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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

Charleston Events in October

Tuesday, September 24, 2013
Charleston EventsOctober is one of the favorited months to visit Charleston for a variety of reasons. From the comfortable temperatures to the many activities, it's a great time of year. Here's a list of Charleston Events in October from your favorite Charleston area bed and breakfast. MOJA Arts Festival This celebration of African-American and Caribbean Art runs through October 6, 2013. In its 30th year, the MOJA Arts Festival has been selected as one of the Southeast Tourism Society's Top 20 events. It promises an exciting lineup of events, with a variety of traditional favorites. Nearly half of the events are admission-free! The Fall Tours: History + Architecture For the 37th year, the Fall Tours return to Charleston from October 3-27. The event is hosted by the Preservation Society of Charleston. It will take you inside some of Charleston's most historic privately-owned homes and gardens. There's a new format this year that includes themed tours ranging from architectural overview to Charleston history tours and even day-long bus tours to explore historic churches and plantations. Greek Fall Festival This year's Greek Fall Festival runs October 4-6 in Charleston. There will be various artists filling in the air with Greek sounds, and all of your favorite Greek foods will be on hand. The annual festival celebrates Greek culture, food and entertainment, which the Greek community has shared with Charleston for over 40 years. The annual festival is held each Mother's Day weekend, but organizers have now decided to hold a second event in the fall. Isle of Palms Connector Run and Walk for the Child The 10K run and 5K run/walk benefits local children's programs. Race Day is October 5 at 8 a.m. It's presented by Waggoner Law Firm. Scrumptious Summerville Kitchen Tour You can sample gourmet treats prepared by premier Lowcountry chefs and tour grand homes during the Kitchen Tour. Local musicians are also scheduled to perform, while area florists decorate with beautiful floral arrangements. It's all going down on Sunday, October 6. The homes may be toured from 1 to 5 p.m. Wine Women and Shoes Grab your sole sisters and head to this event to benefit the Florence Crittenton programs of South Carolina. It will be held Sunday, October 6 at the Daniel Island Club. That Big Book Sale Over 60,000 used books, CDs, DVDs, audio books and videos will be for sale at the Omar Shrine Auditorium from October 11-13. Don't miss out on That Big Book Sale. Goose Creek Fall Festival Hosted by the City of Goose Creek, this year's Fall Festival will be held behind the Goose Creek Municipal Center on October 12. It benefits the Helping Hands of Goose Creek. Komen Race for the Cure Head to Family Circle Cup Stadium on October 19 for the Komen Race for the Cure. Join friends, family, co-survivors and survivors as they make an impact on breast cancer in the Lowcountry and world. With so many things to do in Charleston this October, don't forget to reserve your room at the Governor's House Inn. We offer the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National landmark, combined with legendary southern hospitality. Click here to learn more about our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: pfarrell95

