Fulton Lane Inn Bed & Breakfast

202 King Street, Charleston, South Carolina 29401
Innkeeper(s): Lisa E. Anderson

12 Days of Christmas at Kitchen 208 1 Dec 2016, 1:04 pm

We have been busy decking the halls at Kitchen 208, and now it is time to get in the full holiday spirit with our annual 12 Days of Christmas specials. As you gear up for Christmas we have the perfect daily treat to make your spirit bright.  Starting on December 13th Kitchen 208 will have a new special everyday, and you won’t want to miss a single one!

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Tuesday, December 13th – Free coffee, tea, or soda with the purchase of an entree

Wednesday, December 14th – $5 Burger with chips

Thursday, December 15th – a $10 gift card with a $30 food, drink, or gift card purchase

Friday, December 16th – 2 K208 Bucks for every $10 spent

Saturday, December 17th – 1 free koozie with any purchase

Sunday, December 18th – $1 hot chocolate

Monday, December 19th – Buy one entree get another half off

Tuesday, December 20th – 1 free entree with the purchase of a $30 gift card

Wednesday, December 21st – $1 coffee

Thursday, December 22nd – Free cookie with the purchase of an entree

Friday, December 23rd – 2 K208 bucks for every $10 spent

Saturday, December 24th – 2 Cobblestone Sandwiches for $12

To take part in the 12 Days of Christmas at Kitchen 208 join us for breakfast and lunch Monday through Friday and Brunch Saturday through Sunday from 7:00am until 3:00pm.  We look forward to serving you soon!

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Sweet Potato Donuts at Circa 1886 19 Oct 2016, 3:16 pm

Taking one bite into the Sweet Potato Donuts at Circa 1886 Restaurant is like getting a glimpse into Executive Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s childhood. Often times, Scott is influenced by the memory of a flavor he tasted many years ago. For Scott, this dessert also brings back the taste memory of the sweet potato casserole he grew up eating. He makes the donuts with over 50% sweet potatoes so that the flavor has a major presence in the dessert, before carefully placing them on top of a pecan praline glaze.

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It’s easy to take a walk down memory lane with Scott when you learn that the pecan praline glaze is inspired by a recipe his Mississippi family has been using for generations. Scott remembers his father and grandfather making Buttermilk Pecan Pralines to pass out during the holidays when he was a child. While this is still a Lovorn-family tradition, Scott has altered the recipe and stops the praline stirring process early to make a glaze that is a liquefied version of his grandfather’s recipe. The decadent molasses marshmallow in this dessert is made with an organic, single-source molasses that is not bitter and is much smoother than a typical blackstrap molasses. Scott adds another layer to the dessert with fried sweet potato chips and handmade cinnamon ice cream.

 

The heavenly combination of fall flavors on our dessert menu is the perfect end to any dinner at Circa 1886. From the soft, pillowy, Apple Crisp Souffle paired with ginger ice cream, to the Elvis Fluffernutter with brioche, peanut butter mousse, candied bacon, toasted fluff, and caramelized bananas, each dessert is inventive, beautifully presented, and over the top. Click here to see all the desserts on our menu.

 

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2016 Wild Game Dinner at Circa 1886 19 Oct 2016, 1:25 pm

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From the field to the grill, the arrival of fall means enjoying some of our favorite game meats. This November, Circa 1886 Restaurant will celebrate the harvest season with our annual Wild Game Dinner. Chef Marc Collins and pastry chef Scott Lovorn have collaborated with guest chef Michael Kramer of Jianna in Greenville to create a delicious four-course menu. This mouthwatering dinner highlights seasonal ingredients perfectly paired with Lowcountry game meats. Feast your eyes on the full menu below:

 

First Course
RABBIT N’ WILD MUSHROOM GALANTINE
Pistachio Butter, Brandied Cherries, Endive Salad, Blood Orange Vinaigrette

 

Second Course
POTATO GNOCCHI
Duck Confit, Fried Brussels, Smoked Bacon, Grana Padano

 

Third Course
COFFEE CRUSTED VENISON LOIN
Pickled Beet, Puffed Rice, Cherry, Red Wine Gelée

 

Sweet Finish
FOIE GRAS CRÈME BRÛLÉE
Duck Cracklin Biscuit, Habanero Peach Preserves, Goat Cheese, Cured Duck Breast

 

Join us on November 10 at 6:30pm for our seasonal Wild Game Dinner. Tickets are $85 per person, or $115 with wine pairings. Reserve your seat today by calling (843) 853-7828 for reservations. 

