Kings Courtyard Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

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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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.



  • 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.

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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.

Hemingway Daiquiri

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.

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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
Shrimp-In-A-Pickle ‘86
Fried Green Tomatillos, Jalapeno Jelly ‘97

Domaine Chandon etoile brut
Napa Valley, California
Founded in 1973


The 60’s
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


The 70’s
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


The 80’s
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

The 90’s
Elegant Beef Blue
Rosewood Farms Wagyu Shoulder Tender, Blue Cheese Crust, Asparagus, Chardonnay Pan Sauce

Bodega Numanthia, Numanthia 2009 served from magnum
Toro, Spain
Founded in 1998

The Y2k’s
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 Oil
Paired with Welders Wheat 6.9%

Second Course – Seared Scallop, Smoked Trout Risotto, White Asparagus, White Peach Glace
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

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2016 Summer Menu at Circa 1886 11 May 2016, 11:54 am

Chef Marc Collins has debuted a new menu celebrating the flavors of the season giving an artful twist to classic Southern summer favorites. Diners can look forward to Chef Collins’ take on the classics, such as open faced “Shrimp and Grits” Ravioli, black truffle infused Deviled Eggs, and “Frogmore Stew” with beech mushrooms and collard greens. The La Belle Farms Foie Gras Duet is an early guest favorite. This hot and cold dish has sweet, sour and spicy components that will keep your palate guessing. In just two weeks, Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn will be introducing a new dessert menu that will highlight Charleston’s fresh seasonal fruit. Check out the menu below:


Circa 1886 Summer 2016 Menu

Gem Salad –  Trumpet Mushrooms, Beets, Tomato, Garlic Focaccia, Carrots, Persian Cucumbers, Roasted Lemon and Champagne Vinaigrette 
“Shrimp N’ Grits Ravioli  – Royal Red Shrimp, Cotija Cheese, Maize Pudding, Kaffir Lime Essence, Holy City Crudo, Pancetta
Deviled Eggs –  Black Truffle, Yellow Curry, Caramelized Bacon, Scallion Paint, Sorrel, Tobiko, Rosemary Wafer
Ricotta Terrine – Blood Orange Carrot Puree, Pepita Raisin Granola, Petite Greens, Carrot Aspic, Crème Fraîche 
Cherry Wood Smoked Poussin Leg  – Celery Root, Roquefort Slaw, Agave Benne Seed Glaze
La Belle Farms Foie Gras Duet – Foie Gras Grand Marnier Custard & Sour Onion Marmalade, Crispy Fried Foie Gras, Peach Jelly, Almond Butter, Espelette

Main Course
Beef – Rosemary Garlic Rub, Parsnip Potato Puree, Spinach, Caramelized Mushroom Glace
Spring Lamb – Asparagus, Duchesse Potato, Morello Cherry Fondue, Merlot Demi Glace, Smoked Paprika Oil
Wild Boar – IPA Braised, Kale, Coriander Baked Beans, Honey Mustard Pan Sauce
Chicken Fried Lobster – White Cheddar Grits, Haricots Verts, Jalapeño Cauliflower Jardiniére, Yuzu Sabayon
Broken Arrow Antelope – Carolina Gold Rice, Basil, Blackberry Jam Reduction, Baby Squash, Sunflower Seed Pistou
Spaghetti Squash – Herbes de Provence French Toast, Baby Turnips, Fig, Whipped Blue Goat Cheese, Apricot Brandy Syrup
Salmon – Sea Island Peas, Jasmine Rice Mousseline, Bok Choy, Caper Gremolata, Smoked Salmon Demi Glace
Rainbow Trout – Watercress, Cinnamon Spiced Pecans, Fennel, Quinoa, Leek Puree, Strawberry Beurre Blanc
“Frogmore Stew” – Shrimp, Clams, Marble Potatoes, Chicken Bratwurst, Collard Greens, Beech Mushrooms, Pearl Onions, Corn Fumet

Sweet Finish
“Smores”  – Flourless Chocolate Cake, Toasted Marshmallow Ice Cream, Meringue, Smoked Milk Chocolate Ganache, Graham Crunch
Banana Split Ice Cream Sandwich – Strawberry, Chocolate, Brûlée Banana
Pecan Pie Bread Pudding – Vanilla Bean Ice Cream
Preserved Blueberry Crisp Soufflé – Lemon Ice Cream, Streusel
Warm Caramel Apple Cake – Green Apple Compote, Fireball Sauce, Salted Caramel
“Key Lime Pie” – Bavarois, Curd, Cheesecake, Raspberry Coulis
Croissant Doughnut Trio – Chocolate Glazed, Vanilla Crème, Cinnamon
If you can’t decide what to order, the chef’s five course tasting menu is the perfect opportunity to let Chef Marc Collins take the reins. The tasting menu is available daily for $75. Add wine pairings for $35 more. Call 843-853-7282 or click here to make your reservation. 

