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2014 Charleston Holiday Events

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The holiday season is officially here, and there are tons of fun things to do and see in Charleston!

 

Calendar of Charleston Holiday Events

James Island Festival of Lights – Now-12/31 at the James Island County Park 

2014 Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony – Saturday, 12/6 4-6pm in Marion Square
2014 Charleston Holiday Parade – Sunday 12/7, 2-4pm from Colonial Lake to Marion Square
34th Annual Parade of Boats – Saturday 12/13, 5:30pm Charleston Harbor
Holiday Farmers Market – Saturdays & Sundays Now-12/21, 9am-4pm in Marion Square
Holiday Music & Visit with Santa – Friday 12/12 &12/19, 12-4pm in Marion Square
Chanukah in the Square – Sunday 12/21, 4-6pm in Marion Square
Kwanzaa Kinari Lighting – Friday 12/26, 5-6pm in Marion Square

For more 2014 holiday events  CharlestonCVB.com or  CharlestonArts.org .


Enter to Win

Guests who stay with us in the month of December or January will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a complimentary two-night stay! Learn more.


Charleston's Fall Tour of Homes

Thursday, September 11, 2014
The dog days of summer are officially over, and fall is in the air. It’s a wonderful time of year to be outdoors in Charleston, and the Fall Tour of Homes is one of the best ways to experience the beauty and historic charm of our fair city. The homes and gardens featured in this series are privately owned, and it is a rare treat to get an inside look! Different properties, which highlight a variety of periods in early American history, are featured each day. Guests are welcomed at each tour site by a warm and knowledgeable host. Tours are self-paced and cover up to six city blocks, so comfortable flats are recommended. The 38th annual Fall Tour of Homes begins October 2nd, and tours will occur Thursday-Sunday all month long. A candlelight tour, Homes of the American Revolution, will be held Friday, October 10th. Visit TheFallTours.orgfor a complete list of tours or to purchase tickets. Ticket sales benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Stay Tuned

If you are unable to visit us this fall, stay tuned for more information about upcoming events. There is something happening year round, and a trip to Charleston is always a good idea!

Charleston in September

Friday, August 22, 2014
September is shaping up to be an absolutely delicious time to visit Charleston! Yes, you read that right, delicious... The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association is hosting two culinary events next month, Charleston Restaurant Weekand the  Southern Living Taste of Charleston. Both events are highly-anticipated and will be sure to please.

Charleston Restaurant Week

Charleston Restaurant Week is the best way to explore local flavor! The event begins September 3rd and lasts through the 14th, so it includes two full weekends. Participating restaurants (a list of over 100 casual and fine-dining establishements) will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. For a complete list of participating restaurants and information about the Charleston Restaurant Week app, visit the GCRA website.

Taste of Charleston

The 34th annual Southern Living Taste of Charleston is a three day event with the main event taking place Sunday, September 28th. Boone Hall Plantation will play host to 50 of the Lowcountry’s best casual and fine dining restaurants who will be serving sample size portions, beer and wine. Attendees also enjoy live entertainment. To learn more visit the Taste of Charleston web page.

Coming Soon...

We hope to see you in September, but if you can’t make that soon there is more culinary action to come! Tickets for the Charleston Wine and Food Festivalgo on sale August 27th. The festival is scheduled to begin March 4th, but tickets (and rooms) go fast. Be sure to mark your calendar, and plan ahead!

Last Minute Summer Vacation

Friday, August 08, 2014
The kids have already done most of their back-to-school shopping, and it won’t be long until class is in session. Where has the summer gone?!?

For most, the last days of summer are spent mourning its end, but we would encourage you to end summer on a much happier note. If you're in need of a last minute summer vacation there's no better place than Charleston! Check out some of our favorite calendars to see what's happening in August...

Be Entered for a Chance to Win

All Governor's House Inn Guests who visit in the month of August are automatically entered to win a free two-night stay!  Learn more 

Charleston Ranked No. 1

Friday, July 11, 2014
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 and West African cultural elements. Well known for art, music, cuisine, theater and fashion, downtown plays host to a variety of cultural events and fairs including:
  • Spoleto Festival
  • Festival of Houses and Gardens
  • Southeastern Wildlife Expo
  • Charleston Food and Wine Festival
  • Fashion Week
  • Cooper River Bridge Run
  • Lowcountry Jazz Festival
There is also an abundance of museums, galleries and historical sites to keep travelers busy.

Friendliness

Charleston might as well be the definition of southern hospitality and has been recognized as the “friendliest” city in the nation.

Atmosphere

The Holy City is downright picturesque with cobblestone streets, harbor views, historic buildings and a skyline dotted by church steeples. The downtown peninsula is also surrounded by beautiful beaches (including Folly, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah and Seabrook) and plantations. The setting lends itself to a laid back atmosphere for both tourists and locals.

