Planters Inn Insider Tips
Relais & Châteaux is about people, and it is about places. But even more than that, it is about special people in special places. Our hospitality staff draws upon unique insider’s knowledge of Charleston to craft experiences that are authentic, meaningful, and memorable.
No matter how often our guests come to stay, each visit is an opportunity to discover something new about Planters Inn and the many charms of Charleston.
"Discovering the essence of Charleston is as simple as taking a short after-dinner stroll from Planters Inn to White Point Gardens—a stunning a walk back in time that is illuminated with the gas carriage lanterns hanging from 18th and 19th century mansions. The air is often perfumed with the smell of magnolias and jasmine, and church bells toll the hour. The experience is evocative and utterly unforgettable.” — Tristan
“Many Charlestonians begin their day much the same way as previous generations: with an unhurried breakfast in the garden amid chirping birds and fresh flowers. At Planters Inn, we embrace this quintessential Charlestonian activity and invite our guests to enjoy breakfast in our beautiful courtyard. Escaping the hustle and bustle of the downtown streets to hide away in an urban oasis and enjoy some respite and delicious grits harkens back to the days when everything moved just a little slower. — Latrice
“One of the most interesting ways to discover Charleston’s rich history is to tour Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. Embarking on the 30-minute boat is a special way to see the Holy City—sailing past the view of antebellum mansions and historic church steeple is unforgettable. Shorebirds and dolphins often appear to the delight of passengers. Inside Fort Sumter, a very elaborate collection of artifacts instills a sense of what occurred during that very critical time in our country’s history.” — Carolyn
“For our guests who are discovering Charleston for the first time, I share a brief description of my personal morning ritual: I wake up to the sound of church bells, stroll down cobblestone streets to get coffee, and watch a horse and carriage roll past my office window. I have to agree with a famous line from Gone With the Wind, when Rhett Butler said, ‘I’m going back to Charleston, where there is still a little grace and civility left in the world.’” — Ashley
“While many visitors to Charleston are understandably enchanted by the historic district, we like to remind guests that a string of nearby beautiful barrier islands are waiting to be discovered. Waking up early to comb the sand for shells is a relaxing way to start the day. Our beaches are only 15 minutes away from Planters Inn. — Cate
“There is always something new to discover at the Saturday morning farmers market in Marion Square. Local farmers and artisanal food purveyors set up tents starting at 8 a.m., and you will see scores of locals buying flowers and good-looking vegetables soon after the market opens!” — Graham
"An early morning walk to High Battery is an incredible experience for the senses. The air is fresh and sweet. The streets are quiet. The sun reflects off the water. The majestic oak trees and stately mansions remind me that Charleston has deep roots and has stood the test of time. It is humbling and awe-inspiring at the same time." — Nick"Taking a small picnic lunch to Waterfront Park is my secret pleasure. I like to watch the boats pass by, particularly when the College of Charleston’s nationally ranked sailing team is racing in the harbor. There are dozens of benches and large shade trees. An hour of fresh air always puts me in a great mood." — Brad