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“Experience ‘Southern hospitality at its best’... built in 1844 and situated ‘within walking distance of everything in Charleston.’ Guest rooms are ‘spacious and elegantly appointed’ and follow a traditional Southern design scheme with high ceilings, hickory furnishings, Audubon prints, and four poster beds.” — Conde Nast Traveler

Welcome to the Best of Charleston Hotels - Planters Inn

Charleston's Historic City Market

Step outside Planters Inn and explore City Market, one of the oldest public markets in America. Strolling through the four market buildings is more than a simple shopping excursion. With its treasure trove of quintessential local crafts, City Market is a chance to meet Lowcountry artisans including more than 50 Gullah sweetgrass basket weavers.

Gullah is name of Charleston’s native sea island culture with its distinctive language, cuisine, crafts, music, and traditions. One of the most widely recognized Gullah customs is sweetgrass basketry, examples of which are on display throughout Planters Inn and Peninsula Grill. Originally made to winnow rice on Charleston’s plantations, sweetgrass baskets have become sought after souvenirs and are even on display at the Smithsonian Institution. The best place to purchase a sweetgrass basket is the City Market, which is located across the street from Planters Inn.

Now that you have discovered sweetgrass baskets, pick up a bag of heirloom Carolina Gold Rice from Historic Charleston Foundation’s shop inside the Great Hall. Look for the bright yellow burlap sacks stamped with the name of this famous rice variety. Nearby, you will find sachets of Charleston Tea Plantation tea—North America’s only tea cultivated for home consumption.

For another authentic taste of Charleston’s plantation era, try Benne Wafers—golden discs made with butter, sugar and sesame seeds—or pickled okra, both of which can be found at Food For the Southern Soul ‘Cue-Osk in the Great Hall.