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Unforgettable Things to Do in Charleston SC

Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Things to Do in CharlestonEveryone is talking about it… There’s no question now about whether or not you should visit Charleston, but you may be wondering how to narrow down your activities once you arrive. We at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast want to ensure you have a fabulous trip. That’s why we have put together this list of unforgettable things to do in Charleston! Take a photograph of Rainbow Row. One of the most gorgeous parts of Charleston, Rainbow Row is a must-see. We’re talking about a number of colorful historic houses that run from north of Tradd Street to south of Elliot Street on East Bay Street. Pastel colors paint the houses, making it a common attraction and one of the most photographed parts of the Holy City. SEA what it’s all about at the South Carolina Aquarium. Take a journey from the mountains to the sea at the South Carolina Aquarium. There are 60 unique habitats, including a 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. In addition, Shark Shallows is a new interactive experience coming in summer 2014. It features multiple species of sharks found along the coast of South Carolina. Don’t miss out on the animals, exhibits and the Sea Turtle Hospital. It’s a trip you’ll always remember. Shop on King Street.      King Street is a favorite among visitors and locals. From boutiques and main street shops to mom and pop restaurants, you can do it all between Calhoun and Market streets. Be sure to experience this part of Charleston. It’s where tons of action occurs. Take a walk along the Battery. The Battery stretches along the lower shores of the Charleston peninsula. It’s bordered by the Ashley and Cooper Rivers, and is a landmark defensive seawall and promenade. Famous for its stately, mainly antebellum homes, the Battery is quite the tourist destination. Visit the Charleston Farmer’s Market.  Located in Marion Square at the heart of downtown Charleston, the Farmer’s Market was founded in 1989. It’s open each Saturday from April to December, and on select Sundays during the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in May and June. Stop by to browse a variety of local produce, plants, herbs and cut flowers. There are usually lunch vendors, live entertainment and an assortments of arts and crafts as well. Tour Fort Sumter National Monument.  This third system masonry sea fort is located in the Charleston Harbor. Fort Sumter is the site upon which shots that started the American Civil War were fired. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1966. Browse the Historic Charleston City Market. This is a popular destination for everyone visiting Charleston. The Charleston City Market is open 364 days a year. You’ll encounter a wide variety of vendors selling paintings, pottery, sweetgrass baskets, and more. Stroll through four blocks of open-air buildings. There will also be tons of dining options to choose from. Catch some sun on Isle of Palms. The drive across the connector bridge is truly breathtaking. The Isle of Palms is surrounded by the Intracoastal Waterway, the beach and the ocean. This entire island is  7-miles long and 1-mile wide. These are but a few of the unforgettable things to do in Charleston. We encourage you to start planning your trip today. For more things to do in Charleston, download our free Vacation Guide! It has everything you need to know about Charleston and the Governor’s House Inn. Photo courtesy of: TimothyJ

