Kings Courtyard Inn Bed & Breakfast

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

Charleston by Water 12 Aug 2015, 12:03 pm

From early morning walks along the beach or the battery, to sunset sails through the harbor, this is the perfect time to explore Charleston by water. Below are a few of our favorite ways to discover the city and its waterways.

Walk the Charleston Battery – It’s best to stroll the battery in the calm of the morning. The Charleston Battery and Rainbow Row are not only historic, but by far the most picturesque scenes on the peninsula. From the shade of majestic live oaks, to the breezes from the harbor, this is the perfect way to start your journey through Charleston.

Going to the Beach – Charleston has five pristine beaches, each one with their own personality. While hitting the beach is always a good idea, choosing where to go is another story. Learn more here about our two favorite beaches: Folly Beach and Sullivan’s Island.

Paddleboarding and Kayaking Shem Creek – Exploring Shem Creek is a great activity for the whole family. Weave the maze of lowcountry estuaries and encounter Charleston’s active wildlife. From the Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphins swimming nearby and Pelicans flying overhead, this is a great way to get an up close look at Charleston’s ecosystem.

Sunset Sail through the Harbor – A sunset sail is definitely the most laid-back way to explore Charleston’s waterways. Soak in the seabreezes, glass of wine in hand. Relax and unwind, viewing the incredible sunset and a few more dolphin sightings.

Stay at one of our Charming Inns and take advantage of the many ways to explore Charleston by Water. Discover the lowcountry waterways with the The Kings Courtyard Inn’s Beach Package, the Adventure and Wellness Package at the Wentworth Mansion, or the Fulton Lane Inn Beach Package

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2015 Wild Game Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant 12 Aug 2015, 10:26 am

This November, Circa 1886 Restaurant and Chef Marc Collins will host the 3rd Annual Wild Game Dinner. Inspired by the harvest season and the flavors of the field, Chef Marc Collins and Pastry Chef Scott Lovorn have created a hearty and delicious four-course menu. The menu highlights four different enticing and exotic game meats paired with unique Southern accompaniments.


From the Camel Country Pate with Onion Mustard Jam and Pickled Okra, to the Elk Chop with Red Currant Grits and Butter Poached Turnips, this menu will surprise and delight the most adventurous palate. View the full menu here.


Feast your eyes on a few photos from last year’s Wild Game Dinner:

Join us on November 12 at 6:30pm for our seasonal Wild Game Dinner. Tickets are $85 per person, or $115 with wine pairings. Reserve your seat today by calling (843) 853-7828 for reservations. 

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2015 Holiday Progressive Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant 5 Aug 2015, 11:32 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 30th Annual Progressive Dinner. Guests will journey by horse drawn carriage to three historic locations for 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 Hot Honey Bourbon Spiced Apple Cider or the Gingerbread Eggnog. Enjoy one of the open-air courtyards, or step inside by the fire and enjoy bites of Chicken Fontina Polpetta, Barbecue Pork Biscuit with Peach Jam, Smoked Paprika Glazed Spanakopita, Shrimp Cocktail, Assorted Cheeses and Fruit, and Veggie Shooters with Fennel Pollen Buttermilk Dressing.


Stop 2: Dinner at Circa 1886 Restaurant

On your carriage ride, the quiet, 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 Sharp White Cheddar Soup with Chive Pesto and a Field Greens Salad with Golden Raisins, Crumbled Feta Cheese, and Hazelnut Vinaigrette before enjoying the main course. Choose from Grilled Loc Duart Salmon with a White Bean and Kale Cassoulet and Vanilla n’ Tellicherry Pepper Chantilly or Roasted 1855 Beef Tenderloin with Caramelized Onion Grits, Grilled Asparagus, Cabernet Mushroom Glace.


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: Candy Cane Pluff Mudd, Eggnog Yule Log, and Red Velvet Cheesecake.


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. Reserve your seat today by calling 843-853-7828 or click here to make reservations

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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The Perfect Summer Dessert 29 Jul 2015, 3:04 pm

Our Pastry Chef, Scott Lovorn, is a master at his craft and is known for creating the most mouthwatering desserts. The one dessert you can always count on Circa 1886 having on the menu is a light, airy soufflé. From rich chocolaty flavors, to refreshing seasonal fruits, the soufflé is a delicious light dessert, and the perfect end to your evening with us at Circa 1886.


