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Performing Arts Enthusiasts: 2014 Spoleto Festival

Thursday, March 27, 2014
Spoleto FestivalThe annual Spoleto Festival USA is one of the best events that comes to Charleston, SC every year. Coming up on its 38th season, Spoleto runs for two and a half weeks every spring and highlights performing arts from around the world in various genres of music, theater, and dance. Over the 17 days of the festival from May 23 – June 8, nearly 150 performances will be featured at 14 different local venues, giving people an abundance of opportunity to find the show that’s perfect for them. And because there are so many options, you aren’t limited to choosing just one. No matter where your interests lie, be sure to see at least one of the performances during the 17 days of the 2014 Spoleto Festival. --

Spoleto Festival Shows

Opera Three opera shows will be in town during Spoleto, including Kát’a Kabanová, Facing Goya, and El Niño. Theater A Brimful of Asha will run for four days, while My Cousin Rachel will be displayed on 13 of the 17 days of the festival. Physical Theater Acrobats and aerialists will take the stage with two different performances: A Simple Space and Ilona Jantti. Dance There will be four different dance shows that you will be able to see, beginning with Hubbard Street Dance Chicago on May 23-25. You can also see Keigwin + Company on May 30 – June 1, Dorrance Dance on May 31 – June 3, 5-8, and Gregory Maqoma/Vuyani Dance Theatre on June 5-8. Music Musical performances are the most abundant at the Spoleto Festival USA. There will be 19 different musical acts displayed over the two and a half weeks, including seven jazz acts. You can find all the Spoleto musical performances here. Special Events The Opening Night Fête will begin the festivities on May 23, while Behind the Garden Gate will give a tour of private Charleston gardens on May 24 and May 31. Artist Talks Different artists participating in the Spoleto Festival will be chatting with Martha Teichner at the Charleston Library Society on May 24-25, June 2, and June 6.

Spoleto Festival Venues

Fourteen of your favorite Charleston venues will be on display during the Spoleto Festival. A few of the 14 include Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Dock Street Theatre, and Memminger Auditorium. A complete list of Spoleto venues can be found here.

Piccolo Spoleto Festival

The Piccolo Spoleto Festival runs in conjunction with its parent festival and tends to focus more on regional artists rather than national and international artists. Many of the Piccolo Spoleto Festival events require no admission fee, including the outdoor art exhibit downtown at Marion Square. Although free, you will have the option to buy some of the amazing work from the local artists. There is also a good chance you will be able to catch a free concert. -- When you attend the Spoleto Festival for a few days, you will need a place to stay. We suggest making a reservation at The Governor’s House Inn, which is conveniently located in downtown and within walking distance of many of the festival venues. So after your treating yourself to a night at the theater, extend that treat through the morning by staying in one of The Governor’s House Inn’s 11 luxurious rooms. The Spoleto Festival and The Governor’s House Inn are the perfect complements for one another. Photo courtesy Chuck Grimmett

Add These Charleston Beaches to Your Beach Bum Tour Schedule

Thursday, March 20, 2014
Charleston BeachesAs you continue to thaw out from a cold winter and dream about the summer sun, there is a good chance that your mind has wandered to a beach somewhere. Picture it now – you’re fully reclined on a beach chair, the sun is making you warm while the slight ocean breeze keeps the temperature just right, and the crash of the waves is massaging your ear drums, almost to the point of falling asleep. Are you smiling yet? If you are, keep that smile painted on your face and head to the east coast where you can unwind and experience perfection at five Charleston beaches. --

