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Summer Packing Guide

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

1. Yellow Sunshades (women’s style 4843) – SEE Eyewear / 2. Eve Lom SPF 50 – Pink Dot Beauty Bar / 3. Lucy Sun Hat – Goorin Bros. / 4. Prima Dona Sherry Swimsuit – Bits of Lace / 5. The Hamptons Sandal by Jack Rogers – Copper Penny Shooz / 6. Grey Sunshades (men’s style 5348) –SEE Eyewear / 7. Coola Makeup Setting Spray – Pink Dot Beauty Bar/ 8. Sachajuan Ocean Mist Spray – The Hive / 9. Ruben Gonzalez Fedora – Goorin Bros.

Packing for Your Charleston Vacation

Planning a trip to Charleston? Wondering what to take? You’ve probably already anticipated warm weather… You are right to assume that shorts, sundresses and anything made of cotton are a safe bet for your suitcase, but we’ve put together a short list of items that make summertime in Charleston even more enjoyable.


Stylish Sun Protection: Shades, Sunscreen and Hats

Plan on spending some time outside... Outdoor dining, plantation tours and cocktails on the veranda is what Charleston is all about, so sunshades and sunscreen are a must.

Sunscreen is easy enough to grab from a local drugstore, but if you want the very best, we recommend Eve Lom SPF 50 (item 2). It provides broad spectrum protection while hydrating, and the formula is paraben free. As far as sunshades are concerned, we love bold styles by SEE Eyewear (items 1 & 6). Frames come in a variety of shapes and colors that combine to create virtually endless possibilities. 

Hats are another stylish way to keep harmful rays at bay. We recommend classic styles (items 3 & 9) from Goorin Bros.

Beach Ready Fashion: Swimsuits and Sandals

Charleston is home to five beaches (Kiawah, Seabrook, Isle of Palms, Folly and Sullavins). Make time to visit at least one! Lawn chairs and coolers are available to Governor’s House Inn guests, so all you have to do is grab your bathing suit and go. Bits of Lace has some classic styles available (see item 4), and you can finish the look with fashionable sandals. Jack Rogers styles (item 5) are a favorite among locals. Sandals or comfortable flats also come in handy for strolling cobblestone streets downtown.

Beauty Products that Beat the Heat

Ladies, you may want to leave your flat iron at home. Beat Charleston humidity with a leave in hair spray like Sachajuan Ocean Mist (item 8). You can prevent makeup meltdown as well with a setting spray like Coola SPF 30 (item 7).

Pack Light and Save

All of the products featured in our Summer Packing Guide are available for purchase in downtown Charleston. Governor’s House guests who prefer to pack light will receive 15% off Goorin Bros. hats (in-store) and Bits of Lace swimwear (in-store). Guests can also stop into Pink Dot Beauty Bar for a free makeup touchup.*

We hope that you will visit with us this summer! Check out our Special Packages, or contact the Innkeeper (843.720.2070) to start planning your summer escape.


*Please see coupon for details. Coupon available at check-in. Offers expire July 31, 2015. 

Planning a Small Wedding

Tuesday, June 02, 2015

Wedding weekend logistics can be, to say the least, complicated. Welcome parties, rehearsal dinners, wedding ceremonies, receptions and bridal luncheons leave out of town guests scrambling from venue to venue, while the bride and groom play event coordinator. Action packed wedding weekends are fun, but many couples prefer fun without all the fuss.

Style without the Stress

So what’s the quickest way to simplify your wedding weekend? Scale it back. If you can trim down your guest list to your closest friends and family, you may find that an elegant (and stress free) wedding is within your reach. Limiting the number of venues may help to simplify logistics and maximize budget as well. 

Photos Courtesy of Wild Cotton Photography

Planning a Small Wedding in Charleston

The Governor’s House Inn is a popular option for bridal party accommodations, but the space can also function as a wedding ceremony or bridal luncheon venue.

Ideal for laid back locals or exclusive destination weddings, the inn can accommodate up to 24 overnight guests*, and special package rates are available to anyone booking the entire house. Guests can comfortably attend a courtyard or front porch ceremony, and other common spaces (sitting rooms, verandas and a large dining room) are available for mingling.

The inn is within walking distance to restaurants, bars and reception venues that would be happy to host an after party, and pedi cab transport could be arranged to make the back and forth even easier. Guests can return from an evening out and awake to a lovely bridal luncheon that is mere steps from their bedrooms. 


Booking the Inn

Wedding Packages start at $10,600. Visit our Wedding Page to learn more, or call 843-720-2070 to speak with the Innkeeper. 