Restaurants

Downtown Charleston and the surrounding areas boast a variety of up-scale and casual dining options. Flavors vary from local seafood to international cuisine. Some of our favorite lunch and dinner spots include:
  • The Charleston Grill – King St.
  • Cypress – East Bay St.
  • Halls Chophouse – King St.
  • O-Ku – King St.
  • Magnolias – East Bay St.
  • Husk – Queen St.
  • Poogan’s Porch – Queen St.
  • High Cotton – East Bay St.
  • Bull Street Gourmet & Market – King St.
  • Hominy Grill – Rutledge Ave.
  • Five Loaves – Cannon St.

Lodging

Charleston offers a variety of lodging options, from major chains to historic bed and breakfasts like the Governor’s House Inn. Most downtown accommodations are within the historic district and close to shopping, dining and nightlife.

Shopping

Downtown offers tons of shopping, the majority of which is split between King Street and Market Street. Options vary and include designer labels, local boutiques and national brands like:
  • Anthropologie
  • Banana Republic
  • J. Crew
  • Gap
  • Luna
  • Aldo
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Forever 21
  • Copper Penny
  • Steve Madden
  • Juicey Cotoure
  • Lacoste
  • BCBG MaxAzria
…And that’s just to name a few. The Market area also features a variety of candy and souvenir shops, and goods from local artists and artisans are also available. To learn more about the Readers Choice Awards visit CNTtraveler.com.

Plan a Trip

If you haven’t visited Charleston (or if it has been a while), we hope you will plan a trip soon!  Charleston's Visitors' Bureauis a great place to start, and we hope that you will book your stay with the Governor’s House. Call 800-720-9812 to learn more or make your reservation online.

Enter to Win

All guests who book reservations between now and August 31st will be entered for a chance to win a FREE two night stay! Learn more

The Charleston Bridal Show

Thursday, June 26, 2014
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. Planning 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: 

  • More than 75 vendors from the Charleston area.
  • The latest in bridal fashion.
  • Local musicians.
  • Hors d’oeuvres and wedding cake samples.
  • Décor and prop displays for inspiration.
Learn more about the Charleston Bridal Show by visiting TheCharlestonBridalShow.com.

Plan Your Wedding Weekend

If you are planning to visit Charleston for the upcoming bridal show, we cordially invite you to come stay with us! The Governor’s House Inn offers Wedding Packagesfor bridal parties and wedding weekend festivities, and a visit with us in July would be the perfect trial run opportunity! Please check out our summer specials, or call 800-720-9812 to learn more.

Celebrating July 4th in Charleston

Thursday, June 12, 2014
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 the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Rutledge served in both the First and second Continental Congress, and in 1776, at the age of 27, he signed the Declaration. He was considered by the British to be such a threat that he was captured and imprisoned after the fall of Charleston in 1780. Mr. Rutledge continued to be a highly influential figure in American politics after his release and was elected Governor in 1798. From 1776 until his death in 1800, Edward Rutledge resided at what is now known as the “Governor’s House.” Today the home is considered to be a national landmark, and it serves a Bed and Breakfast. A portrait of Rutledge hangs in the foyer of the home along with a copy of the Declaration of Independence. And if history isn’t enough to draw you into the Holy City this summer, check out a few of the local festivities that are sure to please!

Local 4th of July Celebrations

Book your July 4th weekend today, and take advantage of our summer special!

Historic Charleston Harbor Tours

Thursday, May 01, 2014
Charleston Harbor TourOne 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 sea. At Charleston Harbor Tours you will climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Holy City. The ship guides will point out over 75 different landmarks on your tour that will last an hour and a half. Aboard the Carolina Belle, and all of the Charleston Harbor tours, you will need to keep an eye out on the water to see if any dolphin friends are swimming alongside your vessel. You can also combine your harbor tour with a wonderful carriage ride, as well. Tickets are $21 per person. Another option would be to let SpiritLine Cruises & Events take care of all your Charleston Harbor tour needs. This line of cruises has two departure points: Aquarium Wharf and Patriot’s Point. This makes it easy for you to access a cruise no matter where you are coming from. Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children. If you wanted to spice up your harbor tour a bit, you can also take a Charleston dinner cruise. This will include dinner over a two and a half hour period, and costs begin at $53.53 per person (depending on day and type of seating). Two other companies you can look at using are The Schooner Pride and Sandlapper Water Tours. The Schooner Pride provides a unique experience in that you will be aboard their 84-foot tall sailboat instead of a cruise ship. Your time with Schooner Pride lasts two hours and begins at $36 for adults. Sandlapper Water Tours offers a few different types of trips, including ghost tours, sunset cruises, nature tours, and history tours. The Palmetto is waiting to take you around the harbor, and tickets begin at $23 for adults. Located just blocks away from the different Charleston Harbor tours is The Governor’s House Inn – a premier bed and breakfast in Charleston. Since the Governor’s House Inn is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, you can rest assured that a stay here will be one of the highest quality. Each of the 11 luxurious accommodations are unique and have a personality all their own, allowing guests to choose the room that is perfect for them. So when you are finished with your Charleston Harbor tour, be sure to let the Governor’s House Inn take care of all your accommodations. Rooms fill up quickly, so plan ahead and book your stay today! Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell

