pack light will receive 15% off Goorin Bros. hats (in-store) and Bits of Lace swimwear (in-store). Guests can also stop into Pink Dot Beauty Bar for a free makeup touchup.*

We hope that you will visit with us this summer! Check out our Special Packages, or contact the Innkeeper (843.720.2070) to start planning your summer escape.


*Please see coupon for details. Coupon available at check-in. Offers expire July 31, 2015. 

Planning a Small Wedding

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Wedding weekend logistics can be, to say the least, complicated. Welcome parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and bridal luncheons leave out of town guests scrambling from venue to venue, while the bride and groom play event coordinator. Action packed wedding weekends are fun, but many couples prefer fun without all the fuss.

Style without the Stress

So what’s the quickest way to simplify your wedding weekend? Scale it back. If you can trim down your guest list to your closest friends and family, you may find that an elegant (and stress free) wedding is within your reach. Limiting the number of venues may help to simplify logistics and maximize budget as well. 

Photos Courtesy of Wild Cotton Photography

Planning a Small Wedding in Charleston

The Governor’s House Inn is a popular option for bridal party accommodations, but the space can also function as a wedding ceremony or bridal luncheon venue.

Ideal for laid back locals or exclusive destination weddings, the inn can accommodate up to 24 overnight guests*, and special package rates are available to anyone booking the entire house. Guests can comfortably attend a courtyard or front porch ceremony, and other common spaces (sitting rooms, verandas and a large dining room) are available for mingling.

The inn is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and reception venues that would be happy to host an after party, and pedi cab transport could be arranged to make the back and forth even easier. Guests can return from an evening out and awake to a lovely bridal luncheon that is mere steps from their bedrooms. 


Booking the Inn

Wedding Packages start at $10,600. Visit our Wedding Page to learn more, or call 843-720-2070 to speak with the Innkeeper. 

*Please speak with the Innkeeper regarding guest capacity. Ceremony space is limited. 

Piccolo Spoleto 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Piccolo Spoleto begins next week, and as usual, it’s sure to be a treat for visitors and locals alike. This year’s lineup features 500 events over the course of 17 days. There will be visual art exhibits, concerts (classical, jazz, choral, etc.), film screenings and other performances (dance, theatre and poetry readings). The festival will kickoff on Friday, May 22nd in front of the US Custom House on East Bay Street. The free, outdoor concert will include Rossini, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin works performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The show starts at 8:00, but The Music Battery Drumline will greet guests with an opening act at 6:00pm




Almost two-thirds of the festival is comprised of musical acts this year. In addition to Friday’s opening concert, The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable will be setting a lively tone with a “Midnight Pajama March.” The free, parade style performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd at 11:00pm. Grab a night cap on East Bay Street that evening for a front row seat.

Learn More

Read more Spoleto Buzz courtesy of Charleston City Paper, or visit for a complete list of events

Featured by Borrowed and Blue

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Governor's House Inn was recently mentioned by Borrowed and Blue in a real wedding feature. Leigh and Dave, a New York couple, planned a beautiful destination wedding in Charleston at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Their guests enjoyed a Friday night cocktail reception at the William Aiken House downtown and used the Governor's House for bridal party accommodations.


Photo (by Evan Laettner) from


Get all of the fabulous details (including ceremony and reception photos) at


Interested in reserving the entire inn for your wedding weekend? Visit our wedding page or call the innkeeper (843.720.2070) to learn more. 


Charleston Calendar of Events April 2015

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Visit Prohibition, voted Best Downtown Bar by Charleston City Paper, for Swing Dance Sundays

Photo: Facebook


Planning to visit with us this month? There is certainly no shortage of fun things to do and see! In addition to year round attractions, downtown venues will be hosting theatrical performances and musical events all month long.


Saturday, April 11, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Sunday, April 12, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


Thursday, April 16, 2015  

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Friday, April 17, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Poe: A Play in the Dark, Sottile Theatre


Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Poe: A Play in the Dark, Sottile Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


Thursday, April 23, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Charleston Music Festival, Simmons Center for the Arts

Steve Simon and the Kings of Jazz, Barsa on King St.


Friday, April 24, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Loading Dock Music Series, Palmetto Brewing on Huger St.


Saturday, April 25, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Lady Day: Billy Holiday's Centinnial Celebration, Charleston Music Hall


Sunday, April 26, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


For more information on area events and show times, visit, and find even more Charleston activities for your itinerary on our "Things to Do" page. 


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