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Discover exciting local events, read about Charleston’s best attractions, and stay up to date on news from each of the Charming Inns’® properties with our monthly blogs.

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12 Days of Christmas

Kitchen 208 is a member of the Charming Inns family, located next door the Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn. This southern home-style restaurant serves Breakfast, Lunch, and Brunch from 7 A.M to 3 P.M. 

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Circa 1886 Winter Restaurant Week Menu

Circa 1886 is participating in the January Charleston Restaurant Week. Starting on Wednesday, January 9th,2019 until Saturday, January 19th, 2019

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A Southern 12 Days of Christmas

Sometimes the best way to get into the holiday spirit is to stroll the streets searching for the perfect treasures to wrap up and tuck under the tree—it is the season of giving, after all. Follow Charleston’s “12 Days of Christmas” downtown tour, with a Southern twist.

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Savor the Flavors of the Season

From sweets to everything savory, ‘tis the season for overindulging in culinary sensations. Charleston’s restaurants know how to celebrate the holidays in style and all-inclusive fashion, so you can sit back and simply indulge.

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A Historic Holiday in the Holy City

One of the Holy City’s most charming draws in its collection of historic homes. There’s something just as charming about a traditional holiday celebration and Charleston is the best city for a historic experience.

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Celebrate the New Year Southern Style

The Christmas cookies are gone, the presents are opened and it seems the parties are done. But the celebration doesn’t have to stop just yet. When it comes time to ring in the New Year, few cities do it better than Charleston.

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Accolades All Around— Linn Lesesne & Alexis Ryan Shine Bright

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Holiday Progressive Dinner 2018

A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this December.

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Find Fabulous Food this Fall

November is the month for gratitude and the flavors of our heritage and forefathers. But you don’t have to wait until Thanksgiving to indulge your tastes. Here are this month’s best food festival staples.

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Honoring the Legacy of Southern History

There’s no better time of year to honor and remember the history of where we are and those who came before to build the foundations. Explore Charleston’s intricate past at some of these special spots in the city.

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Satisfy the Seasonal Sweet Tooth

Turkey and stuffing are the iconic elements of the Thanksgiving dinner. Once they’re gone and packed away, though, it’s the dessert that we manage to make room for. Stop into these shops to satisfy that sweet tooth.

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The Holy City's Quaint Courtyards

There’s a certain calm that comes from sitting outside and taking in the cooler temperatures of the city. Make the experience even more enjoyable with a quaint garden setting.

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Things to do in Charleston for Thanksgiving

Make new family traditions with this ultimate itinerary for spending Thanksgiving in Charleston.

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Kings Courtyard Inn Celebrates 35 Years As A Family Owned Hotel

A family owned hotel living in a chain hotel world— and why it works.

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Circa 1886's New Fall & Winter Menu Released

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Fall Festivities in Charleston

Charleston is one of the most beautiful cities in the U.S. and a large part of its allure is an abundance of mature, stately, and gracious homes that reflect the City’s architecture, history, and culture.

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Cooling Southern Cocktails

Even though it’s fall, the nights in the Holy City are still warm enough to relax on a rooftop watching the activity of the streets below. Keep yourself cooled-off at one of Charleston’s classy cocktail joints.

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A Treasure Hunt Through History

At nearly 400 years old, Charleston is a city ripe with tidbits of days past, living landmarks and remnants of history’s highlights. Discover the treasures for yourself with a deep dive into the city’s antiquing scene.

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See the Sights from a New Perspective

Charleston draws people for its charming streets, historic homes, fabulous food scene, and unbeatable beaches. It’s especially worth a trip to see the coastal city from the water.

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Things To Do In Charleston In The Fall

Grab a sweater and fall in love with the Holy City this Autumn.

When summer falls into Autumn in Charleston, it’s truly a beautiful sight. Shades of fall take over the Holy City and the nights become longer.

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Circa 1886 New Fall Menu

Longer nights and coolers day mean that fall is making its way to the Lowcountry.

To celebrate the new season upon us, Chef Marc Collins has revealed the new fall menu for Circa 1886.

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A Tasty Tour of the Holy City

When a city is named as one of the top foodie destinations in America, it’s probably a good idea to take it seriously. The Holy City is certainly a heavenly haven for those looking to sate their hunger. 

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Catch a Wave at Charleston Water Week

With half an acre of water for every acre of land in the Charleston area, it’s no wonder this Southern City is a water sports mecca. September calls attention to all the aqua-based activities with Charleston Water Week.

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The Holy City's Historic Homes

A few notable people have passed through Charleston in the more than 400 years since its settlement. Tour the homes these figures left behind and take a step where they stood to get a glimpse into their stories.

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Shaggin’ on the Cooper, Beyond the Big House Tour, Thrifters & Drifters, and More

Labor Day is over and the summer season is nearing its end, but our temperate climate here in Charleston is ideal for year-round outdoor fun.

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6 Ways to Enjoy Labor Day Weekend

great list of activities to make your Labor Day weekend unforgettable.

Whether you are here for the first time, or you call Charleston home, we have a great list of activities to make your Labor Day weekend unforgettable.

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Sample the Holy City's Best Brews

Don’t hide from the heat, temper summer’s temperatures at one of Charleston’s taprooms.

With a “brewery district” forming in the south, you should certainly take craft brews seriously in the Holy City.

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Circa 1886's Charleston Restaurant Week Menu

Check Out Our 2018 Restaurant Week Menu!

Circa 1886 is thrilled to be participating in the 11-day celebration that is Charleston's Restaurant Week! Join us September 5 through September 15 and enjoy our special Charleston Restaurant Week menu. 

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5 Ways to Cool Off in The Holy City

Stay cool this summer with these top 5 activities—AC guaranteed!

While everyone loves to shop on King Street or have a lunch picnic at Charleston Waterfront Park, we also enjoy indoor attractions and activities that keep us cool. Stay cool this summer with these top 5 activities—AC guaranteed!

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Win A $208 Kitchen 208 Gift Card!

Join Us July 27th, 2018 for #208DAY!

On the 208th Day of the Year, Kitchen 208 is throwing the ultimate celebration packed with flavor and fun. 

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Second Sundays: Dancing on the Pier and Sunrise at Sumter

With so much to do and see in Charleston, it’s often difficult for visitors to decide how to direct their energies.

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Top 5 Views from Charming Inns

Sit back and enjoy a few of our favorite views from Charming Inns.

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Sunday Strolls and the South’s Best Shopping

Charleston is a Southern city known for its charm, culinary scene and, of course, exceptional shopping.

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Savor the Season at Charleston’s Farmers Markets

It’s summer, and one of our favorite reasons to love the season is the fresh food and fun events at some of our local farmer’s markets.

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Celebrate the 208th Day of the Year With Kitchen208

Join Us July 27th, 2018 For $8 Specials All Day

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Three Spots for Pecan Pie with a Twist

When it comes to Southern flavors there is almost no better combination than bourbon and pecans perfectly blended into a beautiful pie. But next time that sweet tooth strikes, step outside the box to sample something beyond the standard slice. Here are three of our favorite foodie-finds to try a tasty twist on this dessert staple. 

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Annual Circa 1886 Rum Dinner

Join us on Thursday, July 26th, 2018 on a journey of rum drinking & Caribbean influenced cuisine!

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