What a great season, y’all! As of December 14th, our Progressive Dinners have officially sold out. Read on to learn more about our favorite holiday tradition.
We invite you to take a festive journey through the city of Charleston this December. It’s not the Polar Express, but it’s close. It’s Charming Inns’ 27th Annual Progressive Holiday Dinner. An evening when diners travel to three different downtown locations by horse drawn carriage for traditional holiday fixings and merrymaking. Here’s a sneak peek inside a night of progressive dining- menu, photos and all.
Stop 1: Hors d’ oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn
Your night starts at 5:30 on King Street at the historic B&B Kings Courtyard Inn. Mingle in the open air courtyard, or take a seat inside to nosh on appetizers like Shrimp-Boursin Beggars Purses and Rabbit Sausage, Cheddar & Grape Kabobs. Sip on Butterscotch Eggnog or Applejack Infused Apple Cider before dinner time begins at your next stop…
Stop 2: Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant
The illuminated streets of downtown Charleston are your guide to Circa 1886 Restaurant, set in the gardens of the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Executive Chef Marc Collins has created a three-course prix fixe menu for you. Start with Split Pea Soup and segue to an Arugula Salad before delighting in the main course. Choose from Strip Steak with Sour Cream Whipped Potatoes and Fennel Glazed Carrots in a Blood Orange Demi Glace or a classic Shrimp n’ Grits, served with local Carolina Shrimp, an Anson Mills Grits Cake and Tasso Ham in a Chardonnay Butter Sauce.
Saving room for dessert shouldn’t even be a question. After dinner, you’ll descend on historic Broad Street, lined with glimmering Palmetto trees and home to our John Rutledge House Inn. In the historic bed and breakfast’s grand ballroom, a spread of Petite Fours and cookies await. Our Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s signature holiday treats are back again as well: Peppermint Pluff Mud Bites and Bourbon & Maple Pecan Pie. A sweet finale to a wonderful evening.
Stop 4: Head on home, visions of sugar plums dancing in your head – or stay with us!
Experience the John Rutledge House Inn Progressive Dinner Package. You’ll be treated to two seats at Progressive Dinner, a rickshaw ride to your first stop at Kings Courtyard Inn, a Junior League of Charleston Party Receipts Cookbook and cozy overnight accommodations for two at a grand downtown inn. Get more details and book your stay here. You can also reserve a room overnight at any of our other three inns. Take a look here.
Start a new holiday tradition! Reserve a seat at the table.
Progressive Dinner makes for a wonderfully memorable holiday evening in downtown Charleston. Tickets are $95 a person. Some evenings have already sold out! Call us at 843-853-7828 to reserve a seat or visit the Circa 1886 website for a full menu and details.