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Charleston Boat Show Back in January

Wednesday, November 20, 2013
Charleston Boat ShowMany may not be thinking of boating in January, but that's the beauty of Charleston! Well, one aspect anyway. There will be much to do on your trip to the Lowcountry, but first you'll need to plan your trip from January 24 through the 26th. The Charleston Boat Show is back! There will be more boats and more brands and the best prices of the year. The show offers incredible deals, while allowing you to preview the hottest new boats on the market. It all started 34 years ago, but the Charleston Boat Show has now grown into the biggest boat show and sale in the Lowcountry. Though it specializes in new powerboats, the show features small jon boats, skiffs and cruisers, yachts and ski boats. You'll find something for sure, no matter your taste or budget. Take advantage of great prices on many different products, but also take in the educational opportunities and entertainment! At the Charleston Boat Show, you'll find absolutely all you need for life out on the water. The list of boat lines is wide and long. It includes: Anglers Marine Inc., Barrier Island Marine, Berkeley Outdoors Marine, Boat N RV, Butler Marine Inc., Cape Romaine Marine, Pawleys Island Marina, Charleston Powersports, Coastal Carolina Yacht Sales, Duncan's Boats, Dragonfly Boatworks, Fishing Kayaks SC, Hall Marine Charleston, Hanckel Marine, Longshore Boats, Matthews Marine, Palmetto Boat Sales, Regulator of Charleston, Sea Fox Boats of Charleston, Seel's Outboard, St. Barts Yachts, Tailwalker Marine, Trophy Lakes, and Zodiac Recreational of North America. There will also be dozens of exhibitors! From boatyard services to nautical prints and painting, you'll have endless opportunities to learn, browse and buy. And never fear if boating isn't your (gasp!) favorite activity, you can just try on the women's sandals, get information on body wraps, health and wellness, or even buy yourself some of the fashion jewelry and accessories that are available. There's truly something for everyone! It's all taking place at the Charleston Area Convention Center. The 34th annual Charleston Boat Show will run from Friday to Sunday. On Friday, it's open from noon to 8 p.m., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Parking is free and tickets are just $9 for adults, $4 for children 4 to 12, and $5 for military members with valid ID. Children under 3 get in free. Start making your plans now to get to the Charleston Boat Show in January. We invite you to stay with us at the Governor's House Inn Bed and Breakfast for the ultimate Charleston experience. Our historic Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. After a long day enjoying the show, slow your pace and rediscover a genteel lifestyle. Click here to view our accommodations. There's truly so much you need to see while you're here, and we have some suggestions for your trip. Request our Vacation Guide to learn more. It's a complete interactive and visual guide to the Holy City. Get your copy today! Photo courtesy of: Charleston Boat Show

Are You Ready for the Lowcountry Oyster Festival?

Friday, November 15, 2013
Lowcountry Oyster FestivalWe don't want to get ahead of ourselves, but we know you need to plan in advance, especially for an event like this! It has been named "one of the top 20 events in the southeast" by the Southeastern Tourism Society. We are talking about the Lowcountry Oyster Festival. Are you ready to do some shucking? Eighty-thousand pounds of oysters…that's what you will find January 26, 2014 at Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the largest in the WORLD. Let's talk details. In 2014, the highly-anticipated event will include not only oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, but also live music on the main stage, wine, and a selection of domestic and imported beers. But it's not just for grown ups. There will be a Children's Area as well, along with a food court that showcases great restaurants. Every taste will be satisfied! And it gets even better. All the fun benefits a great cause. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival is a charity fundraiser benefiting the Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children and the Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. In case you'd like to know more about how the funds are used, here's some additional information on the charities.
  • The Ronald McDonald House of Charleston provides a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children. It eliminates the financial burden of costly hotel rooms while it provides an atmosphere in which families can feel as close to normal as possible.
  • The Omar Shrine Temple is a local nonprofit that covers the 22 eastern-most counties of South Carolina. Their work benefits the Shriners Hospitals for Children, which have a network of 22 hospitals offering state of the art care to children.
  • Hospitality Heroes is a nonprofit that lends a helping hand to local hospital employees and their families when they are hit with a medical hardship.
  • The Lowcountry Oyster Festival also benefits the Hollings Cancer Center, which unites the best cancer research, education, and treatment in a single location. It offers cancer support services, too.
  • The final organization that is helped by the festival is the Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. It enables science teachers in the tri-county area schools to have the tools and textbooks that are needed to best educate students.
Again, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival will kick off on Sunday, January 26 at Boone Hall Plantation. It runs from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Start planning your trip now to the Lowcountry. We encourage you to stay with us at the Governor's House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast. Take in our magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms and expansive verandah porches. Your stay here will summon images of refined civility and mint juleps on a sultry afternoon. Come and see for yourself why the former Governor's mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by a national travel magazine! Our Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south's most mannered and picturesque city. View our accommodations here. Photo courtesy of: Charleston Restaurant Association

