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The John Rutledge House Inn

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Rise and Shine
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
The John Rutledge House Inn
Rise and Shine
The John Rutledge House Inn
John Rutledge was an active player in early American politics, signing the Constitution and serving as Charleston's first governor. But his townhouse on Broad Street, now the John Rutledge Inn, was built before he even attended his first Continental Congress. The house was embellished and expanded over the years, including the addition of elaborate lacelike ironwork that still stops passersby in their tracks. The inn comprises the main building and two carriage houses. In the 1980s, a major renovation prepared it for its new life as an inn, restoring the parquet floors, marble fireplaces, and crown molding to fully honor the property's past.
 
Rooms evoke the property's Colonial Era origins, with canopy beds, tilt-top tables, and brass fireplace screens. Tempur-Pedic mattresses, property-wide Wi-Fi, and flat-screen TVs help guests remember that they're still in the 21st century. Around the property, visit the sumptuous ballroom for evening sherry, or stroll the lush, secluded courtyard.
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Neighborhood Vibe
Directly across the street from the hotel, Charleston's stately, manicured South of Broad neighborhood begins. A quiet, pristine area, South of Broad is brimming with elegant mansions—the real old Charleston. On lower Meeting Street, visit the neoclassical Nathaniel Russell House Museum and its period gardens. Visit Burbage's Grocery, a neighborhood favorite open since 1948, and stock up on pimiento cheese and egg salad. The waterfront White Point Gardens, with its gazebos and shaded walks, is a great picnicking spot. Nearby shopping options are classically Charleston. Visit local institution the R.S.V.P. Shoppe for monogrammed stationary, the Ben Silver emporium for Southern-preppy clothing, and the antique stores of lower King for one-of-a-kind treasures.
Need to Know
Rooms: 19 rooms; from $340.
Check-in: 4 p.m.; check-out: noon.
Dining options: The property has no on-site restaurant, but guests can enjoy breakfast in their rooms or in the courtyard or ballroom. The offerings include a full continental spread along with one hot option per day. Guests love when shrimp and grits show up on the menu.
Spa and gym details: While there is no spa or gym on-site, guests have access to a gym on Wentworth Street for a nominal fee.
Insider Tips
Who's it for: History buffs who want a quiet and luxurious base for local exploration.
Our favorite rooms: Stick to the main house for historical details. Consider the carriage house rooms if you put a premium on seclusion and quiet.
Southern culture:Live it up in period style at complimentary afternoon tea in the ballroom.
Rise and Shine
You have a full day ahead of you, and so it’s essential that you start off having had a good night’s sleep and a full breakfast. Fortunately, Charleston’s selection of excellent hotels includes everything from contemporary design properties to historic bed and breakfasts, not to mention resorts on the Atlantic located just outside of the city’s famed historic district. The modern but meticulously preserved Restoration has drawn a devoted following with its spacious suites, complete with kitchens and a rooftop bar and restaurant with views of downtown Charleston. In contrast, the John Rutledge House Inn (pictured), built in 1763 and named after one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence, boasts Italian marble fireplaces, original wood floors, and plaster moldings. The rooms, complete with 12-foot ceilings provide the opportunity to feel as if you are stepping back into history. Near Charleston, The Sanctuary at the acclaimed Kiawah Island Golf Resort offers sweeping views of the island’s 10 miles of private beach.
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