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Ways to Enjoy Charleston in July

The month of July represents the epitome of summer! Patriotic celebrations, backyard BBQ’s, swimming, and most of all “heat”!  Admittedly, July in Charleston is hot; however, there are plenty of ways to keep cool and enjoy all that Charleston has to offer. First of all, enjoy your stay in one of our beautiful rooms here at the historic Governor’s House Inn, a luxury bed and breakfast located in the heart of downtown Charleston. There is no better way to experience the pre-revolutionary period with the benefits of modern conveniences.  While you are here, experience a part of Southern culture as you cool off late in the afternoon on the veranda … Continue reading

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Shopping in Downtown Charleston

U.S. News & World Report chose King Street as one of the 10 Best Shopping Streets in the United States. Yes, we’re up there with Rodeo Drive, Michigan Avenue and Fifth Avenue! Best of all, shopping in downtown Charleston is just plain fun! Walking uptown, downtown, through boutiques or sidewalk markets, you’ll find designer fashions, vintage consignments — Charleston has a place to shop for your every need. Whether on a budget or reaching for the sky, outfit yourself, your home, or find great gifts. Fulfill your desires for beauty and the unusual in the galleries. Collect your period antique or find the perfect craft-piece at the Charleston City Market. … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in May

In addition to the Spoleto Festival USA, which begins May 24th, Charleston always has a great variety of events to choose from. Gibbes on the Street – May 2, 7:30 – 10:00 p.m. The Gibbes Museum of Art opened in 1905 to considerable fanfare and has been an important vehicle for art in the Charleston area ever since. Join the fun in celebrating the museum at this benefit event. Enjoy culinary delights from Charleston’s top chefs, an open bar, and dancing in the middle of Meeting Street at the fourth annual Street Party! Savories, Sweets, and Sips by: Bon Bahn Mi, Caviar & Bananas, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, Cypress, FIG, … Continue reading

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Popular Charleston Restaurants

Charleston has become synonymous with fine dining. Over the past 20 – 25 years its reputation has gained world-class status with award-winning chefs, and restaurants earning the moniker “best new restaurant in the United States.”  While it would take quite a while to visit all the top spots in Charleston, we’ve culled the list to some of the most popular spots. McCrady’s Restaurant Listed on the National Register of Historic Places and Landmarks, McCrady’s represents some of the best in new Southern fine dining. The menu, created by Chef Sean Brock, recipient of the 2010 James Beard Best Chef Southeast award, centers around inventive cuisine fresh from the farm and … Continue reading

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Events in Charleston in April

Cooper River Bridge Run April 6, 2013, Mount Pleasant – Charleston The 2013 Cooper River Bridge Run is just around the corner. And you don’t have to be an avid runner to participate – walkers are welcome and you can walk or run for yourself or for charity. Started in 1978, the Cooper River Bridge Run provides a world-class 10-K foot race. The race promotes continuous physical activity and a healthy lifestyle through education and opportunity. Last year 36,652 runners and walkers crossed the finish line on Meeting Street. The Cooper River Bridge Run is well organized and includes world-class competition in a beautiful setting with unparalleled participant satisfaction. The … Continue reading

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The Sweetgrass Basket, A Charleston Tradition

When you visit Charleston, you will quickly notice the many grass baskets for sale in the market of downtown and along the highways.  These are sweetgrass baskets, and they have been a part of the Charleston and low country community for many years.  They are symbolic of the culture and history that has shaped the region. The basket making tradition was brought to the area by slaves from West Africa as an art form that was passed down from generation to generation.  You can find many vendors in Charleston and Mount Pleasant, SC carrying on the tradition of sweetgrass basket making. During the days of slavery, baskets were in high … Continue reading

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2012 Southeastern Wildlife Exposition, Charleston, SC

The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is a great event that takes place annually in the month of February.  Specifically the event is held from February 17 to February 19, and you can purchase tickets online.   Also, you will want to make sure you plan out your schedule in terms of what events or exhibits you would like to take part in.  Be sure to look at all of their locations for each of their exhibits.   Here is a little information on the exposition: The Southeastern Wildlife Exposition is now in its 30th year of operation, and is one of the largest events of its kind in the U.S.  It takes place … Continue reading

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Deck the Halls!

The holidays are an especially great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina.  The entire city is decorated in class, and you will have a unique opportunity to see the city in a way unlike any other time of the year.  If you are planning a vacation in the near future, here is one great option to see some holiday décor and take in some Charleston history: The Joseph Manigault House is decked out each year for the holiday season and it is truly a great site to see for the entire family.  Every year, The Garden Club of Charleston takes this amazing house and transforms it with live plant materials … 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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Happy Holidays from Charleston, SC

When you are planning your next vacation to Charleston, South Carolina, remember that the holiday season is a fabulous time to tour the city.  It is always great to know what is going on ahead of time.  Here is a brief guide to some of the events taking place throughout the season:   Holiday Festival of Lights November 10, 2011 thru January 1, 2012 Location: James Island Country Park, about 15 minutes from downtown Charleston Phone: (843) 795-7275 This event takes place every year at the James Island County Park.  They typically have over 500,000 lights.   Tickets to tour the lights in your car are $10 or you can ride … Continue reading

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Join Us For The Holidays!

This time of the year is a great time to visit Charleston, South Carolina.  The weather is perfect, and the atmosphere is truly romantic.  If you are looking to make this holiday season one to remember for a lifetime, then come stay with us, and take part in our ‘Holiday Splendor” Package. Bubbly champagne, a horse drawn carriage, and an exclusively designed ornament are all yours to enjoy with two wonderful evenings in one of our elegant guestrooms.  The Inn sparkles like a jewel during the holidays, and Charleston is lovely in its holiday splendor. Our highly qualified staff can assist you in choosing among the many fine restaurants, shops, … Continue reading

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Welcome To Our New Website!

We want to welcome all of you to our new site.  We are deeply grateful for the Q4 Launch team, and for all of their hard work in building and implementing a site that truly matches the beauty of our inn. In redeveloping our site and online presence, we sought out a partner to help us better communicate the Governor’s House experience online. The site has been repositioned to be both more informative as well as user friendly.  We want our guests to feel as comfortable navigating our site as they are staying at the inn.  Here is a quick overview of some of the changes we have made, and … 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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The Best Time to Visit Charleston, SC

What is the best time to visit Charleston, SC? It is always difficult to know when would be the best time to visit a city like Charleston, SC.  With so much to offer, it can be hard to understand when to take advantage of this historic city.   Charleston is filled with arts festivals, marathons, and culinary events that can be difficult to sort through.  Here is a brief guide to help you know what takes place within each season:  Spring Spring is always a good time to go on vacation, and it is an especially good season to visit Charleston, SC.  You will be able to tour the city without … Continue reading

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Visiting Historic Charleston, SC

If you are visiting historic Charleston, SC in the near future, you better come ready to experience one of the most vibrant cities in the South.  From culture to cuisine, Charleston has it all!  When you do visit Charleston, you should know how best to experience the city: and get the most out of your dollar.  Here’s a brief guide: Take a Carriage Tour  A carriage tour is a great way for you or your family to tour the city, and take in the historic sites.  It is also a great opportunity to view the classic architecture and find your next restaurant.  Charleston, SC has many opportunities when it comes … Continue reading

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