Talking with Scott, it’s easy to see why classic southern fruits are frequently highlighted on his dessert menu. Peach season in South Carolina only lasts for two months, and it’s currently at its peak. This summer, in celebration of the iconic southern fruit, Scott is featuring a Peaches N’ Cream Soufflé on the seasonal menu.


The Peaches N’ Cream Soufflé is made with a fresh peach puree and Absolut Peach Vodka. In the baking process, the alcohol cooks out which creates a flavor reminiscent of Peach O’s candy. While the original soufflé recipe was made with Gran Marnier, Scott changes the alcohol in his recipe to match the flavor profile he is looking for. The candied peach flavor is then toned down with a creamy, rich crème anglaise that is served alongside the dessert. Guests perforate the pillowy soufflé and pour the creme anglaise on top. To make this delicious dessert even more decadent, Scott pairs the soufflé with a Dulche de Leche ice cream that adds a caramelly, cobbler crumble flavor to the dessert. We can’t think of a more heavenly ending to dinner.



Try the Peaches N’ Cream Souffle or another one of our many decadent desserts the next time you join us for dinner. Click here to view our full seasonal menu.

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2015 Blue Jeans Beer Dinner 18 May 2015, 2:17 pm

Circa 1886 is going casual for a night. On June 19th, Circa 1886 Restaurant will host a laid-back affair with the Blue Jeans Beer Dinner featuring Holy City Brewing. Get your weekend started by throwing on your favorite blue jeans and heading to a party with delicious food and ice-cold 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 Holy City Brewing to accompany dishes created for the event. Here’s a look at the menu:

Old Man Helles Lager

First Course – Prosciutto and Carolina Shrimp Snow Roll
Spicy Peanut Sauce, Chili Glaze, Crispy Brown Beech Mushrooms
Paired with Washout Wheat Hefeweizen 

Second Course – “Duck Fingers and Fries”
Pretzel Crusted Duck Breast, Honey Mustard Greens, Sweet Potato Home-Fries, Lemon Garlic Aioli, Sharp Cheddar Mornay
Paired with Overly Friendly IPA

Main Course – Coriander Braised “1855” Short Rib
Holy City Root Beer Baked Beans, Grilled Corn & Pickled Okra Salsa, Collard Green Espuma
Paired with Chucktown Follicle Brown Ale

Sweet Finish – Holy City Chocolate Glazed Doughnut
Paired with Half Calf Coffee Milk Stout  


If your looking for a fun way to celebrate your dad, the dinner comes just in time for Father’s Day.  The Blue Jeans Beer Dinner will start at 6:30p.m. on June 19th. 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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Charleston Girls Getaway: Where to Wine and Dine 18 May 2015, 12:37 pm

On your Girls Getaway in Charleston, you’ll want to make sure to get a taste of everything the Holy City has to offer. No girls getaway is complete without shopping, exploring Historic Charleston, and dining at some of the South’s best restaurants. Read below for our list of the best places to eat and drink with your girlfriends.



Circa 1886 Restaurant – Tucked in a quiet neighborhood in the Historic District, Circa 1886 offers an elegant setting, perfect for conversation. Chef Marc Collins’ inventive and delicious cuisine is a Charleston experience that you don’t want to miss. Pro tip: Head to Circa 1886 early for their $5 cocktail program from 5-7 pm.

Leon’s Oyster Shop – Leon’s Oyster Shop is known for their delicious food, quirky beverage menu, and eclectic atmosphere. From cheap beer and expensive champagne to fried chicken and oysters, Leon’s has something for all the ladies on your girls trip. Pro tip: Order the Fried Oyster Sandwich with avocado and comeback sauce.

Goat.Sheep.Cow. With a selection of wonderful cheeses and fine wines, this little shop on Church Street is full of charm. Goat. Sheep. Cow. offers a different sandwich daily that is perfect for a grab and go picnic when exploring historic Charleston. Pro tip: Check their instagram and put a hold on your sandwich, they go fast!