Best Beaches in South Carolina

Of the five beaches mentioned in the Travel Channel’s Best Beaches in South Carolina, three can be found in Charleston, as Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, and Isle of Palms all made the list. Located about 25 miles outside of downtown Charleston, Kiawah Island is a private island with a 10-mile stretch of beach that is not only beautiful, but pet-friendly, as well. Everything you need for you and your family is on the island, including Freshfields Village – an area with a grocery store and other necessary shops. You can use your car while you’re there, but we recommend renting a bike and exploring Kiawah Island that way. Take a quick trip through James Island, and you will be right at Folly Beach. Featuring a laid-back environment, Folly Beach is one of the best places in Charleston to just sit back and relax. However, if you want to try out your skills on a surfboard, this is the place for you, too. Once you get to the end of Folly Road, just hang a left and head down to The Washout. This is where the locals go to catch some waves. Go just a little further, and you will be able to get a close up look at the Morris Island Lighthouse. Unlike Kiawah and Folly, Isle of Palms is on the north side of the Charleston Harbor. When you get there, be sure to check out The Windjammer. There you will most likely find some live music and a beach volleyball match that suits your skill level. In addition to The Windjammer, Ocean Boulevard features several establishments that will satisfy your thirst and hunger. If you’re looking to treat yourself after a long day on the beach, head to The Boathouse at Breach Inlet. You won’t be disappointed.

Other Great Charleston Beaches

We would be remiss if we didn’t add to the Travel Channel’s list with a few more of our favorite beaches in Charleston. You will also have to check out Sullivan’s Island and Seabrook Island. Sullivan’s Island is connected to Isle of Palms on the north side of the Charleston Harbor. Great restaurants like Poe’s Tavern and Taco Mamacita are a short walk from the ocean. In addition, Poe’s Tavern is named after Edgar Allan Poe, who based his short story The Gold-Bug in Sullivan’s Island. With a little over three miles of beach, Sullivan’s has all kinds of fun packed into a smaller area. Like neighboring Kiawah, Seabrook Island is also a private island that provides the perfect getaway for the entire family. Seabrook features a few miles of beach and an extensive array of wildlife. After you soak in the sun during the day, you can grab a bite to eat at the Bohicket Marina, located just outside the security gate. -- In the heart of downtown, the Governor’s House Inn is centrally located to all the beaches and is the perfect Charleston bed and breakfast for your time along the water. Take advantage of one of our 11 beautiful rooms by booking your stay today. And remember, don’t forget to bring your sunscreen! Photo courtesy Doug Kerr

Some History of Charleston, SC

Wednesday, March 12, 2014
History of Charleston, SCThousands 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 figures – whom many parts of the town are named after – such as John Rutledge, William Moultrie, and Francis Marion. The Governor’s House Inn also dates back to the American Revolution. Edward Rutledge lived in the house from 1776 until 1800, buying the house from James Laurens. Rutledge was elected governor of South Carolina in 1798 (thus the name), and stayed living in the house until his death on January 23, 1800. He is perhaps best known as being the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Edward Rutledge also married into a prominent family, tying the knot with Henrietta Middleton. Her father was Henry Middleton, of Middleton Plantation fame, and he was one of the largest landowners in South Carolina. In order to see some spectacular views and learn more about the city, head down to The Battery, located right at the southern edge of the peninsula. There you will be able to see mansions that have been preserved throughout centuries, as well as Fort Sumter, which is most notable for being the site in which the first shots of the Civil War were fired. The Battery was also a spot where pirates were hanged in the 1700s and left there for days to show other pirates that they might want to think twice before trying to invade Charleston. Another popular tourist destination in Charleston is the City Market downtown. Today, The Market provides a jovial area in which guests can buy souvenirs from more than 100 different vendors. The first parts of the market were built in 1790, and it expanded to take up nearly all the room from the harbor to Meeting Street by 1806. The market has been renovated many times and has been used for such things as the Confederate Museum, which was put together by the United Daughters of the Confederacy. Countless other historical sites exist in Charleston, including the Calhoun Mansion, Rainbow Row, and the Aiken-Rhett House Museum. When you visit, one good way to learn even more about the history of the city would be to take part in a historical tour. The guides go through a rigorous process to become certified and will be glad to share their wealth of information with you, whether it be by foot, bus, or carriage. When you come for a few days and are looking to experience the history of Charleston, SC, there is no better place to stay than The Governor’s House Inn. With 11 rooms to choose from, you will have the opportunity to better understand the history of the Holy City just by booking your stay at our historic bed & breakfast. Photo courtesy dbking