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Wine + Food 101 and 202 14 Sep 2016, 2:06 am

Every March, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival welcomes chefs, winemakers, and foodies from across the nation for a four-day celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned food culture. If you’ve never participated in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, this is the perfect opportunity to explore the best of Charleston’s amazing culinary offerings.

Choosing which events to attend throughout the festival can be difficult, so The Kings Courtyard Inn and The Fulton Lane Inn have created the Wine + Food 101 Package and the Wine + Food 202 Package to help new festival-goers navigate the weekend with ease.

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This two night (Friday and Saturday) package includes accommodations for two people in a standard room in one of downtown, historic Charleston’s finest Inns, Kings Courtyard Inn or Fulton Lane Inn.  Both inns are located just a few blocks from Francis Marion Square – the site of the 2017 Wine + Food Festival.

Guests will begin their weekend on Friday night with tickets to Nassau Street Sideshow! (9:00-11:00pm) Texan-turned-Charlestonian, John Lewis, acclaimed pit master is turning his newly opened namesake into a carnival for the appetite. Step right up and be mesmerized with out-of-this-world meaty treats and marvels of culinary delight. Grab a high-flyin’ beer, sip upon sultry wine, or dive into some tasty Tito’s cocktails. This culinary adventure is not for the faint of heart.

On Saturday guests will enjoy the festival’s Culinary Village.  (12noon-5pm) The Culinary Village is the heart and soul of Charleston Wine + Food. Located in downtown’s Marion Square, the Village is the ultimate tasting experience. Your Village ticket grants five full hours of all-access tasting and imbibing. Expect to see a new Wine Garden and an expanded live music stage to include exciting demos and one-on-one conversations. The Hub area will be full with even more food and beverage vendors, and the Artisan Market will be stocked full of incredible local and regional makers showcasing their masterful creations and unique flavors. You must plan on leaving plenty of time to explore The Third Space where you’ll find demos and tastings in the Earth, Air, Sea, Land, and Fire areas.

This two night package has limited availability and is offered at a special rate of $970 (plus 13.5% tax) for two people.  A deposit in the amount of $680 will be due at time of reservation.  Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit.  Please see our website www.charminginns.com or call (800)845-6119 for more details of what is included with your stay.

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Those looking to take a bigger bite out of the festival, should look to the Wine + Food 202 Package. This two night (Friday and Saturday) package also includes accommodations for two people in a standard room in one of downtown, historic Charleston’s finest Inns, Kings Courtyard Inn or Fulton Lane Inn, located just a few blocks from Marion Square – the site of the 2017 Wine + Food Festival.

Guests will begin their weekend on Friday night at Le Farfalle’s Signature dinner (7:00-9:30pm) at one of Charleston’s newest and most talked about dining rooms. Chef Michael Toscano will welcome his friend and Top Chef alum, Chef Dale Talde of New York City’s Talde for a collaborative multi-course menu titled “My Big Fat Italian-ish Wedding,” that will fuse their unique cooking styles together for one incredible flavor experience, and what is sure to be a memorable and fun night!

On Saturday guests will enjoy the festival’s Culinary Village.  (12noon-5pm) The Culinary Village is the heart and soul of Charleston Wine + Food. Located in downtown’s Marion Square, the Village is the ultimate tasting experience. Your Village ticket grants five full hours of all-access tasting and imbibing. Expect to see a new Wine Garden and an expanded live music stage to include exciting demos and one-on-one conversations. The Hub area will be full with even more food and beverage vendors, and the Artisan Market will be stocked full of incredible local and regional makers showcasing their masterful creations and unique flavors. You must plan on leaving plenty of time to explore The Third Space where you’ll find demos and tastings in the Earth, Air, Sea, Land, and Fire areas.