Charleston Golf Courses that are Fun for Any Handicap

Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Charleston Golf CoursesBreathtaking views and world-class courses await you in one of the world’s most acclaimed vacation destinations. It just doesn’t get any better than Charleston. You can choose from true links style or tight wooded Lowcountry layouts. No matter what, you’ll find amazing coastal terrain! Here at the Governor’s House Inn, we want to make sure you enjoy your trip to the fullest extent. We’ve made a list of Charleston golf courses that are fun for any handicap. Let’s start with the Wild Dunes Harbor Course. The Harbor Golf Course is one of Charleston’s best. Designed by Tom Fazio, it’s known for its challenging design and beautiful views. The course is varied, from lagoons and salt marshes to the Intracoastal Waterway. It will test all aspects of your game. View the score card here. Next up is Charleston National Golf Club in Mount Pleasant, SC. It is a Rees Jones designed championship golf course that is open to the public year-round. Charleston National Golf Club is truly Charleston’s hidden gem, as it has been rated as the best non-resort course in the Charleston area by Golf Digest. Breathtaking panoramic views are also available at Patriots Point Links on the edge of Charleston Harbor. Here you’ll have spectacular views of the city, Fort Sumter and ships arriving from all over the world. Patriots Point has been a favorite among locals and visitors alike for years. This course has great amenities as well, including a lighted driving range with PGA instruction, a southern-style clubhouse, and golfers’ grill and patio. For tee times, call 843-881-0042. The fourth stop on our list is Stono Ferry. The Links at Stono Ferry are set amidst South Carolina Lowcountry breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway and centuries-old live oaks. It’s a refuge from society’s hustle. Stono Ferry is a semi-private club that is open to local and golf vacation play. Located thirty minutes from downtown Charleston, the Links at Stono Ferry are set on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle. It’s also the closest course to both Kiawah and Seabrook Islands! We would be amiss without mentioning RiverTowne Country Club, too! It’s a beautiful coastal Carolina country club located in Mount Pleasant. RiverTowne features the best of Charleston golf and Lowcountry hospitality, and is the only Arnold Palmer Signature golf course in the Charleston area. The course was honored with hosting a LPGA Tour event for two years. It features beautiful pampas grasses, marshlands, lakes and some of the Lowcountry’s most beautiful vistas and landscaping. RiverTowne was recently named one of the “Best You Can Play” by the South Carolina Golf Course Ratings Panel and was given a high 4.5 Star Rating by Golf Digest’s Places to Play! Click here to learn more. Now that you know all about these Charleston golf courses, we invite you to learn more about our accommodations. We offer a variety of rooms at the Governor’s House Inn and believe our recently adjusted bed and breakfast prices will make anyone happy. Click here to view our rooms and rates! Photo courtesy of: Corey Butler

Favorite Charleston Restaurants Among Locals and Visitors

Thursday, February 13, 2014
Charleston RestaurantsAttn: Foodies! The Holy City is the place to be if you’re looking for great dining options. Whether it’s brunch, lunch or dinner, there’s no shortage of phenomenal Charleston restaurants to choose from. We at the Governor’s House Inn have compiled a list for you of a few favorites among locals and visitors. Husk Restaurant Husk is a celebration of southern ingredients. It is centrally located in downtown Charleston, and is the newest offering from James Beard Award-winning Chef Sean Brock of McCrady’s and the Neighborhood Dining Group. The kitchen is led by Brock and Chef de Cuisine Travis Grimes, a Lowcountry native. They explore an ingredient-driven cuisine that begins in the rediscovery of heirloom products and redefines what it means to eat and cook in Charleston. Make reservations here! Charleston Grill This much-loved culinary landmark has perfected the art of dining. You will be greeted like long-lost friends from the moment you step through the doors at Charleston Grill. The servers are trained in the French tradition. Your experience will be truly unforgettable. The restaurant opens nightly at 5:30 p.m. FIG A local neighborhood eatery in the heart of downtown Charleston, FIG serves seasonally inspired cuisine with a commitment to using local and sustainable foods. FIG, which stands for “Food is Good,” works with local farmers, growers and purveyors to source products with integrity, flavor and soul. They incorporate these products into their menus nightly, serving them up in a laid-back, eclectic and unpretentious setting. The FIG experience is about much more than just food. Peninsula Grill It all starts will the very best Lowcountry produce and seafood at Peninsula Grill. Chef Graham Dailey then combines that with the finest ingredients flown in fresh daily from points around the world. The ambience of the restaurant is both refined and relaxed. Be sure to visit Peninsula Grill’s adjoining courtyard as well, which is illuminated by gas carriage lanterns and soft candlelight. It’s open from April through October. Cypress Housed in a historic two-story building on East Bay Street, Cypress opened in 2001. It is led by two-time James Beard nominee Craig Deihl. He uses Lowcountry ingredients to showcase his signature style, offering dishes like Crisp Wasabi Tuna with a ginger-garlic glaze and Certified Angus Beef Filet of Beef with housemade Boursin cheese. And we would simply be amiss if we didn’t mention the wine list displayed in a three-story wine wall! Slightly North of Broad S.N.O.B. is an eclectic Lowcountry bistro that brings together an abundance of local ingredients and thoughtful, expert presentation. There’s a friendly, contagious energy throughout the restaurant where warm service and conversations meld together. Now these are just a few of the best Charleston restaurants, but the list goes on and on. We invite you to come stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn and take a tour around the city. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National landmark, combined with legendary southern hospitality. Learn more about our Charleston bed and breakfast accommodations here. Photo courtesy of: jenny8lee

