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The Charleston Bridal Show

Thursday, June 26, 2014
When it comes to wedding planning, starting is usually the hardest part. This is especially true if you are planning a destination wedding. The Charleston Bridal Show is an annual event, and it's a great way to begin tackling your wedding check list. The show is an excellent opportunity to meet some of the area’s best vendors. This year the event will be held Sunday, July 20th at the Shriners Building at Patriots Point. Admission is only $10, and the event lasts from 12:00pm-5:00pm. Planning every wedding detail or just looking to test the wedding planning waters, there is no better place to start than a bridal show.

The Charleston Bridal Show Features: 

  • More than 75 vendors from the Charleston area.
  • The latest in bridal fashion.
  • Local musicians.
  • Hors d’oeuvres and wedding cake samples.
  • Décor and prop displays for inspiration.
Learn more about the Charleston Bridal Show by visiting

Plan Your Wedding Weekend

If you are planning to visit Charleston for the upcoming bridal show, we cordially invite you to come stay with us! The Governor’s House Inn offers Wedding Packagesfor bridal parties and wedding weekend festivities, and a visit with us in July would be the perfect trial run opportunity! Please check out our summer specials, or call 800-720-9812 to learn more.

Celebrating July 4th in Charleston

Thursday, June 12, 2014
Summer is in full swing, and there is nothing quintessentially more summer than vacation or the 4th of July. This year combine both for the ultimate summertime experience! Many history buffs flock to Boston or DC for America’s birthday, but there are certainly other ways to get your historical fix on Independence Day. A July 4th vacation to Charleston, SC may be particularly appealing to those who prefer to avoid peak tourist season. If you enjoy the “road less traveled” consider visiting historical downtown Charleston this July, and retrace the footsteps of a founding father. Edward Rutledge, a Charleston native and South Carolina congressional representative, was the youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence. Mr. Rutledge served in both the First and second Continental Congress, and in 1776, at the age of 27, he signed the Declaration. He was considered by the British to be such a threat that he was captured and imprisoned after the fall of Charleston in 1780. Mr. Rutledge continued to be a highly influential figure in American politics after his release and was elected Governor in 1798. From 1776 until his death in 1800, Edward Rutledge resided at what is now known as the “Governor’s House.” Today the home is considered to be a national landmark, and it serves a Bed and Breakfast. A portrait of Rutledge hangs in the foyer of the home along with a copy of the Declaration of Independence. And if history isn’t enough to draw you into the Holy City this summer, check out a few of the local festivities that are sure to please!

Local 4th of July Celebrations

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Historic Charleston Harbor Tours

Thursday, May 01, 2014
Charleston Harbor TourOne 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 sea. At Charleston Harbor Tours you will climb aboard the Carolina Belle to enjoy the beauty of the Holy City. The ship guides will point out over 75 different landmarks on your tour that will last an hour and a half. Aboard the Carolina Belle, and all of the Charleston Harbor tours, you will need to keep an eye out on the water to see if any dolphin friends are swimming alongside your vessel. You can also combine your harbor tour with a wonderful carriage ride, as well. Tickets are $21 per person. Another option would be to let SpiritLine Cruises & Events take care of all your Charleston Harbor tour needs. This line of cruises has two departure points: Aquarium Wharf and Patriot’s Point. This makes it easy for you to access a cruise no matter where you are coming from. Admission is $20 for adults and $12 for children. If you wanted to spice up your harbor tour a bit, you can also take a Charleston dinner cruise. This will include dinner over a two and a half hour period, and costs begin at $53.53 per person (depending on day and type of seating). Two other companies you can look at using are The Schooner Pride and Sandlapper Water Tours. The Schooner Pride provides a unique experience in that you will be aboard their 84-foot tall sailboat instead of a cruise ship. Your time with Schooner Pride lasts two hours and begins at $36 for adults. Sandlapper Water Tours offers a few different types of trips, including ghost tours, sunset cruises, nature tours, and history tours. The Palmetto is waiting to take you around the harbor, and tickets begin at $23 for adults. Located just blocks away from the different Charleston Harbor tours is The Governor’s House Inn – a premier bed and breakfast in Charleston. Since the Governor’s House Inn is a member of Select Registry Distinguished Inns of North America, you can rest assured that a stay here will be one of the highest quality. Each of the 11 luxurious accommodations are unique and have a personality all their own, allowing guests to choose the room that is perfect for them. So when you are finished with your Charleston Harbor tour, be sure to let the Governor’s House Inn take care of all your accommodations. Rooms fill up quickly, so plan ahead and book your stay today! Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell

The Charleston Aquarium, Not Just for Kids

Sunday, April 27, 2014
Charleston AquariumAlthough 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 aquarium houses an extremely wide array of wildlife. You can learn more about all kinds of living things, including fish, invertebrates, reptiles, amphibians, mammals, birds, and plants. These animals comprise much of what you will see in the various regions of South Carolina, and you will also get to experience a hint of Madagascar. After your visit, you can expect to be able to tell the difference between a Nile crocodile and an American alligator, as well as a mantella frog and a tomato frog. One of the cool interactive areas of the aquarium is the touch tank. Here you can get up close and personal with creatures such as hermit crabs, whelk, sea urchins, horseshoe crabs, and Atlantic stingrays. You can touch all these animals as a member of the aquarium staff will be available to guide you and answer all of your questions. An additional feature to the museum is the 4-D Theater that brings the screen to life. Not only will the sea creatures be popping off the screen, but you will also be able to feel the effects of wind and water. An extra purchase is required for entrance into the 4-D Theater. The South Carolina Aquarium has a great Sea Turtle Rescue Program. The aquarium helps bring sea turtles back to health and then properly acclimates them to their natural ocean environment. When the typical 9-5 hours are over, the fun doesn’t stop at the South Carolina Aquarium. The facility is designed to host premier events such as weddings, banquets, and a variety of other social gatherings. The aquarium recently received the Wedding Wire Rater Award, which is given to vendors who meet a 4.5 out of 5 rating. With wildlife all around and the harbor as the backdrop, the South Carolina Aquarium is the ideal place to spend a day or host your next important event. -- Are you in town for one of the aforementioned events? Maybe you’re a local looking for some time away from the daily grind. Regardless of where you are coming from, The Governor’s House Inn is a luxurious Charleston bed and breakfast that is just waiting to provide you a perfect night’s stay. The South Carolina Aquarium and The Governor’s House Inn are really an excellent match, as both are located in downtown Charleston and are just a mile and a half away from each other. That means you can head straight to bed and breakfast after exploring the aquarium by day or attending your special event there by night. Check out the best bed and breakfast accommodations in Charleston, and then book your stay at The Governor’s House Inn today!

Charleston Carriage Tours that Suit Many Historic Avenues

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
Charleston carriage toursThe 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 Carriage Works building helped supply the first carriage tour in Charleston nearly 60 years ago. This company is extremely customer-service oriented and will provide you with an excellent experience. The tours are one hour and can be private or for large groups. Palmetto Carriage Location: 8 Guignard Street Standard Price: $23 This one-hour tour will be fully narrated by an experienced tour guide and will take you through the streets of historic Charleston. Palmetto Carriage is capable of taking up to 200 passengers but can also provide private carriage rides and wedding carriages. Old South Carriage Co. Location: 14 Anson Street Standard Price: Adults - $23; Children - $15 Old South Carriage Co. was founded in 1983 by David Compton and has grown from being a three-horse and one-carriage operation to now having 20 horses and 15 different carriages. Guests can purchase their tickets for a one-hour historic residential tour, an intimate private tour (2-5 passengers), or a combo tour that also features a SpiritLine Harbor Cruise (for an additional cost). Charleston Carriage Tours by Carolina Polo and Carriage Company Location: 181 Church Street & 16 Hayne Street Standard Price: Adult - $22; Children - $15 The tours at Carolina Polo and Carriage Company give you the flexibility of starting at two different locations. This carriage company is also owned by Charleston families who have been in the city since the 1600s. That means you will get to hear from centuries of local experience when you take your one-hour tour. Charleston Carriage Works Location: 20 Anson Street Standard Price: Adults - $23; Children - $15 Charleston Carriage Works has taken over the space once occupied by Olde Towne Carriage Company on Anson Street. Their modern carriages are designed to be lighter for the horses and will seat up to 16 passengers. The standard tour is an hour long, and Charleston Carriage Works also provides carriages for weddings and other special occasions. -- There is only one perfect place to stay in Charleston and that is the Governor’s House Inn. When you decide to stay at our Charleston bed and breakfast, you will be centrally located to many awesome activities, including any of these Charleston carriage tours. The Governor’s House Inn is less than a mile walk to each of the tours listed above, giving you yet another reason to book your stay. Need more reasons? Just take a look at our bed and breakfast accommodations, and you will be sold! Check availability at Governor’s House Inn and book your stay today! Photo courtesy Charleston’s TheDigitel