Charleston Events in December

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Charleston EventsYou may be in town for a holiday getaway, quick romantic trip or girls’ shopping vacay… Whatever brings you to the Lowcountry, we know you’ll enjoy your stay, especially with all these Charleston events in December! All Month 2013 Holiday Festival of Lights This is one of the most beloved nighttime events in the area! James Island County Park comes alive with illumination through December 31st! The three-mile driving tour features more than 750 shining displays. In addition, you’ll find marshmallow roasting, festival train rides, the Amazing Dancing Light Display, Enchanted Walking Trail, gingerbread house displays, 50-ton sand sculpture, giant greeting cards, old-fashioned carousel, portable climbing wall, Santa’s Sweet Shoppe, unique gift shops and the Reindeer Workshop! A Christmas Carol The Dickens tale returns to Woolfe Street Playhouse just in time for the holidays. “A Christmas Carol” is said to be a bold theatrical re-imagining of a classic Christmas story. This performance uses only Charles Dickens’ words and a chameleon ensemble of eight actors. Tickets are $30 for adults, $27 for seniors, $20 for students and $15 for kids 12 and under. The Charleston Christmas Special Over 9,000 people see it each year! In 2013, ‘The Charleston Christmas Special” will be all new and filled with more of your favorite holiday songs and dances. It takes place at the Charleston Music Hall. We recommend getting your tickets now because this show sells out quickly. 5th Annual Holiday Pub Crawl The Holiday Pub Crawl visits historic taverns and pubs. This 2.5-hour tour visits four historic pubs where everyone can have their favorite beverage and enjoy complimentary appetizers at two out of the four pubs. December 1 33rd Annual Charleston Christmas Parade Sponsored by the Tri-County Fire Chief’s Association, the City of Charleston Christmas Parade will run from 2 to 4 p.m. It starts at the intersection of Calhoun and Meeting Streets and proceeds down King Street to Broad Street to Lockwood Boulevard. December 7 23rd Annual Reindeer Run The Reindeer Run has grown by leaps and bounds over the years. In 2012, the race had a record of 3,500 runners! This 5k run/walk goes through the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston. Piggly Wiggly and Half-Moon Outfitters present the family-oriented, pet-friendly race. The Charitable Society of Charleston has donated over $575,000 to the Medical University of South Carolina throughout the history of the event. You can have fun and help a great cause at the same time! The party starts at the finish line in front of Southend Brewery, the official race headquarters. There will be music, food and drinks! December 13 King Street Shop Walk This is one of the biggest events of the season. More than 60 King Street retailers will offer you a night of discounted shopping, holiday celebration and entertaining fun. Proceeds benefit the Center for Women. December 18 Jingle Bell Ball – Avril Lavigne, The Fray and Daughtry This is the first year for the Jingle Bell Ball at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center. Tickets are on sale now! As you plan your trip to Charleston, consider staying with us at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Click here to view our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: Andrew.Beebe

Registration is Open for the Charleston Marathon!