On Saturday evening, guests will head to Snout to Tail (6pm – 9pm) for a feast of head, shoulders, knees and tails! Five smokin’ pit master + chef teams will collaborate on an epic menu starring pork and all the fixin’s. Live music, plenty of cold beer and a healthy case of the meat sweats – let the good times roll. P.S. – Catch some live music later that night at no charge. Big Bill Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, will hit the stage at 10p.m.

This two night package has limited availability and is offered at a special rate of $1310.00(plus 13.5% tax) for two people.  A deposit in the amount of $1020 will be due at time of reservation.  Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit.  Please see our website www.charminginns.com or call (800)845-6119 for more details of what is included with your stay.

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Wine + Food Gastronome Package 14 Sep 2016, 2:02 am

Every year, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival provides an amazing weekend where guests experience Charleston’s culinary history and food culture, all while savoring mouth-watering dishes from some of the best chefs in the Southeast. The Wine + Food Gastronome package at the John Rutledge House Inn offers an opportunity to fully experience the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.

This three night package (March 2 -5, 2017) includes accommodations for two people in a standard room in the historic John Rutledge House Inn.  Built in 1763 this home is one of only fifteen homes belonging to those signers of the US Constitution to survive and the only one to now accommodate overnight guests.  Located in the historic district of Charleston the inn is walking distance to Marion Square – the site of the 2017 Wine + Food Festival.

Food and Wine Gastronome Package

The weekend will begin on Thursday night at Anson’s for a festival Signature Dinner. (7:00-9:30pm) Take a seat in one of Charleston’s longtime favorite dining rooms. Recently renovated, the stunning new space will be the perfect setting for a Southern-inspired menu showcasing the region’s signature flavors. Chef Jeremy Holst will be joined by Chef John Bel (Meauxbar, New Orleans) for a multi-course spread that will be paired with a lineup of incredible wines presented by Todd Graff of Frank Family Vineyards. All served up in true Lowcountry style, this will be a dinner experience you won’t soon forget.

On Friday guests will meet a shuttle bus near Marion Square for an afternoon of fun and adventure. Flavor by Design! (1:30pm-5:00pm) Dining out is never just about the food and the drink. Before you actually taste your cocktail or meal, you eat the room. You soak in the lighting, the music, the wait staff style, the finish on the custom bar. Every component bears a story, a decision, a compromise, sometimes even a happy accident.

This event will be taking you to some of Charleston’s most striking bars and dining rooms for a bite out of flavor by design. Step inside a bank building-turned-foodie mecca at The Ordinary. Take in the newly built, newly opened, longtime local favorite, Butcher & Bee. Cap the conversation with a cocktail at The Belmont, Upper King Street’s coziest watering hole with endless good vibes. The conversation will be lead by David Thompson; a celebrated local architect knows the Holy City’s dining rooms better than anyone. He’ll lead a discussion with the makers, designers, and decision makers behind these unique spaces. Guests will enjoy small bites and festive sips at each spot while you gobble up a few new ways to savor your favorite restaurant or bar.

On Saturday guests will enjoy the festival’s Culinary Village.  (12noon-5pm) The Culinary Village is the heart and soul of Charleston Wine + Food. Located in downtown’s Marion Square, the Village is the ultimate tasting experience. Your Village ticket grants five full hours of all-access tasting and imbibing. Expect to see a new Wine Garden and an expanded live music stage to include exciting demos and one-on-one conversations. The Hub area will be full with even more food and beverage vendors, and the Artisan Market will be stocked full of incredible local and regional makers showcasing their masterful creations and unique flavors. You must plan on leaving plenty of time to explore The Third Space where you’ll find demos and tastings in the Earth, Air, Sea, Land, and Fire areas.

Sunday morning will prove to be one of the highlights of the weekend with tickets to the famed Sunday Gospel Brunch (11:00am-1:00pm).What better way to start the final day of Charleston Wine + Food than with a tasty nod to The Holy City’s divine charm and flavor.  For this annual festival favorite, we’ll be gathering at the newly renovated Gibbes Museum, with a sink-your-teeth-in culinary sermon led by a bold choir of Southern chefs who will create  a proper Sunday mornin’ family-style feast. No brunch is complete without Bloody Marys, mimosas, and plenty of hand-clappin, foot-tappin’ hymns by The Plantation Singers.  Enjoy access to the museum’s impressive collection and don’t leave your hat at home.

