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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

Mark Your Calendar for the 2014 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Friday, December 27, 2013
Southeastern Wildlife ExpositionAs you are filling in your calendar with birthdays and anniversaries, don’t forget to start planning your 2014 getaways! In less than two months, the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition will be back in Charleston, South Carolina. You do not want to miss this event from February 14 – February 16, 2014. The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is now in its 32nd year, and has grown to be the largest event of its kind in the nation. It all started back in 1982 when SEWE was established. The first exposition took place in February of 1983, with 100 exhibitors and 5,000 people in attendance! It grew quickly, with a goal of producing an event that would contribute significantly to the economy while promoting the conservation and preservation of nature and wildlife through educational outreach programs and a focus on the visual arts. SEWE has become a critical part of the South Carolina and Charleston calendar. While it began as a small winter diversion, it has become the largest annual event to take place in South Carolina and one of the most popular and successful events in the United States. In 2014, SEWE expects to attract more than 500 artists and exhibitors from around the world. They will present their work to over 40,000 attendees. You can see how much the three-day celebration has grown! There will be so many events packed into SEWE 2014. These are just a couple. February 14 Ducks Unlimited Oyster Road Tickets are $75 for this event at the Charleston Visitor Center. You’ll be able to enjoy oysters and a Lowcountry cookout, open bar, music, raffles, and live and silent auctions. Your admission fee will also include a membership to Ducks Unlimited. February 14 – February 15 Jack Hanna Television personality, author and conservationist Jack Hanna will be back at the Charleston Music Hall on Valentine’s Day, and on February 15. A separate ticket is required due to limited seating. The show runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. February 15 Duet & Quartet Southeastern Wildlife Exposition artists will perform with members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra at Charleston Place. Catch this event at 2 p.m. on February. 15. February 14 – February 16 Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show Get an up-close look at alligators, bobcats, foxes, birds of prey, and snakes during the Busch Wildlife Sanctuary Show. Seating for this portion of SEWE is first come, first serve. It takes place at Charleston Music Hall on Feb. 14, 15, and 16. February 14 – February 16 Fly Fishing Demos Learn new fly fishing tips and techniques from Charleston Angler experts. They’ll be giving demonstrations on February 14 at 3:30 p.m., February 15 at 3 p.m. and at 2 p.m. on February 16. Again, this is just a small preview of the great events coming up … So how do you get involved? You can buy your tickets online through the beginning of February. Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge and general admission tickets range from $10-$40, depending on the day. As you plan your trip to Charleston, South Carolina for the Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, consider booking your room at the Governor’s House Inn Bed and Breakfast. We are honored to be one of the most classic bed and breakfasts in Charleston. Click here to view our rooms and rates! Photo courtesy of: SEWE

