True Charleston Gem

Jul 29, 2013 -- 5:04am

I have been to Charleston countless times. I love the Holy City and all its history. Most of all I love the boutique shopping and culinary arts. Usually my husband and I will just go down for the day, have dinner and drive home. But this weekend we decided to take in all that historic Charleston has to offer and be true tourists for the weekend.

We came across the Elliott House Inn while researching unique/boutique places to stay. Whenever I have the opportunity to break away from the mold of chain hotels I do - and in Charleston the options of doing that are endless with many special places. But I believe we found a true gem in the Elliott House Inn.

The Elliott House Inn is in the heart of Charleston’s charming Historic District. It was built as a private residence in 1861 but recently was fully renovated in 2012. We walked into the quaint lobby and it felt as though we stepped back in time. The first person we met was Neil at the front desk – lucky for us! He studied Charleston history in college and used to be a teacher and he knows everything about this beautiful city. He drew us a map of all the historic places to see by foot or bike and offered us two bike rentals – yes, the Elliott House Inn has free bike rentals – major perk! After the map tour, he made us dinner reservations and spent 20 minutes talking to us about the history of the food and his personal favorites. We decided on 82 Queen (right next door to Elliott House Inn that has THE most amazing BBQ Shrimp and Grits I’ve ever eaten – and I’ve eaten a lot) for lunch and Anson House for dinner. We ate at Hominy Grill for Sunday brunch (try the salmon cakes).

Saturday early afternoon, we took our map as Neil took our bags as and we walked to the Market which is very close to the hotel and popped into all of the little shops on King Street.

We returned to Elliott House Inn only to find a wine and cheese reception for us and all the guests. We sat in the lush, beautiful courtyard and dined on cheeses, crackers, wine and fresh lemonade. They also have these amazing lemon cupcakes that I’m convinced are homemade. It was a beautiful treat after a long day of walking and shopping.

We returned to our room only to find a complimentary bottle of champagne on ice with two flutes and a beautiful note. The surprises kept coming! It was like a second honeymoon for me and my husband. We saved the champs as we needed to get ready for dinner.

Upon returning from a lovely and filling dinner of seafood we returned to Elliott House Inn to enjoy the hot tub - which is in the middle of the courtyard. It’s so romantic. Twinkle lights and lush greenery surround the tub (it stays open 24/7). We brought down our champagne to enjoy in the hot tub - the jets felt great after our feet were sore from all of our sightseeing.

We retired to bed and slept like rocks on the King bed built for kings in our corner room that looked like it was taken right out of old world Charleston.

Sunday morning we enjoyed the breakfast part of our bed and breakfast stay. We chose to eat in the beautiful courtyard which was serene and a perfect way to start the day!

I usually don’t write reviews on hotels but I found this one to be so special I wanted to share it all with you as the staff paid attention to every detail, the rooms were gorgeous and clean and the food was satisfying. This place would make for a wonderful weekend getaway/staycation. You can splurge a little because you don’t have to pay for airfare as it’s just an hour and a half down the road. I promise you will feel worlds away from reality.  The Elliott House is a true Charleston gem as this B&B, which is on the National Register of Historic places, captures the true spirit of the city and the time period that is the Historic District.

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