The Gastronome Package is limited in availability and is offered at a special rate of $2100.00(plus 13.5% tax) for two people.  A deposit in the amount of $1400 will be due at time of reservation.  Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit.  Please see our website, or call (800)476-9741 for more details of what is included with your stay.

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Wine + Food Gourmand Package 14 Sep 2016, 2:01 am

Next March, the Charleston Wine + Food Festival will welcome chefs, winemakers, and foodies from across the nation for a five-day celebration of Charleston’s culinary excellence and renowned culture. If you’ve never participated in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, this year is the perfect opportunity to explore the best of Charleston’s amazing culinary offerings. The Wentworth Mansion has created an exclusive package with tickets to events that will promise the perfect epicurean adventure.

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This exclusive three night package (Thursday, Friday and Saturday) includes accommodations in a mansion room for two people in the luxurious Wentworth Mansion.  Built in 1886 as a private residence, this beautiful mansion is located in downtown Charleston in the historic district just a short walk from Marion Square – the site of the 2017 Wine + Food Festival.

Guests begin their weekend Thursday night for an event fittingly called Fowl Mouth! (7:30-10:00pm) Quail, pheasant, turkey, oh my! There will be a well-feathered roundup of chefs for this high-smoke, high-energy culinary adventure featuring all things winged fowl. What the cluck could be better to open your palate to new possibilities? Local craft brews, sultry red wine, and Bulleit Bourbon, that’s what. A special treat will be the venue’s mascot – the great brew heron?

Prepare yourself for a full day on Friday starting with the festival’s Culinary Village.  (12noon-5pm) The Culinary Village is the heart and soul of Charleston Wine + Food. Located in downtown’s Marion Square, the Village is the ultimate tasting experience. Your Village ticket grants five full hours of all-access tasting and imbibing. Expect to see a new Wine Garden and an expanded live music stage to include exciting demos and one-on-one conversations. The Hub area will be full with even more food and beverage vendors, and the Artisan Market will be stocked full of incredible local and regional makers showcasing their masterful creations and unique flavors. You must plan on leaving plenty of time to explore The Third Space where you’ll find demos and tastings in the Earth, Air, Sea, Land, and Fire areas.

Although the culinary village is open until 5pm, you will have plenty of time to see, taste and drink all there is by heading out at 4:15pm to catch a shuttle (close to the village) for a special dinner – From the Ashes! (4:30-8:30pm) Prepare to be delighted. One of the Lowcountry’s oldest and most stunning plantations will be the backdrop to a most magnificent display of live-fire cooking. Roam the waterside grounds while sampling an array of fire-kissed dishes by a stellar team of talented chefs who will create an innovative menu from the ashes. Sips will include a featured cocktail, as well as wines by Château Pesquié, Mastroberardino, and Monchiero Carbone, and bubbles by Barone Pizzini.

 

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After a leisurely breakfast to recharge your batteries your Saturday outing will be a special treat. Iron and Oak (11:30am-2:30pm) It doesn’t get more Southern than this, y’all. Join us for a trip (transportation provided) to the stunning private venue, RiverOaks, for an intimate lunch amid grand live oaks and European-inspired elegance. The menu, prepared in cast iron skillets and cauldrons, will be served alongside a collection of magnificent wines. Charleston’s very own Chef Michelle Weaver will be joined by Chef Jamie Simpson of The Chef’s Garden and Steven Satterfield of Atlanta’s Miller Union on the grounds of RiverOaks for this unforgettable taste of the South.

Saturday evening guests will stroll over to the original carriage house behind the Wentworth Mansion to experience Circa 1886 for an amazing Signature dinner. (7:00pm) Indulge in an evening of culinary decadence as Chef Marc Collins welcomes Chef Champe Speidel of Providence’s Permission for a multi-course menu that will showcase both classic and modern techniques. The two will collaborate to create impeccable plates with tremendous flavor. Expertly paired wines selected from the LVMH portfolio will punctuation this one of a kind affair.

