What to Do Within Two Blocks of Wentworth Mansion

One of the best parts of staying at an inn (especially in Charleston) is that more often than not, they’re located in the middle of charming neighborhoods rather than busy main streets. It gives you the chance to wander the city by foot and get to see what the locals see, should you so choose. The Wentworth Mansion is no exception; located in the middle of one of the peninsula’s most beautiful historic districts, there’s plenty to see and do just a stone’s throw from the hotel doors.


Where to Explore

Colonial Lake
Originally little more than a murky tidal pond, Colonial Lake has seen lots of change over the years. The pond is now surrounded by charming wooden benches, flower patches and community gardens. It’s the perfect spot for a midafternoon stroll or a picnic and some people watching; and since it’s still a tidal pond, fishing enthusiasts can cast their poles and nets in search of mullet, red drum, bluefish, and flounder.

Self-Guided Historic Tour
While there’s no shortage of tours detailing the history of the city, sometimes it’s preferable to take things at your own space. The blocks surrounding the Wentworth Mansion hold some serious Charleston history. While there’s no official tour route, there are monuments throughout the city dedicated to teaching tourists and locals alike about the historical significance of the figure they are working to commemorate. At each of these stops, passersby can scan a QR code located on the plaque to visit a website hosted by Charleston Stories and listen to an audio-tour of the location. Monuments dedicated to the Pollitzer Sisters, Septima P. Clark, and Alonzo J Ranzier are all located within a couple blocks of the Wentworth Mansion; wind your way through each stop and admire the historic homes that also populate the streets.

Haunted Jail Tours
It’s no secret that Charleston is full of history, and with history comes plenty of ghost stories. Often said to be one of the most haunted cities in America, downtown is home to more than its fair share of ghosts. Located on Magazine Street is one of the most haunted structures in town - the Old City Jail. The now-dilapidated structure was home to some of the worst criminals in the city from 1802 until 1939, when the jail eventually fell out of use. Legend has it that the spirits who died in the jail still haunt the place today; those looking for a spooky adventure can sign up for a nighttime jaunt with Bulldog Tours and learn about the history of the jail and the legacies of the spirits who are said to be hanging behind.

Woman smiling at table with coffee next to window

Where to Get Coffee

Second State Coffee
Stepping into the airy, light-filled space at Second State Coffee is like being transported to another world. Popular amongst young professionals and students of the area as a work spot, Second State is also well-known for their excellent cold brew, unique latte flavors, and pastries. Pair a lavender latte with a warmed up banana-Nutella turnover for the perfect afternoon pick me up.

Queen Street Grocery
Behind Queen Street Grocery’s artsy, laid-back facade lies a charming neighborhood haunt with some of the best breakfast and lunch options Charleston has to offer. The crepe menu is particularly fantastic - choose between savory crepes stuffed with ham and cheese, or sweet offerings with peanut butter, chocolate, and marshmallows. There are plenty of sandwich, salad and smoothie options available here too, all named after popular Charleston destinations. The grocery is also home to an impressively stocked local beer cave and a unique selection of wines, making it the perfect stop to pick up souvenir local brews or a favorite bottle to take home.

Pastries filled with dulce de leche

Where to Eat

Circa 1886
It doesn’t get much closer than Circa 1886, often hailed as one of Charleston’s best kept culinary secrets. Located in the former carriage house of the mansion, the restaurant has flourished into one of the most successful fine dining hotspots downtown under the helm of executive chef Marc Collins. The menu is seasonal and ever-changing, focused on spotlighting unique Lowcountry cuisines.

Poke Stop
Like most things in these parts, Poke Stop is located inside what looks to be a historic home - so keep an eye out for the sign or you just might miss it. The expansive menu offers much more than the Hawaiian raw fish delicacy; sushi rolls, bahn mi, and ceviche are also among the offerings.

60 Bull
This charming corner restaurant, reminiscent of Parisian sidewalk cafes, sits tucked into the ivy-covered walls of Bull Street, small tables propped outside in the warmer weather. Inside, an extensive wine and beer list and menu take center stage. Whether you’re looking for breakfast, lunch, or brunch, 60 Bull delivers; mini sweet potato biscuit plates with locally sourced ham, wild caught fried shrimp, and Geechie Boy Grits bowls are among the locally-ingredient studded offerings.