Our Favorite Kiawah Island Restaurants to Try During Your Stay

Thursday, March 06, 2014
Kiawah Island RestaurantsWake 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 dress shirt, jacket or sweater. Gentlemen are encouraged to wear collared shirts and slacks. Jackets and ties are optional. Jasmine Porch The Jasmine Porch exhibits southern charm, sumptuous offerings and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. Stop by for its Signature Sunday Brunch, lunch or dinner. It was named “Best Down Home Cookery” by Andrew Harper’s Hideaway Report. La Tela Pizzeria Located at the crossroads between Seabrook and Kiawah in Freshfields Village, La Tela Pizzeria uses only the freshest spices, herbs and coffee. They use traditional, wood-fired ovens in their casual Neapolitan style pizzeria. Don’t forget to save room for dessert. Choose from tiramisu or homemade cannoli. King Street Grille Relax and watch the games with great food and beer in an awesome atmosphere. King Street now has six locations across South Carolina. All of those have countless HD flat screen and large screen TVs. They also host a trivia night weekly. Loggerhead Grill This is a tropical oceanfront cafe at The Sanctuary. Enjoy poolside dining and a family seaside buffet. Keep in mind Loggerhead Grill is seasonal. Call (843) 768-6253 for reservations. The Ryder Cup Bar at Ocean Course Clubhouse The Ryder Cup Bar is more of a relaxed, bar-food dining spot. It has a world class view, especially around sunset. Be sure to try the onion rings. The Ryder Cup has a great bar menu and drinks. The Atlantic Room at The Ocean Course Here you’ll have grand sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean. This is Kiawah’s signature seafood restaurant. It offers modern American cuisine with an emphasis on fresh regional seafood. Diners can expect a menu comprised of fresh seasonal ingredients, delicious uncomplicated preparations and “taste of the season” dishes. It’s open Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. As you make reservations at these Kiawah Island Restaurants, don’t forget to reserve your stay with us at The Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. We’re located just a short walk from historic Charleston’s legendary Battery, Old Market, and Spoleto venues, and are honored to be one of the most classic Charleston bed and breakfasts. We provide the finest bed and breakfast accommodations to ensure everyone enjoys their stay here at the Governor’s House Inn. We offer a variety of rooms and believe our prices will make anyone happy. Click here to view our rooms and suites! Photo courtesy of: lotopspin

We Recommend You Tour These Charleston Plantations During Your Stay

Sunday, March 02, 2014
Charleston PlantationsWhen 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 will help you decide which of these beautiful homes to visit during your stay at the Governor’s House.  

Boone Hall Plantation

Boone Hall is one of the most popular Charleston Plantations due to its beautiful house and grounds.  It’s also a favorite among cinematic fans because it has served as a filming location for films such as The Notebook. The picturesque “Avenue of Oaks” greets visitors on the way up to the Colonial Revival plantation house.  Also on the grounds are several slave cabins and flower gardens. Boone Hall is one of America’s oldest working plantations as the farm continually grows a variety of crops throughout the year.  In the spring and early summer strawberries are prevalent at Boone Hall and the Lowcountry Strawberry Festival takes place at the plantation.  

Middleton Place

Home to America’s Oldest Landscaped Gardens, Middleton Place was formerly a rice plantation and is now a National Historic Landmark.  The colorful gardens are full of camellias, azaleas, kalmia, magnolias, roses and crepe myrtles.  The way the gardens have been planted ensures that there is always something in bloom at Middleton Place, no matter what time of year you visit. The plantation house at Middleton Place was built in 1755 and today acts a museum for the Middleton’s family furniture, porcelain, rare books, portraits and silver. Also of interest are the Plantation Stableyards featuring farm animals, costumed interpreters and artisans.  A visit to the Plantation Stableyards will give you some idea of what daily life on a rice plantation was like.  

