This luxurious B&B in a two-story wooden mansion is in the heart of the Historic District. The house was built by one James Laurens in 1760 and has a fascinating history, serving as the home of Governor Edward Rutledge, youngest signer of the Declaration of Independence, between 1776 and 1800. Beyond the spiral pinewood staircase there are lovely paneled rooms with canopy beds, fireplaces, lofty ceilings, family antiques, original hardwood floors, and whirlpool baths. Breakfast is good and wholesome (think homemade quiche, sausage and cheese bake), afternoon tea comes with light snacks (chocolate cake, chess bars), and each evening guests are served wine with local cheeses. Note that Wi-Fi can be weak in some rooms, and that allergy sufferers should be aware that Nu, the friendly house cat, gently pads around the hotel.