Thursday, November 07, 2013
Charleston MarathonDon't walk…RUN…your way to the Lowcountry in January. Registration is now open for the Charleston Marathon! You'll come to realize why it was voted the No. 1 city in the world. From January 17 through January 19, 2014, you can participate in a half marathon, Shrimp & Grits 5K, Bike Ride and Youth Marathon Program. There will be plenty to do, even if you're not up for a full marathon. As you take in all the charm and hospitality that have made Charleston famous, your participation will benefit a great cause. It will help raise funds to support fine arts programs in community schools. There are several additional reasons you should participate, however. The Marathon and Half Marathon courses feature scenic water views, the Battery and historic King Street. Don't miss out on the fun in Park Circle too, as the Shrimp & Grits 5K takes you through North Charleston. It all comes together during the Finish Line street festival, which features live entertainment, food, drinks and a kids fun area. But these are only a couple highlights. Awards are five-deep in age categories, and there will be a Health and Fitness Expo that features 40 vendors! And there's even more for the children…The Youth Marathon Program includes local sports characters and awards. There's truly something for everyone. Every single participant will receive a long-sleeved Tech shirt that features a Charleston artist. There will be free shrimp and grits and beer for those over age 21 at the finish line, and a commemorative medal for all finishers. So what are the details of the course? The Charleston Marathon is a Boston Qualifier. They are USTAF certified, flat courses with entertainment. There will be aid stations with medical support, indoor bathrooms at the start and finish and indoor showers for you to clean up after finishing the race. Finally, enjoy ample parking at the start, along with shuttle return. If you're ready to reserve your spot, you can register online, through mail-in, or register late at the Health and Fitness Expo on January 17 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. The final chance to sign up is before the races start at 6:30 a.m. It's sad if you can't participate, but there are plenty of ways to help out. If you'll be in town, you should volunteer! The Charleston Marathon is a volunteer-driven nonprofit community event that benefits the Youth Endowment for the Arts. There are quite a few volunteer benefits as well. For example, a T-shirt, post-race shrimp and grits, free parking, meals (minimum of a 4-hour shift), beer (21 and older), the joy of giving back to your community and more! But if you will be gone during this fun-filled weekend, consider donating to the Youth Endowment for the Arts! It's easy - mail a donation or make your donation online! It is tax deductible! Now that you have decided the best way for you to participate, you'll need a place to rest your head after all the activities. Consider staying with us at the Governor's House Inn, a historic Charleston Bed & Breakfast. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. Book your stay here. Photo courtesy of: Brian Cribb

