Fulton Lane Inn Bed & Breakfast
Shopping in Downtown Charleston 14 Jul 2014, 4:49 pm
Back to School Needs
Blue Bicycle Books – Great for used, rare, and local finds. Finish up your summer reading here.
Apple Store – Looking for a new iPad? This is a can’t miss on tax-free weekend.
Phillips Shoes - Sensible and stylish shoes for the whole family.
Urban Outfitters - Playful and lighthearted housewares, clothing, and accessories.
The Vault – Retro-style collegiate and professional sports attire.
Copper Penny – Designer collections, curated with a Southern eye. Sophisticated, effortless beauty.
V2V – Fashion and lifestyle boutique. The perfect spot to find a dress for a night on the town.
Palm Avenue – Classic styles and bright fun colors. Stop here for Charleston’s take on Lilly Pulitzer.
Finicky Filly – Luxurious clothing that will suit women of any age.
Hampden Clothing – Known for having edgy clothes showcasing the hottest trends.
M. Dumas and Sons – Specializing in preppy attire for the Southern gentleman since 1918.
Grady Ervin - Classic sportswear and formal attire with a uniquely personal touch.
Ben Silver - Upscale clothing with the finest materials. Known for their custom neckwear.
Half Moon Outfitters – This store specializes in outdoor gear for adventure and travel.
Join us in Charleston at one of our Charming Inns, all just steps from King Street. The Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn are both located on King Street and offer premier views of Charleston’s shopping district. Visit us online, or call 800-845-6119 to book your end of summer trip.
2014 Summer Menu at Circa 1886 17 Jun 2014, 2:08 pm
This week, Executive Chef Marc Collins and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn debuted a new summer menu with 24 jaw-dropping dishes. Hints of summertime shine through each dish with delicious, mouthwatering flavors. From farm-fresh heirloom tomatoes to honeysuckle and peaches, this menu will have you reminiscing about summers gone by.
~ Appetizer ~
TORCHED SCALLOP SASHIMI – Watermelon, Truffle, Celery Gelee, Saffron Jícama, Sunflower Tahini
HEIRLOOM TOMATO – Three Bean Salad, Radish, Garlic Crunch, Marjoram Paint, Goat Cheese Crema
CRISPY SWEETBREADS – Spinach, Porcini Catsup, Fuji Apple Sauce, Golden Raisins, Grain Mustard n’ Veal Glacé Vinaigrette
ARTISINAL CHEESE – Pickled Grapes, Pretzel, Whipped Honey, Cashew
BABY ICEBERG SALAD – Ambrose Farms Veggies, Chive and Yogurt Dressing, Carrot Butter, Pumpernickel “Soil”
SEARED LA BELLE FARMS FOIE GRAS – Brioche Bun, Boursin, Chow Chow, Cream Soda Float
~ Main Course ~
CHICKEN FRIED HALIBUT – Buttermilk Laced Carolina Gold Rice, Fennel, Green Pea Mirepoix, Pickled Jalapeño Glacé, Hibiscus Nectar
ASHLEY FARMS CHICKEN BREAST – Lamb Pancetta, Oregano, Vidalia Onion “Noodles”, Rainbow Chard, Beet Ricotta Agnolotti, Muscadine Velouté
RAINBOW TROUT – Arugula, Smoked Salmon Cracklings, Creamed Corn Succotash, Cauliflower, Fig, Spicy Pecan Emulsion
CRAB CAKES – Summer Squash Hash, Curly Fries, Lemon Thyme Bubbles, Cherry Custard Sauce, Cilantro, Grilled Scallion Pesto
SOUTH EAST FAMILY FARMS PORK CHOP – Herbes de Provence, Tangerine Purée, Calvados Baked Peanuts, Wax Bean n’ Roasted Shallot Salad, Carolina Dijon Barbequeg Sauce
BROKEN ARROW RANCH ANTELOPE LOIN – Artichokes, Fava Beans, Broccoli, Pimientos, Black Olive Cous Cous, Mepkin Abbey Mushrooms n’ Coffee Sauce
