In historic downtown Charleston, situated in the heart of the desirable South of Broad neighborhood, is quite possibly the most recognized Bed and Breakfast in Charleston and one of the most romantic destinations in the country. Here you find Two Meeting Street Inn, on the corner of Meeting Street and South Battery.
Cobblestone Streets lined with old Oak trees, the view of Charleston Harbor and grand historic mansions combine to make this one of the most desirable and romantic locations in historic Charleston. Add to that the picturesque southern porch where visitors relax for afternoon tea and you won’t be surprised to find out that this is one of the most photographed locations in the South.
And isn’t it fitting that this most romantic of destinations had its start with a love story. History tells it like this. Once there was a prominent jeweler in Charleston by the name of Waring Carrington who fell hopelessly in love with a beautiful young woman by the name of Martha Williams. It was love at first sight they say. They were married in 1890 during a grand affair to which 2500 hundred invitations were sent.
The father of the bride was a wealthy merchant himself. He presented to the young couple, a gift that would be considered grand even by today’s standards. He gave them $75,000 toward the purchase of their new home located on the corner of Meeting and South Battery Streets; what was then, and still is now, a very desirable neighborhood. That home eventually became one of the most romantic Bed and Breakfasts in the country and is a top destination for newlyweds. A perfect ending for such a romantic beginning.
Today the house is still owned by the family of Minnie Carr who bought the house in 1946 and turned it into a guest house. Don’t miss out on this charming historical Charleston spot. Be sure to bring your camera and in this case, maybe your sweetheart too.