Sunday morning will prove to be one of the highlights of the weekend with tickets to the famed Sunday Gospel Brunch (11:00am-1:00pm).What better way to start the final day of Charleston Wine + Food than with a tasty nod to The Holy City’s divine charm and flavor.  For this annual festival favorite, we’ll be gathering at the newly renovated Gibbes Museum, with a sink-your-teeth-in culinary sermon led by a bold choir of Southern chefs who will create  a proper Sunday mornin’ family-style feast. No brunch is complete without Bloody Marys, mimosas, and plenty of hand-clappin, foot-tappin’ hymns by The Plantation Singers.  Enjoy access to the museum’s impressive collection and don’t leave your hat at home.

Transportation is provided to all festival activities throughout the weekend. The Food and Wine Gourmand Package is limited in availability and is offered at a special rate of $3755.00 (plus 13.5% tax) for two people. A deposit in the amount of $2530 will be due at time of reservation.  Cancellation is 45 days prior to arrival – any cancellations after this date will forfeit their deposit. Please see our website, or call (888) 853-1886 for more details on what is included with your stay.

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Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC 31 Aug 2016, 1:15 pm

Thanksgiving in Charleston, SCThis November, visitors from near and far will spend Thanksgiving in Charleston, SC and enjoy a fun-filled and relaxing weekend exploring historic sites, dining on world-class cuisine, and officially kicking off the holiday season. We’ve created the perfect weekend itinerary for spending Thanksgiving in Charleston.

Thanksgiving Day

Kick off the Thanksgiving morning with a leisurely breakfast in bed. After breakfast, head over to the annual Turkey Day Run where you can burn off some calories in preparation for the day of feasting ahead. This event, locally known as the Turkey Trot, includes live music, free beer, a fun run for kids, and family activities.

If you’re looking to start your day at a slower pace, we recommend a exploring Charleston’s rich history and colorful past with Bulldogs Tours. Their Charleston Strolls walking tour begins at 10 am and will take you through hidden gardens and courtyards and past antebellum mansions, including stops at some of the city’s most notable landmarks.

Once you’ve worked up your Thanksgiving Day appetite, sip mimosas and enjoy a big bowl of Shrimp and Grits on the sunny patio of Kitchen 208. This King Street restaurant, which offers some of Charleston’s best people watching, will be serving a mouthwatering brunch from 7am-3pm on Thanksgiving Day.

In the evening, expect a culinary adventure with a dinner downtown. Head over to OpenTable to make your Thanksgiving Dinner Reservation at one of the many wonderful Charleston Restaurants.

Friday and Saturday – Kick off the Holiday Season!

Spend the rest of your holiday weekend partaking in one of the many festive holiday events throughout the city. If you’re up for more sightseeing, many of Charleston’s historic plantations are open on Thanksgiving day and throughout the weekend. Step back in time and learn about the Lowcountry’s rich history with your family. Visit one of the following to get an incredible look into Charleston’s history: Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place, and Boone Hall Plantation. Middleton Place will be offering a Holiday Market on Friday and Saturday that will showcase local artisans and vendors, live musicians performing festive carols, accompanied with complimentary hot cider and treats.

On Friday, hit the boutique shops along King Street for some of the South’s best Black Friday shopping. On Saturday, head to the farmer’s market in Marion Square to grab a tasty breakfast and some regional holiday decor. From magnolia wreaths to cotton bouquets, there are plenty of options for your Christmas decorating.

On Saturday night, take part in one of Charleston’s most-beloved traditions with a horse-drawn holiday Progressive Dinner. You will start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn, travel by carriage to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and travel by carriage to the John Rutledge House Inn for coffee and dessert.

Spend this special Thanksgiving weekend at one of the centrally-located Charming Inns. These historic downtown inns are just steps away from all of the weekend events, shopping, and dining. Each property offers complimentary breakfast, a complimentary evening wine and cheese reception, and 24-hour concierge service included in your stay.