Why You Should Visit Charleston This Season

Friday, November 01, 2013
Visit CharlestonWake up to the aroma of fresh coffee and a true southern breakfast. Each morning the Governor's House Inn features a new menu and special items like banana French toast strata with Amaretto sauce or homemade quiche. You're guaranteed to start your holiday getaway the right way with this gourmet breakfast. Visit Charleston this season and enjoy all the deliciousness in the elegant dining room at the Governor's House Inn, dine on the verandah or in your guest room. It's all about you this season! Once you have filled your belly, take a horse-drawn carriage tour through the Historic District. When you visit Charleston, this is an activity that cannot be missed! Palmetto Carriage Works, the oldest carriage tour company in Charleston, offers historic tours of the residential district. They have developed the greatest carriage experience in the city. A Palmetto Carriage tour blends knowledge, humor, wit and history. It's a seamless fusion of 19th century conveyance in a 21st century city! You will experience 25 to 30 blocks of Charleston's historic downtown district, see houses, gardens, mansions, churches and parks and learn about the buildings, history, architecture, flora and people that make up the "Holy City." This is the best way to see all that Charleston has to offer. If you should tire after a day touring the city, you can return for Lowcountry Afternoon Tea at the Governor's House Inn. This is a southern tradition. Tea in the afternoon refreshes the soul and indulges the senses. Pair that with house-made sweets and savories and it just doesn't get any better…well, until the evening. After a nap in one of our guest rooms, meet and greet other guests while enjoying a glass of wine and some of Charleston's finest cheeses. Because you deserve to relax, indulge in a glass or two of chilled champagne. If you'd like a romantic evening alone with your significant other, try the treats on the verandah, by the fireplace or in your guest room. Of course, for the perfect end to the perfect day in Charleston, we suggest evening sherry in our parlor. You can share a private moment, finish a novel or make new acquaintances. Do as much or as little as you'd like to during your holiday stay in Charleston. Our Inn sparkles like a jewel during the holidays and Charleston is absolutely lovely in its holiday splendor. From Monday, November 11 through Monday, December 23, 2013, we will be offering a "Holiday Splendor" package that will excite all your senses. From bubbly champagne to a horse-drawn carriage and exclusively designed ornament, our package encompasses the best of this historic city. The package includes two evenings in the guest room of your choice, a bottle of chilled champagne, a horse-drawn carriage tour through the Historic District with Palmetto Carriage and a Governor's House Inn ornament designed by local artist, Debbie Reeves. All of this is included, with prices starting at just $485. Our highly qualified staff will be on hand prior to and during your stay to assist you in choosing from the many fine restaurants, shops, galleries and famous sites in our city. They are all just a short walk away. Book your holiday getaway now at the Governor's House Inn and visit Charleston in all its Christmas finery. Go online today and select the Holiday Splendor Package. Your perfect vacation awaits! Photo courtesy of: aerophish

Best Comedy Shows in Charleston SC

Friday, October 18, 2013
Comedy Shows in Charleston SCPirates, gothic comedy or a murder mystery … Charleston theaters feature comedies for all ages. If you're looking for something fun to do while in town at The Governor's House Inn, consider going to one of the best comedy shows in Charleston SC. Theatre 99 This is Charleston's home for improv comedy. The party never stops at Theatre 99. They are constantly creating original hilarity that you can catch on almost every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. It's also a great place to catch annual festivals showcasing top comedic talent from across the country and at home. Although the focus is primarily on improv, Theatre 99 also offers sketch and standup, music and cabaret. Current shows include "The Have Nots!," "Hot Pants," "Bingo Improv," "The Funny Bucket," and more. Shows are typically kept PG-13, but because they're based on audience suggestions, you never know what will happen! Ticket prices just can't be beat. You can see a Wednesday night show for just $5. They are $10 on Friday nights and $12.50 on Saturdays. You can buy them online by clicking here. Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre If you're looking for a good laugh, or a good mystery, the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre is where you will find it. This cozy little theatre can sell out quickly, but it features several fantastic shows. "Heist, Heist Baby" is recommended for adults out on the town and Heist fans. It's rated PG, but contains some humor and innuendo that may not be appropriate for pre-teens. "Sweet T. Christmas" is perfect for the holiday season. It's a holiday whodunit with spirit. This one is for friends, family and coworkers looking to share some laughs. It's a little silly and a little sweet. You may want to keep the children under 9 at home. "Yo Ho Ho and a Bottle of Yoo-Hoo: A Pirate Show" is one for all ages. It's great for adults who like nutty yet intelligent wordplay, families looking for clean but clever comedy and all those interested in Charleston's pirate history! Adults, teens, pre-teens, and those with interest in Sherlock Holmes or Charleston history will enjoy "Sherlock Holmes and the Charleston History Mystery!" It's good, clean comedy that's rated PG. Inspector NoClue's Murder Mystery is the classic comic whodunit. It's suggested for mystery fans and adults out on the town (and away from the kids). Footlight Theatre Charleston, South Carolina's community theatre has been putting on shows since 1931. In addition to family friendly entertainment, you can take in comedies on occasion. For example, "The Sugar Bean Sisters" is hailed as a true Southern Gothic comedy that's full of one-liners. Click here to learn more about The Footlight Players. After you enjoy one of the best comedy shows in Charleston SC, return to your room at The Governor's House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Our Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south's most mannered and picturesque city. It's honored to be one of the most classic Charleston bed and breakfasts. Find out more about our B&B accommodations. Photo courtesy of: Charleston's TheDigitel