BLACKENED YELLOW FIN TUNA – Cucumber Sherbet, Ginger Turnip Puree, Duck Prosciutto, Coriander Bamboo Rice, Cantaloupe Relish
HEART OF PALM – Spicy Pineapple Glaze, Twice Fried Plantains, Okinowa Sweet Potato Puree, Collard Green Slaw,
Guava Purée, Coconut Milk
BUTTER BRAISED MONKFISH – Antebellum Grits, Lobster Bisque, Okra Pickles, Popcorn, Pistachio
WAGYU BEEF SHOULDER TENDER – Bliss Potato Link, Fried Egg, Maple Nage, Asparagus, Ruby Grapefruit, Bacon Powder, Sage Oil
~ Sweet Finish ~
TRANSFORMATIONS IN CHOCOLATE – A Nightly Collection of Chocolate Dessert
ANSON MILLS SWEET HEIRLOOM CORNBREAD – Lime-Avocado Sherbet, Prickly Pear Espuma, Agave-Tequilla Caramel, Fleur de Sel
MEXICAN VANILLA BEAN CRÈME BRÛLÉE – Brown Butter Financier
CROISSANT DONUTS - Raspberry Ice Cream, Chocolate Ganache, Raspberry Coulis
STRAWBERRIES AND CREAM SOUFFLÉ – Grand Marnier Anglaise, Honeysuckle Ice Cream
BLUEBERRY LEMON “ICE BOX” – Blueberry Mascarpone Cheesecake, Lemon Curd Mousse, Blueberry Coulis
PAN FRIED ANGELFOOD CAKE – Basil Compressed Peaches, Jam, Toasted Almond Ice Cream
TRIO OF SORBETS – House Made Biscotti
Independence Day in Charleston 16 Jun 2014, 1:19 pm
It’s easy to be patriotic in Charleston. Our city is steeped in history, and we’re always ready to celebrate. We’ve gathered our ideas on the best places to watch fireworks and celebrate our nation’s independence this summer.
1. Fourth of July Blast at Patriot’s Point – Patriot’s Point has become Charleston’s destination for viewing fireworks on Independence Day. Enjoy views of the Holy City across the Cooper River aboard one of the nation’s most historic war ships, the USS Yorktown.
2. The Sizzling Southern Celebration at Circa 1886 – Celebrate underneath stately live oak trees with cold libations, live music, and lawn games. For dinner, you’ll move into the dining room at Circa 1886 as you feast on a grill-inspired menu. As the sun sets, head up to the cupola of the Wentworth Mansion with a glass of Champagne to experience a bird’s-eye view of Charleston’s many fireworks shows.
3. Charleston RiverDogs Game – What’s more American than baseball on the Fourth of July? Join the Charleston RiverDogs for a night of full of baseball, beer, and hotdogs. Root for the home team, look out over the Ashley River, and watch a spectacular fireworks show from your seat at the Mayor Joe Riley Stadium.
4. Waterfront Park – From the Waterfront Park you’ll enjoy expansive views of the Charleston Harbor and the Arthur Ravenel, Jr. Bridge. Pack up the whole family and head to the Charleston’s most popular park. Take a blanket or grab a park bench to view the fireworks over the 1,000 feet of coastline.
Come celebrate this 4th of July Weekend at Charleston’s most historic bed and breakfast, the John Rutledge House Inn. Our Fireworks and Family Fun Weekend Package provides three nights with everything necessary to celebrate a family friendly Independence Day. Visit us, or call 1-800-476-9741 for more information.
10 Things To Do in Charleston with Kids 13 Jun 2014, 8:35 am
1. Spend the day at Patriots Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Get a glimpse of history and walk in the footsteps of sailors and officers aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier.
2. Visit the only Sea Turtle Hospital in South Carolina. See current patients up close and learn about the remarkable care that is provided for endangered turtles.