Charleston Wedding Venues You May Not Have Known About

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

Your Guide to the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run

Saturday, February 01, 2014
Cooper River Bridge RunRegistration is underway for the 2014 Cooper River Bridge Run! The 37th annual event is set for April 5th, and organizers promise another year you won’t forget. It all begins in scenic Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. The 10K Run and Walk features the Arthur Ravenel Bridge over the Cooper River, finishing with a flat section through historic Charleston. Promoting continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle, the Cooper River Bridge Run truly provides a world-class 10K foot race. The vision of the race is to broaden community cooperation and participation in healthy events all throughout the year, serving as a model of health and motivation. There are several objectives, which are to increase interest in cardiovascular exercise, raise funds for public education on the importance of exercise, generate a sprit of community involvement and volunteerism, and of course, promote and publicize the Cooper River Bridge Run. These objectives are carried out by the executive committee that was put together to oversee the run. The executive committee consists of Race Founder Marcus Newberry, M.D., MUSC, Ken Ayoub and Nicole Harvey of the Town of Mount Pleasant, David Bennett and John Massey representing Charleston Park and Recreation, Larry Schrecker and Mike Seekings of the Charleston Running Club, Collge of Charleston’s Harry Lesesne and Paul Wieters, Peter Carek of the Charleston Medical Society, and Perrin Lawson and Kathleen Cartland of the City of Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau. People will flock to the Lowcountry from all over the world for this one weekend.  That’s why it’s important to register now! You can do so online here. It’s $40 through February 15, and $45 through the close of registration. Online registration ends on April 2nd at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time. The Expo will be open at the Charleston Area Convention Center (5001 Coliseum Drive in North Charleston) on Thursday, April 3 from 12 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, April 4 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. If you need help with registration, contact customer support at (877) 228-4881. The Bridge Run Hotline is (843) 856-1949. This year’s event will be capped at 38,500, with 1,500 $150 charity connection bibs. For other questions and concerns, click here. Now that you know all about the Cooper River Bridge Run, let’s talk about the Kids Run and Wonderfest on Friday, April 4th! All the fun will kick off in Hampton Park in Charleston on the afternoon before the big run. Kids will participate in events ranging from short distances up to a mile. There will be food, drinks, entertainers and musical acts! The Kids Festival will run from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with face paining, mask making, a jump castle and slide, caricatures and much, much, more! As you start planning your trip to the Lowcountry and begin training for the Cooper River Bridge Run, we invite you to reserve your stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast. Our Inn is located just a short walk from the historic Charleston Battery and Old Market. The Governor’s House Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south’s most mannered and picturesque city. Click on the link to read more about our historic Charleston bed and breakfast accommodations. Photo courtesy of: Brian Cribb

