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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!

Charleston in September

Friday, August 22, 2014
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 Weekand 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 Restaurant Week app, visit the GCRA website.

Taste of Charleston

The 34th annual Southern Living Taste of Charleston is a three day event with the main event taking place Sunday, September 28th. Boone Hall Plantation will play host to 50 of the Lowcountry’s best casual and fine dining restaurants who will be serving sample size portions, beer and wine. Attendees also enjoy live entertainment. To learn more visit the Taste of Charleston web page.

Coming Soon...

We hope to see you in September, but if you can’t make that soon there is more culinary action to come! Tickets for the Charleston Wine and Food Festivalgo on sale August 27th. The festival is scheduled to begin March 4th, but tickets (and rooms) go fast. Be sure to mark your calendar, and plan ahead!

Last Minute Summer Vacation

Friday, August 08, 2014
The kids have already done most of their back-to-school shopping, and it won’t be long until class is in session. Where has the summer gone?!?

For most, the last days of summer are spent mourning its end, but we would encourage you to end summer on a much happier note. If you're in need of a last minute summer vacation there's no better place than Charleston! Check out some of our favorite calendars to see what's happening in August...

Be Entered for a Chance to Win

All Governor's House Inn Guests who visit in the month of August are automatically entered to win a free two-night stay!  Learn more 

Charleston Ranked No. 1

Friday, July 11, 2014
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.


Like most seaports, Charleston is somewhat of a melting pot; blending Southern, English, French and West African cultural elements. Well known for art, music, cuisine, theater and fashion, downtown plays host to a variety of cultural events and fairs including:
  • Spoleto Festival
  • Festival of Houses and Gardens
  • Southeastern Wildlife Expo
  • Charleston Food and Wine Festival
  • Fashion Week
  • Cooper River Bridge Run
  • Lowcountry Jazz Festival
There is also an abundance of museums, galleries and historical sites to keep travelers busy.


Charleston might as well be the definition of southern hospitality and has been recognized as the “friendliest” city in the nation.


The Holy City is downright picturesque with cobblestone streets, harbor views, historic buildings and a skyline dotted by church steeples. The downtown peninsula is also surrounded by beautiful beaches (including Folly, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah and Seabrook) and plantations. The setting lends itself to a laid back atmosphere for both tourists and locals.


Downtown Charleston and the surrounding areas boast a variety of up-scale and casual dining options. Flavors vary from local seafood to international cuisine. Some of our favorite lunch and dinner spots include:
  • The Charleston Grill – King St.
  • Cypress – East Bay St.
  • Halls Chophouse – King St.
  • O-Ku – King St.
  • Magnolias – East Bay St.
  • Husk – Queen St.
  • Poogan’s Porch – Queen St.
  • High Cotton – East Bay St.
  • Bull Street Gourmet & Market – King St.
  • Hominy Grill – Rutledge Ave.
  • Five Loaves – Cannon St.


Charleston offers a variety of lodging options, from major chains to historic bed and breakfasts like the Governor’s House Inn. Most downtown accommodations are within the historic district and close to shopping, dining and nightlife.


Downtown offers tons of shopping, the majority of which is split between King Street and Market Street. Options vary and include designer labels, local boutiques and national brands like:
  • Anthropologie
  • Banana Republic
  • J. Crew
  • Gap
  • Luna
  • Aldo
  • Urban Outfitters
  • Forever 21
  • Copper Penny
  • Steve Madden
  • Juicey Cotoure
  • Lacoste
  • BCBG MaxAzria
…And that’s just to name a few. The Market area also features a variety of candy and souvenir shops, and goods from local artists and artisans are also available. To learn more about the Readers Choice Awards visit

Plan a Trip

If you haven’t visited Charleston (or if it has been a while), we hope you will plan a trip soon!  Charleston's Visitors' Bureauis a great place to start, and we hope that you will book your stay with the Governor’s House. Call 800-720-9812 to learn more or make your reservation online.

Enter to Win

All guests who book reservations between now and August 31st will be entered for a chance to win a FREE two night stay! Learn more

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Charleston, South Carolina 29401

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