3. Catch a fish at the Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park. Run around the open park, stop at the gift shop, and grab a milkshake to celebrate a fun day for the whole family.
4. Explore the first stop for Charleston settlers at Charles Towne Landing. Run under the oak trees and see animals that once inhabited the Charleston area such as bison, puma, and black bear.
6. Jump around at Sky Zone Charleston. Open jump or dodge ball, let the kids get all of their energy out at Charleston’s indoor trampoline park.
7. Discover an uninhabited island. Catch a glimpse of a dolphin when you take the kids to explore one of the best family beaches in South Carolina.
8. Kids can learn how to cook a feast. Charleston Cooks! offers classes for kids of all ages throughout the summer.
9. It’s summer – let ‘em run through the fountain. Waterfront Park is Charleston’s version of running through the sprinkler.
10. Take the kids to the Charleston Children’s Museum. This interactive museum is perfect for toddlers and young children.
Enjoy all of Charleston’s wonders with the Family Fun Package at the Kings Courtyard Inn. The Family Fun Package includes a two night, three day stay, tickets to your choice of the South Carolina Aquarium or Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum, a tour of downtown by carriage ride, and a day of exploration at either the Charleston Museum of Children’s Museum. Visit us online, or call 800-845-6119 to book this package.
Midsummer Night’s Wine Tasting at Kitchen 208 30 May 2014, 6:38 am
On the eve of summer solstice you can find us on the patio holding a cool glass of wine. Join us on Friday, June 20 from 5-9 pm as Sommelier Patrick Emerson brings a midsummer night’s wine tasting to the patio at Kitchen 208. From light summer wines to full bodied varietals, come ready to sip great wines, listen to live music by David Higgins, and nosh on a few treats from Kitchen 208. We’ll have a few wraps on hand – the Turkey shoot, the Club 208, and the Shrimp Salad. Patrick is an Advanced Sommelier and the founder of Communion Wine Club. He will bring great wines along with years of expertise to the event. Come for a glass or buy a few bottles, but don’t miss this spectacular one time event.
Birthday Week at Kitchen 208 28 May 2014, 2:14 pm
We like parties. And one day is just not enough. We’re planning on celebrating our first birthday all week starting June 2nd. Answer a few of our questions on social media, and you’ll be eligible to win a Kitchen 208 coffee mug and a $20 gift card to Kitchen 208. We’ll be posting questions on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram each morning starting 6/2. We will pick the person with the most accurate answers on 6/6. The pics in this post are a few clues to get you warmed up. Good luck!
The Perfect Day at Folly Beach 13 May 2014, 2:14 pm
Warm weather in Charleston has everyone heading toward the water. Just 12 miles from downtown Charleston is one of our favorite spots, Folly Beach. We’ll have you perfectly set up with a Beach Vacation Package that includes all the essentials for a worry-free beach day – beach chairs, towels, a cooler, and a picnic lunch from Kitchen 208. You will be ready for a coastal excursion, and we’re here to lead the way. Whether you want to explore an uninhabited island or dive right in, our list will take you off the beaten path for an exciting Lowcountry adventure.
We recommend scheduling a tour with Charleston Outdoor Adventures. Their Morris Island Eco-Tour starts by boat on Bowen’s Island where you will ride through the serene saltwater creeks and estuaries of the Folly River. Catch a glimpse of a bottle nose dolphin and hear shrimp and oysters popping through the creeks. You’ll end up at Morris Island where you can set out your chairs and enjoy your picnic lunch from Kitchen 208. The Morris Island Lighthouse, a lowcountry landmark, was built in 1876 and is one of the most peaceful places to take in Charleston. The tour will be 2.5 hours, but you’ll spend about an hour here getting the best view of the lighthouse.
Sea breezes and fun times can be found on the Folly Beach Pier. Relax and unwind as you let the tides set your schedule. You will have spectacular views from the second longest pier on the East Coast where Charleston County Parks will provide rod rentals and fishing passes. The pier, open from 6am-11pm, will offer breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and a sea of possibilities when fishing.