The Charleston Aquarium, Not Just for Kids

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Charleston AquariumAlthough 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 aquarium houses an extremely wide array of wildlife. You can learn more about all kinds of living things, including fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and plants. These animals comprise much of what you will see in the various regions of South Carolina, and you will also get to experience a hint of Madagascar. After your visit, you can expect to be able to tell the difference between a Nile crocodile and an American alligator, as well as a mantella frog and a tomato frog. One of the cool interactive areas of the aquarium is the touch tank. Here you can get up close and personal with creatures such as hermit crabs, whelk, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, and Atlantic stingrays. You can touch all these animals as a member of the aquarium staff will be available to guide you and answer all of your questions. An additional feature to the museum is the 4-D Theater that brings the screen to life. Not only will the sea creatures be popping off the screen, but you will also be able to feel the effects of wind and water. An extra purchase is required for entrance into the 4-D Theater. The South Carolina Aquarium has a great Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The aquarium helps bring sea turtles back to health and then properly acclimates them to their natural ocean environment. When the typical 9-5 hours are over, the fun doesn’t stop at the South Carolina Aquarium. The facility is designed to host premier events such as weddings, banquets, and a variety of other social gatherings. The aquarium recently received the Wedding Wire Rater Award, which is given to vendors who meet a 4.5 out of 5 rating. With wildlife all around and the harbor as the backdrop, the South Carolina Aquarium is the ideal place to spend a day or host your next important event. -- Are you in town for one of the aforementioned events? Maybe you’re a local looking for some time away from the daily grind. Regardless of where you are coming from, The Governor’s House Inn is a luxurious Charleston bed and breakfast that is just waiting to provide you a perfect night’s stay. The South Carolina Aquarium and The Governor’s House Inn are really an excellent match, as both are located in downtown Charleston and are just a mile and a half away from each other. That means you can head straight to bed and breakfast after exploring the aquarium by day or attending your special event there by night. Check out the best bed and breakfast accommodations in Charleston, and then book your stay at The Governor’s House Inn today!

Charleston Carriage Tours that Suit Many Historic Avenues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Charleston carriage toursThe 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 Carriage Works building helped supply the first carriage tour in Charleston nearly 60 years ago. This company is extremely customer-service oriented and will provide you with an excellent experience. The tours are one hour and can be private or for large groups. Palmetto Carriage Location: 8 Guignard Street Standard Price: $23 This one-hour tour will be fully narrated by an experienced tour guide and will take you through the streets of historic Charleston. Palmetto Carriage is capable of taking up to 200 passengers but can also provide private carriage rides and wedding carriages. Old South Carriage Co. Location: 14 Anson Street Standard Price: Adults - $23; Children - $15 Old South Carriage Co. was founded in 1983 by David Compton and has grown from being a three-horse and one-carriage operation to now having 20 horses and 15 different carriages. Guests can purchase their tickets for a one-hour historic residential tour, an intimate private tour (2-5 passengers), or a combo tour that also features a SpiritLine Harbor Cruise (for an additional cost). Charleston Carriage Tours by Carolina Polo and Carriage Company Location: 181 Church Street & 16 Hayne Street Standard Price: Adult - $22; Children - $15 The tours at Carolina Polo and Carriage Company give you the flexibility of starting at two different locations. This carriage company is also owned by Charleston families who have been in the city since the 1600s. That means you will get to hear from centuries of local experience when you take your one-hour tour. Charleston Carriage Works Location: 20 Anson Street Standard Price: Adults - $23; Children - $15 Charleston Carriage Works has taken over the space once occupied by Olde Towne Carriage Company on Anson Street. Their modern carriages are designed to be lighter for the horses and will seat up to 16 passengers. The standard tour is an hour long, and Charleston Carriage Works also provides carriages for weddings and other special occasions. -- There is only one perfect place to stay in Charleston and that is the Governor’s House Inn. When you decide to stay at our Charleston bed and breakfast, you will be centrally located to many awesome activities, including any of these Charleston carriage tours. The Governor’s House Inn is less than a mile walk to each of the tours listed above, giving you yet another reason to book your stay. Need more reasons? Just take a look at our bed and breakfast accommodations, and you will be sold! Check availability at Governor’s House Inn and book your stay today! Photo courtesy Charleston’s TheDigitel

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