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Historic Bed & Breakfast Inns Charleston photoCharleston South Carolina is reputed as America’s most beautiful city, steeped in history of the antebellum south. The city’s historic district evokes old style 19th century elegance, carriages and cotillions. To enjoy this great touring destination in style, southern hospitality and gracious luxury, the Charming Inns of Charleston are a group of mansion homes and bed & breakfast style inns within the historic area of Old Charleston, a short gentile stroll to the harbor. These classic inns are surrounded by antique shops and curious shopping boutiques for relaxed browsing and discovering special finds. Elegant restaurants with gourmet menus of local and international fare are only steps from the hotel doorsteps. Acknowledged for their personal service, each inn is distinctively different in architecture and style, and share a common link of gracious hospitality.

John Rutledge House Inn
This luxury Charleston Bed and Breakfast has been called one of America’s most historic inns. Anyone who has seen the Broadway Musical of “1776” may be familiar with John Rutledge, one of the last southern hold-outs of the Continental Congress independence resolution. Rutledge never signed the Declaration of Independence, but was one of the 55 signers of the Constitution. His Charleston home, built in 1763, has been exquisitely restored with beautiful details of the18th and 19th Century architecture, elaborately carved Italian marble fireplaces, original plaster moldings, inlaid floors and graceful ironwork. The John Rutledge House is one of only fifteen homes belonging the signers of the Constitution to survive the 250 years - and the only one which accommodates overnight guests. There is a record of George Washington visiting in 1791 and an entry in his diary shows having breakfast with Mrs. Rutledge.

The inn has 19 guest rooms located in three buildings. You can choose between rooms and suites in the original elegant residence or the charm and seclusion of rooms in the Inn's two carriage houses. Antiques and historically accurate reproductions give each room its own warmth and distinction. The Inn is is recognized with a Mobil 4-Star Award and is a charter member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America.™

Wentworth Mansion

The only five diamond hotel in Charleston, SC. Built in 1886 and designed in the second Empire style as an opulent private residence for wealthy cotton merchant Francis Silas Rodgers, the Wentworth Mansion is now one of the world’s finest and most unique inns. Designed not as a bed and breakfast but as an opulent private residence, it is a place of hand-carved marble fireplaces, intricate woodwork and Tiffany stained glass windows.

Kings Courtyard Inn

A Classical Rivival bed and breakfast style inn designed by Francis D. Lee and opened in 1853, this luxury Charleston SC hotel has been restored with historic and architectural accuracy, each of the Charleston inn’s rooms has fine 18th century reproduction furnishings and oriental rugs. Honored as a charter member of National Trust Historic Hotels of America.™
Fulton Lane Inn

An antebellum Charleston SC bed and breakfast that welcomes summer’s casual pace by covering formal furnishings in airy muslin, replacing wool carpets with sisal, and positioning shutters to admit fresh breezes. At the Fulton Lane inn the spirit is beautifully recaptured light filtering softly through louvered shades casts a gentle glow on fine woods, natural textures and soft pastels that invite you to indulge in life’s simpler pleasures.

Victoria House Inn

A rare Victorian era Charleston hotel, built in the late 1880’s, the Victoria House Bed and Breakfast offers Charleston visitors a unique selection of luxurious guest rooms and charming studio suites. Large windows and exquisite appointments bring back the Victorian past.

Circa 1886

Circa 1886 restaurant, nestled in the gardens behind the Wentworth Mansion in the former carriage house offers grand old dining style and special occasion dinners.

Progressive Dinners
For the holiday season, Circa 1886 presents its popular Progressive Dinners which feature a nighttime tour and carriage ride of Downtown Charleston leading to holiday fine cuisine visits to three of these historic and elegant hotels decorated in holiday warmth.

New Year’s Eve 5 Course Dinner
Ring in the New Year with a special five-course dinner for $100 per person, which includes a glass of champagne, but excludes tax, gratuity and additional beverages. The Wentworth Mansion offers a New Year's Eve package for two. Available for two or more nights, including dinner for two at Circa 1886 on New Year's Eve or any other night besides Sunday, two commemorative etched champagne glasses and a bottle of champagne. The package starts at $975 (room tax not included). Visit For reservations please call Circa 1886 at 843-853-7828 or visit

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