Folly Beach is home to the best waves on the South Carolina coast. The Washout, located on the North end of the island, is a hot-spot for surfers. Hurricane Hugo was responsible for making this area is unique. The wind blows through the area where beach homes once stood, creating the perfect roll for bigger waves. Park your beach chairs here to soak in the scenery, or schedule a lesson with Charleston Surf Lessons.
Don’t have your Charleston vacation on the books? This summer, King Street’s Fulton Lane Inn and Kings Courtyard Inn both have packages for those wanting to explore downtown Charleston and the surrounding beaches. With our Beach Vacation Package, you and a traveling partner will spend two days exploring downtown Charleston and a third day basking in the sun at any of Charleston’s beautiful beaches. Call us at 800-720-2688 to start planning your summer vacation to Charleston.
Beer + Blue Jeans Dinner featuring Freehouse Brewery 5 May 2014, 1:41 pm
Beer on the patio might not be the first thing you think of when you envision an evening at Circa 1886, but we are gearing up for a casual evening, raising our glasses with a few local brews. So pull out your favorite pair of blue jeans, dust off those boots, and join Chef Marc Collins on Friday, June 13th for our fun and informal Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner at Circa 1886.
From Saison to Stout, this dinner will pair Collins’ artful, southern dishes with craft beer selections from Charleston’s own Freehouse Brewery to bring you a delicious four course dinner. We’ll start with live music and a reception on the courtyard, and then take the party inside where the real fun will begin. Here’s a look at our menu:
First Course – Montreal Veal Burger
Toasted Brioche, Mandarin Orange “Ketchup”, Pickled Okra, Lamb Pancetta, Steak Fry
Paired with Ashley Farmouse Ale – A dry Belgian-style saison. Hazy orange hue in the traditional farmhouse brewing style. Yeast-driven fruit and tartness with mild spiciness from the flaked rye and ginger in the background
Second Course – “Shrimp n’ Grits”
Corn Crusted Shrimp, Holy Trinity Succotash, Pea Shoots, Coconut Custard Sauce
Paired with Belgain Golden Ale
Main Course – Coq à la Bière
Ashley Farms Chicken Breast, Basil Bamboo Rice, Wild Mushrooms, Grapefruit Glacage, Cipollini Onions, Baby Carrots
Paired with Folly’s Pride Bitter Blonde Session Ale
Sweet Finish – Glazed Carolina Gold Rice Donut Holes
Local Berry Coulis, Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Paired with London 2014, India Porter –
Roasty and bitter up front with a sweet finish. Smooth, roast
chocolate and hops!
Join us at 6:30 on Friday, June 13, 2014. The dinner is $55.00 per person, plus 20% gratuity and 10.5% tax. Reservations are required. Call us at (843) 853-7828 to reserve a seat. See what else Circa 1886 has going on this summer.
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An inside look at Spoleto in Charleston 18 Apr 2014, 3:49 pm
Each Spring, our fine Southern city transforms into a destination for the performing arts with the 17-day Spoleto Festival. Whether you are interested in seeing a contemporary ballet, or a lively folk concert at a 250-year-old plantation, this highly recognized and internationally acclaimed festival has something for everyone. Charleston’s creative culture truly comes alive as this festival transforms 13 venues and presents 152 shows. We are thrilled to be right in the center of all the action!
We caught up with Blake Sams, Spoleto’s Special Events Director, to see what shows he’s most excited about and to help guide you through your festival experience. He suggests kicking off the festival on May 23rd with the Opening Night Fête at the College of Charleston President’s House. This evening is the perfect place to toast the opening of the Festival with a sumptuous cocktail supper, live music, a full bar, and the exciting company of Festival artists and patrons. This evening is full with a crazy energy that is best enjoyed after the exciting opening performance by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago. The Washington Post had a few words on the show — “Take a deep breath, because Hubbard Street Dance Chicago is going to take your breath away.”