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Charleston Restaurant Week 24 Aug 2016, 1:51 pm

This September, Chef Marc Collins will debut a new menu in celebration of Charleston Restaurant Week. Our ‘3 for $45’ dinner is the perfect excuse to get together with friends and savor Charleston’s finest cuisine. Guests looking to experience a true Circa 1886 tradition, can look to our signature antelope dish. This September, the Antelope will include an Achiote Rub, Buckwheat Crepe, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Cole Slaw, and Tequila Cilantro Hollandaise. The flavors of fall are making an early appearance in the Pork Chop with Savoy Cabbage, Bourbon Apple Butter, Crispy Sweet Potatoes, and Sage Cream Gravy. From the rich and delicious Lamb “Osso Bucco” to the light and flavorful Orange Roasted Fennel, there is something for everyone at the table. Pastry Chef Lovorn will treat diners to a selection of decadent desserts such as Pecan Pie Bread Pudding and a Chocolate Truffle Soufflé.

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~ Appetizer ~

FARMHOUSE SALAD – Pearl Onions, Carrots, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Zucchini, Radish, Torched Manchego, Riesling Vinegar

SEA SCALLOP –Virginia Ham & Field Pea Succotash, Red Pepper Paint, Asparagus, Rosemary Beurre Monte

STEAK N’ EGG “SALAD” – 64° Egg, Toast, Crispy Bresaola, Worcestershire, Baby Iceberg, Heirloom Tomato, Buttermilk Dressing 

VADOUVAN FRIED QUAIL – Coconut Rice, Pineapple Lavender Lacquer, Collard Greens, Finger Limes

PARMESAN & TRUFFLES – Parmesan Panna Cotta, Black Truffles, Hazelnut Baklava, Pea Shoots, Port Syrup

~ Main Course ~

BEEF – Garlic Butter Fingerling Potatoes, Broccoli, Port Cheddar Béchamel, Roasted Carrot Demi Glace

LAMB “OSSO BUCCO” – Almond Cauliflower Purée, Rapini, Brown Butter Jus Lie, Pomegranate Hibiscus Molasses

PORK CHOP – Savoy Cabbage, Bourbon Apple Butter, Crispy Sweet Potatoes, Sage Cream Gravy

SNAPPER – Fava Beans, Wild Rice, Kobe Carpaccio, Mepkin Mushroom Duxelle, Bell Pepper Coriander & Prosciutto “Dashi”

ANTELOPE –  Achiote Rub, Buckwheat Crepe, Avocado, Pico de Gallo, Cole Slaw, Tequila Cilantro Hollandaise

ORANGE ROASTED FENNEL – Eggplant Hummus, Pan Fried Carrot Cake, Baby Spinach, Greek Yogurt, Cranberry Veggie Glace

SALMON – Dill Grits, Duck Confit Brussels Sprouts, Pickled Mustard Seeds, Sour Cream, Beet Powder

~ Sweet Finish ~

STRAWBERRY SHORTCAKE – Citrus Pound Cake, Grand Marnier Mascarpone Mousse, Strawberry Coulis, Honeysuckle Ice Cream

PECAN PIE BREAD PUDDING – Vanilla Bean Ice Cream

CHOCOLATE TRUFFLE SOUFFLÉ – Warm Chocolate Sauce, Fresh Raspberry Sorbet

 

Grab your friends and take advantage of this great Charleston Restaurant Week menu. Enjoy three courses for $45, or add wine pairings for an additional $25 from September 7-22, 2016. Make your reservations now by calling (843-853-7828) or online at Opentable.

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2016 Fall Tour of Homes 10 Aug 2016, 2:32 pm

This October some of the most impressive residences in historic Charleston will open their doors to the Preservation Society’s Fall Tour of Homes, History and Architecture. This event gives visitors the unique opportunity to step inside Charleston’s rich history while giving a peek into the city’s present day charm.

The Fall Tour of Homes

October in Charleston brings breezy mornings and sunny afternoons, perfect for exploring the stately interiors and historic gardens the city has to offer. Each day, the Preservation Society will feature different properties and neighborhoods, practically begging for you to come inside. From self-guided tours of the homes along Charleston’s battery, to a closer look into the gardens of historic Ansonborough, the Fall Tour of Homes is a must-see when traveling to Charleston this October.

 

This year, The Preservation Society celebrates the 40th anniversary of the tours, and with that comes exclusive ‘Four for Forty’ tour pricing. Guests looking to take a quick bite out of Charleston’s architectural history can take this tour which will feature four representative interiors and is designed to move at a faster pace in order to better compare and contrast the diverse architecture.