Drayton Hall

Considered one of the finest examples of Georgian-Palladian architecture in the US, Drayton Hall has been protected and maintained to preserve the house and grounds as they were originally. Drayton Hall was completed in 1742 and survived both the Revolutionary and Civil wars. Originally a rice and indigo plantation, today Drayton Hall is one of the Charleston plantations that is a landmark to visit if you want to observe an example of 18th century plantation life.  

Magnolia Plantation

Magnolia Plantation is one of the oldest Charleston Plantations and has the oldest public gardens in America.   The core of the main house was built before the Revolutionary War in Summerville and was later floated down the Ashley River down to its current location after the Civil War. Magnolia also has swamp gardens, boat tours and a zoo & nature center.  

Charleston Tea Plantation

America’s only commercial tea plantation, this plantation isn’t for those looking to tour an historic house or antebellum museum.  It is however, a great place to spend the day among the Lowcountry’s natural beauty.  Tea fields and oak trees provide an ideal setting for a picnic or family outing.  Trolley tours of the plantation are also available, or you can visit the gift shop and factory to get an inside look at the the process.   After a day exploring Charleston Plantations, Governor’s House is an ideal place to rest and recount your adventures.  Our selection of rooms and suites are all luxuriously appointed with period inspired furnishings and decorated with southern charm.  Many rooms have private porches or verandas, the perfect way to take in the city after a busy day sightseeing.  A gourmet breakfast will get your day off to a delicious start and our afternoon tea is a great way to recharge before a fun evening.  A stay at our Charleston bed and breakfast will make your trip one for the memory books. Find  your perfect room and start planning your Charleston getaway today!   Photo courtesy Carol M. Highsmith.

Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston SC

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Things to Do in CharlestonEveryone 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 the houses, making it a common attraction and one of the most photographed parts of the Holy City. SEA what it’s all about at the South Carolina Aquarium. Take a journey from the mountains to the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium. There are 60 unique habitats, including a 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. In addition, Shark Shallows is a new interactive experience coming in summer 2014. It features multiple species of sharks found along the coast of South Carolina. Don’t miss out on the animals, exhibits and the Sea Turtle Hospital. It’s a trip you’ll always remember. Shop on King Street.      King Street is a favorite among visitors and locals. From boutiques and main street shops to mom and pop restaurants, you can do it all between Calhoun and Market streets. Be sure to experience this part of Charleston. It’s where tons of action occurs. Take a walk along the Battery. The Battery stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula. It’s bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, and is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade. Famous for its stately, mainly antebellum homes, the Battery is quite the tourist destination. Visit the Charleston Farmer’s Market.  Located in Marion Square at the heart of downtown Charleston, the Farmer’s Market was founded in 1989. It’s open each Saturday from April to December, and on select Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in May and June. Stop by to browse a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers. There are usually lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortments of arts and crafts as well. Tour Fort Sumter National Monument.  This third system masonry sea fort is located in the Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter is the site upon which shots that started the American Civil War were fired. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Browse the Historic Charleston City Market. This is a popular destination for everyone visiting Charleston. The Charleston City Market is open 364 days a year. You’ll encounter a wide variety of vendors selling paintings, pottery, sweetgrass baskets, and more. Stroll through four blocks of open-air buildings. There will also be tons of dining options to choose from. Catch some sun on Isle of Palms. The drive across the connector bridge is truly breathtaking. The Isle of Palms is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the beach and the ocean. This entire island is  7-miles long and 1-mile wide. These are but a few of the unforgettable things to do in Charleston. We encourage you to start planning your trip today. For more things to do in Charleston, download our free Vacation Guide! It has everything you need to know about Charleston and the Governor’s House Inn. Photo courtesy of: TimothyJ

