Category Archives: Charleston Attractions

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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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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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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Favorite Charleston Restaurants Among Locals and Visitors

Attn: Foodies! The Holy City is the place to be if you’re looking for great dining options. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, there’s no shortage of phenomenal Charleston restaurants to choose from. We at the Governor’s House Inn have compiled a list for you of a few favorites among locals and visitors. Husk Restaurant Husk is a celebration of southern ingredients. It is centrally located in downtown Charleston, and is the newest offering from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and the Neighborhood Dining Group. The kitchen is led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Travis Grimes, a Lowcountry native. They explore an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins … Continue reading

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Charleston Wedding Venues You May Not Have Known About

Are you planning your special day in Charleston, South Carolina? There are not many places more beautiful than the Holy City. We at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast hope you will choose to spend your honeymoon with us, and we would like to share some Charleston wedding venues with you that you may not have known about. You can say “I Do” on the sprawling deck or in the gazebo at the Cottage on the Creek. The rooftop deck is the perfect place to catch a spectacular sunset or a breathtaking view of the Charleston Harbor and Ravenel Bridge. This beautifully unique venue can be found on the … Continue reading

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Charleston SC Attractions You Must See

Charleston, South Carolina is not just the best city in the United States. Many would argue it’s the best city in the WORLD. But for the third consecutive year, it has officially been named the No. 1 city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice awards. So if you’re looking to plan a trip to the Holy City, there’s no better time than now. Here are a few Charleston SC Attractions you must see during your visit. Battery Park By far, Battery Park is one of the most beloved areas in downtown Charleston. It is cornered by the Cooper River on one side and the Ashley River on … Continue reading

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What is a Bed and Breakfast?

As you’re planning your next vacation, perhaps you should consider a more personalized getaway. Sure, hotels can provide adequate lodging, but they bring the potential for you to feel “lost” or one of many during your stay. To feel as if your choice of residence matters and to feel especially pampered on your next trip, weigh all of your options. You can start by gaining a better understanding of exactly what is a bed and breakfast. A bed and breakfast is a relatively small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodations, as well as breakfast. They typically do not offer other meals, but many have their own restaurant on site. Most … Continue reading

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Family Circle Cup: Women’s Tennis Coming to Charleston

It is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world and it takes place right here in Charleston! Approximately 100,000 people come to watch the Family Circle Cup every April, as more than 70 world class women athletes participate in the excitement. Start planning your trip now to Charleston for the Family Circle Cup in 2014. The 42nd event is set for March 29 through April 6. This year’s competition promises world-class tennis, along with a wide variety of activities throughout the tournament. You can stop by the Merchandise Tent and try tasty Charleston cuisine during the week. There’s also a fast serve machine where you can practice your … 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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