Our Story

What We Do

Charming Inns® is a family-owned and operated collection of historic inns and restaurant in the beloved city of Charleston. Founded in 1982 by Richard Widman, we take pride in honoring the unique histories of each of our one-of-a-kind properties.

Charming Inns Our Story Company Values

Our Values

Richard Widman, our founder and chairman, describes hospitality as the ability to help guests “create a special memory,” and that definition carries over into everything we do. From our friendly staff to our unique services to the very feel of each of our properties, Charming Inns® always stays true to our core values: Family, Service, History, and Comfort.

skyline of charleston and a sunset with colorful homes
Iron work overlooking sunset and white church
Couple walking down a staircase
Couple being served food
family sitting on the roof top of the john rutledge house with a flag

What Makes Us Uniquely Charming We’re dedicated to the community

By supporting local businesses, contributing to valued charities, and staying involved in citywide events, such as the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, we at Charming Inns® remain committed to bettering our beloved community.

What Makes Us Uniquely Charming We celebrate our history

From John Rutledge House Inn's® noteworthy past as the home of a signer of the United States Constitution to Wentworth Mansion's® many beautiful, historic features preserved in time, our properties provide an authentic glimpse into the prestigious history of our city.

What Makes Us Uniquely Charming We are local experts

There’s no place quite like the Holy City, with its historic charm, Southern warmth, and artistic culture, and our knowledgeable concierges will be more than happy to help you in experiencing all of the must-see attractions, as well as all of the secret, local spots.

What Makes Us Uniquely Charming We represent true Southern hospitality

Look up Southern hospitality in a dictionary and you might just find a photo of our friendly staff.  With deluxe amenities—such as complimentary breakfast in bed—and courteous services—like our 24-hour concierges—you’ll feel right at home with Charming Inns®.

What Makes Us Uniquely Charming We are family-owned and operated

In 1982, Richard Widman founded Charming Inns® as a labor of love. Many employees that were once bellmen and concierges have since become important members of management, and the team has ultimately become a family, united by a shared love of Charleston.