Charleston SC Attractions You Must See

Monday, January 27, 2014
Charleston SC AttractionsCharleston, South Carolina is not just the best city in the United States. Many would argue it’s the best city in the WORLD. But for the third consecutive year, it has officially been named the No. 1 city in the U.S. by Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice awards. So if you’re looking to plan a trip to the Holy City, there’s no better time than now. Here are a few Charleston SC Attractions you must see during your visit. Battery Park By far, Battery Park is one of the most beloved areas in downtown Charleston. It is cornered by the Cooper River on one side and the Ashley River on the other. The Battery is a fortified seawall at the tip of the Charleston peninsula. Located at East Battery Street at Murray Boulevard, Battery Park is lined with historic antebellum homes and has White Point Garden as its centerpiece. Isle of Palms Take a walk on the beach at the Isle of Palms. You will travel across the Connector Bridge and behold a salt marsh, beach, ocean and Intracoastal Waterway. The entire island is 7-miles long and 1-mile wide. It’s only about 20 minutes from downtown Charleston. Charleston City Market Big for tourists and locals as well, the Charleston City Market is a hot spot for everyone. Browse and buy from a variety of vendors selling high quality products. Those products could include paintings, Charleston’s famous sweetgrass baskets and pottery. The Charleston City Market is the perfect place to learn all about Charleston. It’s open 364 days a year. South Carolina Aquarium The South Carolina Aquarium is home to 60 unique habitats and a 385,000-gallon Great Ocean Tank. There is a 4-D adventure theater and albino alligator exhibit, along with a renovated Saltmarsh Aviary. Fort Sumter National Monument Situated on a man-made island at the entrance to the Charleston Harbor, the site serving Fort Sumter is the location of the first engagement of the American Civil War. Fort Sumter National Monument was established in 1948. Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge Take an early morning walk or bike ride across the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge. You’ll find unparalleled views of the Cooper River from above. King Street There’s no question about it. You must visit King Street during your trip to Chucktown. All the action occurs between Calhoun and Market Streets in Charleston. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens This is one of America’s oldest living, working plantations. It’s also the most photographed plantation in the United States. They have been growing and planting crops at Boone Hall for more than three centuries. Make note of these Charleston SC attractions and then start planning your trip. We at Governor’s House Inn would love to provide more recommendations. We invite you to reserve your stay with us at one of Charleston’s most classic bed and breakfasts. You’ll quickly see why the Governor’s House Inn was proclaimed the most glamorous of inns in Charleston by a national travel magazine. We are just a few short steps from the Charleston Battery, Old Market and Spoleto venues. Come experience our magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms and expansive verandah porches. View our accommodations here. Photo courtesy of: Ron Cogswell

Why You Should Spend Valentine's Day in Charleston, SC

Monday, January 20, 2014
Valentine's DayIt’s all about romance in the Holy City, but that is even intensified in February because of Valentine’s Day. If you’re trying to narrow down how to spend the holiday, let us help. Here are a few reasons you should spend Valentine’s Day in Charleston, SC. First, you should come to experience the romantic activities. Whether you’re looking for adventure or a musical performance, there’s a wide variety of things to do during February. For example, you can take a Valentine’s Day Blues and BBQ Harbor Cruise from Charleston City Marina. It’s an evening of good times, great food and hot blues! The cruise lasts from 7 to 9 p.m. and includes live blues featuring Shrimp City Slim and delicious Home Team BBQ. You can take a carriage ride through the historic downtown area or a walk along the Battery. But if that doesn’t strike your fancy, there are plenty of other options. Make your way to the North Charleston Performing Arts Center on February 20th and surprise your sweetheart with tickets to see David Nail, Eli Young Band and Darius Rucker. Another great concert is the North Charleston POPS! Endless Love performance on February 15th. It will feature love songs from the 60s and 70s, presented by the North Charleston POPS!, The Rewinders and the Retro Singers. There are tons of events going on throughout the month, but don’t neglect the great restaurants! Try some of the best southern food in Charleston, starting with Toast! for brunch. Choose from their famous breakfast or shrimp and grits. Just don't miss out on the bottomless mimosas! We also suggest Poogan’s Porch Restaurant at 72 Queen Street for some excellent shrimp and grits. One of the oldest restaurants in Charleston, Poogan’s Porch has also been featured on the Food Network. From fried chicken to meatloaf, the options for good southern cooking are truly endless. We recommend The Boulevard Diner in Mt. Pleasant and James Island for affordable yet delicious cajun-style meatloaf. And hit up Jestine’s Kitchen for the best fried chicken. It is a hot spot for locals, as well as Rachael Ray, Anthony Bourdain and even Oprah. Better yet, the chicken costs just $11.95! There’s no way we could list all of the deliciousness in Charleston. A few other suggestions include Husk, High Cotton, FIG and Peninsula Grill. Now for the accommodations… We invite you to stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast during your trip to Charleston. Located just a short walk from Charleston’s Battery and Old Market, our Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south’s most mannered and picturesque city. The bed and breakfast boasts magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms and expanded verandah porches. You’ll quickly come to understand why the former governor’s mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by a national travel magazine. Here at the Governor’s House Inn, we provide the best bed and breakfast accommodations to make sure everyone enjoys their stay. Call an innkeeper directly now at 800-720-9812 or check availability here to secure your stay. Photo courtesy of: ralph and jenny

What is a Bed and Breakfast?