Taco Boy Stop here for a festive, lively dining experience, perfect for a casual lunch or dinner. Taco Boy is known for their fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine. Pro tip: Order the pineapple infused margarita and grab a seat on the patio.

Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit Take the girls to this quick counter-service restaurant for a little late-night grub, or go early for the perfect post-night-out breakfast. Callie’s dishes up piping hot biscuits with an array of accompaniments. Pro tip: Get the three for $5 order to maximize your topping choices.

Sugar Bakeshop – Cupcakes, tarts, and cookies, oh my. This charming little bakery is home to some of Charleston’s best sweets. Stroll the Cannonborough district and stop here for some sweets to take home. Pro tip: Order the mini-cupcakes so you can try several flavors – we’re big fans of the almond cupcake!

The Rarebit Head to the Rarebit for great cocktails and a funky, retro vibe. Charlestonians know that the best Moscow Mule in town can be found at the Rarebit. Moscow Mules here are made with housemade ginger beer and fresh squeezed lime juice – there’s a reason they have these on tap. Pro tip: If you are hungry, get the patty melt or the fried chicken and waffles.

Bin 152 – Located in the heart of the Historic District, the scene at Bin 152 transports you to France. With over 130 wines and 40 cheeses, the extensive menu will satisfy every palate at the table. Pro tip: Grab a seat by the window to soak in Charleston’s afternoon light and enjoy people watching along King Street.

Oku Tell the girls to save their sassiest dress for this trendy Asian restaurant. With delicious sushi, handcrafted cocktails, and dancing after hours, Oku is the place to see and be seen. Pro tip: Head here for their half off sushi and $3 off cocktails on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday nights from 5-7 pm.

Make it a weekend! Bring your friends along for the perfect Girls Getaway in Charleston. The Girls Getaway Package at the Kings Courtyard Inn includes a two night stay, a $30 gift card to Tips-to-Toes, brunch at Kitchen 208, and $30 toward wine at Bin 152 Wine Bar.

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A Day at the Beach: Sullivan’s Island 13 May 2015, 12:37 pm

Nothing says summer like a long day at the beach. Escape to Charleston to soak in the warm summer breeze, picturesque coast, and beautiful lowcountry sun. Charleston has five beaches – each with their own distinct personality. Sullivan’s Island is one of our favorite beaches with a rich history, laid back feel, and casual restaurant scene.

Start your day exploring Charleston’s fascinating history at Fort Moultrie. Step back in time at the fort, which suffered an attack before it was even complete in 1776. Today, guests can move through different periods in American history, from the Revolutionary War to World War II.


After exploring Fort Moultrie, head toward Station 22 where you can park your car and enjoy the walk to one of Sullivan’s Island’s many restaurants. Our recommendations: Grab a burger and a beer at Poe’s Tavern, or head to Home Team BBQ for BBQ Nachos and a Game Changer frozen drink.


From the smell of jasmine wafting through the streets, to the seersucker and straw hats on the beach, you will find that you have landed at the perfect Southern beach. Prepare yourself for a day of cool libations, beach games, and sand between your toes.


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.

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9th Annual Sizzling Summer Celebration 12 May 2015, 8:51 am

This summer, Circa 1886 Restaurant and the Wentworth Mansion will celebrate Independence Day with a patriotic summertime soirée. We will start the festivities on the lawn of the Wentworth Mansion with live music, a delicious helping of picnic-inspired hors d’oeuvres, and our favorite lawn games. The festivities will move inside at 7 p.m. where our guests will enjoy a festive grill-inspired 3-course dinner.

After dark, guests will head up to the cupola of the Wentworth Mansion for a spectacular 360-degree view of Charleston’s fireworks show. With a glass of champagne in hand, guests can count on views of the fireworks from the Cooper River to the Ashley River.

