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  • Visiting Charleston

    A City You'll Fall In Love With

    Voted "Top City in the United States" by Condé Nast Traveler readers, Charleston is adored and renowned for its hospitality, beauty, architecture, history, food, and culture. Check out some of our favorite things.

"This was our second stay at the KCI in the last two years. The inn is right in the middle of where we want to be - attractions and restaurants. I am sure we will stay here during our next trip to Charleston."

- TripAdvisor, 3/16/15

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A much-beloved holiday tradition is back this November and December. For the 31st year in a row, Circa 1886 restaurant and Charming Inns will play host to the “Charleston Holiday Progressive Dinner,” a festive evening where diners journey by carriage to three different locations. Guests are invited to start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at Historic Kings Courtyard Inn at 198 King Street, travel to Circa 1886 restaurant at 149 Wentworth Street for a three-course dinner, and wind down at Historic John Rutledge House Inn at 116 Broad Street for coffee and dessert. Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 8:30 p.m. A carriage will transport guests from one location to the next. The cost is $100.00 per person, excluding beverages.

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Charleston Restaurant Week

Enjoy the world-renowned cuisine of the Lowcountry as participating restaurants offer prix fixe menus consisting of three items for one price. Delight in a fine dining experience at our Circa 1886 Restaurant with three signature courses for $45.

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Southeastern Wildlife Exposition

Charleston's Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) hosts the world's foremost experts in wildlife and nature art, and sponsors conservation research and environmental education. A 3-day celebration of wildlife, SEWE is the largest event of its kind in the nation, attracting over 500 artists and exhibitors from around the globe.

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Where To Eat: Staff Favorites

Circa 1886 at the Wentworth Mansion

For an exquisite dinner with intimate ambiance, our own Circa 1886.

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Kitchen 208

For outdoor dining with fast, casual breakfast, lunch and weekend brunch, visit Kitchen 208- just steps away from our front door.

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82 Queen

Lunch al fresco in their serene courtyard is a must.

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What To Do: Staff Favorites

Tour the City

See and learn about the Holy City in the comfort of a bus.

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A Dawn or Dusk Walk South of Broad

Take in the early morning or evening beauty as you stroll South of Broad to the Battery and take in the stunning views of historic homes and the water.

A Barrier Island Eco Tour

Discover the natural plants and animals that make the barrier islands of Charleston their home.

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Places To See: Staff Favorites

Fort Sumter

Take a long, beautiful glimpse at Charleston's history at Fort Sumter, the site of the first shots of the Civil War.

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Drayton Hall Plantation

The oldest surviving Georgian Palladian architecture in the U.S. and the only plantation on the Ashley River to remain intact today. Drayton Hall is meant to be explored, discovered and treasured.

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Edmonston-Alston House

From its piazza, General P. T. Beauregard watched the fierce bombardment of Fort Sumter on April 12, 1861, signaling the start of the Civil War. Today, you can tour the home's public rooms, piazzas, Federal and Greek revival design, and the vast collection of family silver, decorative arts and furniture.

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