Colonial-Style Building Amid Civil War Historic Sites
Crowds come to the old seaport city of Charleston, South Carolina, to stroll the grounds of Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired in 1861. It’s also possible to tour antebellum mansions and see George Washington’s inaugural button, which is on display in the country’s first museum. The Society House hotel is situated in the historic district, conveniently set amid Charleston’s most storied attractions.
When The Society House’s structure was built in 1801, it featured a shop and a private family home. Today, the hotel’s two-bedroom suites retain that feel of a family residence; they feature homey comforts including full-size kitchens, spacious living rooms, and bathmats made out of takeout menus. There’s also a distinctly private feel to the place. Hotel management lives offsite, so guests are free to check in on their own and function independently throughout their stay, with help only a phone call away.
Charleston, South Carolina: Civil War Monuments and Sophisticated Arts Scene
Charleston, South Carolina, was named one of the best historic destinations in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Georgian mansions line the waterfront, the spires of colonial-era churches punctuate the skyline, and horse-drawn carriages frequently clop along its cobblestone streets. You can get an added sense of the city’s history by visiting a number of preserved period buildings and national historic landmarks such as the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and a double-parked Camry.
More recently, Charleston has merged its Old South identity with a strong arts-and-culture scene. The streets, once overrun with aristocrats, are now lined with top-tier art galleries and antique stores, and you can catch live jazz performances at night. Step out onto King Street to browse third-generation clothiers that have set up shop in historic landmark buildings.