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Historic Charleston Plantation Trip for the Family

3 Days to Revel in Charleston's Natural Beauty

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Historic Charleston Plantation Trip for the Family

Day One

Check In

Check in to the Inn at Middleton Place, a secluded getaway immersed in natural beauty, just steps away from the oldest landscaped gardens in America. Though just a short drive from downtown Charleston, you’ll feel a world away from the hustle and bustle surrounded by centuries old live oaks and abundant wildlife. INSIDER’S TIP: Retreat to The Inn in the winter months to take full advantage of the wood-burning fireplaces and cozy up to the sound of a crackling fire.

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Explore America's Oldest Landscaped Gardens

Enjoy a short stroll from The Inn to Middleton Place National Historic Landmark and transport back in time via a tour of the House Museum; say “hello” to furry four-legged friends at the working stableyards; explore Beyond The Fields; find peace in the beautiful gardens, all included with your stay at The Inn. INSIDER’S TIP: Embark on a family carriage tour around the grounds for a modest additional fee.

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Savor Lowcountry Cuisine

Middleton Place Restaurant’s cuisine is inspired by the recipes of former resident chef, and renowned Southern chef, Edna Lewis. The menu features traditional Lowcountry dishes made with fresh and seasonal ingredients, harvested from the on-site organic farm and gardens! She Crab Soup, Shrimp & Grits and Collard Greens are just a few of our favorites to savor, not to mention the Bourbon Pecan Pie!

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Historic Charleston Plantation Trip for the Family

Day Two


Make the short drive to downtown Charleston and stroll along The Battery to Waterfront Park, where you’ll spot a larger-than-life sized pineapple, and possibly some flippered friends! Choose your own adventure for the day; the options are endless! Step inside the historic Edmondston-Alston House for a tour, head to the South Carolina Aquarium or Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry with your toddler in tow or set sail with Charleston Harbor Tours to see the Holy City from a completely new perspective.

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Pick Up Provisions

Before heading back to The Inn at Middleton Place, swing by goat. sheep. cow. to pick up a savory custom cheese and charcuterie board. You’ll feel as if you’ve stepped into a French fromagerie ...and your taste buds will thank you for days to come. Next stop: Graft for a bottle (or two) of wine! Acclaimed sommeliers Femi and Miles carry around 300 selections of wines from around the world, including both the classics and eclectic discoveries.

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Picnic Under the Oaks

Once back at The Inn, grab a blanket and find a shady spot to enjoy a leisurely picnic. Enjoy a post-picnic nap or head to one of the nearby hammocks for a swing with your little one. Listen to the birds singing, the wind swaying and soak up the moment in the warm Southern sunshine.

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Historic Charleston Plantation Trip for the Family

Day Three

Dine Al Fresco

Rise & shine. Sip your morning cup of coffee or tall glass of orange juice while dining al fresco with a beautiful view and fresh air. Room service is also available, as well as “grab and go” items at the Middleton Place Garden Market.

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Relax or Adventure

Retreat to the riverside swimming pool and enjoy a day of relaxation with your favorite read, or embark on an exciting exploration! Make reservations for a kayak tour to meander through the waterways, opt for horseback riding around the grounds or rent bicycles to adventure through the wooded trails. An outdoor experience here will nurture the soul!

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Enjoy a Family Farewell Stroll

Did you know that guests of The Inn are granted access to the plantation grounds after-hours? Enjoy one final stroll through the gardens before heading back to the Riverfront Lodge at The Inn for family game night! The Riverfront Lodge offers lawn and board games along with refreshments. INSIDER’S TIP: A mug of their comforting hot chocolate is a family favorite in the cooler months.

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