Tuesday, January 14, 2014
What is a Bed and BreakfastAs you’re planning your next vacation, perhaps you should consider a more personalized getaway. Sure, hotels can provide adequate lodging, but they bring the potential for you to feel “lost” or one of many during your stay. To feel as if your choice of residence matters and to feel especially pampered on your next trip, weigh all of your options. You can start by gaining a better understanding of exactly what is a bed and breakfast. A bed and breakfast is a relatively small lodging establishment that offers overnight accommodations, as well as breakfast. They typically do not offer other meals, but many have their own restaurant on site. Most bed and breakfasts are private homes that have around 10 rooms. Accommodations usually include private bedrooms and bathrooms or they could be in a suite of rooms. You can usually expect breakfast to be delivered to your room or it will be served in a dining room. Some owners choose to run their B&B as their primary business, while others use it as a secondary source of income or means of retirement. Often the owners live on site, but they may also choose to live even hours away. This is where the Innkeeper comes in. The Innkeeper will serve as a point of contact at the bed and breakfast, running the day to day operations of the inn. There may also be chefs and other professional staff members, but the addition of management would move the establishment more into the categorization of hotel. Many inns and bed and breakfasts are members of professional associations as well. Whether it’s a local, regional, national or international organization, the goal of the association is usually to help the bed and breakfasts and the traveling public. For example, the Professional Association of Innkeepers International helps provide guests with stays that are rewarding and memorable. PAII provides a wealth of information and education on finance, management, marketing, technology, cooking, decorating, cleaning, safety, customer service and staffing. Additionally, Select Registry (Distinguished Inns of North America) inspects its nearly 400 inns and bed and breakfasts. Inspectors help evaluate the accommodations to ensure a stay at the inn or bed and breakfast will be in a class all its own. It is associations like these that help bed and breakfasts earn their reputation in the travel industry. There are also innkeeping associations in each state that help promote the industry and tourism. Within the state, city and regional associations typically have inspection criteria for safety and cleanliness. It’s all about accountability and making sure the inns are operating to their fullest extent and capacity. With all of this in mind, hopefully you are getting a better understanding of what is a bed and breakfast. After much research, experts have determined it's the homey or wholesome atmosphere, homestyle meals, ability to converse with other guests and the ability to learn about local attractions that make bed and breakfasts so appealing. They have also found that pampering and personalized service play important roles. Here at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast, our accommodations reflect the classic style and allure of the south’s most mannered and picturesque city. Slow your pace and rediscover a genteel lifestyle. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. Click here to view our rooms and suites.

Family Circle Cup: Women’s Tennis Coming to Charleston

Thursday, January 09, 2014
Family Circle CupIt is the largest women’s only tennis tournament in the world and it takes place right here in Charleston! Approximately 100,000 people come to watch the Family Circle Cup every April, as more than 70 world class women athletes participate in the excitement. Start planning your trip now to Charleston for the Family Circle Cup in 2014. The 42nd event is set for March 29 through April 6. This year’s competition promises world-class tennis, along with a wide variety of activities throughout the tournament. You can stop by the Merchandise Tent and try tasty Charleston cuisine during the week. There’s also a fast serve machine where you can practice your return and several sponsor booths were you can win prizes! Memories will certainly be made during the annual event and records are always broken. Even better, the event is for a great cause. Family Circle Cup, sponsored by Family Circle Magazine, focuses on making a positive impact. The tournament’s charity mission is to empower and enhance people’s lives with an emphasis on women, children and families. It proudly supports the City of Charleston’s Courting Kids Program and Tennis in the City. So here’s a little history. The Family Circle Cup has been a pioneer in women’s professional sports since 1973. It has created milestones that have directly influenced the popularity of women’s professional tennis. Few tournaments can truly compare, as it was the first women’s tennis event to offer $100,000 in prize money. It was also the first women’s event to be broadcast on network television. Held for 28 years in Hilton Head, the tournament made its move to Charleston in 2001. The partnership between Family Circle magazine and the City of Charleston became the first of its kind in women’s tennis. Its benefits are apparent by the state-of-the-art facility on Daniel Island. You MUST attend the WTA Premier Event that has a roster of past champions including Chris Evert, Martina Navratilova, Tracy Austin, Steffi Graf, Gabriela Sabatini, Martina Hingis, Jennifer Capriati, Venus Williams, Justine Henin, Serena Williams and Carolina Wozniacki. You can purchase front row box seats to catch the action or enjoy an aeriall view from the grandstands. Family Circle Cup has tickets available for every budget and preference. There are single session tickets as well as ticket packages. Here’s a breakdown on pricing. And while you’re here, be sure to take part in all of the weeklong activities. There will be several themed dining areas to enhance your experience. Visit the Coffee N’ Cream emporium, Clos du Bois Corner or Racquet Club. Of course, Family Circle Cup will also feature half court hot dogs and a Verde Salad Station. Chick-fil-A, Crepe Express and Hubee D’s will be represented on site. Finally, several corporate partners help ensure the tournament’s success. In addition to Family Circle Magazine as the title sponsor, on the premier level, sponsors include Antiqua Performance Apparel, Charleston, SC, Daniel Island, Prudential, Salonpas, and SunTrust. Dunlop Sport, MUSC Health, South Carolina Just right, and xerox serve as corporate level sponsors and Clos Du Bois and Ketel One Vodka are the official suppliers. Now that you know all about Family Circle Cup, it’s time to start planning. We invite you to stay with us at the Governor’s House Inn during your trip to Charleston. Our Inn offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-Revolutionary National Landmark. View our accommodations here. Photo courtesy of: Chascow