Charleston Tour of Homes to Feature Homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands

Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Charleston Tour of HomesImagine your dream home in your dream location. That's what you'll find during this year's Charleston Tour of Homes. And it's bigger and better than ever! For the first time, the 16th annual Symphony Tour of Homes will feature homes on both Kiawah and Seabrook Islands. Several properties from the islands will be included. Hosted by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League (CSOL), the Symphony Tour of Homes has showcased outstanding residences over the years. They are each unique in their own individual ways. It may be their architectural or interior design. In every residence, you'll see the varied interests and lifestyles of those living inside. It's all happening on Saturday, November 2. Check in at Freshfields Village, in front of Java Java, beginning at 9:30 a.m. As you tour exceptional homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., your experience will be enhanced by live music from Charleston Symphony Orchestra League musicians and scholarship recipients. Some of this year's most promising musicians will include two violinists, Rachel Dawson and Vivian Song. Rachel Dawson has been playing the violin since she was 4-years-old. She has played with the College of Charleston Orchestra for the past three years. Vivian Song is also a CSOL scholarship winner. She has studied the violin for eight years. Following the Charleston Tour of Homes, you can enjoy an ATAX event that's sponsored by the Town of Kiawah Island! It's a special concert on The Green at Freshfields Village. The show will feature the Charleston Symphony Orchestra with former Assistant Concertmaster, Stuart Malina conducting. It starts at 5 p.m. The best part about the tour is that proceeds go to a great cause. They will be used to support the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, and will help to provide scholarships for student and professional musicians in the Lowcountry. Friends will also be acknowledged in the tour booklet for donations that are specially earmarked for music scholarships. You can save by purchasing your tickets in advance. They are $40 and can be purchased online, at the Kiawah Island Visitors Center, or at Indigo Books in Freshfields Village. Tickets on the day of the tour will be $45. Here's a list of sponsors for this year's tour: Camens Architectural Group, Christopher Rose Architects, Buffington Homes, Dyal Compass, Mangan Inc., R.M. Buck Builders, Aqua Blue Pools, Carolina Lanterns and Accessories, Charleston One Source, The French Thistle, Gamble Home Services, Signature Kitchens and Baths, Taylor Agency, S. Bogan Designs, Dunes Properties, Kiawah Island Real Estate, Seabrook Island Real Estate, Freshfields Village and Rosebank Farms. As you plan your getaway to take the Charleston Tour of Homes that will feature homes on Kiawah and Seabrook Islands, consider staying at the Governor's House Inn. Among the historic inns and bed and breakfasts in Charleston, we are the only Inn to offer the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National landmark combined with southern hospitality. We strive to provide the best bed and breakfast accommodations to ensure everyone enjoys their stay at the Governor's House Inn. View our rooms and suites here. Photo courtesy of: CSOL