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Easter in Charleston 9 Mar 2016, 11:35 am

Easter in Charleston is arguably one of the best times to visit the Holy City. With winter now unofficially behind us, there is a unique energy surrounding the change of the season. Soon, the city will be wafting with the intoxicating smell of Carolina jasmine and the streets will be buzzing with excitement for spending a warm afternoon on an open-air patio. And, of course, visitors and locals alike are itching for the opportunity to enjoy the water, hit the beach, or sip coffee along the battery.

This year, Easter falls on the last weekend in March. While there is never a shortage of things to do on Easter in Charleston, we’ve made a list of our favorite ways to spend the holiday weekend:

Magnolia Plantation Whether you are looking for the perfect Easter egg hunt or a moving Easter Sunday sunrise service, Magnolia Plantation has a weekend filled with events to celebrate. On Saturday, you will find an Easter egg hunt for every kid in the family every hour from 10 am – 2 pm. On Sunday, Old St. Andrew’s Parish church and St. Andrew’s Mission Church will offer a sunrise service at 6:30 am. Magnolia Plantations and Gardens invites all to stay and enjoy the grounds following the service. Parking will be free and all are welcome.

Head to the Battery – The Easter Sunrise service at White Point Garden will begin at 6:45 am on Easter Sunday. This spectacular view of the harbor is one of the best places to watch the sunrise. The is service has been known to draw crowds of over 500 tourists and residents to celebrate Easter in Charleston.

Celebrate with Brunch – Enjoy a taste of Charleston’s unique cuisine on Easter morning at King Street’s Kitchen 208. We can’t think of a better way to start your day than with a hearty breakfast at Kitchen 208. Stop in for a perfectly-made mimosa and a big ‘ol plate of Shrimp and Grits. There are countless restaurants that offer festive brunch options. Check in with OpenTable for reservations.

Explore Historic Charleston – If you are looking to sight-see with your friends and family, the 69th Annual Festival of Houses and Gardens offers all that you could possibly desire. Set amid the ambiance of the city’s Old & Historic District, this series of award-winning tours and educational events showcase Charleston’s distinctive architecture, history, gardens and culture. The tours provide a rare opportunity for guests to go inside the private houses and gardens of some of America’s most beautiful historic residences.


While enjoying Easter in Charleston, you will rest easy knowing that you have the perfect hotel to serve as a home base. The newly renovated Fulton Lane Inn offers daily continental breakfast, wine and cheese, and luxury rooms to make your weekend that much better. Take advantage of the favorable rates at this Charming Inn. Call 843-720-2688 or click here for more information.

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Circa 1886 Bourbon and Bacon Dinner 7 Mar 2016, 1:49 pm

Circa 1886 Restaurant and Virgil Kaine are partnering to bring a bourbon and bacon inspired menu to the table. Join us on April 20th for a lively evening, and a celebration of the South’s favorite food groups: bourbon and bacon. The night will begin with a boozy Planters Punch and a reception on the patio with filled with live bluegrass music. Guests will move inside for the main event where Chef Marc Collins will delight diners with four mouthwatering courses paired with original craft bourbon cocktails from our sommelier, John Martindale. Diners will be sent home dreaming of Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn’s Croissant Doughnuts and Bacon and Egg Ice Cream. Read below for the full menu.

Palmetto Punch with Bourbon / Lemon Juice / Orange Juice / Tea / Rosé / Sparkling Wine

First Course – Open Faced Bacon Belly Sandwich
Baby Arugula, Sour Peach Compote, Chipotle Hollandaise, Ossau-Iraty Sheeps Milk Cheese

Paired with The National Tonic – Ginger Bourbon / Grapefruit Juice / Ginger Beer

Second Course – Seared Scallop
Warm Bourbon Bacon Potato Salad, Pimento n’ Verjus Glazed Baby Carrots, Scallion Paint

Paired with a Sazerac with Rye Whiskey / Peychaud’s Bitters / Absinthe / Lemon Twist

Third Course – Applewood Bacon Basted Beef Tenderloin
Anson Mills Grits, Mepkin Abbey Mushroom Hash, Shaved Asparagus, Macerated Blackberries

Paired with Riley’s Rickey with High Rye Bourbon / Key Lime Juice / Sparkling Water

Sweet Finish – Maple Bacon Croissant Doughnut
Bacon & Egg Ice Cream, Tuxedo Bacon

Paired with The Primal Cut with Bacon Infused Bourbon / Maple Syrup / Angostura Bitters / Orange Twist


The Bourbon and Bacon Dinner will start at 6:30 on Wednesday April 20th. The cost of the event is $75 per person excluding tax, gratuity, and additional beverages. Call 843-853-7828 to reserve your seat!

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