Monday, November 9, 2009

Middleton Place

I spent a long weekend in Charleston, SC.  We stayed at our favorite spot in Charleston, the Inn at Middleton Place.  The Inn is sited on the bluffs overlooking the Ashley River

Awarded for its architectural design and found to be a modern counterpoint to the neighboring 18th-century Middleton Place plantation, the Inn's distinctive architecture and simple, rustic decor lends to the beauty of the property.  With dramatic floor to ceiling windows that evoke a sense of living within nature and wide plantation shutters for privacy, guests enjoy the sights and sounds of nature at its finest.

Each room is furnished with handcrafted furniture, hardwood floors with braided rugs and warm cypress paneling.  A wood burning fireplace adds to the ambiance and can be enjoyed during the cooler months while a 150 gallon garden tub beckons guests to relaxation.  The Inn's 53 private accommodations are found in four separate, bold, geometric structures each located within a short and convenient walking distance of one another.

Just a short walk from the Inn is the garden at Middleton Place.  Begun in 1741 by Henry Middleton, President of the First Continental Congress, the 60-acre formal garden is accented by ancient live oaks draped heavily in Spanish moss.  Middleton Place has survived war, hurricanes and earthquakes to earn the distinction as a National Historic Landmark.  If you are ever in the area, the garden is worth a visit.

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