Fort Sumter Tours: A Popular Charleston Attraction

Thursday, April 17, 2014
Fort Sumter toursOn 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 vessel and taking one of the several Fort Sumter tours that the Holy City has to offer. Fort Sumter Tours One of the best places to begin your Fort Sumter Tour is with a company called - well - Fort Sumter Tours! The tours are available all year, with the exception of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s, and depart from two different spots. From downtown, you can climb aboard at 340 Concord Street, or you can opt to begin your journey in Mount Pleasant at 40 Patriots Point Road. The tour costs $18 for adults, $16 for seniors, $11 for children 4-11, and is free from children 3 and under. In addition, you can expect to spend a little over two hours on the tour, with one hour of your time being spent directly on the fort. SpirtLine Cruises As part of a larger tour that will focus on several aspects of Charleston history, SpiritLine Cruises will also give you a great view of Fort Sumter from the water. This 90-minute tour will cost $20 for adults, $18 for seniors, $12 for children 4-11, and is also free for children 3 and under. Gray Line of Charleston Gray Line of Charleston offers its guests three different tours, one of which includes a cruise to Fort Sumter. This one is a little pricier at $34 for adults and $19 for children, however the tour lasts four hours and includes a 90-minute tour around downtown Charleston that includes at least 100 points of interest. National Park Service Fort Sumter is governed by the National Park Service and is free to visit on your own. A guided tour is normally not offered, but a park ranger will give a 10-minute history talk before you embark on a self-guided tour. Visitors can get to the fort using their own private boat and are encouraged to beach or anchor their vessel on the western side of Fort Sumter. -- Fort Sumter can be seen from many of favorite spots in Charleston, including Sullivan’s Island, James Island, Patriots Point, and downtown. In the heart of downtown is where you will find the Governor’s House Inn – a classic Charleston bed and breakfast. Like Fort Sumter, The Governor’s House Inn is also filled with Charleston history, allowing you to keep the theme of your trip alive. Check the availability at the Governor’s House Inn today so you can finalize your next visit to Charleston. Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell

Charleston Dinner Cruise for You & Your Spouse

Thursday, April 03, 2014
Charleston dinner cruiseWith 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 experience the charm and history of Charleston in just one evening on board a ship. -- SpiritLine Cruises & Events At SpiritLine Cruises & Events, you will hop aboard the Spirit of Carolina and enjoy a three- or four-course meal. Everyone will get to try the She-crab soup and the fresh salad, while guests will have their choice of five entrees, including shrimp & grits and the fresh catch of the day. You will have plenty of time to enjoy this experience, as you will set sail at 7 p.m. and return to the dock at 9:30 p.m. Boarding will begin at 6:30 p.m. at takes place at the Patriots Point Naval Museum in Mount Pleasant. In addition to amazing views and delicious food, you will have a local musician performing for you live. Charleston Harbor Tours If you are looking for a way to spend your evening on the 4th of July in Charleston, then Charleston Harbor Tours is an option you should definitely evaluate. The dinner cruise includes a two-hour ride from 8-10 p.m. and a BBQ buffet from Home Team BBQ. You will have a great view of the fireworks aboard the Carolina Belle, but before the sky lights up, you will get to listen to Shrimp City Slim play the blues. You can also host a private dinner cruise at Charleston Harbor Tours for an event such as a rehearsal dinner. Sandlapper Tours The Palmetto is your vessel at Sandlapper Tours, and it will take you and your guests to a barrier island for your meal. Expect refreshments aboard The Palmetto and then perhaps an oyster roast, crab roast, or Frogmore stew once you get to your destination. You can also nail down the catering on your own, or have the captain simply navigate the group to the restaurant of its choosing. -- After your Charleston dinner cruise, continue your night of romance by booking a room at the Governor’s House Inn on Broad Street. When you get back to your Charleston bed and breakfast, enjoy a glass of wine in the parlor before resting your head in one of the 11 luxurious accommodations. Fortunately, there is no rush to head out when you wake up. Be sure to stick around to enjoy the delicious gourmet breakfast and the afternoon tea and snacks. When you stay at the Governor’s House Inn, you will be treated to a first-class experience that will have you instantly excited about your return trip. Photo courtesy Ron Cogswell

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

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