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Charleston Ranked No. 1

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 … Continue reading

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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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Charleston Carriage Tours that Suit Many Historic Avenues

The 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 … 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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Charleston Dinner Cruise for You & Your Spouse

With Charleston, SC being a coastal town, locals and visitors alike have constant access to the water. You can head to the beach and enjoy the salty Atlantic Ocean, you can sail around the Charleston Harbor, or you can take a boat on the Ashley River. One other way to get out to sea would be to take a cruise. While there are many cruises that leave from Charleston and sail abroad, there are also some ways to take a cruise and stay in town. If you don’t want to leave The Holy City, perhaps you and your spouse could take a Charleston dinner cruise. This is a great way to … 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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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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Charleston Golf Courses that are Fun for Any Handicap

Breathtaking views and world-class courses await you in one of the world’s most acclaimed vacation destinations. It just doesn’t get any better than Charleston. You can choose from true links style or tight wooded Lowcountry layouts. No matter what, you’ll find amazing coastal terrain! Here at the Governor’s House Inn, we want to make sure you enjoy your trip to the fullest extent. We’ve made a list of Charleston golf courses that are fun for any handicap. Let’s start with the Wild Dunes Harbor Course. The Harbor Golf Course is one of Charleston’s best. Designed by Tom Fazio, it’s known for its challenging design and beautiful views. The course is … 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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Your Guide to the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run

Registration is underway for the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run! The 37th annual event is set for April 5th, and organizers promise another year you won’t forget. It all begins in scenic Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The 10K Run and Walk features the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River, finishing with a flat section through historic Charleston. Promoting continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, the Cooper River Bridge Run truly provides a world-class 10K foot race. The vision of the race is to broaden community cooperation and participation in healthy events all throughout the year, serving as a model of health and motivation. There are several objectives, which … 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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Why You Should Spend Valentine’s Day in Charleston, SC

It’s all about romance in the Holy City, but that is even intensified in February because of Valentine’s Day. If you’re trying to narrow down how to spend the holiday, let us help. Here are a few reasons you should spend Valentine’s Day in Charleston, SC. First, you should come to experience the romantic activities. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a musical performance, there’s a wide variety of things to do during February. For example, you can take a Valentine’s Day Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise from Charleston City Marina. It’s an evening of good times, great food and hot blues! The cruise lasts from 7 to 9 p.m. … 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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