Your Guide to Charleston Fall Festivities

Thursday, September 19, 2013
Charleston FallThe weather doesn't get much better than this time of year in the Lowcountry. It is the ideal time to make your way to Charleston. From the arts to events for foodies, fall is jam-packed with things to do for everyone. Check in to your room at the Governor's House Inn and head to one of these great events. We hope you enjoy your guide to Charleston Fall Festivities. Swing for the Symphony Hosted by the Charleston Symphony Orchestra League, this premier golf event will be held October 7 at the River Course on Kiawah Island. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Charleston Symphony Orchestra and CSOL student scholarships. Golfers will enjoy dining at outdoor cafes and beverage carts during the tournament and then they'll relax with cocktails and a dinner buffet while being entertained by the orchestra. Latin American Festival Don't miss out on the authentic latin food, education booths and local crafters on October 8 at Charleston Wannamaker County Park. Sights and sounds of the Latin world will fill the air while you enjoy the party. There's something for everyone at the Latin American Festival. Charleston Stage's Benefit Performance Dinner and Gala The brightest stars of Broadway will make their way to the Historic Dock Street Theater on October 10 to celebrate Charleston Stage's expanding Artistic Horizons. Featuring Tony and Oliver award winner Patti LuPone, the Gala evening begins at 6:45 p.m. Party at the Point This weekly outdoor concert series will take place every Friday from 5:30 to 930 p.m. at the Charleston Harbor Resort and Marino on Patriot's Point. The event features live, local music during a premier Happy Hour with a full cash bar. The fall season runs through Friday, October 11, 2013. 4th Annual 2013 Charleston Mac Off One of the largest macaroni and cheese festivals in the county, Charleston Mac Off will return on October 12 from 2 to 7 p.m. Restaurants take this competition very seriously! General admission is $20. Taste of the Market On October 17, join the City Market Hospitality Association for Taste of the Market. There will be chef demonstrations, live music and great specials running all night long. For $10, you'll get unlimited sampling. It's $5 for children 10 and under. The 2013 Red Party This annual fundraiser will be held on October 25 at the Old City Jail with a Great Gatsby theme. The Red Party will feature all the grandeur and excess of Jay Gatsby's "little" mansion parties! Edisto Island Bluegrass Festival Here you'll find the best traditional and contemporary Bluegrass and Americana bands in the country! Relax and enjoy the amazing scenery on the grounds of Edisto's historic Point of Pines Plantation from 11:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on October 26. 12th Annual Harvest Fest The Charleston County Park and Recreation Commission will host the 12th Annual Harvest Fest on November 2nd. Enjoy all your favorite festival foods, along with live music! The crafters market is also great for holiday shopping! As you plan your itinerary for your Charleston fall vacation, don't forget to reserve your room at the Governor's House Inn. Our bed and breakfast reflects the classic style and allure of the south's most mannered and picturesque city. Check availability here! Photo courtesy of: Ron Cogswell

What is Taste of Charleston?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013
Taste of CharlestonIt is the culinary event of the entire year. Visit the Governor’s House Inn and the Lowcountry for The Southern Living Taste of Charleston. The three-day event showcases delicious dishes served by Charleston Restaurants. There are several components to the Taste of Charleston. First, there is the main event. It’s held at the historic Boone Hall Plantation. Fifty of the best casual and fine dining restaurants in the Lowcountry will serve up sample size portions, along with beer and wine. There will be live music from The Piedmont Boys, a specialty and imported beer tasting tent, the legendary ‘Waiter’s Race,’ and a children’s area. US Foods, Sysco, Blue Moon, Biltmore Wines, and the Town of Mount Pleasant sponsor the event on September 29 from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission tickets are just $17.50 in advance or $25 on the day of the event. Even better, it’s for a good cause. A portion of the proceeds will benefit several charities, including The Ronald McDonald House, Hollings Cancer Center, Hospitality Heroes, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. Other events that make up the Taste of Charleston include Taste: Sweet and Southern on Shem Creek. This portion will be held Friday, September 27 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Cottage on the Creek. The intimate evening on Shem Creek will feature performances from world-renowned singers and songwriters. A variety of top caterers will be there, as well as the opportunity for moonlit harbor cruises. Tickets for Taste: Sweet and Southern on Shem Creek are $50. On Saturday, September 28, you can watch a group of local chefs go head to head in the Taste: Iron Chef Competition. It will run from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Culinary Institute of Charleston at Palmer Campus. The chefs and teams are Chef Drew Hedlund with Fleet Landing and Chef Brandon Buck with Middleton Place versus Chef Jael Allen with Mosaic and Chef Eva Broyles with Eli’s Table. They will have 45 minutes to create and cook at least four dishes to be judged after they learn the secret ingredient. You can purchase amphitheater seating or general admission tickets. They range from $25 to $50. There is also a list of participating restaurants that will design a three-course menu, each course paired with a specialty or craft beer. Those dates will run September 27 through September 28. There are no tickets required for Taste of Charleston Dine Around. Just reserve your table at Home Team BBQ, Basil (downtown or in Mount Pleasant), Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort, Lowcountry Bistro, Mosaic Café, Holy City Hospitality Group, A.W. Shucks, Steel City Pizza, Blu Restaurant and Bar, Swamp Fox Restaurant, Burton’s Grill, Another Broken Egg Café and 82 Queen. Tickets are on sale now! It’s best to purchase your tickets in advance for Taste of Charleston. You can get them here. Once you have purchased your tickets, consider staying with us at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast in Charleston. Click here to view our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Inc.

