With stay-at-home orders lifting all over the country, people are ready to stretch their legs and enjoy life’s special moments safely. Many South Carolinians and those in neighboring states might not be comfortable traveling too far from home, but are still itching for a getaway or to resume plans for their special occasions. Whether it’s a romantic weekend jaunt, bridal party, or a small, intimate wedding, Charleston, South Carolina’s Southern charm makes it the perfect destination.
While visiting this coquettish city, visitors should take advantage of its rich, centuries-old history by staying in a historic bed and breakfast. These homey accommodations provide a glimpse into 18th-century luxury and show guests the true meaning of Southern hospitality.
Romantic Weekend Getaways
After spending weeks either trapped together or separated by Covid-19, couples are in desperate need of a breath of fresh air. A quick trip to romantic Charleston is just what the doctor ordered to keep love alive. Charleston is the perfect destination for a whirlwind getaway.
Couples will lose track of time admiring the antebellum architecture as they wander cobblestone streets or dip their toes in the royal blue coast just a few miles’ drive from the city center. Couples looking to get outdoors can go just past the city limits and find excellent hiking trails into the tranquil South Carolina forests. For dinner, lovebirds can relax and clink glasses on a sunset cruise around Fort Sumter*. If that’s too sappy, there are also high-end, fine dining options on Upper King Street that show off the finest cuisine and restaurants that Charleston has to offer.
After a long day of exploring, nothing feels better than lounging on an antique four-poster bed in a Charleston bed and breakfast. Instead of a large, cookie-cutter hotel, bed and breakfasts offer privacy and unique experiences. Often, historic bed and breakfasts are renovated mansions that once belonged to wealthy merchants and the oldest families in America. Many five-star B&Bs also have the option of in-room spa services for the ultimate in relaxation.
Charleston is quickly becoming one of the most popular destinations for a bride’s last hurrah as a single lady. The city is an excellent place for bridal parties, especially those looking for a mix of outdoor adventure and luxurious leisure. Throughout June, Charleston county parks will offer free or affordable programming, with fun group activities like an introduction to canoeing and surf-kayaking*. Even those who miss these opportunities will find that Charleston is full of adventure on both land and water.
Bridal parties will find that Charleston has no shortage of libations once they finish exploring the outdoors. Charleston has a bustling wine and microbrew scene, with many vineyards and breweries offering tours and tastings at their facilities. After drinking their fill, bachelorette parties can mosey up to the NoMo neighborhood (North of Morrison) to nosh on everything from tacos to soul food.
While it might not seem like the immediate first choice, bridal parties are choosing more and more to stay at bed and breakfasts. The delightfully quaint rooms and decorations will have any bride-to-be feeling like a Southern belle. Cozy furniture and colonial architecture make for whimsical backdrops on any Snapchat or Instagram selfie. Most historic bed and breakfasts in Charleston have only a few rooms and a smaller staff with keen eyes for creating those picture-perfect details. Some also offer package deals that include exciting group tours of the Charleston area. With so many historic bed and breakfast options in the Charleston area, bridal parties can find the perfect one in the heart of the city to put them closer to the action.
Tie the Knot
Now more than ever, people want to commit the rest of their life to the ones they love. As restrictions are lifted, couples might find themselves ready to plan their dream wedding for their closest friends and families to celebrate their love. Booking a historic venue is the best way to make a marriage a memorable event that will have guests talking about it for years to come.
Charleston is filled with historical sites that can also double as wedding venues. However, when choosing a wedding venue for the big day, couples should look for those experienced in coordinating weddings. A historic bed and breakfast is the best avenue for booking a historic wedding venue that is both breathtaking and can handle the logistics of a ceremony and reception.
When guests arrive, they’ll be swept off their feet by the mansion-style accommodations and decor. Many of Charleston’s historic bed and breakfasts can offer spectacular outdoor ceremony spaces in either an enchanting garden or a sweeping manor lawn. They are also known for their regal, 18-century style, which makes for an impressive and stately reception dinner with a tinge of Southern comfort.
Historic bed and breakfasts that offer themselves as a wedding venue are well-versed in working with couples as they plan out their big day. By hosting the reception and ceremony at a B&B, guests will also have a place to stay after a night of celebrating, eliminating the need to think through the logistics of getting people back to their lodging safely.
The Legacy of Charleston
The city of Charleston was founded in 1670, making it one of the oldest cities in the U.S. with a rich history. The stories of people from eras long past all weave together to create the character and charm that makes up Charleston. It’s this tapestry of culture that attracts thousands of tourists each year and endears people to keep coming back. Whether visiting for the first time or returning as a summer regular, couples and friends will find magic in Charleston’s centuries-old streets.
Those looking to immerse themselves even deeper into the legacy of Charleston will enjoy soaking in the historical significance as they stay in a Georgian style mansion with iconic white columns. Staying in a historic bed and breakfast or booking one as a wedding venue makes those special occasions a part of history as well.
*Due to Covid-19, please check availability of all acitivies and destinations before traveling.