Charleston-Zero George-Southern Hospitality
Cobblestone streets, antebellum homes, harbor views of Fort Sumter are constant reminders of the history of Charleston, South Carolina. In order to experience true Charleston, I wanted to stay in an authentic Charleston location not a large hotel chain. My husband is not a fan of Bed and Breakfast stays so I was challenged to find a happy medium. Zero George was the perfect fit for us.
The property is located in three restored historic homes and two carriage houses with a shared brick courtyard. There are private verandas located throughout the buildings to enjoy your morning coffee or afternoon cocktail. All feature original elements like pine floors and millwork details. Southern Living recently featured one of Zero George’s inviting porches on its cover. The rooms are comfortable and luxurious and the marble bathroom is worthy of a magazine spread. All rooms feature either King or Queen beds (hint- not family friendly).
The original brick-and-stucco kitchen not only hosts private cooking classes but also check-in and the concierge. I have to admit I was thrown off when we checked in but quickly warmed up to the quaint reception. The 1804 kitchen efficiently produces tasting menu items for the intimate fine-dining restaurant located on property and daily breakfast for guests. The staff is friendly, helpful and eager to book a trip to the beaches, a sunset sail, a private walking tour or any other special requests.
While service is always available, I felt as if we were staying in a friend’s guest house. Zero George guests are treated to a complimentary wine and cheese hour from 5 to 6 p.m. and a wonderful breakfast spread of biscuits, homemade jams, eggs and fresh fruit each day.
The quiet location is within walking distance of East Bay bars and restaurants, King Street shopping, Marion Square and the City Market (not my favorite). We borrowed Zero George bikes and toured the peninsula. It was a great way to get our bearings of this historic city.
Whether you are a foodie, history buff, architectural admirer, beach lover, or explorer, there is something for everyone on this small peninsula. The southern hospitality of Charleston and the stylish luxury of the Zero George are the perfect match for a getaway weekend.