Charleston Golf Courses that are Fun for Any Handicap

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Charleston Golf CoursesBreathtaking 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 varied, from lagoons and salt marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway. It will test all aspects of your game. View the score card here. Next up is Charleston National Golf Club in Mount Pleasant, SC. It is a Rees Jones designed championship golf course that is open to the public year-round. Charleston National Golf Club is truly Charleston’s hidden gem, as it has been rated as the best non-resort course in the Charleston area by Golf Digest. Breathtaking panoramic views are also available at Patriots Point Links on the edge of Charleston Harbor. Here you’ll have spectacular views of the city, Fort Sumter and ships arriving from all over the world. Patriots Point has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike for years. This course has great amenities as well, including a lighted driving range with PGA instruction, a southern-style clubhouse, and golfers’ grill and patio. For tee times, call 843-881-0042. The fourth stop on our list is Stono Ferry. The Links at Stono Ferry are set amidst South Carolina Lowcountry breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway and centuries-old live oaks. It’s a refuge from society’s hustle. Stono Ferry is a semi-private club that is open to local and golf vacation play. Located thirty minutes from downtown Charleston, the Links at Stono Ferry are set on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle. It’s also the closest course to both Kiawah and Seabrook Islands! We would be amiss without mentioning RiverTowne Country Club, too! It’s a beautiful coastal Carolina country club located in Mount Pleasant. RiverTowne features the best of Charleston golf and Lowcountry hospitality, and is the only Arnold Palmer Signature golf course in the Charleston area. The course was honored with hosting a LPGA Tour event for two years. It features beautiful pampas grasses, marshlands, lakes and some of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful vistas and landscaping. RiverTowne was recently named one of the “Best You Can Play” by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and was given a high 4.5 Star Rating by Golf Digest’s Places to Play! Click here to learn more. Now that you know all about these Charleston golf courses, we invite you to learn more about our accommodations. We offer a variety of rooms at the Governor’s House Inn and believe our recently adjusted bed and breakfast prices will make anyone happy. Click here to view our rooms and rates! Photo courtesy of: Corey Butler

Favorite Charleston Restaurants Among Locals and Visitors

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Charleston RestaurantsAttn: 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 in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to eat and cook in Charleston. Make reservations here! Charleston Grill This much-loved culinary landmark has perfected the art of dining. You will be greeted like long-lost friends from the moment you step through the doors at Charleston Grill. The servers are trained in the French tradition. Your experience will be truly unforgettable. The restaurant opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. FIG A local neighborhood eatery in the heart of downtown Charleston, FIG serves seasonally inspired cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods. FIG, which stands for “Food is Good,” works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul. They incorporate these products into their menus nightly, serving them up in a laid-back, eclectic and unpretentious setting. The FIG experience is about much more than just food. Peninsula Grill It all starts will the very best Lowcountry produce and seafood at Peninsula Grill. Chef Graham Dailey then combines that with the finest ingredients flown in fresh daily from points around the world. The ambience of the restaurant is both refined and relaxed. Be sure to visit Peninsula Grill’s adjoining courtyard as well, which is illuminated by gas carriage lanterns and soft candlelight. It’s open from April through October. Cypress Housed in a historic two-story building on East Bay Street, Cypress opened in 2001. It is led by two-time James Beard nominee Craig Deihl. He uses Lowcountry ingredients to showcase his signature style, offering dishes like Crisp Wasabi Tuna with a ginger-garlic glaze and Certified Angus Beef Filet of Beef with housemade Boursin cheese. And we would simply be amiss if we didn’t mention the wine list displayed in a three-story wine wall! Slightly North of Broad S.N.O.B. is an eclectic Lowcountry bistro that brings together an abundance of local ingredients and thoughtful, expert presentation. There’s a friendly, contagious energy throughout the restaurant where warm service and conversations meld together. Now these are just a few of the best Charleston restaurants, but the list goes on and on. We invite you to come stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn and take a tour around the city. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National landmark, combined with legendary southern hospitality. Learn more about our Charleston bed and breakfast accommodations here. Photo courtesy of: jenny8lee