Why You Should Visit Charleston in 2014

Saturday, December 21, 2013
Visit CharlestonThe end of one year is a great time to plan for the next year ahead. It's a time of reflection as you decide what you'd like to do the same and what you'd like to do a little differently. If Charleston is part of your yearly vacation ritual, we look forward to having you back. And if you haven't yet experienced the Holy City, well, it's time for you to visit Charleston and find out what all the commotion is about. These are just a few reasons why you should visit Charleston. January 15 - January 18, 2014 Charleston Comedy Festival This will be the 11th year for the annual Charleston Comedy Festival. It's the premier comedy festival in the Southeast. The Charleston Comedy Festival will have multiple venues, including Theatre 99, Footlight Players Theatre, Threshold Repertory Theatre, Lighthouse on the Creek, Redux Contemporary Art Center, PURE Theatre and Woolfe Street Playhouse. During the four day event, you'll hear performers and comedy groups from all over the United States. This year's festival will feature Chelsea Lately's Moshe Kasher, Susan Messing, Frank Caeti, and more. January 26, 2014 Lowcountry Oyster Festival The world's largest oyster festival has been named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society. Don't miss out on the oyster shucking and eating fun. There will be contests, live music, wine, beer and a children's area and food court. It's also all for a good cause. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival benefits The Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriner's Hospitals for Children, and Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center. March 29, 2014 Spring Jam Music Fest Head to Brittlebank Park for the second annual Spring Jam Music Fest. It's being put on by The Bridge and will last for two days! This is a great cure for the winter blues. Mark your calendar now for this live music festival. March 29 - April 6, 2014 Family Circle Cup Tennis Tournament The City of Charleston and Daniel Island will once again serve as a backdrop to one of the richest and most traditional events in women's professional tennis. Family Circle Cup is more than just a tennis tournament. It entertains fans with a variety of activities, truly a festival with some world-class tennis thrown in. It will all go down at the Family Circle Tennis Center, located at 161 Seven Farms Drive, Daniel Island. Click here for all the details. April 6, 2014 Lowcountry Cajun Festival From noon to 6 p.m., Louisiana will come to the Lowcountry. This full day of music, cajun and creole foods guarantees a great time for everyone. Admission is just $10 per person and it's free for ages 12 and under. You can buy food, beverages and souvenirs on site. April 27, 2014 Mt. Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet For the 27th year, Mt. Pleasant will host its Blessing of the Fleet. Enjoy live music, local crafts, a boat parade and ceremonial blessing of the shrimp/fishing fleet during the annual event. It is intended to launch the fleet into a safe and prosperous shrimping season. July 27, 2014 Sustainable Seafood Dinner Middleton Place will play host to the South Carolina Aquarium for a Sustainable Seafood Dinner. You can savor the past and help sustain the future of the coast at "America's oldest landscaped Gardens." Tickets are $75 for the event, including tax and gratuity. You'll enjoy a five course meal, paired specifically with wines from around the world and craft brews from one of Charleston's local breweries. Now that you have plenty of reasons to visit Charleston, start planning your trip. We invite you to reserve your room at the Governors House Inn Bed and Breakfast. It's a national historic landmark that offers rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur. Click here to view our rooms and rates! Photo courtesy of: Cliff

Things to Do in Charleston in January

Saturday, December 14, 2013
Things to Do in CharlestonAre you planning a new year and new adventures? We suggest you start your quest in the Lowcountry. Take a look at all of these things to do in Charleston in January!
  • January 8 - January 19
  • Charleston Restaurant Week
  • One of the most highly anticipated events in the Lowcountry, Charleston Restaurant Week is back in January! The event is executed by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association Inc. It gives visitors and residents the chance to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that consist of three items for one price.
  • January 11
  • Oysters on the Point
  • From 2 to 6 p.m., visit Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina for Oysters on the Point. There will be live music by The Bushels, adult beverages and tons of oysters! College football will be playing on the big screen and the Parade of Boats will immediately follow the oyster roast. Buckets of oysters will be $9.
  • January 12
  • Second Sunday on King Street
  • Head to King Street for some of the best shopping in America. And don't just take our word for it…that's according to U.S. News and World Report. This is the one Sunday afternoon during the month that cars will be re-routed and the street will become lively with outdoor dining, live music and special deals.
  • January 17 - January 19
  • Charleston Marathon
  • The No. 1 city in the world will host the Charleston Marathon and its other partnering events from January 17-19, 2014. In addition to the marathon, there will be a half marathon, Shrimp & Grifts 5K, Bike Ride and Youth Marathon program. This is a great time to visit the Lowcountry and experience the charm and hospitality that have come to make Charleston famous. Even better, participating will help raise funds for a good cause. Fine arts programs in community schools will reap the benefits!
  • January 19
  • Barry Manilow
  • Multi-million selling artist Barry Manilow will make his way to Charleston for this highly anticipated event at the North Charleston Coliseum. He is the undisputed No. 1 adult contemporary artist of all time. Don't miss it!
  • January 26
  • 31st Annual Lowcountry Oyster Festival
  • This is the world's largest oyster festival! It has been named one of the top 20 events in the southeast by the Southeastern Tourism Society. There will be oyster shucking and oyster eating contests, along with live music, wine, and a selection of domestic and imported beers. The Lowcountry Oyster Festival will benefit the Ronald McDonald House, Hospitality Heroes, Hollings Cancer Center, Shriners Hospitals for Children, and the Charleston County Schools Science Materials Resource Center.
  • January 26
  • Braise and Brew Festival
  • Middleton Place will play host to the annual Braise and Brew beer dinner. It combines Holy City's finest beers with a robust menu of braised fare, served over several courses. The event is set for Sunday, January 26 and will run from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • January 30 - January 31
  • Chosen Women's Conference
  • Mark you calendar now for the Chosen Women's Conference at Seacoast Church in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. You will leave renewed and encouraged after hearing from nationally known speakers. Speakers include Greg Surratt, Jen Hatmaker, Christine Caine, and Mercy Lokulutu.
Make note of all these things to do in Charleston and then reserve your room at the Governor's House Inn, a historic bed and breakfast. View our accommodations here! Photo courtesy of: Paul Arps