*Please speak with the Innkeeper regarding guest capacity. Ceremony space is limited. 

Piccolo Spoleto 2015

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Piccolo Spoleto begins next week, and as usual, it’s sure to be a treat for visitors and locals alike. This year’s lineup features 500 events over the course of 17 days. There will be visual art exhibits, concerts (classical, jazz, choral, etc.), film screenings and other performances (dance, theatre and poetry readings). The festival will kickoff on Friday, May 22nd in front of the US Custom House on East Bay Street. The free, outdoor concert will include Rossini, Puccini, Tchaikovsky and Gershwin works performed by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. The show starts at 8:00, but The Music Battery Drumline will greet guests with an opening act at 6:00pm




Almost two-thirds of the festival is comprised of musical acts this year. In addition to Friday’s opening concert, The Seed and Feed Marching Abominable will be setting a lively tone with a “Midnight Pajama March.” The free, parade style performance is scheduled for Saturday, May 23rd at 11:00pm. Grab a night cap on East Bay Street that evening for a front row seat.

Learn More

Read more Spoleto Buzz courtesy of Charleston City Paper, or visit for a complete list of events

Featured by Borrowed and Blue

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

The Governor's House Inn was recently mentioned by Borrowed and Blue in a real wedding feature. Leigh and Dave, a New York couple, planned a beautiful destination wedding in Charleston at Lowndes Grove Plantation. Their guests enjoyed a Friday night cocktail reception at the William Aiken House downtown and used the Governor's House for bridal party accommodations.


Photo (by Evan Laettner) from


Get all of the fabulous details (including ceremony and reception photos) at


Interested in reserving the entire inn for your wedding weekend? Visit our wedding page or call the innkeeper (843.720.2070) to learn more. 


Charleston Calendar of Events April 2015

Thursday, April 09, 2015

Visit Prohibition, voted Best Downtown Bar by Charleston City Paper, for Swing Dance Sundays

Photo: Facebook


Planning to visit with us this month? There is certainly no shortage of fun things to do and see! In addition to year round attractions, downtown venues will be hosting theatrical performances and musical events all month long.


Saturday, April 11, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Sunday, April 12, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


Thursday, April 16, 2015  

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Friday, April 17, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Poe: A Play in the Dark, Sottile Theatre


Saturday, April 18, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Poe: A Play in the Dark, Sottile Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.


Sunday, April 19, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


Thursday, April 23, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Charleston Music Festival, Simmons Center for the Arts

Steve Simon and the Kings of Jazz, Barsa on King St.


Friday, April 24, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre 

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Loading Dock Music Series, Palmetto Brewing on Huger St.


Saturday, April 25, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Improv Riot, Theatre 99

Boogie Woogie Bugle Gals, 34 West Theater Co.

Lady Day: Billy Holiday's Centinnial Celebration, Charleston Music Hall


Sunday, April 26, 2015 

Catch Me if You Can: The Musical, Dock Street Theatre

Swing Dance, Prohibition


For more information on area events and show times, visit, and find even more Charleston activities for your itinerary on our "Things to Do" page. 


​5 Reasons to Make Charleston Your Romantic Destination

Wednesday, February 11, 2015


Charleston is for lovers! Lovers of food, art and culture that is... But Charleston is also an ideal atmosphere for romance. The following are just a few reasons why you should visit with your special someone soon.


1. Good Food

We rave about local restaurants all the time, but the fact that Charleston has good food certainly bears repeating. Charleston is renowned for seafood and traditional “Lowcountry” cuisine, but the area offers a variety of internationally inspired concepts as well. You can peruse some of our favorite restaurants at

2. Free Entertainment

When visitors come to Charleston they expect to spend some money. And while it is nice to splurge on downtown lodging or a five-star meal, not everything on your itinerary should cost a fortune. We recommend that guests stroll along the battery, visit Waterfront Park or take a short drive to one of four local beaches. Click for even more wallet-friendly ideas. 

3. Live Music

Charleston is home to some talented musicians, and it is a popular stop for national artists as well. Bars and music halls feature live shows every weekend, and there are plenty of week night shows as well. For details about upcoming shows, contact one of our favorite venues or visit

4. Rich History and Culture

When you do visit Charleston, we hope that you will stay with us! The Governor’s House Inn is conveniently located to local attractions, but more importantly, it’s a unique way to experience a piece of Charleston (and American) history. You can learn even more about Charleston culture by taking a tour. Click to peruse the most popular tour providers. 