SHE Charleston - The Ultimate Girls' Weekend

Saturday, September 07, 2013
SHE CharlestonIt is the ultimate girls’ weekend in Charleston, South Carolina. Bring your best girlfriend, your neighbor, boss, mom, and of course -- yourself! SHE Charleston is a celebration of everything “woman!” It’s a party, a culinary experience, a learning opportunity and shopping spree. Take in three days of fashion, beauty, cooking, entertaining, and healthy living. It’s all happening at the Charleston Area Convention Center from September 27 through September 29, 2013. SHE, which is presented by BI-LO and sponsored by Trident Health, highlights six aspects of women’s lives. Let’s start with style. When you wake up and often even when you go to bed the night before, you are thinking about what to wear. You’ll find the answer at SHE Charleston. There are fashion shows, makeup demonstrations, design experts, jewelry, clothing and craft vendors. SHE promises to “help you make over your closet, your home and your personal style.” Crews Subaru of Charleston, Charleston Magazine and 2014 Charleston Fashion Week sponsor this portion of SHE Charleston. Next comes crave. This section is for the seasoned foodie as well as the kitchen klutz. Try delicious food and beverage samples in the Tasting Garden. You can also create your own concoctions during the hands-on cooking classes. If you’re into entertaining, SHE will feature great ideas for planning your next soiree. Sponsored by Charleston Style & Design, this space intends to be a hostess’ oasis. SHE prides itself on being original, and wants you to be. You’ll be able to design your own creations in hands-on workshops or purchase one-of-a-kind treasures made by locals. The Create space, sponsored by CHARLIE, wants to fill your world with sounds, color, texture and bling. The Live space is great for all ages. SHE lives life to the fullest, and Trident Health invites you to learn how to achieve and love your healthy life! Trident will offer a heart health survey and information on breast and reproductive health. They’ll also be offering up new and delicious recipes and the chance to meet their surgical robot. It is not just about fashion and fun though. The Care and Share section at SHE will highlight ways to give back to the community! Be sure to join in! SHE Charleston will officially kick off Friday, September 27 with its Opening Night Party at 5:30 p.m. The event runs all day Friday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 29. Tickets range in pricing. Admission is $8 for adults, $4 for children 6 to 12-years-old, and $5 for students with college ID. SHE offers a group discount for 10 people or more at $5, or you can purchase a two-day pass for $12. If you’re looking for a free day getaway, admission is FREE from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Friday only! There’s no doubt you want to make it to SHE Charleston. Consider staying with us while you’re here at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. Click here to view our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: pfarrell95

Dive In to Charleston Water Sports!