Sams’ favorite venues are the Dock Street Theater and the College of Charleston Cistern Yard. These venues are as breathtaking as the shows that are set to perform. An evening at the Cistern is on our list as a can’t-miss venue over the Spoleto season. No matter the show, an evening at the Cistern makes for a magical and memorable evening.
While it was a very tough choice, Sams said the performances he is most looking forward to are A Simple Space and Rene Marie. We’ve heard excellent things about the Rene Marie show. In fact, it’s been said that her new album is one of the most sensual female jazz vocals albums to come along in a long while. Rene Marie pays tribute to Eartha Kitt on her most recent album — and we certainly look forward to hearing these sounds echoing through the TD Arena.
We were pleased to hear Sams say that one of his favorite things to do during the festival is stroll to Circa 1886 from his house downtown. He will tip-toe into one performance, then pop in for a cocktail and an early dinner before heading to the next show. He loves Circa 1886 because it perfectly emulates the feel of Spoleto, tucked into a quiet garden with one artful dish after another.
Typically, reservations can be hard to come by and your favorite show could be right at dinner time. This year, Festival patrons can delight in another Spoleto season treat. Circa 1886 has extended hours over the festival, including dinner on Sunday, May 25. Throughout the festival you can grab dinner as early as 5pm before you head to a performance by singer and guitarist Lucinda Williams, or as late as 10pm, after you see Gwilyn Simcock, the British pianist.
Reserve a seat at Circa 1886 by calling the restaurant – 843-853-7828.
Charleston – History, Seafood + Culture 14 Apr 2014, 1:01 pm
For your next trip to Charleston, we suggest you set aside some time to discover some of the more unique finds around town. The peninsula of Charleston is always buzzing in the Spring, so we’ve selected a few upcoming events that are off the beaten path.
Take a lesson on Gullah at a nearby history-rich sea island. On April 21st, the Lowcountry’s ambassador on Gullah culture will give a lunchtime lecture with the oral history of arts and traditions that have been preserved over time. Take a scenic drive out to Johns Island and join Sharon Murray Cooper, also known as The Gullah Lady, for her lecture at the Hebron Church. This church, circa 1868, is the oldest African-American church on Johns Island, and was built by freedmen with wood that washed up in a shipwreck. From the cultural heritage of sweetgrass baskets, to the language spoken amongst native islanders, your time on Johns Island will be rich in history and tradition. Visit the Gibbes Museum for more information on Art with a Twist Lunchtime Lecture: Gullah, Its Arts and Traditions.
Insider Tip: Stop by the Angel Oak to witness the largest Live Oak east of the Mississippi River. This tree is estimated to be up to 1,500 years old!
Soak in the culture of Lowcountry watermen. In Charleston, there are few things taken as seriously as our local seafood. On April 27th, locals and visitors alike will gather to say well wishes and bless the fleet of shrimp boats as commercial shrimp trawling season begins. The Mt. Pleasant Blessing of the Fleet and Seafood Festival will take place at Memorial Waterfront Park at the foot of the Arthur Ravenel Bridge. This venue offers panoramic views of the waterways, as well as activities for the whole family — topped off with a big ol’ plate of local seafood.
Insider Tip: take a drive through the Old Village, a quaint nearby community dating back to the 1800s.
Enjoy a day at Charleston’s riverfront ballpark with a Riverdogs Game. We love the Riverdogs — Charleston’s minor league baseball team. Part-owned by Bill Murray, the Riverdogs call the Joseph P. Riley stadium home. The Joe, as we call it, is a waterfront stadium — and it’s a great place to try lowcountry snacks, from fresh boiled peanuts, to a locally-brewed beer shake. Baseball season has just started up, but the Riverdogs are already hitting home runs with their newly debuted blue and white seersucker uniforms.
Insider Tip: try the River Dog – a Hot Dog with Mustard Based BBQ sauce, Pickled Okra and Cole Slaw.
Right now, our flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping. We look forward to welcoming you to our fine city, and showing you around our favorite spots in town. Take a look at our four downtown inns, and come on down to Charleston.