All You Need to Know About the Chosen Women's Conference

Friday, December 06, 2013
Chosen Women's ConferenceIf you find yourself searching for answers or peace in this ever-changing world, perhaps you should make your way to Charleston, South Carolina this coming January. The Chosen Women's Conference is designed for a time just like this. It's ready to help you work through the obstacles you're facing, leaving you relaxed and renewed. There will be four speakers in 2014, including Greg Surratt, Jen Hatmaker, Christine Caine and Mercy Lokulutu. Greg is the founding pastor of Seacoast Church, which is located in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina. It has been recognized as innovative and influential, and is one of the early adopters of the multi-site model. At Seacoast, they combine a unique approach to highly participatory worship with a heart for missional evangelism. Seacoast now has 35 weekend worship experiences in 11 different locations. Next comes Jen Hatmaker. She planted Austin New Church in Texas with her husband Brandon. They have spent the last five years there pastoring together. She travels around the United States speaking at conferences, retreats and seminars, with a heart for the women of her generation. She is also the author of nine books and Bible studies. As for Christine Caine, she founded The A21 Campaign with her husband Nick. It is an anti-human trafficking organization with the ambition of abolishing slavery in the 21st century. Christine has authored five books. She has a heart for reaching the lost, but also for equipping leaders, empowering the local church and campaigning the cause of justice. Christine is the director of Equip and Empower Ministries. And last but certainly not least, Mercy Lokulutu is an ordained pastor and conference speaker. She is a Nigerian woman who came to America to pursue her God-given dreams. Mercy released her first book in the fall of 2013. So here are the details. It's all taking place between Thursday, January 30 and Friday, January 31 at Seacoast Church's Mount Pleasant Campus. That's located at 750 Long Point Road. It's $25 per person for ages 14 through 22. The regular rate for ages 23+ is $75 through January 16. Late registration will cost $90 per person if seats are still available. So you certainly want to register now! You can do so here. There will be plenty of parking on site and the conference attire is casual. Just come prepared to learn and have a great time! Seating is first come, first serve. There will be free public wifi available and DVDs and CDs will be available for purchase of the main sessions. CDs will also be available for purchase of the breakout sessions, which include "Embracing Honesty & Transparency: The Belt of Truth" and "Learning to Walk in God's Confidence: The Shield of Faith." Several sponsors make the Chosen Women's Conference possible, such as South Carolina Federal Credit Union, Knight Printing and Graphics, Lifeline Children Services, Charleston Southern University, Kids Teeth, Belle Hall Eye Care, and Branch Design Studio. Now that you know all about Chosen, it's time to plan your trip. We invite you to stay with us at the Governor's House Inn, a historic Charleston bed and breakfast. Our Inn reflects the classic style and allure of the south's most mannered and picturesque city. Click here to view our accommodations.

Charleston Restaurant Week Back in January!

