• TOP Rated Inn/B&B on TripAdvisor
    As seen in Conde Nast Travel Guide's "Best of Charleston"
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    Let us inspire you with an inside look at the Governor’s House Inn! Discover this historical National Landmark and how it offers the perfect setting for romantic getaways, weddings, vacations and corporate retreats. Each post puts you in the middle of the southern ambiance that you’ll only find at our elegant Charleston bed and breakfast inn!

    Charleston Ranked No. 1

    For three years running, Charleston has been named the No. 1 destination in the U.S. and Canada by the readers of Conde Nast Traveler. This year, Charleston was also named No. 2 in the world! If you’ve never visited the Holy City, you may be wondering what all the fuss is about. The CNT rankings are part of the Readers Choice Awards. Rankings are determined based upon reader ratings in the following categories:

    • Culture
    • Friendliness
    • Atmosphere
    • Restaurants
    • Lodging
    • Shopping

    Charleston receives high scores across the board, and we have some sneaking suspicions as to why.


    Like most seaports, Charleston is somewhat of a melting pot; blending Southern, English, French and West African cultural elements. Well known for art, music, cuisine, theater and fashion, downtown plays host to a variety of cultural events and fairs including:

    • Spoleto Festival
    • Festival of Houses and Gardens
    • Southeastern Wildlife Expo
    • Charleston Food and Wine Festival
    • Fashion Week
    • Cooper River Bridge Run
    • Lowcountry Jazz Festival

    There is also an abundance of museums, galleries and historical sites to keep travelers busy.


    Charleston might as well be the definition of southern hospitality and has been recognized as the “friendliest” city in the nation.


    The Holy City is downright picturesque with cobblestone streets, harbor views, historic buildings and a skyline dotted by church steeples. The downtown peninsula is also surrounded by beautiful beaches (including Folly, Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, Kiawah and Seabrook) and plantations. The setting lends itself to a laid back atmosphere for both tourists and locals.


    Downtown Charleston and the surrounding areas boast a variety of up-scale and casual dining options. Flavors vary from local seafood to international cuisine. Some of our favorite lunch and dinner spots include:

    • The Charleston Grill – King St.
    • Cypress – East Bay St.
    • Halls Chophouse – King St.
    • O-Ku – King St.
    • Magnolias – East Bay St.
    • Husk – Queen St.
    • Poogan’s Porch – Queen St.
    • High Cotton – East Bay St.
    • Bull Street Gourmet & Market – King St.
    • Hominy Grill – Rutledge Ave.
    • Five Loaves – Cannon St.


    Charleston offers a variety of lodging options, from major chains to historic bed and breakfasts like the Governor’s House Inn. Most downtown accommodations are within the historic district and close to shopping, dining and nightlife.


    Downtown offers tons of shopping, the majority of which is split between King Street and Market Street. Options vary and include designer labels, local boutiques and national brands like:

    • Anthropologie
    • Banana Republic
    • J. Crew
    • Gap
    • Luna
    • Aldo
    • Urban Outfitters
    • Forever 21
    • Copper Penny
    • Steve Madden
    • Juicey Cotoure
    • Lacoste
    • BCBG MaxAzria

    …And that’s just to name a few. The Market area also features a variety of candy and souvenir shops, and goods from local artists and artisans are also available. To learn more about the Readers Choice Awards visit CNTtraveler.com.

    Plan a Trip

    If you haven’t visited Charleston (or if it has been a while), we hope you will plan a trip soon!  Charleston’s Visitors’ Bureauis a great place to start, and we hope that you will book your stay with the Governor’s House. Call 800-720-9812 to learn more or make your reservation online.

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