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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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Top 7 Farmers Markets in Charleston

Whether you are a local of Charleston, or just visiting for the first time, Charleston’s Farmers Markets are not to be missed.

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Top 10 Spring Festivals and Events in Charleston

Whether you are traveling for the water, sunshine or unique festivals, we know Charleston is always a good idea.

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Charleston's Romantic Culinary Class

We know you don’t need an excuse to spend time with your true love, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the month of love as an excuse to splurge.

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High-Class Cocktails in the Holy City

It’s a well-known fact that one of the best ways to set the mood is with a beverage in hand. The Holy City is flowing with some of the finest high-class cocktails and mixologists in the country.

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Valentine's Day the Galentine's Way

Valentine’s Day is all about love, but it doesn’t just have to be romantic. This month, grab your best gal pals and spend the holiday Galentine’s style.

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Chef Marc Collins Named 2019 South Carolina Chef Ambassador

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Indoor Guide to Exploring Charleston

While Charleston is famously known for its cobblestone streets and antebellum houses that line them, some of the Charleston’s hidden spots can be found indoors. 

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Gallery Guide to Charleston

Artists from around the world have flocked to the holy city to find inspiration. Located right in the heart of the Charleston, there are two rising art districts. 

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Pamper Yourself Back to Perfection

With the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it’s the best time to reset your body and mind with a little pampering and a day at the spa.

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The Holy City's Holy Sites

Charleston’s streets are lined high and low with historic homes and buildings. But don’t miss the structures that give the Holy City its nickname — its historic Houses of Worship.

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A Carriage Tour of Charleston

Early Charleston settlers didn’t explore the streets in automobiles. Take the city’s historic vibes a step further with a carriage ride to see the sites as its founders did.

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Jazz Up January with Exciting Entertainment

Get into the groove of the New Year with a few laughs, great tunes, maybe a few tears, and an entertainment-fueled night.

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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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