 

From October 6-30, 2016 guests can enjoy the Fall Tour of Homes and explore the private interiors and grounds of some of America’s most distinguished historic residences. Get your tickets here or call (800) 514-3849 for more information. Tours go on rain or shine.

 

Indulge in gracious Southern hospitality and architectural beauty with a stay at one of Charleston’s most historic inns. The circa 1853 Kings Courtyard Inn is just steps away from the homes on tour and is offering favorable rates from $275 through October. Located in the heart of downtown Charleston, the inn offers rich history, luxurious rooms and suites, daily complimentary breakfast, evening wine and cheese, and 24-hour concierge service.  Visit here or call 800-645-6119 to make a reservation.

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Historic Charleston Walking Tour 5 Aug 2016, 12:28 pm

We believe the best way to explore our city is with a historic Charleston walking tour. Grab your comfy shoes, and get ready to get lost in Charleston’s enchanting beauty and rich history. It also doesn’t hurt to have a history buff walking along side you regaling you with the stories of Charleston’s intriguing past. If you find Charleston history as fascinating as we do, we recommend scheduling a tour with 1670 Tours and going for a walk. We did, and here’s what we discovered:

Historic Charleston Walking Tour

The Charleston City Market is frequently and incorrectly referred to as the slave market, when in fact slaves were never sold here. Beginning in 1804, this market was comparable to today’s farmers market. The front building was used as a meat market, and the carcasses would be thrown onto the streets once the usable meat was sold. Because buzzards were so helpful in getting rid of the rancid meat, a law was passed where they were not to be disturbed when they on the street. The land where the market sits was owned by the Pinckney family who ceded the land to the City of Charleston for the express use as a public market with three stipulations for the its future – slaves couldn’t be sold here, it had to be open air, and it couldn’t be open on Christmas day. These stipulations are still in effect.

Sweetgrass baskets are a historically significant, multi-thousand year old art form of Africa origin. Sweetgrass palmetto roses and baskets are woven in the market by families who can trace their roots to West Africa. Fun fact: Sweetgrass baskets often contain a plant called bulrush, which is notable for being used in Moses’s basket in the Old Testament.

Historic Charleston Walking Tour

After exploring the market, we ventured over to the French Quarter where we learned about Charleston’s religious history. Saint Philips church is not the oldest church in the Charleston, but it is the oldest congregation due to a fire that destroyed the original church building. The graveyard attached to the church is where signer of the Declaration of Independence, Edward Rutledge is buried. The oldest church building in the city, Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church, was built in 1776. Saint Michael’s pew No. 43, originally known as “The Governor’s Pew,” is known for being the one in which President George Washington worshipped in May of 1791.  Fun Fact: The graveyard houses the largest crepe myrtle tree in the downtown area which blooms with beautiful red blossoms in the summertime.

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After meandering through cobblestone streets, we headed toward Rainbow Row which is one of the most picturesque locations in the downtown area. Not only is this the most colorful scene in Charleston, but it’s also the longest contiguous row of Pre-Revolutionary War buildings in America. Charleston architecture’s most distinctive style is the Charleston single house which is the width of one room and has a piazza on the South or West side. These houses were designed so that every home maximized the property on the street and the airflow from the piazza into the house. Fun fact: There are four main types of architectural influences in Historic Charleston: English, French, African, and Caribbean.

Historic Charleston Walking Tour

Wrapping up our Historic Charleston walking tour, our group headed back to the hotel through the winding and fascinating alleys of downtown Charleston. These alleys once connected throughout the Historic District and include part of the Charleston Garden Club’s gateway walk. The gateway walk was designed in 1928 to connect the 10 gated churchyards from Archdale Street to Church Street. Fun fact (legend): The inspiration for Edgar Allen Poe’s poem Annabel Lee is said to be his young girlfriend Anna Ravenel. It is also said that Anna Ravenel is buried in the Unitarian Churchyard in an unmarked grave in her father’s attempt to keep poet away from his daughter, even in death.

After a long day of exploring, we retired to the Kings Courtyard Inn for the relaxing wine and cheese reception. If you’re interesting in enjoying a historic Charleston walking tour, please speak to the concierge at any one of the Charming Inns properties, where attention to detail and genuine Southern Hospitality are the highest priority.

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