Fulton Lane Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

 

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

This 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.

~ 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.

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:

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.

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.

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.

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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2016 Dickens Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant 28 Jul 2016, 11:50 am

This December, Circa 1886 Restaurant will host a festive and memorable Christmastime dinner. Join us for the 15th Annual Dickens Dinner where Chef Marc Collins and Storyteller Tim Lowry will transport you to Victorian England for a spirited retelling of Charles Dickens’ treasured novella, “A Christmas Carol.” The performance is paired with a four-course dinner inspired by the novel, prepared by Chef Marc Collins.

This crowd-pleasing affair will be available on Thursday, December 8, 2016 and Wednesday, December 14, 2016. Come prepared for a delicious dinner and an unforgettable evening. Take a look at Chef Collins’ English-inspired menu:

First Course: Welsh Rarebit Salad with Endive, Rye Toast, Beer Cheese Fondue, Grilled Holy City Tomato, Vanilla n’ Braised Onion Vinaigrette

Second Course: Tandoori Spiced Red Lentil Soup with Devonshire Cream and Basil Oil

Main Course: Roasted Duck Leg with Chestnut Stuffing, Brussels Sprouts, Mushroom Ragu, and Port Sauce

Sweet Finish: Sir Scott’s Christmas Pudding

 

Join us for one of our most festive holiday traditions. Read more about our 15th Annual Dicken’s Dinner or reserve your seat by calling (843) 853-7828. $85.00 per person (plus tax and 20% gratuity.) Beverages are additional. 

Conclude your festive evening with an overnight stay for two at the Wentworth Mansion, where your amenities include afternoon wine and hors d’oeuvres and a hot southern breakfast. The Christmas Carol Package is available on 12/8 or 12/14, 2016, from $605 per night. 

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Holiday Progressive Dinner 28 Jul 2016, 11:40 am

This holiday season, we invite you to take part in Charleston’s most-cherished Christmas tradition. Join Circa 1886 Restaurant and the Charming Inns family of historic hotels for the 31st Annual Progressive Dinner. Guests are invited to start the evening with hors d’oeuvres at the Historic Kings Courtyard Inn, travel by carriage to Circa 1886 restaurant for a three-course dinner, and travel by carriage to the Historic John Rutledge House Inn where the evening will end with coffee and dessert. Guests can look forward to a delicious and unforgettable evening.

Our Progressive Dinner sells out fast! Check our open availability here.

Stop 1: Hors d’ oeuvres at the Kings Courtyard Inn 

Your evening will begin at 5:30 pm at the historic Kings Courtyard Inn. Get in the holiday spirit with the Mulled Cider and Peppermint Schnapps Eggnog. Enjoy one of the open-air courtyards, or step inside by the fire and enjoy bites of Corned Beef Wellington, Gouda Arancini, Chilled Mushrooms with Leek and Goat Cheese Mousse, Lemon Pepper Chicken Satays, Shrimp Cocktail, and Assorted Cheeses and Fruit.

Stop 2: Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant

On your carriage ride, the quiet, the tree-lined streets of Charleston will lead you to Circa 1886 Restaurant, located on the grounds of the luxurious Wentworth Mansion. Chef Marc Collins has created an exquisite three-course menu. Start with a sampling of Heirloom Tomato Soup with Aubergine Curd and a Field Greens Salad with Beech Mushrooms, Crispy Corn, Black Eyed Peas, and Parmesan Buttermilk Dressing before enjoying the main course. Choose from Roasted Pork Loin with Fig Mashed Potatoes, Grilled Asparagus, and Orange Honey Blossom Demi Glace or Grilled Faroe Island Salmon with Wild Rice Artichoke Pilaf and Garlic Creamed Spinach Sauce.

Stop 3: Dessert and Coffee at the John Rutledge House Inn

After a carriage ride through Charleston’s charming and well-decorated historic district you will wind down with coffee and dessert at the John Rutledge House Inn. Guests will make their way to the ballroom where Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn will leave guests dreaming of sugar plums dancing in their heads. Guests will delight in an assortment of petit fours and cookies along with Scott’s signature holiday confections: Green Apple Gingerbread Cake with Sorghum Buttercream and Candy Cane Pluff Mud Pie.

Hors d’oeuvres start at 5:30 p.m. and the evening wraps up at 8:30 p.m. The cost is $100.00 per person excluding beverages. The dinner cost includes carriage, tax, and gratuity. Reserve your seat today by calling 843-853-7828. 

Make a night of it! Both the Kings Courtyard Inn and the John Rutledge House Inn offer special Progressive Dinner Packages where you will enjoy a night in Historic Charleston, two seats at the Holiday Progressive Dinner, and a Southern Cookbook.

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Summer Beer at Kitchen 208 14 Jul 2016, 7:31 am

Summer is in full force – which means it’s time to grab a shady spot on the patio and try a light summer beer at Kitchen 208 on King Street. Kitchen 208 has recently added a few new brews, which are popular with locals and visitors alike. From Westbrook Brewing’s spicy and flavorful White Thai to the crisp and delicious Traveler Grapefruit Shandy, these refreshing beers are sure to make your afternoon a little more relaxing. Below are a few in the lineup:

  • Traveler Grapefruit Shandy – a deceptively delicious wheat beer made with real grapefruit. It delivers a bright and satisfying citrus aroma and flavor, then quickly disappears, leaving you searching for another.
  • Palmetto Amber Ale Palmetto Brewery’s flagship beer. We’re told it pairs well with savory southern dishes and smoky BBQ, so we’ll be drinking this one with our Smokey Joe Brisket Sandwich.
  • Palmetto Huger Street IPA – a uniquely Charleston ale, which has notes of citrus, confederate jasmine, and tropical fruit.
  • Palmetto Pale Ale – The flavor and aroma of the American Cascade hop distinguishes this beer. This pairs well with a wide range of foods, but we’re told it is really fun with spicy dishes. We enjoy this beer whenever the Buffalo Shrimp Wrap in on special.
  • Westbrook Brewing Company’s White Thai – this is a quintessential summer beer. This wonderfully refreshing ale has notes of lemon candy, citrus fruit, and a slight spiciness from ginger.
  • Hi-Wire Lager – This true American Lager is made with 100% Pilsen malt with a delicate body and light hop profile. Lagered in the tradition of the style to full maturity. It’s a break from the typical craft American beer scene.

 

Grab a cold summer beer and enjoy dining with a view in the heart of Charleston’s Historic District. Kitchen 208 offers great fare, fresh air, and some of King Street’s best people watching. Grab a leisurely breakfast or lunch, and a refreshing craft beer – they’ve got you covered. 

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