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Charleston’s Fall Tour of Homes

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 … Continue reading

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Charleston in September

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 Week and 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 … Continue reading

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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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Spooky Things to Do in Charleston

Everyone loves visiting Charleston in October. The options for fun are abundant and the temperatures are ideal! Here are a few spooky things to do in Charleston. Boone Hall Fright Nights This is South Carolina’s largest multi-attraction haunted event! Prepare to be scared… There are four different attractions that make up Boone Hall Fright Nights. Castle Mid-Evil is a place of torment and torture where evil has no bounds. It’s “a place that awaits your arrival and awakens your fear.” Zombie Town is another scene of horror. Prim Springs is an abandoned town that is all but forgotten, except for the unfortunate citizens that fell victim to an infection that … Continue reading

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Visit Charleston’s Fountains

Fountains have long been gathering spots for people to cool off, refresh themselves, and hydrate since the ancient Roman Empire built the viaducts to carry fresh water to its citizens. Although their purpose has somewhat changed over the centuries, fountains still provide people with cool, refreshing places for recreation, respite, and reflection. There are a few stunning fountains that one MUST visit while staying here at the Governor’s House Inn. The Pineapple Fountain Perhaps one of the most famous fountains here on the Charleston peninsula is the symbolic Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park. The pineapple has long been a symbol for hospitality and since Charleston has been repeatedly nominated as … Continue reading

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7th Annual Charleston Fashion Week

Adore fashion?  Then you’ll love Charleston Fashion Week, March 19 – 23 under the tents in Marion Square. The Southeast Tourism Society has named this event a “Top 20 Event for March.”  Emerging designers from throughout the East Coast will vie for the top prizes in several categories. Past winners and finalists have had their designs shown at New York Fashion Week, in Sports Illustrated, Vogue, and on the TV show Project Runway.  Models also compete and past winners have signed with top New York agencies and appeared in Rolling Stone, GQ Style and Project Runway.  The chic after-parties are a fun place to mingle, see and be seen! Exciting … Continue reading

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Things to Do in Charleston in March

Art, history, architecture, gardens, culture, shopping, fine dining, and outdoor activities – there’s always something fun and interesting happening in Charleston and March is no exception! With average temperatures in the 60’s and 70’s, it’s the perfect time for a stroll down the street from the Inn to the French Quarter Art Walk, March 1, where multiple galleries stay open after hours, serving wine and the opportunity to discover great new art and artists.  Located in the nearby French Quarter, it’s a fun, relaxing evening and a great way to kick off March in beautiful Charleston. Are you a movie buff? The 4th Annual Charleston Film Festival will be held … Continue reading

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Chocolate Chip Scones!!!

Chocolate Chip Scones “A Hershey’s Recipe“  Yields: 24 scones Ingredients 3¼ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup sugar 1 Tablespoon + 1 teaspoon baking powder ¼ teaspoon salt 2 cups (12-oz) semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 cups chilled heavy cream or half-and-half 2 Tablespoons butter, melted Additional sugar Directions 1. Heat oven to 375 degrees. Lightly grease two baking sheets. 2. Stir together flour, 1/2 cup sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. Stir in chocolate chips. 3. Stir whipping cream into flour mixture, stirring just until ingredients are moistened. 4. Turn mixture out onto lightly floured surface. Knead gently until soft dough forms (about 2 minutes). Divide dough into … Continue reading

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Who is Edward Rutledge?

Every once in a while, we like to look back in time at those individuals and events that shaped the Charleston area and the development of our inn specifically.  The Charleston area is rich with cultural influences, and a great place to visit if you have even the slightest affinity for American history.  We’re often asked, who is Edward Rutledge, and how does he relate to the Governor’s House Inn in Charleston.  Here is a brief overview on who is Edward Rutledge and how he relates to our inn specifically.  Enjoy! Who is Edward Rutledge? Edward Rutledge was the youngest signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence and he was … Continue reading

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What To Do in Charleston, SC

Have you planned your trip to Charleston, South Carolina, but you are still wondering what to do when you get here?  Well, there is no shortage of things to do and see in this historical city, and you honestly can’t go wrong no matter what you decide to take part in.  If you need help rounding out your itinerary, then check out our brief guide below on what to do in Charleston: What to Do In Charleston: Take a Carriage Tour Downtown:  When you take a carriage tour through downtown Charleston, you will truly have a unique opportunity to take in the architecture and learn about the history that shaped … Continue reading

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Fabulous Gingerbread Recipe!

Here is a fabulous new gingerbread  recipe, courtesy of Local Palate Magazine, a Charleston publication that celebrates Charleston’s cuisine and the culture that surrounds it.  We love this gingerbread recipe, and hope you will also: Ingredients: Dough 3 cups flour 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoons ground ginger ¾ teaspoons ground cloves ¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup molasses 1 egg 1/8 cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon baking soda Icing 1 ½ cups powdered sugar Water Food coloring (optional) Instructions: For dough: Sift first six ingredients together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter, shortening, … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls!

The holidays are an especially great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina.  The entire city is decorated in class, and you will have a unique opportunity to see the city in a way unlike any other time of the year.  If you are planning a vacation in the near future, here is one great option to see some holiday décor and take in some Charleston history: The Joseph Manigault House is decked out each year for the holiday season and it is truly a great site to see for the entire family.  Every year, The Garden Club of Charleston takes this amazing house and transforms it with live plant materials … Continue reading

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Why Charleston?

What is it that makes Charleston, South Carolina a premier destination for tourists?   Much of what makes this great port city a hot spot for tourists is a perfect combination of natural beauty, cuisine, and culture.  If you have considered Charleston a gem for some time, you are now not alone.  In fact, this past October, Charleston was announced as the No. 1 tourist destination in America as voted upon by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.  With the number 1 ranking, Charleston displaced long time winner San Francisco, the previous No. 1 destination for 18 years. If you are interested in learning more about the Readers’ Choice Awards, click on … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays from Charleston, SC

When you are planning your next vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, remember that the holiday season is a fabulous time to tour the city.  It is always great to know what is going on ahead of time.  Here is a brief guide to some of the events taking place throughout the season:   Holiday Festival of Lights November 10, 2011 thru January 1, 2012 Location: James Island Country Park, about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston Phone: (843) 795-7275 This event takes place every year at the James Island County Park.  They typically have over 500,000 lights.   Tickets to tour the lights in your car are $10 or you can ride … Continue reading

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Join Us For The Holidays!

This time of the year is a great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina.  The weather is perfect, and the atmosphere is truly romantic.  If you are looking to make this holiday season one to remember for a lifetime, then come stay with us, and take part in our ‘Holiday Splendor” Package. Bubbly champagne, a horse drawn carriage, and an exclusively designed ornament are all yours to enjoy with two wonderful evenings in one of our elegant guestrooms.  The Inn sparkles like a jewel during the holidays, and Charleston is lovely in its holiday splendor. Our highly qualified staff can assist you in choosing among the many fine restaurants, shops, … Continue reading

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