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Romantic Trip Ideas in Charleston, South Carolina

If you are considering a romantic getaway, plan on visiting Charleston, SC. There is no end to the romantic activities afforded in this historic southern town. Whether its savory southern dining, lazy beach days, historic tours of homes and plantations or peaceful walks through cobblestone paths with the one you love, there is something for every couple in Charleston. Consider some of the following ways to make your next getaway to Charleston uniquely romantic. Perhaps the most important thing to consider when planning a romantic get away is where to stay. Plan to stay at The Governor’s House Inn, located just a short walk from historic Charleston’s legendary Battery, Old … Continue reading

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Best Charleston, SC Attractions to See

A visit to Charleston is a memorable experience.  It is difficult to describe Charleston without using such words as beautiful, romantic, historic, and just plain fun!  If you are contemplating a visit to historic Charleston, allow our friendly staff here at the Governor’s House Inn assist you in planning your stay.  Since there are so many wonderful attractions to visit in Charleston, a listing of a few favorites might be helpful. Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum Patriots Point is home to the USS Yorktown. The USS Yorktown played a significant role in the Pacific offensive during WW II in which it earned eleven battle stars.  The Congressional Medal of Honor … Continue reading

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Southern Hospitality in Charleston, South Carolina

When one first thinks of Charleston, the images that come to mind are graceful live oaks with delicate Spanish moss hanging from the branches, the clip-clop of horse hooves as they pull carriages full of tourists, antebellum homes with wide side porches and to top it all off, the welcoming spirit of southern hospitality. But what exactly does this southern hospitality mean? What can the newcomer or traveler expect when in Charleston? Charleston was voted the #1 city by Condé Nast Traveler readers the second year in a row – and for good reason: In addition to amazing restaurants (chefs are stars here), gorgeous scenery, and an abundance of history, … Continue reading

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Springtime at Charleston Plantations

Alleyways of majestic live oaks, grand estate houses and old-world gardens filled with bright azaleas, bulb flowers and camellias are part of any story about the gracious living, hospitality and elegance of plantation life in the Colonial and antebellum South. Some of the oldest gardens in America are found at Charleston’s plantation homes. History and beauty abound making springtime at Charleston plantations an excellent time to visit. A Little Plantation History Charleston’s wealth in the 18th and 19th centuries was derived, in large part, from the plantation system. In the early 1700s, planters began the arduous process of clearing and diking inland swamps to provide water for cultivation and began … Continue reading

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Spoleto Festival USA 2013

It’s been 36 years since the first Spoleto Festival USA began in Charleston, South Carolina. Pulitzer-prize winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti was seeking an American counterpart to the Festival held in Spoleto, Italy. The city needed to be intimate, with plenty of performance venues, yet charming and easily accessible. Charleston was the perfect fit! With its stated goal of bringing the highest caliber performances for its 17-day run, the organizers have managed to keep the standard very high in all areas: classical and modern musical performances, theater, ballet, opera, and the spoken word. This year’s festival runs from May 24 through June 9, with a couple of preview performances on … Continue reading

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Carriage Tours in Charleston, South Carolina

There’s nothing like the sound of the clip clop of a horse-drawn carriage to take you right back in time! And there’s really no better way to begin your stay in Charleston than by taking a carriage tour through this beautiful, historic city. It will give you a great overview of the city as well as informative and enjoyable lessons in history and architecture. But not a dry, boring lesson – Charleston carriage tour guides are known for their unique combination of knowledge, wit and charm. You’ll be entertained as you ride, see and learn. But that’s not all; every carriage tour guide is licensed by the city. Testing for … Continue reading

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Accommodations for Spoleto Festival: Where to Stay for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston!

Accommodations for Spoleto Festival Are you wondering where to stay for the Spoleto Festival in Charleston? It is honestly one of the most talked about festivals in Charleston, and a great time to visit the area.  If you are looking for accommodations during the Spoleto Festival, then give us a call. We would be more than glad to help you plan your trip around the festival, so you get the most out of the experience.  The Governor’s House Inn is also a great location in relation to the various venues that are a part of the festival.  Here is some additional information on the Spoleto Festival from their website to help … Continue reading

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Battery Park, Charleston SC

Are you planning a trip to Charleston in the not too distant future?  Have you already made your plans, booked your reservations, and built your itinerary?  We know that planning your vacation can be a little overwhelming at times, and we’re here to help make your trip to Charleston one to remember!  Don’t sweat it if you have already made your plans for your next visit, but be sure to walk around Battery Park, you won’t regret it! If you are planning to visit Charleston sometime soon, it is always worthwhile to take a stroll through one of Charleston’s best promenades, Battery Park or White Point Gardens.  It is a … Continue reading

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Charleston Was Made For Lovers…

It’s February, which means most of you  are either making dinner reservations for that special someone, or trying to plan the perfect evening.  If you are looking for the perfect place to celebrate your love this February, then you should look no further than Charleston, South Carolina. February is one of the best months to visit this romantic, historic Southern city, as the weather is truly remarkable. To make it easy on you, we have created a decadent romance package that is sure help you rekindle your love.  Feel no pressure to book by February 14, because this year the package extends to any weekday night for the entire month … Continue reading

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Happy New Year from Charleston, SC

It is hard to believe that we are coming to the end of 2011. This past year has been wonderful for us at the inn.  It is truly amazing to think about all that has happened in Charleston and around the world.  When you think back over the course of the year, it forces you to think about how you will live in the upcoming year and what you will do the same or differently.   We are looking forward to 2012, and excited about bringing in the new year here in the city.  If you are in Charleston on New Year’s Eve, here are just a few events taking place … Continue reading

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Fabulous Gingerbread Recipe!

Here is a fabulous new gingerbread  recipe, courtesy of Local Palate Magazine, a Charleston publication that celebrates Charleston’s cuisine and the culture that surrounds it.  We love this gingerbread recipe, and hope you will also: Ingredients: Dough 3 cups flour 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon 1 teaspoons ground ginger ¾ teaspoons ground cloves ¼ teaspoon salt 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, room temperature 1/3 cup solid vegetable shortening ½ cup sugar ½ cup molasses 1 egg 1/8 cup buttermilk ½ teaspoon baking soda Icing 1 ½ cups powdered sugar Water Food coloring (optional) Instructions: For dough: Sift first six ingredients together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, beat butter, shortening, … Continue reading

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Why Charleston?

What is it that makes Charleston, South Carolina a premier destination for tourists?   Much of what makes this great port city a hot spot for tourists is a perfect combination of natural beauty, cuisine, and culture.  If you have considered Charleston a gem for some time, you are now not alone.  In fact, this past October, Charleston was announced as the No. 1 tourist destination in America as voted upon by readers of Condé Nast Traveler.  With the number 1 ranking, Charleston displaced long time winner San Francisco, the previous No. 1 destination for 18 years. If you are interested in learning more about the Readers’ Choice Awards, click on … Continue reading

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Charleston, SC – The Holy City

Whenever you are visiting a new location, it is always great to know a little about the historical influences, what makes the place unique, and how it ranks in comparison to other places. Charleston, SC is no exception, and you should definitely do your research before visiting, so you get the most out of your time spent. The original name for Charleston, SC was Charles Towne with settlement beginning in 1670.  It moved to its present location, which is known as “Oyster Point”, from a location on the West bank of the Ashley River, “Albemarle Point.”  The present name, Charleston, was adopted in 1783.  By the mid 18th century, Charleston … Continue reading

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