Friday, August 30, 2013
Charleston Water SportsIt may be hot in Charleston, but that’s all the more reason to cool off! If you’re planning a trip soon to the Governor’s House Inn, we suggest you dive in to Charleston Water Sports! Here are a few ideas: Fishing The options for fishing are endless in Charleston. You can fish inshore, offshore or near shore for tarpon, redfish, sea trout, flounder, sheepshead, ladyfish, Spanish mackerel, bluefish, black drum, blackfish, sharks and more! Visit Charleston Sport Fishing on Isle of Palms. Kayaking Kayakers tour everything from Shem Creek and Folly Creek to Isle of Palms. Coastal Expeditions offers saltwater, black water, and multi-day kayak tours. The 3-hour daily tours are a great introduction to kayaking in the Lowcountry. Parasailing You can fly on up to 800-feet of line above the ocean with Tidal Wave Water Sports. It only lasts about ten minutes, but you’ll make memories to last a lifetime. Get a group together of twelve passengers or try tandem parasailing, which makes for quite a unique marriage proposal. Soar high in the sky and take in the amazing view! Surfing Folly Beach is the most popular spot for surfing in the Charleston area. The day’s glassiest and cleanest surf conditions can be found at dawn near the Washout break. In the afternoon, try anywhere from 6th to 9th block on the island’s east side. Kite Boarding Also known as kite surfing, kite boarding has become a popular water sport in Charleston. You can fly like the wind as you learn to kite surf near Folly Beach. FB Watersports offers two-hour lessons with equipment, gear and instruction. Jet Skiing Jet skiing is the perfect activity for those that aren’t sure if they want to get wet. But you can always jump in! The Intracoastal Waterway is just waiting to be explored. Capers Island is also a great place to pick up your speed as you ride. Stop by the IOP Marina to find out more. Stand-up Paddleboarding Voted Charleston’s best stand-up paddleboard company for two years, Charleston SUP Safaris is located on Folly Beach. You can go on an eco-safari tour, take river and surf lessons, and rent or buy your own paddleboard. Stand-up paddleboarding is fun for the whole family, but also great for “me-time.” Waterskiing and Wakeboarding Go slalom skiing or wakeboarding on your trip to Charleston, SC. Just bring your bathing suit and leave the rest up to Trophy Lakes. They offer private waterski and wakeboard lessons. You can even attend a day camp if you’re a beginner or want to perfect your skills. Tubing Tubing the Edisto River is a must on your trip! There are several access sites in Charleston County, including Live Oak Landing, Edisto Beach State Park, ACE Basin National Wildlife Refuge and more. You can also venture out into Dorchester, Orangeburg, Aiken, Bamberg and Colleton counties. There’s so much to explore! Tubing is relaxing and so much fun! Go with a friend or an entire group. It’s the perfect way to unwind and it’s affordable too! There are so many options when it comes to Charleston Water Sports. After your long day out and about on the jet ski or floating the river, come home to your room at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast. Click here for more on our rooms and suites. Photo courtesy of: Proudfoottt

