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JUST ANNOUNCED: The Planters Inn, located in the heart of Charleston’s famed Historic District, has been named #1 Best Small City Hotel in the continental United States by Travel + Leisure 2014 World’s Best Awards.

 

Staying at the Planters Inn is akin to an overnight with well-to-do friends in their old Charleston mansion. The hotel is also home to the Peninsula Grill, a Lowcountry institution and one of the best restaurants in town.” — Travel + Leisure

 

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Charleston's Historic Plantations

Legend has it that the potent rum-soaked Planter’s Punch cocktail was made famous at Charleston’s Planter’s Inn during the early 1800s. When the plantation aristocracy came to town for its grand ball season, the pageantry of Southern society frivolity was full display. We serve an excellent version of Planters Punch at Peninsula Grill according to the Charleston City Paper:

“The bartender first pours Myers dark rum in a tall, straight glass filled with ice then adds orange and pineapple juice from two bottles and finally a drizzle of grenadine. A silver cup is clamped over the top of the glass for a quick shake, then it's served to you garnished with a cherry and orange slice on a clear plastic skewer. It's a good solid drink that tastes like a fruit juice drink and not something loaded up with a lot of rum.”

Be sure to stop by to taste this historic cocktail for yourself—it’s perfect after a day spent exploring our local plantations.

Plantation Fixation
There is an inherent elegance to Charleston’s historic estates. Vestiges of classic colonial architecture hint at a bygone era. Grand avenues of stately oak trees create picturesque, moss-draped canopies. Brick and tabby paths wend through some of the oldest gardens in America. Scenery unfolds with the seasons. From scarlet-colored camellias at Christmastime to cornflower blue sky in summer months, the landscape at these bucolic enclaves is a rich tapestry of natural beauty.

Drayton Hall is an icon of colonial American identity. Widely considered the finest example of Georgian Palladian architecture in North America, Drayton Hall is certainly one of the Lowcountry’s greatest architectural treasures. Untouched by fad or fashion, the house museum stands as an example of meticulous preservation and has neither running water nor electricity. As one of the most successful planters of the period, John Drayton surrounded himself with the most fashionable goods acquired from travels around the world. The surviving furniture, ceramics and glassware exist in situ and exhibit the lengths that Drayton went to furnish his house with imported objects that befitted his status and lifestyle and, just as important, were in keeping with the latest protocol of British society.


Middleton Place
is home to America’s oldest landscaped gardens, and the sprawling plantation is a botanical wonderland throughout the year. Travel back to the 1700s by touring the former rice fields on horseback. Visit the lively stableyard that is home to free-grazing sheep, cashmere goats, Belgian draft horses, guinea hogs, peacocks and majestic water buffalo.


Magnolia Plantation was established in 1676 and is considered America’s oldest unrestored garden with a dazzling assortment of azalea and camellia plants. The contemporary glass conservatory is filled with exotic orchids and maidenhair ferns.