Charleston Wedding Venues You May Not Have Known About

Friday, February 07, 2014
Charleston Wedding VenuesAre 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 historic Shem Creek waterfront in Mount Pleasant. Also in Mount Pleasant, the Cooper River Room at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park has one of the best views in the Lowcountry. Touted as the $14-million view, this venue will provide you and your guests with unparalleled vantage points of the Cooper River, Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge and the Waterfront Park and Pier. It’s convenient and offers world-class amenities. Another Charleston wedding venue you may not have considered is the Charleston Harbor. Yes, you can dine and dance the night away on Charleston Harbor Tours. Dinner will serve from 25 to 125 people and you can invite up to 200 for a reception of hors d’oeuvres. Talk about an unforgettable night! Moving on, let’s talk about The Links at Stono Ferry. Here you’ll find sophisticated southern charm as you recite your vows under centuries-old oak trees and dripping moss. The Intracoastal Waterway serves as the perfect backdrop… You have probably never thought about the South Carolina Aquarium as the host of your event, but it’s actually the ideal location. You can walk down the aisle with the stunning Charleston Harbor as your backdrop. Enjoy musical entertainment, a catered meal and be surrounded by 6,000 animals. The possibilities here are endless. We also suggest you take a look at Sanctuary Hall and Gardens. The venue features a light-filled Grand Ballroom, lounge and romantic garden with a gazebo and fountain. It’s only 5 minutes from the beach at Isle of Palms. And if you are looking for a church and more traditional setting, how about the Tidewater Chapel? The antique-filled chapel is beautiful, and it also has a reception hall with a catering kitchen and bridal dressing room. Finally, we believe you should consider Magnolia Plantation and Gardens. You will fall in love with America’s last romantic garden and its views of the Ashley River. This venue guarantees a wedding you’ll always remember. With all of these Charleston wedding venues to choose from, you should have no problem planning your grand event. After its all said and done, we hope you’ll unwind with your love one at our historic Charleston bed and breakfast. The Governor’s House Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark, combined with legendary southern hospitality. Come find out why the former Governor’s mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by one national travel magazine. Learn more about our accommodations here! Photo courtesy of: Dougtone

Your Guide to the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run

Saturday, February 01, 2014
Cooper River Bridge RunRegistration 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 are to increase interest in cardiovascular exercise, raise funds for public education on the importance of exercise, generate a sprit of community involvement and volunteerism, and of course, promote and publicize the Cooper River Bridge Run. These objectives are carried out by the executive committee that was put together to oversee the run. The executive committee consists of Race Founder Marcus Newberry, M.D., MUSC, Ken Ayoub and Nicole Harvey of the Town of Mount Pleasant, David Bennett and John Massey representing Charleston Park and Recreation, Larry Schrecker and Mike Seekings of the Charleston Running Club, Collge of Charleston’s Harry Lesesne and Paul Wieters, Peter Carek of the Charleston Medical Society, and Perrin Lawson and Kathleen Cartland of the City of Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. People will flock to the Lowcountry from all over the world for this one weekend.  That’s why it’s important to register now! You can do so online here. It’s $40 through February 15, and $45 through the close of registration. Online registration ends on April 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The Expo will be open at the Charleston Area Convention Center (5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston) on Thursday, April 3 from 12 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you need help with registration, contact customer support at (877) 228-4881. The Bridge Run Hotline is (843) 856-1949. This year’s event will be capped at 38,500, with 1,500 $150 charity connection bibs. For other questions and concerns, click here. Now that you know all about the Cooper River Bridge Run, let’s talk about the Kids Run and Wonderfest on Friday, April 4th! All the fun will kick off in Hampton Park in Charleston on the afternoon before the big run. Kids will participate in events ranging from short distances up to a mile. There will be food, drinks, entertainers and musical acts! The Kids Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with face paining, mask making, a jump castle and slide, caricatures and much, much, more! As you start planning your trip to the Lowcountry and begin training for the Cooper River Bridge Run, we invite you to reserve your stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn is located just a short walk from the historic Charleston Battery and Old Market. The Governor’s House Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south’s most mannered and picturesque city. Click on the link to read more about our historic Charleston bed and breakfast accommodations. Photo courtesy of: Brian Cribb

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