Charleston Events in November

Thursday, October 10, 2013
Charleston  EventsThe holidays will soon be upon us and that means time for rest and relaxation! Make your way to Charleston, South Carolina, during the month of November for fun, history and maybe even a little romance. These are some great Charleston events in November you don't want to miss! 12th Annual Harvest Fest Agricultural families across America have long gathered every fall to give thanks and celebrate a bountiful Harvest season with a day of games, feasting, music and fun. The tradition continues during the 12th Annual Harvest Fest on November 2. Dance to music from five local bluegrass bands, go on a hayride or decorate a pumpkin at Mullet Hall Equestrian Center. There will be penny diving, lasso demonstrations, a stick pony corral and more! The crafter's market is great for holiday shopping. To learn more, click here. 16th Annual Symphony Tour of Homes From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, November 2, you will have the opportunity to tour five exceptional homes, all enchanted by live music provided by CSOL scholarship recipients and Charleston Symphony Orchestra musicians. The Symphony Tour of Homes showcases a wide variety of outstanding residences. Each one is unique in its architectural and interior design. For the first time, homes on both Kiawah and Seabrook Islands will be featured on the tour. There will also be a special concert on The Green at Freshfields Village starting at 5 p.m. Lowcountry Hoedown Suit up in your best plaid and prepare for a boot stompin' good time! The 2nd annual Lowcountry Hoedown will kick off Saturday, November 9 at 7 p.m. The all-inclusive shindig will offer bourbon, moonshine, and whiskey cocktails from over a dozen distilleries. You'll nosh on BBQ, brisket and delicious southern treats from Lowcountry restaurants and artisan food vendors. Finally, dance until you drop to the sounds of two fantastic bluegrass bands: Seven Handle Circus (Atlanta, GA) and The Barefoot Movement (Johnson City, TN). Tickets are $50 in advance or $65 at the door. YALL Fest This is a free event featuring 50 of the countries top Young Adult authors. The authors include 25 New York Times bestsellers. They'll gather for panels, presentations, and signings on three Upper King Street Stages. It's all going down November 9 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Taste of the Market On November 21, the City Market Hospitality Association will host Taste of the Market. For $10, you'll enjoy live music, special deals and samples from participating restaurants. The specials, music and chef demonstrations continue all night long! 2013 ESPN Charleston Classic The men's college basketball tournament will feature a bracket format with 12 games over a three-day period. On November 21, 22, and 24, teams will compete in the 2013 Charleston Classic. They'll advance through the bracket, competing in one game per day. The two teams that remain undefeated will face off in the championship game. 36th Annual Turkey Day Run & Gobble Wobble Talk about a tradition! The annual event is a tradition for both Charleston natives and travelers alike. This is the largest 5K in South Carolina. It kicks off at 9 a.m. at Marion Square in Charleston. You'll go through downtown Charleston and the Battery before you return to Marion Square for a post-race party! Free food and beverages will be provided to those that are 21+, but there's a children's fun run and activities that will include all ages! Fill your calendar will these Charleston events in November, then reserve your room at The Governor's House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. You'll see why the former Governor's mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston Inns by one national travel magazine. View our rooms and suites here. Photo courtesy of: Brian Cribb

Spooky Things to Do in Charleston

Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Things to Do in CharlestonEveryone loves visiting Charleston in October. The options for fun are abundant and the temperatures are ideal! Here are a few spooky things to do in Charleston. Boone Hall Fright Nights This is South Carolina’s largest multi-attraction haunted event! Prepare to be scared… There are four different attractions that make up Boone Hall Fright Nights. Castle Mid-Evil is a place of torment and torture where evil has no bounds. It’s “a place that awaits your arrival and awakens your fear.” Zombie Town is another scene of horror. Prim Springs is an abandoned town that is all but forgotten, except for the unfortunate citizens that fell victim to an infection that turned them into mindless, flesh-eating creatures! Make sure you stop by Zombie Town before going on the Wicked Woods Hayride. Wicked Woods is the darkest area of the plantation. They’re opened to the public once a year, but in 2013, the terror rises to a whole new level. Indefinable creatures and beings will lurk in the shadows waiting to strike unsuspecting travelers! The woods will show no sign of mercy. Finally, take in Little Amy’s Nightmare in 3D. You’ll enter Amy’s world and be consumed by her nightmares that have become so powerful they have crossed over to become reality. You can get an All You Dare to Scare pass that includes all four attractions or purchase admission to each attraction separately. Nightmare on the Harbor II This premier Charleston Halloween party will take place on Halloween Night in the South Carolina Aquarium. You can enjoy live music from Cherub The Mad Violinist & Symphony Crack Orchestra, who was recently nominated for five Grammy Awards. There will also be a Michael Jackson THRILLER performance, “Silent Disco in the SHARK TANK,” a Halloween-themed fashion show, animals and exhibits and a huge costume contest! This event is 21 and up. The Woman in Black – A Ghost Story This spine-tingling, suspenseful thriller is here just in time for Halloween. Audience members will be on the edge of their seats at the Woolfe Street Playhouse. The Woman in Black is playing October 17, 18, 19, 24, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m., and October 31 at 10 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors, and $15 for students. Tour de Graves Magnolia Cemetery Tour Charleston’s “garden of the dead” on October 25. The tour starts at 4 p.m. and runs until 7 p.m. It will consist of several notable stops with stories of the people that are buried there. Magnolia Cemetery is a focal point for Civil War remembrance as 2,200 Civil War soldiers are buried there. Halloween Classical Kids Concert On October 26, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the instruments and musicians of a Brass Quintet during a special Halloween Classical Kids Concert. Be prepared to take part in the Wild Rumpus by coming dressed in your favorite costume! It kicks off at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 4-16 and free for children 3 and under! With so many spooky things to do in Charleston, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Governor’s House Inn. We offer magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms and expansive verandah porches. Find your favorite suite or room here. Photo courtesy of: carolina terp

