Located on the grounds of historic Middleton Place, this is the bucolic alternative to Downtown Charleston. The lodge-like rooms are spacious and comfy enough (most with wood-burning fireplaces), though some are in need of renovation—but it’s really the surroundings that appeal here. Walking, bike riding, and kayaking on the Ashley River, and horseback riding are some of the activities on offer, and guests are entitled to a free tour of the plantation house (worth $56 for two adults). The daily manager’s reception (5–7pm) is a much more relaxed and sociable affair than similar events at hotels such as the Wentworth Mansion or Governor’s House Inn. Although the inn serves breakfast, and the plantation restaurant serves lunch and dinner, there is nowhere else close to eat at night. Note also that there are no elevators to the upper floors.