Kings Courtyard Inn Bed & Breakfast
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. Make your reservations now by calling (843-853-7828) or online at Opentable.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
King Street Shopping 13 Jul 2016, 3:31 pm
King Street shopping is endless fun. As one of the South’s premier shopping destinations, Charleston has put itself on the map with family-owned boutiques and luxury retailers. With the upcoming change of season, families will soon be heading back to school and ladies across the South will begin switching gears in their wardrobe. Here in Charleston good shopping is not hard to find. Whether you are looking for all the tools to get organized for school or a new outfit from one of our local boutiques, we have plenty of stylish options.
This year, South Carolina is offering a sales tax holiday on August 5-7, 2016. Come for the weekend and take advantage of tax-free shopping on clothes, electronics, books, and housewares. Below is a guide to some of our favorite stores in Charleston:
- Out of Hand – A local boutique in Mount Pleasant that can best be described as a treasure trove of clothing, accessories and gifts.
- Channels – Casual and cute clothes for the surfer or the wannabe surfer (like us).
- Mosa Boutique – Edgy and timeless fashions for women and men are displayed in a casual atmosphere and modern aesthetic.
- Two Cumberland – Offering a variety of products from affordable and fashionable clothing, to gifts, jewelry and home goods, Two Cumberland truly does offer something for everyone.
- 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.
- 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.
HOUSEWARES AND ACCESSORIES
- Bob Ellis Shoes– Shoe boutique carrying a wide range of male and female footwear from casual to evening with seemingly endless options.
- Candlefish – A candle shop with every scent you could want, plus a selection of accessories and perfect Charleston gifts.
- Mac and Murphy – A paper, wedding and lifestyle accessories boutique where you can find the perfect planner you didn’t know you needed.
- Blue Bicycle books – Great for used, rare, and local finds. Finish up your summer reading here.
- Cos Bar of Charleston – A luxury cosmetics and skin care boutique featuring products for both men and women.
Join us in Charleston at one of our Charming Inns, all just steps from King Street Shopping. The Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn are both located on King Street and offer premier views of Charleston’s shopping district. Take advantage of our favorable summer rates starting at $179 Sunday through Thursday. Visit us online, or call 800-720-2688 to book your end of summer trip.
Hemingway Daiquiri at Circa 1886 13 Jul 2016, 6:36 am
One of the best ways to beat Charleston’s steamy summer afternoons is with a light and refreshing cocktail. This summer, Circa 1886 Restaurant’s Beverage Manager, John Martindale, is serving up a Hemingway Daiquiri cocktail which is in high demand come five o’clock.
The Hemingway Daiquiri is inspired by the original recipe from Bar La Florida in Havana, Cuba. The cocktail was originally created for Ernest Hemingway, who was not only an author, but also a resident barfly at Bar La Florida. The cocktail was created to accommodate Hemingway’s diabetes. There is no added sugar in this daiquiri, making the drink lighter and more refreshing than your typical summer rum drink. The only change John made from the original recipe is that Caña Brava Rum is used in place of Bacardi Rum. As the story goes, Hemingway ordered a much stronger version of this drink called the Papa Doble.
The original version of this citrusy drink was printed in the 1935 Bar La Florida Cocktails book, which was apparently also the start of many misprints. The original Daiquiri recipe which calls for a limón verde is translated literally to mean “green lemon” and has since been translated to lime. Below is John’s adapted version of the thirst-quenching cocktail, as well as a snapshot of the original recipe.
2 oz. Caña Brava Rum
.75 oz Fresh Squeezed Lime Juice
.5 oz Luxardo Maraschino Liqueur
.5 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
Shake with vigorously with ice and strain into a chilled coupe glass. Garnish with a lime wheel.
Sip this crisp and refreshing drink at our bar at Circa 1886 restaurant, or you whip one up at your own home bar, but don’t miss the Hemingway Daiquiri this summer. The bar at Circa 1886 restaurant invites you to indulge in Charleston’s most delicious happy hour. Our popular ‘5 for 5 at 5’ cocktail program offers five handcrafted cocktails, five wines, and all beers for only five dollars each.
Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary at Circa 1886 Restaurant 18 May 2016, 11:39 am
Celebrate Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary at Circa 1886 Restaurant! Join Executive Chef Marc Collins and Southern Living Editor-in-Chief Sid Evans for a private dinner event on June 10th. Beginning with a cocktail reception on the lawn at the Wentworth Mansion, followed by an incredible five-course dinner, this event will pay tribute to some of Southern Living Magazine’s most iconic recipes and traditions. Much like a time capsule, this dinner will take you on a journey through the decades to some of the South’s favorite food memories. We’ve included the full menu below.
Southern Living’s 50th Anniversary Dinner
A Taste of the Decades
Hors d’ Oeuvres
Charleston Press Club Meat Balls ‘93
Fried Green Tomatillos, Jalapeno Jelly ‘97
Domaine Chandon etoile brut
Napa Valley, California
Founded in 1973
Heirloom Tomato Aspic
Blue Crab, Lemon Mayo, Roasted Garlic Puree, Baby Basil,
Smoked Cheddar Croutons
Cape Mentelle Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon 2015
Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Australia
Founded in 1970
Chicken with Cashews Salad
Bibb Lettuce, Pepper Relish, Chicken Confit, Carolina Gold Rice Polpette, Cashew Butter, Sherry n’ Soy Vinaigrette
Newton Unfiltered Chardonnay 2013
Spring Mountain, California
Founded in 1977
Green Bean “Casserole”
Seared Foie Gras, Crispy Onion Rings, Lemon Gelée,
Beech Mushroom & Parsley Salad
Cloudy Bay Marlborough Pinot Noir 2013
Marlborough, New Zealand
Founded in 1985
Elegant Beef Blue
Rosewood Farms Wagyu Shoulder Tender, Blue Cheese Crust, Asparagus, Chardonnay Pan Sauce
Bodega Numanthia, Numanthia 2009 served from magnum
Founded in 1998
A Trio of Southern Cakes
This special five-course dinner includes beverage pairings throughout the evening that will be provided by Moet Hennessy. Tickets can be purchased here.
Enjoy more than one Southern Living Live: Charleston event with a stay at the iconic John Rutledge House Inn. This charming Broad Street inn has designed a getaway that’s perfect for celebrating in style with a weekend that epitomizes Southern culture – entertaining and socializing with friends.
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2016 Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner 11 May 2016, 4:52 pm
Circa 1886 is going casual for a night. On June 16th, Circa 1886 Restaurant will host a laid-back affair with the Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner featuring Tradesman Brewing Company. Get your Father’s Day weekend started by throwing on your favorite blue jeans and heading to a party with delicious food and ice-cold, well-built beer.
The fun and informal evening will begin with live music, cold brews, and hors d’oeuvres on the patio. Guests will then venture inside for a four-course dinner prepared by Chef Marc Collins. The menu throughout the evening will be paired with local beers hand selected by Chef Collins and the team at Tradesman Brewing Company to accompany dishes created for the event.
Here’s a look at the menu:
Mechanics Ale 6.9%
First Course – Duck Cracklin’,
Goat Cheese, Watercress, Pickled Strawberry
Coulis, Banana Bread, Cinnamon
Paired with Welders Wheat 6.9%
Second Course – Seared Scallop,
Smoked Trout Risotto, White Asparagus, White
Paired with Chewzacca Double IPA 8%
Main Course – Sous Vide of Pork
Tenderloin, Candied Ginger Mashed Potatoes, Mushroom
Goetta, Paprika Hollandaise, Broccoli Pistou
Paired with Shift Change Coffee Stout 6.5%
Sweet Finish – Pineapple Upside Down Cake,
Key Lime Pie Ice Cream
Paired with Circuit Breaker IPA 7.9%
If your looking for a fun way to celebrate your dad, the dinner comes just in time for Father’s Day. The Blue Jeans and Craft Beer Dinner will start at 6:30p.m. on June 16th. The cost of the event is $60 per person, excluding tax and gratuity. Call 843-853-7828 to reserve your seat at the dinner or 843-853-1886 to book an overnight package at the Wentworth Mansion.