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Charleston Restaurant WeekOne of the most highly anticipated culinary events in the Charleston area is back next month. Charleston Restaurant Week is set for January 8 through January 19, 2014. The event, which is put on by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association Inc., offers an opportunity to enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry. Participating restaurants will be offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus that consist of three items for one low price. You do not want to miss this event! Here's a look at the participating restaurants. 3 for $20
  • AW Shuck's Seafood Restaurant
  • Baroni's New York Pizza - Mt. Pleasant
  • Baroni's New York Pizza - West Ashley
  • Basico
  • Basil Thai Restaurant - Downtown Charleston
  • Basil Thai Restaurant - Mt. Pleasant
  • Big Billy's Burger Joint (2 People for $20)
  • Boone's Bar (2 People for $20)
  • Bricco Bracco
  • Brixx Wood Fired Pizza
  • Caviar & Bananas Gourmet Market & Cafe
  • Cherrywood BBQ & Ale House
  • CO Banh Mi Noodles Bar
  • Dixie Supply Bakery and Cafe
  • Five Loaves Cafe - Downtown
  • Five Loaves Cafe - Mt. Pleasant
  • Fuji Sushi Bar and Grill
  • Gilligan's Seafood Restaurant - Johns Island
  • How Art Thou Cafe
  • J. Paul'z - James Island
  • J. Paul's - Mt. Pleasant
  • Juanita Greenberg's - Mt. Pleasant (2 People for $20)
  • LaTabella Italian Grill
  • Manny's Neighborhood Grille
  • Mellow Mushroom - Downtown Charleston
  • Nirlep Indian Restaurant (2 People for $20)
  • Noisy Oyster Seafood Restaurant - North Charleston
  • Old Towne Grill and Seafood
  • P.F. Chang's China Bistro
  • Saffron Cafe & Bakery
  • Southend Brewery
  • Sushi 101 (2 People for $20)
  • Swamp Fox Restaurant & Bar
  • Tabbuli
  • TBonz Gill & Grill - Downtown Charleston
  • The Alley
  • Toast!
  • Tommy Condons
  • Tsunami of Charleston
  • Virginia's On King
  • Yamato Japanese Steakhouse
  • Yokoso of Summerville
  • Zeus Grill and Seafood
3 for $30
  • 39 Rue de Jean
  • 82 Queen
  • Al Di La
  • Amen Street Fish & Raw Bar
  • Angel Oak Restaurant
  • Anson Restaurant
  • Barbadoes Room Restaurant at The Mills House Hotel
  • Blossom
  • Blu Restaurant & Bar
  • Bocci's Italian Restaurant
  • Burtons Grill
  • Charleston Crab House - Downtown Charleston
  • Charleston Crab House - James Island
  • Charleston Harbor Fish House
  • Coast Bar and Grill
  • Cork Neighborhood Bistro
  • Craftsmen Kitchen & Tap House
  • Crave Kitchen & Cocktails
  • Eli's Table
  • Fat Hen
  • Finz Bar & Grill
  • Fish Restaurant
  • Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar
  • Fulton Five
  • Graze Restaurant
  • Hyman's Seafood
  • Il Cortile Del Re
  • Jasmine Porch at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Joe Pasta
  • Lana Restaurant
  • Leaf Charleston
  • Locklear's Lowcountry Grill
  • Long Island Cafe
  • Lowcountry Bistro
  • Magnolias
  • Med Bistro
  • Mercato Italian Restaurant
  • Middleton Place Restaurant
  • Morgan Creek Grill
  • Mosaic
  • Ms. Rose's Fine Food & Cocktails (2 People for $30)
  • Muse Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • O-Ku
  • Old Village Post House
  • Poogan's Porch
  • RB's Seafood Restaurant (4 Courses for $30)
  • Red Drum Restaurant
  • Red's Ice House - Johns Island (2 People for $30)
  • Red's Ice House - Shem Creek (2 People for $30)
  • Republic Garden & Lounge
  • Rio de Brazil (Dinner Special $31.95)
  • Rita's Seaside Grille
  • Rutledge Cab Co.
  • Saffire Restaurant at Charleston Marriott
  • SALT at Station 22
  • Sea Island Grill at Wild Dunes Resort
  • Sermet's Downtown
  • Shem Creek bar & Grill
  • Slightly North of Broad
  • Social Restaurant + Wine Bar
  • Stack's Evening Eats
  • Stars Restaurant - Rooftop & Grill Room
  • The Boathouse
  • The Grocery
  • Tomasso at Turtle Point
  • Wentworth Grill
3 for $40
  • Burwell's Stone Fire Grill
  • Carolina's Restaurant
  • Carter's Kitchen
  • Circa 1886
  • Cypress
  • Grill 225
  • Halls Chophouse
  • Hank's Seafood Restaurant
  • High Cotton
  • Langdon's Restaurant and Wine Bar
  • McCrady's Restaurant
  • Oak Steakhouse
  • Opal Restaurant and Bar
  • Peninsula Grill
  • Rosebank Farms Cafe (4 Courses for $40)
  • The Atlantic Room at the Ocean Course
  • The Macintosh
  • The Ocean Room at The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort
  • Trattoria Lucca (4 Items for $40)
  • Tristan (4 Courses for $40)
There are several lunch options available as well. As you plan your meals out during Charleston Restaurant Week, we encourage you to book your stay at the Governor's House Inn, a historic Charleston Bed & Breakfast. Click here to view our accommodations. Photo courtesy of: GCRA

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

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