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  • Yes, You Deserve A Charleston Getaway!

    After surviving the last year, you truly do deserve a fun Charleston vacation in 2021! And if you had to downsize your wedding, it’s time to treat yourselves to a fabulous honeymoon in this historic waterfront city. As your hosts at The Governors House Inn, we are ready and eager to celebrate your arrival! Our exquisite accommodations include king 4-poster beds, 12 foot ceilings, pine floors, private porches and so much more. You’ll want to review each of our rooms on this page, and get to know the exceptional ambiance that only The Governor’s Inn provides!

    Rich in history

    Learning about local history can be fun, and kids from four to ninety-four will enjoy exploring and finding out more about this unique area. As one of the oldest Southern cities, Charleston is steeped in rich history. Established in 1670 by English colonists, Charleston was named the state capitol of South Carolina in 1776, and that distinction was lost in 1790. Charleston has prospered because it invested in infrastructure to create a deepwater port. The United States Constitution was ratified in Charleston in 1788.

    Churches and museums abound

    Some say there is a church on every corner in Charleston, but at last count it only has four hundred! Stroll from The Governor’s House Inn and explore some of them! A few have been named as National Historic Landmarks. Charleston’s founders guaranteed religious liberty to all its residents, making it a haven for those seeking religious freedom. Today’s tourists flock to Saint Michael’s church, the oldest in the community, built in 1680. President George Washington is said to have worshiped there. The enormous Circular Congregational church, inspired by Rome’s Pantheon, is home to the city’s oldest graveyard. It is home to over four hundred graves for people born before 1800, and has even inspired popular spooky nighttime tours. The church building itself was the first domed building in North America, it has been called “the most extraordinary building in the United States.”

    There are many museums to explore, that are close to The Governor’s House Inn, but one of the most unique is located onboard the USS Yorktown at Patriots Point. Dedicated to American’s true heroes, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society Museum is the only museum of its type in the United States that pays homage to the recipients of our nation’s highest military honor for bravery. First awarded by the President in 1863, it has been presented just over thirty-five hundred times. There are only eighty living Medal of Honor recipients, and their stories contained in the museum are truly inspiring.

    Water, water everywhere!

    No Charleston vacation is complete without a trip to the beach, and The Governor’s House Inn is close to some amazing beaches. For starters, Folly Beach is a great place to watch surfers, or even try a lesson. You’ll probably spot a dolphin or two also! Sullivan’s Island beach is ideal for stand up paddleboarding. It was also the home of Edgar Allen Poe when he was stationed in the army at Fort Moultrie. Next to Sullivan’s Island is the posh Isle of Palms, known for its fishing charters. Wadmalaw Island is home to the Charleston Tea Plantation, and the nearby Firefly Distillery, where you can taste their famous flavored sweet tea vodkas and sweet island rums.

    Visitors to the South Carolina Aquarium get to experience one of Charleston’s shining jewels and most popular attractions. Because it is lit only by natural sunlight and extends over the water on the riverfront, it provides guests with an immersive experience true to the natural environment. Not all animals in the aquarium live underwater! You will also see alligators, bald eagles, barn owls, brown pelicans, a Caribbean spiny lobster, diamondback terrapins, Eastern indigo snakes, gopher tortoises, green sea turtles, and yellow rat snakes. Another highlight of the aquarium is their sea turtle care center, dedicated to caring for sick and injured sea turtles of all seven threatened or endangered species. The aquarium even hosts “after hours” all-inclusive events for adults, including small plates and adult beverages.

    Book your stay at The Governor’s House Inn

    The best way to make sure your Charleston getaway is extraordinary is to book a room at the historic Governor’s House Inn, our award-winning historical mansion. The Inn is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and in 1971 it was declared a National Historic Landmark by the U.S. Department of the Interior. This distinctive property has a rich and storied history and is filled with antiques, period décor, and a unique version of the Declaration of Independence. What makes this version distinctive is that it highlights portraits of each of the signers, including the youngest signer, Edward Rutledge. Rutledge, the twenty-ninth governor of South Carolina, owned and lived in the mansion beginning in 1762 and the most luxurious suite carries his name. One little known fact is that Rutledge turned down President George Washington’s offer to sit on the Supreme Court and returned to private law practice in South Carolina.

    Each Governor’s House Inn guest receives a voucher for breakfast at their choice of one of four carefully curated local restaurants, all within walking distance of the Inn. This allows guests to enjoy some of their favorite establishments without being restricted to a single menu or breakfast time. The choices have all received rave reviews! The closest, Miller’s All Day, is located in a 175-year-old building and specializes in small batch grains and perfectly turned eggs. Nearby, Café Framboise features crepes, quiches, and more, all made fresh on site. The Eastbay Meeting House Café is located in the heart of Charleston’s fabulous French Quarter and artfully blends “Southern hospitality with European café culture.” The Gaulart and Maliclet French Café was founded and is run by two artists, serving authentic French press coffee and specialty croissants.

    It’s time to plan the getaway you deserve

    It’s time to plan your Charleston getaway. Couples looking for a Charleston honeymoon destination and families of all sizes will fall in love with Charleston’s sightseeing, restaurants, fishing, golfing, shopping, nearby beaches, and nightlife!

    You deserve the best Charleston has to offer! Launch your getaway from The Governor’s House Inn. Book now! Please note – The Governor’s House accommodates children 12 and older only.

  • 117 Broad Street Charleston, South Carolina 29401

    Toll Free: (800) 720-9812
    Local: (843) 720-2070


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