Guide to Charleston Cruises

Tuesday, January 07, 2014
Charleston CruisesSpend a few nights in the Holy City, then climb aboard a ship to sail through the Bahamas, Bermuda or the Caribbean. It’s the best of both worlds and the ships sail year-round. Start planning your vacation now with the help of this Charleston Cruises Guide from the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast. First let’s talk about your options. You can go big or small, cruising around the country or into the Caribbean. Carnival Cruises offer cruises from Charleston all throughout the year. The Carnival Fantasy takes 5 or 7 day cruises to the Bahamas, eastern Caribbean and even Bermuda. Prices start as low as $239 for 5 days. How can you beat that? For as little as $48 per night, you can cruise to the Bahamas Islands, where the living is easy. You’ll find a sun-splashed seascape of 700 islands and 2,000 cays that offer idyllic tropical getaways for sailing, snorkeling, fishing, strolling the beaches and swimming. This particular cruise departs from Charleston, South Carolina and is followed by a fun day at sea. It then visits Freeport and Nassau, spends another day at sea and brings you right back to Charleston on day 6. Now that is a deal! The ship is called Carnival Fantasy, and is the original Fantasy class ship, which is a series that showed the world how fun is done. She has a crew of 920 onboard and a 2,056 passenger capacity. Promising 24 hours of fun a day, the Carnival Fantasy is fitted with all the modern conveniences. There’s a Serenity Adult-Only Retreat where you can relax, along with Spa Carnival. And you must visit the Egyptian-themed piano bar and onboard water park! But if you don’t want to venture out of the country, consider booking with American Cruise Lines. You can take a small ship cruise on calm inland waterways and sail north or south on the Intracoastal Waterway. You’ll take in beautiful towns and islands along your way. Their ships hold less than 120 passengers, giving them the ability to stop by interesting ports that large cruise ships can’t reach. In addition, the ships are built in America, with many of their staterooms offering private balconies. When you cruise out of Charleston, you can experience southern hospitality at its finest. You can take a fabulous walking tour when you visit cities like Savannah and Beaufort and enjoy the glorious southern sunsets. So now you should know how to find a good deal. It’s really not difficult, because even at their highest, these all-inclusive vacations are an exceptional value. We do, however, suggest booking early and even using a travel agent that specializes in cruises. Sometimes they can get special discounts and the good news is it won’t cost you. The cruise line pays their commission. As you begin planning your getaway on one of these Charleston cruises, we invite you to reserve your room with us at the Governor’s House Inn. Stay with us before or after your cruise so that you can experience all our historic southern city has to offer. Our Inn is a National Historic Landmark that offers something for everyone. Click here to learn more about our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: Ron Cogswell

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