Your Guide to Shopping for Charleston Antiques

Tuesday, August 27, 2013
Charleston AntiquesIf you’re planning a visit to Charleston, you most likely appreciate its rich history. If you are fond of previous eras or time periods, you’ll love all that this historic city has to offer. Your team at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast wants to help you make the most of your time here. The Holy City has a wide variety of antique stores, ranging from shops to districts. We hope you enjoy your guide to shopping for Charleston antiques. King Street Antique District Travel + Leisure says the King Street Antique District has the “best antique shopping in the U.S.” You can shop antique jewelry, furniture, vases and more! Find antiques from any period and from all over the world. Park Circle Antiques Mall The Park Circle Antiques Mall promotes the “restoration, repurposing and re-use of most all things old.” It’s located in the space that used to hold the Village Hall banquet facility on East Montague. You can have lunch on site as you browse 19 booths of art, antiques, furniture and jewelry. George C. Birlant & Co. Known for fine antiques and gifts since 1922, this is a Charleston tradition in fine antiques.  George C. Birlant & Co. is one of the largest and oldest antiques establishments in the southeast. It’s a direct importer of 18th and 19th century furniture, silver, china, crystal and brass. Golden and Associates Antiques Dealing with the finest of antiques for generations, Gold and Associates Antiques is located in historic Charleston. Their unique offerings include case pieces, seating, fireplaces, tables, chandeliers, beds, and mirrors. Browse their outdoor/garden selection as well. Jacques’ Antiques This gem in historic downtown Charleston specializes in 17th, 18th and 19th century French antiques. Owner Jacques Lemoine personally selects all pieces in their inventory for their character, beauty and authenticity. John Pope Antiques Architectural Digest voted John Pope Antiques “the city’s best repository of accessories, offering all manner of enchantments.” It has been opened since 2007 in the heart of historic Charleston’s Antique District. Owner John Pope was influenced by his travels in Asia and Europe. Leon Vanderbilt Antiques Leon Vanderbilt Antiques has been selling, buying and restoring fine antiques for 35 years. Here you’ll find a great selection of American and European 18th and 19th century furniture, but they are also specialists in conservation and restoration. They offer a wide variety of client services. Croghan’s Jewel Box The oldest family owned jewelry store in town offers estate and antique finds, as well as gifts for every occasion. It is now serving its 4th generation of customers and visitors to Charleston. TradeWinds Exotic Décor & Garden Antiques This is one of Mount Pleasant’s best-kept secrets. TradeWinds features architectural, garden and Asian antiques. They have exotic and unusual pieces. Terrace Oaks Antique Mall Still going strong after 20 years, Terrace Oaks Antique Mall is a leader in the Charleston area for multi-dealer antique shops. The shop houses 90+ booths with all different tastes and styles. They also offer layaway and various shipping options. Architectural Antiques & Design This store caters to outside items and architectural antiques. Architectural Antiques & Design has old windows and doors, mantels, fences, ceramic decorations, birdbaths and tiles. It is said to have more garden and architectural antiques than any other place in Charleston. After a great day of antiquing, come home and relax in your room at the Governor’s House Inn. We offer the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts, and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark combined with legendary southern hospitality. Click here to view our bed and breakfast accommodations. Photo courtesy of: tamburix

The Complete Guide to Charleston Nightlife

Friday, August 23, 2013
Charleston nightlifeWhether you’re in town for a girl’s getaway or romantic vacation, there’s nothing like a night out on the town in Charleston. If you feel like listening to live music or having a cocktail on a rooftop with breathtaking views, you’ll have the ability to do so while in town. We hope you enjoy the complete guide to Charleston nightlife from your team at the Governor’s House Inn. Tommy Condon’s Irish Pub and Seafood Restaurant Don’t wait until St. Patrick’s Day to try Tommy Condon’s. Their family-friendly menu is affordable, the food is delicious, and the fun continues into the wee hours of the night! Tommy Condon’s is tucked away on Church Street, just a half block off Charleston’s historic market. There are four major sections to the pub and restaurant, including an outdoor covered deck, a warm interior pub section with a big hardwood bar, and a back dining room. View their calendar here. Mad River Bar and Grille Mad River opened its doors in 2006 and has quickly become a “place to be seen” in downtown Charleston. It is located in the Old Seaman’s Chapel on Market Street and is open seven days a week. Mad River has a 120-inch High Definition projection screen, five 50-inch plasmas, three 42-inch plasmas and five booths with personal flat screens. This makes it one of the best places to watch your favorite collegiate or professional sports teams. Pavilion Bar The Pavilion Bar is a rooftop oasis with some of the best views of historic Charleston. It also features a cascading pool, signature cocktails and eclectic cuisine. The Pavilion Bar on East Bay Street is open daily from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. Republic Garden & Lounge This is a modern venue on a site that is steeped in history. Republic Garden & Lounge is located in the heart of Charleston’s Upper King Street district. They feature live music nightly in the garden and DJ entertainment in the plush lounge. Republic also has bottle service available. SOCIAL Restaurant + Wine Bar Here you’ll find Charleston’s largest selection of wines by the glass. SOCIAL is housed in a 19th century warehouse, featuring a 4,000-bottle display cellar. The restaurant also serves dishes inspired by wine-growing regions of the world. Stop by SOCIAL at 188 East Bay Street. The Alley The Alley offers an entertainment experience that’s unlike anything in the southeast. It features eight lanes of retro bowling, a 40-foot signature bar made of a reclaimed bowling lane, 150-seat restaurant, a 1900-square-foot mezzanine space with a lounge area and outdoor seating. Home Team Kitchen prepares the food at The Alley. You can eat, drink and bowl. It’s the perfect place for group events. Mynt Located on Calhoun Street, Mynt is said to be where the party is. It caters to young professionals in the Lowcountry who are looking for good drinks in a great atmosphere. You can drink, dance and dine at Mynt. King Street Grille Try this upscale sports bar in its original location on King Street in downtown Charleston. King Street Grille offers great food and even better beer in a relaxed atmosphere. Enjoy delicious burgers, wings or salads with your favorite beverage. The Gin Joint This stop is a must on your visit to Charleston. The Gin Joint is tucked away on East Bay Street. Go with the “Bartender’s Choice,” by choosing two themes from the word bank. Go with “sweet and smoky” or “bitter and strong” and let the bartender decide the rest. Come home to your room at the Governor’s House Inn after your night out on the town in downtown Charleston. Click here for more on our accommodations. Photo courtesy of: nicholas

