07 Feb Setting the Scene for History and Romance
Charleston is national treasure. Beauty, history and romance are all around us. Many travel to Charleston to celebrate their love and special occasions here for that very reason. Many of us are lucky enough to live here and have so many special places to celebrate our special moments.
We at Occasions Guide have chosen to highlight a few of our favorite romantic and historic destinations that we love to celebrate those special moments. Whether they are intimate moments such as a proposal, anniversary, bridal luncheon or a special birthday celebration or more elaborate events like a rehearsal dinner, wedding or a huge birthday bash. All of these locations provide the ambience and historical roots that will make the affair extraordinary!
The beautiful Wentworth Mansion, founded in 1886, houses the lovely Circa 1886 restaurant. The downtown Charleston property feels almost like stepping into Downtown Abbey as it brings you into the Victorian age with its decor and architecture. Stable doors, original heart-of-pine floors and a wood-burning kitchen fireplace all add to the restaurant’s atmosphere of history and romance. Candlelit tables and award winning delicious fare and upscale cocktails heighten the experience. The attentive staff will work with you to create a menu to match your affair, bringing their signature “healthy spin on southern cuisine” to the table. Celebrate for an evening or stay and pamper yourself for an extended time in this delightful mansion, the fabulous Urban Nirvana Spa is also located on-site!
Middleton Place, is an 18th century plantation and America’s oldest formal landscaped gardens. It boasts unparalleled views of the Ashley River and a number of secluded areas that appear as if they were plucked right out of a fairytale. Middleton Place is a carefully restored 18th-century plantation that was built by Henry Middleton in 1741. The building has survived revolution, civil war, and earthquake and was the home of four generations of Middletons. One, Arthur Middleton, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence! From intimate gatherings to grand affairs, the grounds, the grand house, and the inn provide all you need for a glorious event. Grand fairytale weddings, Low Country Oyster Roasts, casual Stable Yards Receptions or birthday parties are all amazing ways to celebrate here.
Lowndes Grove Plantation, built approximately in 1786, is a Gothic stunner. Located in downtown Charleston and enveloped in 14 acres of live oak groves dripping in Spanish moss and surrounded by peaceful Ashley River views, is a magnificent sight. It will enchant you and your guests. The sunsets over the river are spectacular and can be enjoyed from numerous locations on the grounds, the sunlit gardens, the broad piazza and the relaxed and refined home itself. A glorious waterfront wedding, corporate receptions and private celebrations such as bridal luncheons or landmark birthday parties are just a few ways to celebrate in this historic and romantic plantation house. There are five guest suites available for accommodation that are well-equipped for comfort and luxury so stay a while end luxuriate at your very own plantation home.
Governor Thomas Bennet House
The Governor Thomas Bennet House, circa 1825, is one of the grandest and most beautiful houses in downtown Charleston. The house is an wonderful example of Federal style architecture, which drew on European trends as well as ancient Greek and Roman architectural details. Thomas Bennet Jr., mayor of Charleston from 1812 to 1813, a member of the South Carolina House and governor of SC was also an exceptional architect and he designed the house during his term as Governor.
There are many ways to hold an enchanting event here. Host a cocktail reception on the delightful Piazza, a seated dinner in the Crescent Garden around the fountain or a large reception on the Side Lawn. The Governor Thomas Bennett House offers endless options for your next event. Located on the ground floor just off the courtyard, the Bennett House also offers a conference room with separate meal and reception space are available in the House, on the Piazza or in the Courtyard. For a wedding. the Crescent Garden is a lovely setting for an outdoor ceremony around the pineapple fountain and under the shade of a 200 year old oak. Follow the ceremony, and invite guests into the house for cocktail hour and hold the reception outdoors on the side lawn adjacent to the Crescent Garden. Sounds like a romantic way to celebrate in a historic setting.