'Steep in History' at a Formal Tea

John Rutledge House Steeping in History The John Rutledge House Inn will wrap up its 250th Anniversary Celebration with a special ‘Steeping in History’ weekend package. This two night, three-day experience was created to honor the inn’s longstanding tradition of hosting memorable gatherings for family and friends in a historic setting. The John Rutledge House Inn's ‘Steeping in History’ package is set for the weekend of November 15-17, 2013. Guests are invited to commemorate the beauty of a bygone era, starting with a formal tea served on the afternoon of Saturday, November 16th in the Signers Ballroom. Original homeowner John Rutledge wrote drafts of the U.S. Constitution in this grand 574-square-foot ballroom. Its history, beauty and antebellum charm live on, creating the perfect setting for this formal occasion. Guests will enjoy an English-inspired tea menu, featuring Charleston’s beloved She Crab Soup, which William Deas, the house butler in the early 1900s, invented for a special visit with President Taft. Certified Tea Master Lady Kelly will instruct guests through the afternoon and feature special tea blends, including American Classic Tea from the Charleston Tea Plantation. Non-guests of the inn are invited to join the Steeping in History tea party from 2-4pm on Saturday, November 16th. The cost is $42 per adult, $30 per child (under the age of 13). Reservations are required as there is limited seating. Please call 843-723-7999 for more information or to book your reservation. Steeping in History at the John Rutledge House Inn Overnight guests who take advantage of the 'Steeping in History' package will be officially added to the inn's famous guest list (which includes President George Washington and countless American patriots.) Innkeeper Kathy Leslie believes this package is the best way for guests to get acquainted with the inn and its rich history, saying  “What better way for guests to get a true feeling of our history and understand what this house was originally built for- entertaining family and friends." Grandmothers, mothers and daughters can relish in a girls' getaway, complete with a real tea party and very special afternoon. History buffs will enjoy dining inside the grand ballroom alongside framed relics and artifacts, overlooking one of Charleston's most famous and historic streets. The ‘Steeping in History’ weekend itinerary also leaves room for guests to embark on an exclusive “Birth of a Nation's Constitution” tour. On this two-hour excursion, guests will hear tales of Rutledge's home life and gain insight on his political role in Charleston and prominent place in American history. Guests will stroll through the streets of Charleston for a behind-the-scenes glance at the inn, the Old Exchange Building, Heyward-Washington House, and St. Michael’s Church graveyard, where Rutledge was buried after his death on July 18, 1800. Guests of the inn will enjoy many complimentary amenities like an informal afternoon tea each day, deluxe continental or cooked breakfast, evening sherry and brandy, daily newspaper, wireless internet access and evening turndown service. This package is based on two people and starts at $619 for the weekend. For more information on package rates and details, visit our website or call (800)476-9741. About John Rutledge House Inn® John Rutledge, one of the fifty-five signers of the U.S. Constitution, built his stunning antebellum home in 1763. Now exquisitely restored, it is one of the only fifteen homes belonging to those signers to survive-and the only one to now accommodate overnight hotel guests. The John Rutledge House Inn® offers nineteen guest rooms within a complex of three buildings.  One may choose between the elegance of rooms and spacious suites in the original grand residence or the charm and seclusion of rooms in the Inn’s two carriage houses. Antiques and historically accurate reproductions give each room its on warmth and distinction.  The city’s finest restaurants, theatres, shops and famous City Market are all within a few minutes walk.  The gracious antebellum residential area “South of Broad” begins directly opposite the Inn. The Inn, located at 116 Broad Street in Historic Downtown Charleston, recently ranked #5 of the “Top 40 Hotels in the South” by the 2012 Conde Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards.  For more information about the John Rutledge House Inn®, visit. www.johnrutledgehouseinn.com or call (800)476-9741.

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