LUXURY TRAVEL - SOUTH CAROLINA
HISTORIC INNS OF CHARLESTON
Southern Charm and Holiday Specials
Charleston 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
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
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
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
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.™
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
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 restaurant, nestled in the gardens behind the Wentworth Mansion
in the former carriage house offers grand old dining style and special
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 www.WentworthMansion.com. For
reservations please call Circa 1886 at 843-853-7828 or visit www.Circa1886.com.
Inns of Charleston
Starting in May 2010
stay at one of the Historic Inns before catching the newest 5, 6 or
7 day cruise to the Bahamas or Key West on Carnival's Newest
Carvival Fantasy departing from historic downtown Charlston's Passenger
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