Do the Charleston Trip at These 15 Bed and Breakfast Inns



15 wonderful historic Charleston B&Bs, 3 Charleston novels to read before you go and the best things to do while there.

Where To Stay

Elliott House Inn, Charleston

  • The Elliott House was built from salvaged bricks from the 1861 fire and survived both an
    earthquake in 1886 and Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
  •  The original building was constructed by a local bookseller.
  • 82 Queen, an adjacent restaurant, offers room service for lunch and dinner.

John Rutledge House Inn, Charleston

  • George Washington dined in the ballroom during his Presidential visit to Charleston.
  • Drafts of the United States Constitution were written in the Signer’s Ballroom.
  • The building survived a fire that destroyed the adjacent building and a direct hit from a
    Union cannon.

King George IV Inn, Charleston 

  • The building is actually called the “Peter Freneau House” and is named for a prominent
  • Guests can enjoy the fresh air on three levels of Charleston porches.
  • Located a short one minute stroll from the shops on King Street and five minutes from
    the Historic Market.

Plantation Oaks Inn, Mount Pleasant

  • The land was once part of the Snee Farm Plantation which was owned by Charles
    Pinckney, signer of the United States Constitution.
  • Guests can enjoy the bordering tidal creek and native water fowl from the 150-foot
  • Located 300 yards from the entrance to Boone Hall Plantation.

Restoration on King Boutique Hotel, Charleston

  • Circa 1940.
  • Guests can sit on the rooftop terrace to enjoy the view in Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Near upscale shops.

Two Meeting Street Inn

  • Circa 1890.
  • One of the area’s oldest bed & breakfast inns offering gracious Southern hospitality.
  • Guests can enjoy a deluxe continental breakfast in the courtyard.
  • Traditional antiques furnish bedrooms.

The Inn at Middleton Place

  • A National Historic Landmark and well-preserved plantation.
  • Guests can stroll the gardens, visit house museum and take a guided nature walk.
  • Offering luxury in an atmosphere of beauty.

Barksdale House Inn

  • Circa 1778.
  • Antique furnishings abound and include an 1840 burled walnut Victorian half-canopy bed.
  • Guests can spend afternoons sipping iced tea on the porch overlooking the garden.

Andrew Pinckney Inn

  • Surrounded by history, offers generous service and sophisticated amenities.
  • Location is perfect for business or leisure purposes.
  • Guests can linger on the rooftop terrace overlooking the harbor.
  • Museums, art galleries and shops are within a short walk.

 21 East Battery Bed & Breakfast

  • Circa 1825.
  • Gaze at the Charleston Harbor from the second floor balcony.
  • Guests can enjoy off-street parking.

Antebellum B&B at The Thomas Lamboll House

  • Circa 1735.
  • Two guest rooms overlook rooftops and Charleston Harbor in distance.
  • Thomas Lamboll, was the first resident of this impressive Colonial located in historic district.

Meeting Street Inn

  • Built in the traditional single house style.
  • Guests can stroll nearby restaurants, antique shops and boutiques.
  • Experience gracious Southern hospitality and modern comforts.

Cannonboro Inn

  • Circa 1853.
  • Rated as on the best places to stay in South.
  • Guests can enjoy a breakfast feast of Cannonboro Inn Eggs Benedict served with warm muffins.

Jasmine House Inn

  • Circa 1842.
  • Relax amid the luxurious southern style ambiance that boosts courtyard views.
  • Graces the Ansonborough area to offer an earlier era’s style and modern comforts.

Indigo Inn

  • Circa 1850.
  • Guests can experience a cultural event locally.
  • Features luxurious accommodations and gracious hospitality.


Outdoor Sites and Natural Attractions

The Beaches

  • Charleston is home to five distinct beach towns.
  • Sullivan’s Island was once the home of Edgar Allen Poe and the setting for three of his
    stories: The Balloon Hoax, The Gold Bug, and The Oblong Box.
  • Folly Beach drops a flip flop on New Year’s Eve.

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

  • The oldest public tourist site in the Lowcountry and oldest public gardens in the country.
  • Visitors can rest their feet and tour the natural and historical highlights from a tram or
  •  The core of the main house was built in Summerville and then floated down the Ashley
    River to its current location.

North Charleston Riverfront Park

  • Site of the Annual National Outdoor Sculpture Competition and Exhibition.
  • The Naval Base closed in 1996 and the Greater Charleston Naval Base Memorial now
    stands in honor of 95 years of service.
  • The adjacent homes once housed Naval officers stationed at the Charleston Naval Base.

South Carolina Aquarium

  • An exhibit devoted to the venomous Lionfish opened in July, 2014.
  • More than just fish. The Mountain Forest exhibit houses a bald eagle.
  • Offers tours of South Carolina’s only hospital for sick and injured sea turtles.


Museums and Attractions

The Charleston Museum

  • America’s first museum.
  • Founded while South Carolina was still a British colony.
  • The museum houses exhibits of natural history, Lowcountry history, and exotic
    collections from around the world.

Charles Towne Landing State Historic Site

  • The grounds have something for everyone: a replica 17th
    habitat zoo, 80 acres of gardens, and the award-winning Legare-Waring House.
  • The cannons are fired on the third Saturday of every month.
  • It is the site of the first European settlement in the state.

Fort Sumter National Monument

  • Site of the first shot fired, a 10-inch mortar shell, during the Civil War.
  • Union forces surrendered the Fort to the Confederacy 34 hours after the first shot.
  • The island fort is built on 70,000 tons of granite and rock that was slowly delivered and
    placed onto a shoal over a decade timespan.

Gibbes Museum of Art

  • The permanent collection includes portraits by Henrietta Johnston, who is considered to
    be the first woman artist in America.
  • The museum has showcased works of art for over a century.
  • A complimentary cell phone audio tour is available with paid admission.


Visit the Charleston Convention and Visitor’s Bureau for more attractions:

Read Before You Go

  • The Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy – The beauty of South Carolina Lowcountry is captured
    in this saga about a twisted family.
  • Charleston by Alexandra Ripley – Written by the author of Scarlett: The Sequel to
    Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind, this historical fiction follows the Tradd family
    in the wake of the Civil War and introduces the reader to some of Charleston’s old
    -century sailing ship, a natural traditions.
  • Love a mystery? Read Laura Child’s, Charleston-based, A Tea Shop Mystery series.