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  • Visiting Charleston

    So Much to Love

    Voted "Top City in the United States" by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Charleston is beloved and renowned for its hospitality, beauty, architecture, history, food, and culture. Check out some of our favorite things.

"We just loved Charleston, from the smell of the magnolia trees and the food to the friendly people, and of course the charm of the city itself. All the history that we experienced while in Charleston was just amazing!"

- Guest Comment Card, 5/9/15

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A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this November and December. For the 31st year in a row, Circa 1886 restaurant and Charming Inns will play host to the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner,” a festive evening where diners journey by carriage to three different locations. Guests are invited to start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn at 198 King Street, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant at 149 Wentworth Street for a three-course dinner, and wind down at Historic John Rutledge House Inn at 116 Broad Street for coffee and dessert. Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 8:30 p.m. A carriage will transport guests from one location to the next. The cost is $100.00 per person, excluding beverages.

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Charleston Restaurant Week

Enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. Delight in a fine dining experience at our Circa 1886 Restaurant with three signature courses for $45.

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Charleston's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) hosts the world's foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, and sponsors conservation research and environmental education. A 3-day celebration of wildlife, SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe.

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Where To Eat: Staff Favorites

Circa 1886 at the Wentworth Mansion

For an exquisite dinner with intimate ambiance, our own Circa 1886 at Wentworth Mansion.

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Fast & French (G&M)

A taste of Paris just steps from our door. Go for one of the best and most affordable lunches in the city.

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Kitchen 208

For outdoor dining with fast, casual breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, visit Kitchen 208 on lower King Street.

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What To Do: Staff Favorites

Tommy Dew's Walking Tour

Step back in Charleston history with one of the city's best guides.

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Rickshaw Ride

An evening rickshaw ride along the Battery is the perfect way to end a day's worth of sightseeing.

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Harbor Tour

See the Holy City from one of the best vantage points - our beautiful waters.

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Places To See: Staff Favorites

Fort Sumter

Take a long, beautiful glimpse at Charleston as she was through history. Take the boat ride out to Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots of the Civil War.

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Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon

Discover this building's integral role in our country's quest for independence and its important service to an emerging country.

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Heyward-Washington House

Browse a magnificent collection of Charleston-made furniture in the main house and ancillary structures like the carriage shed that has an 18th-century well just beneath, the kitchen building that was built in the 1740s, and an exquisite formal garden. President Washington stayed in the Heyward-Washington House while visiting Mrs. Rutledge.

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