Charleston Theatres for Every Age Group

Monday, August 19, 2013
Charleston TheatresFrom local artists to nationally recognized acts, Charleston offers theatrical performances for all ages. You can get a babysitter or bring the entire family, depending on the evening. Here’s a list of Charleston theatres for every age group.

Family Friendly

  • Charleston Stage Company
  • At the Dock
  • At the Historic Dock Street Theatre, which recently underwent a $19-million renovation, Charleston Stage has premiered more than 30 new plays and musicals. And this one’s for the children as well. Art education is a cornerstone of Charleston Stage’s mission, bringing drama, literature and history to more than 20,000 young people in the Lowcountry each year.
  • The Footlight Players Theatre
  • 20 Queen Street
  • The Footlight Players launched in 1931 with a series of one-act plays at the Charleston Navy Yard. What began as a small group has become a Charleston theatrical tradition, built and strengthened over time. Now their mission is to provide quality, affordable and barrier-free community theatre that’s of a professional caliber. The Footlight Players Theatre offers shows for all ages, with tickets at just $18 for those 12 and under.
  • Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre
  • 164 Church Street
  • Three comic mysteries run most evenings at the Black Fedora Comedy Mystery Theatre. They also run some “beat-the-heat” mornings/matinees. This venue has showings for every age group. Inspector NoClue’s Murder Mystery is perfect for a date night away from the kiddos, or bring the entire family to The Pirate Mystery Treasure Show! Owners/producers Darryl and Sherry Wade have nearly two decades of experience in the live comic-mystery entertainment industry. They also do a weekly ticket giveaway!
  • Threshold Repertory Theatre
  • 84 ½ Society Street
  • The company finished construction in 2011 on its state-of-the-art black-box theatre. The space is intimate and versatile, offering a flexible performance venue for local artists of all kinds. In addition to their regular schedule of performances, they offer a comedy showcase, open mic night, and are rolling out a full season of children’s theatre.

Adults Only

  • PURE Theatre
  • 477 King Street
  • Couple artistic risk-taking with a commitment to address real life issues and you’ll have PURE Theatre. The 13 ensemble actors at PURE have built a reputation for artistic excellence in provocative contemporary theatre. Accolades include 7 Best Actor/Actress awards, Best Play/Best One Person Play awards, and 2 Artist Fellowships in Acting and Playwriting from the SC Arts Commission. You will want to leave the kids at home for this one.
  • Theatre 99
  • 280 Meeting Street
  • You can catch original hilarity almost every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night at Theatre 99. They also do annual festivals several times a year showcasing top comedic talent from around the United States. Known as  “Charleston’s Home for Improv Comedy,” they offer sketch and standup, music and cabaret as well. Get a sitter for your children though, as most shows are typically PG-13 and contain adult language.
As you plan your itinerary for vacation, don’t forget to reserve your room at the Governor’s House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast. Check our availability here! Photo courtesy of: North Charleston

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