5. Relaxed Atmosphere

Charleston is a great place to slow down and take a breath. When staying downtown, everything you need is a short walk (or pedi cab ride) away. Charleston boasts an abundance of outdoor dining options (roof top bars, sidewalk cafes and restaurant patios), which are perfect for people watching, and Conde Nast named the city “friendliest” in America last fall.

Plan a Romantic Getaway

The Governor’s House Inn offers a special Romantic Getaway package that includes carriage tour tickets and a gift certificate to the critically acclaimed Charleston Grill. It’s a great way to sample some of the reasons why we love Charleston, and we hope to see you soon!

Planning a Wedding Weekend in Charleston

Tuesday, January 13, 2015
Your wedding is a momentous occasion! Make a weekend of it!

Wedding weekend activities are a great way for local friends and family to meet and greet your out-of-town guests. Best of all, it feels like vacation for everyone! Here are a few ideas that may help to make your wedding weekend extra special...

- Mix and Mingle - Plan a “welcome party” so that your guests have a chance to mingle before the main event. It could be an intimate dinner, a bar crawl or a harbor cruise. Take guest accommodations  into consideration when choosing a party venue.

- Stay Together -  Make arrangements for your bridal party to stay together. The Governor’s House Inn is particularly well-suited for wedding day brunches, hair/makeup sessions and bridal portraits.
- Eat Brunch - Plan a post-wedding brunch. Charleston has so many places to choose from, and there is no better way to send-off (and thank) out-of-town guests.

Planning a Destination Wedding

Considering Charleston, SC for your destination wedding? If so, you may want to plan an impromptu trip! The 2015 Charleston Bridal Show is scheduled for Sunday, January 25th. The Governor’s House still has rooms available , and it’s a great opportunity to visit the inn/spec out your wedding weekend festivities. Better yet, all January guests are automatically entered to win a complimentary two night stay


Learn More

We hope you will visit us soon, but if you have questions about Wedding Packages in the meantime, please call (843) 720-2070 or (800) 720-9812 to speak with the innkeeper. 

2015 Charleston Restaurant Week

Thursday, January 08, 2015

Charleston Restaurant Week is going on now through January 18th. It’s one of the most anticipated culinary events in the Lowcountry and an excellent way to sample local flavor. More than 100 participating restaurants will offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus. For menus and details, visit

Enter to Win

There’s still time to win a complimentary two-night stay at the Governor’s House Inn! All January guests will be automatically entered into a drawing for a chance to win. Learn more.

Want to time your Governor’s House stay with Restaurant Week? We still have rooms available! Check availability.

More Culinary Events to Come

If you can’t make it to Charleston for Restaurant Week, don’t fret. There’s more exciting culinary action to come! The Charleston Wine and Food Festivalwill be held March 4-8. Tickets are already on sale, and you can get all the details at

Remember inns and hotels fill up quickly for this event, so it is best to book early!

2014 Charleston Holiday Events

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

The holiday season is officially here, and there are tons of fun things to do and see in Charleston!


Calendar of Charleston Holiday Events

James Island Festival of Lights – Now-12/31 at the James Island County Park 

2014 Charleston Tree Lighting Ceremony – Saturday, 12/6 4-6pm in Marion Square
2014 Charleston Holiday Parade – Sunday 12/7, 2-4pm from Colonial Lake to Marion Square
34th Annual Parade of Boats – Saturday 12/13, 5:30pm Charleston Harbor
Holiday Farmers Market – Saturdays & Sundays Now-12/21, 9am-4pm in Marion Square
Holiday Music & Visit with Santa – Friday 12/12 &12/19, 12-4pm in Marion Square
Chanukah in the Square – Sunday 12/21, 4-6pm in Marion Square
Kwanzaa Kinari Lighting – Friday 12/26, 5-6pm in Marion Square

For more 2014 holiday events or .

Enter to Win

Guests who stay with us in the month of December or January will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a complimentary two-night stay! Learn more.

Charleston's Fall Tour of Homes

Thursday, September 11, 2014
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 comfortable flats are recommended. The 38th annual Fall Tour of Homes begins October 2nd, and tours will occur Thursday-Sunday all month long. A candlelight tour, Homes of the American Revolution, will be held Friday, October 10th. Visit TheFallTours.orgfor a complete list of tours or to purchase tickets. Ticket sales benefit the Preservation Society of Charleston.

Stay Tuned

If you are unable to visit us this fall, stay tuned for more information about upcoming events. There is something happening year round, and a trip to Charleston is always a good idea!

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