Reservations in a Historical Mansion
Experience the feeling of what it is like to be immersed in history by planning a trip to Charleston. Reserve a room or an entire 1700 historical mansion. Walk and live in the same rooms where the Founding Fathers slept, sat, talked, and ate. The ambience is unlike any found in a modern hotel. The architecture, materials, furnishings, and period pieces of centuries long gone fill the senses with wonder. Sitting on the southern porches, looking out over the grounds, living for a moment where dignitaries walked and discussed the future of the country cannot be reproduced in a modern hotel. While hotels offer brochures of the city, the Innkeeper is available to sit with guests and answer questions about history and local events. Staying at an historic inn in Charleston feels like home after a busy day in the city.
Historic mansions are affordable. At a time when families and friends want to travel and celebrate important events without the crowds, they can rent an entire mansion. Guests feel at home as they enjoy the freedom of moving throughout the mansion. Conversations with the onsite Innkeepers, Charlestonians, provide guests with in-depth knowledge of the city. An early evening wine tasting with hors d’oeuvres brings everyone back to the mansion to share stories, ask questions, and plan for the evening. During exceptional times, when guests cannot get together for a wine tasting, a bottle of wine is given to guests to enjoy in their rooms. Most of all, innkeepers delight in knowing their guests had a wonderful time in Charleston.
For the individual or couple visiting, reserving a room in a mansion in Charleston offers the opportunity for either a private or social vacation. Innkeepers introduce guests to one another as they enjoy breakfast in the dining room or during the evening social hour. Experiences and tales told by the Innkeepers and guests create a fun and accepting atmosphere.
Historic Wedding Venues in Charleston
Charleston is one of the best cities in the U.S. to have a wedding. Charleston offers beautiful grounds, historical backdrops, fountains, and mansions lived in by founding fathers where travelers can stay and celebrate a life event. Reserving an historic inn within walking distance of downtown provides the bride, groom, and their guests a wide variety of activities to enjoy before and after the wedding. Staying in Charleston is a unique experience that cannot be recreated by any other city. Scenic walks under massive oaks, on cobbled streets, past antebellum mansions and historic sites, the view of Fort Sumter and palm trees swaying in the cool breeze leave guests wishing for more time in this beautiful town.
Wedding Photography at Mansion Venues
Mansion wedding venues create amazingly beautiful scenery for photographs. The lighting from 9-foot windows in rooms with 12-foot ceilings combined with pine floors, fireplaces, staircases, verandas, and manicured grounds create stunning visual memories. The pictures tell not only the story of the wedding, but those of centuries past. The rich textures and deep colors of natural wood and decor of historical venues add to the luxuriousness of the wedding photos. Outside, on porches, under oak trees, in gardens of flowers, next to fountains, on cobblestone streets, and with church steeples reaching into the sky a photographic adventure is ready for the bride and groom.
Wedding Planning and Bridal Parties in Charleston
A bridal party staying in a historical venue is a wonderful opportunity to set the stage for a wedding, to see the space, meet the Innkeeper, and explore the town. The Innkeeper’s knowledge of the city reduces the stress of wedding planning. Familiar with local merchants and venues, navigating the task of getting the wedding license, finding wedding planners, officiants, florists, salons, cakes, catering, photographers, entertainment, and transportation all become much easier with the assistance of the Innkeeper.
It is also important for the bridal party to relax and have fun. Charleston has great restaurants and boutiques within walking distance. There are 31 spots for oysters, breweries, late night dancing, and secret alleyways. Charleston is home to the South Carolina Aquarium, several waterfront parks, the International African-American Museum, and The Charleston City Market. Take a short drive to arrive at pristine beaches along the coast. Bridal parties can enjoy island hopping between Seabrook Island, Kiawah Island, Folly Beach, Sullivan’s Island, and Isle of Palms. No need to worry about folding chairs, umbrellas, beach towels, or an ice-chest. The innkeeper will have the items ready and available for a day at the beach.
Celebrate History in Downtown Charleston, S.C.
There is no better city in which to celebrate life and history than in Charleston, which has been voted the #1 best city in the U.S. for almost a decade. There are many museums filled with the history of “Charles Town,” which began with the charter granted in 1663 by King Charles II to establish the territory of Carolina. Historical documents tell of residents, attacks, wars, fires, slavery, and immigration. Due to the settlement of various immigrants with their religions, many churches were built and Charleston was called the “Holy City”. Charleston’s many steeples served as landmarks that guided ships into the Harbor.
While life outside of town was lived on plantations, merchants lived above their shops constructed around 1740 along the waterfront. These shops, Rainbow Row, went through centuries of transformation from thriving merchants, to post Civil War slum, to today’s brightly painted and privately owned homes. Rainbow Row is one of the most photographed scenes in town.
Planning a Family and Friends Gathering – Transportation in Charleston is Easy
Transportation to and from Charleston and around the city offers numerous options. It is easy to see why Charleston has become a favorite vacation and wedding spot for travelers throughout the country. Whether traveling alone or getting together with loved ones, Charleston is easily accessed by land, sea, or air.
Flying: Airlines fly in and out of Charleston International Airport (CHS). They offer non-stop flights to more than 30 destinations.
Boating: Charleston is located on a peninsula. The Ashley and Cooper Rivers join Charleston Harbor with an outlet to the Atlantic Ocean. There are marinas throughout the harbor where boaters can dock as they visit Charleston.
Marinas – Charleston City, Shem Creek, Cooper River, Bristol, Daniel Island, Ripley Light, Ashley, Charleston Harbor
Driving: Public parking is available in parking garages in the downtown area. Mansion venues and hotels offer free/paid parking for their guests.
Shuttle: Charleston has a free downtown area shuttle (DASH) connecting major sites.
Ridesharing: Uber, Lyft, taxi services, and pedicabs are available for navigating the streets. Water taxi services provide transportation across Charleston Harbor.
Bikeshare Program: Holy Spokes offers rentals hourly, daily, and monthly throughout the peninsula.
Walking: Charleston is easily explored on foot. Many historical sites, restaurants, and shops are located within walking distance of one another.