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Registration is Open for the Charleston Marathon!

Don’t walk…RUN…your way to the Lowcountry in January. Registration is now open for the Charleston Marathon! You’ll come to realize why it was voted the No. 1 city in the world. From January 17 through January 19, 2014, you can participate in a half marathon, Shrimp & Grits 5K, Bike Ride and Youth Marathon Program. There will be plenty to do, even if you’re not up for a full marathon. As you take in all the charm and hospitality that have made Charleston famous, your participation will benefit a great cause. It will help raise funds to support fine arts programs in community schools. There are several additional reasons you … Continue reading

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Charleston Events in November

The holidays will soon be upon us and that means time for rest and relaxation! Make your way to Charleston, South Carolina, during the month of November for fun, history and maybe even a little romance. These are some great Charleston events in November you don’t want to miss! 12th Annual Harvest Fest Agricultural families across America have long gathered every fall to give thanks and celebrate a bountiful Harvest season with a day of games, feasting, music and fun. The tradition continues during the 12th Annual Harvest Fest on November 2. Dance to music from five local bluegrass bands, go on a hayride or decorate a pumpkin at Mullet … Continue reading

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Dive In to Charleston Water Sports!

It may be hot in Charleston, but that’s all the more reason to cool off! If you’re planning a trip soon to the Governor’s House Inn, we suggest you dive in to Charleston Water Sports! Here are a few ideas: Fishing The options for fishing are endless in Charleston. You can fish inshore, offshore or near shore for tarpon, redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, blackfish, sharks and more! Visit Charleston Sport Fishing on Isle of Palms. Kayaking Kayakers tour everything from Shem Creek and Folly Creek to Isle of Palms. Coastal Expeditions offers saltwater, black water, and multi-day kayak tours. The 3-hour daily tours … Continue reading

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Your Guide to Shopping for Charleston Antiques

If you’re planning a visit to Charleston, you most likely appreciate its rich history. If you are fond of previous eras or time periods, you’ll love all that this historic city has to offer. Your team at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast wants to help you make the most of your time here. The Holy City has a wide variety of antique stores, ranging from shops to districts. We hope you enjoy your guide to shopping for Charleston antiques. King Street Antique District Travel + Leisure says the King Street Antique District has the “best antique shopping in the U.S.” You can shop antique jewelry, … Continue reading

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What is the Charleston Digital Corridor?

Imagine a business, physical and social environment where your technology company can thrive. That’s what you’ll find in the Charleston Digital Corridor. The CDC is a creative effort to attract, nurture and promote Charleston’s knowledge economy. The goal is to offer tangible resources to the business economy by serving as a portal to government, infrastructures, real estate, education, venture capital, professional resources and a trained workforce. This is all accomplished through a combination of technology-enabled initiatives and business incentives, private business support and member-driving programming. Made up of geographic areas or “districts,” the Charleston Digital Corridor offers a diverse range of options to meet the size, personality, price and infrastructure … Continue reading

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Girls Getaway Weekend Ideas in Charleston

Grab the girls and get downtown. If you’re looking for great girls getaway weekend ideas in Charleston, they’re certainly not hard to find. You really need a full week to take in the sights, sounds and tastes (yum) of Charleston, so there will definitely be no shortage of places for you to eat, shop, and see on your girls getaway weekend. But for starters, you’ll need a place to sleep. The perfect place to unwind during your girls getaway is The Governor’s House Inn at 117 Broad Street. It’s a historic Georgian double house, built in 1760. Now that you’re all rested and refreshed, put on those walking shoes and … Continue reading

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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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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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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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Events in Charleston in May

In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, which begins May 24th, Charleston always has a great variety of events to choose from. Gibbes on the Street – May 2, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1905 to considerable fanfare and has been an important vehicle for art in the Charleston area ever since. Join the fun in celebrating the museum at this benefit event. Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the fourth annual Street Party! Savories, Sweets, and Sips by: Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, … Continue reading

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Spoleto Festival USA 2013

It’s been 36 years since the first Spoleto Festival USA began in Charleston, South Carolina. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti was seeking an American counterpart to the Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. The city needed to be intimate, with plenty of performance venues, yet charming and easily accessible. Charleston was the perfect fit! With its stated goal of bringing the highest caliber performances for its 17-day run, the organizers have managed to keep the standard very high in all areas: classical and modern musical performances, theater, ballet, opera, and the spoken word. This year’s festival runs from May 24 through June 9, with a couple of preview performances on … Continue reading

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Popular Charleston Restaurants

Charleston has become synonymous with fine dining. Over the past 20 – 25 years its reputation has gained world-class status with award-winning chefs, and restaurants earning the moniker “best new restaurant in the United States.”  While it would take quite a while to visit all the top spots in Charleston, we’ve culled the list to some of the most popular spots. McCrady’s Restaurant Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, McCrady’s represents some of the best in new Southern fine dining. The menu, created by Chef Sean Brock, recipient of the 2010 James Beard Best Chef Southeast award, centers around inventive cuisine fresh from the farm and … Continue reading

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The Battery in Charleston

History comes alive during a walk through Charleston. Stroll along the promenade of the Battery and imagine the battles, the hurricanes, the fires and the resilience of the Charlestonians who came before. Imagine tall-masted sailing ships, the sound of horses and carriages, the rustling of palmetto fronds. Smell the salty sea air, and at low tide the unique fragrance of lowcountry pluff mud. Look across the harbor at James Island, Mount Pleasant and Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began. This idyllic spot in Charleston is a great place to relax and reflect, but its history wasn’t always so carefree. Built on marshland, the point of peninsular Charleston where the … Continue reading

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Quick Tips for Your Next Charleston Vacation…

Quick Tips for Your Next Charleston Vacation If you are visiting historic Charleston, SC in the near future, you better come ready to experience one of the most vibrant cities in the South.  From culture to cuisine, Charleston has it all!  When you do visit Charleston, you should know how best to experience the city: and get the most out of your dollar.  We highly recommend that you request our Charleston Vacation Guide to plan and prepare for your trip.  However, in the meantime, here are some quick tips: Take a Carriage Tour  A carriage tour is a great way for you or your family to tour the city, and … Continue reading

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