Your Charleston Travel Guide for Autumn

Tuesday, October 01, 2013
Charleston Travel GuideMany think vacation season ends with summer, but autumn is actually the best time to visit Charleston. Perfect temperatures, combined with the historic and charming backdrop of downtown Charleston's cobblestone streets, make fall ideal for visitors. Make your way to the Governor's House Inn and take in all the city has to offer. We hope you enjoy your Charleston Travel Guide for autumn. There's nothing better than the changing of the leaves and a surplus of pumpkins. Legare Farms on Johns Island has tons of fun fall activities during the month of October. Visit the pumpkin patch to choose your perfect pumpkin. They range from $3 to $8. There's also a maze cut into a 12-acre field of native wax myrtles. Take a hayride or make your own scarecrow that you can take home for decorating. Concessions are also available! If you want to find a pumpkin on James Island, head to Bethany United Methodist Church. They receive a huge shipment of pumpkins and sell them to the public. There are so many to choose from! Stop by throughout the month of October to select your treasured pumpkin. The kids will have fun with pumpkin decorating kits, while you learn new pumpkin-carving ideas. Another popular event is the Fall Tours of Homes and Gardens, which has been selected by the Southeast Tourism Society as a Top 20 event. You can take a stroll under the lights of Charleston's doorways during the event that benefits the Preservation Society. The five week event runs from October 3-27, on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The Coastal Carolina Fair is a HUGE attraction in autumn. Its vision is to be the "cleanest, safest, most enjoyable fair anywhere." Owned and operated by the Exchange Club of Charleston, the Coastal Carolina Fair will be held from October 31 through November 10 at the Exchange Park Fairgrounds in Ladson. Harvest Fest is a fun event taking place November 2 at Johns Island County Park from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. It will include a scarecrow making contest, craft show, penny diving, lasso demonstrations, five blue grass bands, pumpkin decorating, a hay wagon ride and delicious food! Just head to the Mullet Hall Equestrian Center to get in on the action. Starting November 8, the Holiday Festival of Lights will kick off on James Island. The James Island County Park lights up over 2-million lights to provide you with an enchanting 3-mile driving tour. There's fun for everyone, including a 54 passenger train ride through the park and a marshmallow roast! There are carousel rides, gingerbread houses, a climbing wall and more! This is the perfect transition out of fall and into winter. The Holiday Festival of Lights runs through December 31. Now that you have your Charleston Travel Guide for autumn, it's time to start making plans! Secure your room at the Governor's House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Charleston, South Carolina. Our Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south's most mannered and picturesque city. Click here to learn more about our rich history!  Please don't hesitate to contact us if you need help with recommendations or making reservations. We're here to help! Photo courtesy of: Ron Cogswell

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