First Course – Iceberg Lettuce

Heirloom Tomato Aspic, Buttermilk Blue Cheese Dressing, Bacon Battered Onion Ring

Main Course – Dry Aged Tomahawk Rib-Eye

Cauliflower Piccalilli, Apple Pie Moonshine Baked Beans, Sauce Maltaise

Sweet Finish – Blueberry Crisp Bread Pudding & Red Velvet Cake Ice Cream


The Sizzling Summer Celebration is $75, which includes dinner and a glass of champagne with the fireworks show. Not inclusive of additional beverages.  Take part in Wentworth Mansion and Circa 1886 Restaurant’s most prized summer tradition. 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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The Perfect Spring Cocktail 8 Apr 2015, 11:35 am

There is no better place to enjoy a cocktail than on the patio of Circa 1886, surrounded by blooming azaleas, the Wentworth Mansion, and warm sunshine. Away from the hustle and bustle of King Street, our outdoor patio invites to enjoy a spring cocktail in a serene setting on the grounds of the Wentworth Mansion. Our 5 for 5 at 5 cocktail program lends itself to a delightful evening, featuring five handcrafted cocktails and five wines, each only $5. The program is offered every Monday-Saturday from 5pm – 7pm.


When planning the 2015 Cocktail Supper at Circa 1886 Restaurant, our sommelier, John Martindale created a fresh aperitif cocktail that will please a range of palates. The Matilda Cocktail is an aromatic fruit forward drink created with Prosecco, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit, and Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka. The honeysuckle vodka is distilled with only honeysuckle flowers, so it is very pure and refreshing. While the cocktail sounds sweet, it is actually dry and floral. Stop by and enjoy The Matilda at Circa 1886 today, or make your own at home with our recipe below.

The Matilda

1 oz Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka
1/2 oz Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit Juice
3 oz of Prosecco

Shake vodka and grapefruit juice in cocktail shaker and combine with Prosecco in a coupe glass. Garnish with a grapefruit twist.


Try this cocktail, and many more at Circa 1886 for just $5 during our popular 5 for 5 at 5 cocktail program. Click here to read our cocktail menu.

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2015 Cocktail Supper at Circa 1886 Restaurant 24 Mar 2015, 7:57 am

This April, Circa 1886 Restaurant in Historic Charleston will present their second annual Cocktail Supper. The four-course menu, created by Chef Marc Collins, is perfectly paired with cocktails crafted for the evening. Circa 1886’s sommelier, John Martindale, created each cocktail with Cathead Distillery’s Cathead Vodka, Bristow Gin, and Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur. From the earthy and savory Chicory Liqueur, to the bright notes in the Honeysuckle Vodka, the flavor profiles will perfectly compliment each dish.

The Second Annual Cocktail Supper kicks off at 6:30 pm on April 22nd with a reception on the patio, live music, and a spectacular view of the c. 1886 Wentworth Mansion. Guests will then venture inside for the dinner that will delight the palate and give a fresh taste of spring fare. From the spicy and vegetal Tribby’s Heat cocktail to the light and floral Matilda cocktail, guests will enjoy a special evening at Circa 1886 Restaurant.

Here’s the full menu for the Circa 1886 Cocktail Supper with Cathead Distillery:

featuring the Cathead Pecan Vodka in the Desert’s Rain Cocktail 

First Course
featuring the Hoodoo Chicory Liqueur in the Chicory Dock Cocktail 
On the menu: Bresaola, Ginger Ale Dressing, Marcona Almonds, Fried Cornichon, Italian Parsley, Compressed Tomato “Tartare”, Poached Yolk

Second Course
featuring the Bristow Gin in the Trap Door Cocktail 
On the menu: Lemon Chicken Sous Vide, Buttermilk Grits, Spanish Peanuts, Grapefruit Gel, Rainbow Chard, Juniper Glacage

Third Course
Featuring the Cathead Vodka in the Tribby’s Heat Cocktail
On the menu: Tuna Steak, Vodka Sauce, Duck Bacon, Ditalini, Ricotta Cheese, King Trumpet Mushrooms, Haricot Verts

Fourth Course
Featuring the Cathead Honeysuckle Vodka in the Matilda Cocktail 
On the menu: Seared Orange Poppy Seed Cake, Honeysuckle Ice Cream, Vanilla Clear Caramel, Pink Peppercorn Crumble

The price of the 2015 Cocktail Supper is $75 per person (plus 20% gratuity and 10.5% tax.) Reserve your seat at the supper by calling the restaurant at (843) 853-7828 for a reservation.

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