Charleston Stay-cations: From “Budget” to “Binge”

Enjoy a getaway weekend without having to get away for the weekend! Here are three ways to spend your stay-cation in Charleston.


Hampton Inn Southridge offers comfortable guest rooms with amenities such as coffee makers, microwave ovens, and refrigerators. Complimentary amenities include coffee, tea, and soda — as well as cookies and sandwiches at the lobby. You can even book a “Dinner and Movie” package which includes dinner, movie passes, and overnight accommodations.

Have fun dining at the nautical-themed Wheelhouse, renowned for their andwiches, salads and soups. Stop by the Cultural Center and State Museum and marvel at displays of the state’s history, culture, art, and artifacts — admission is free!


The 28 Bradford Street Bed & Breakfast was built in 1889 and is located in the historic East End and near the Kanewha River. A nights’s stay includes a delicious full breakfast in the morning. For dinner, drop by Lola’s — home of five-star specialty and seasonal pizzas, salads, beer and Sangria.

Let your inner child run loose at the Avampato Discovery Museum at Clay Center. Crawl though an indoor tree house, discover hands-on earth and science activities, or catch giant-screen films and planetarium shows at the ElectricSky Theater.


Embassy Suites Charleston offers spacious two-room suites; hotel amenities include a welcome drink, manager’s reception and ala carte breakfast. Laury’s is an elegant French-American fine dining restaurant located in the old C&O Railroad Depot

For a spot of adventure, savor the sights along the 180-plus mile Midland Trail. This state border-to-border road winds through 41 towns and to the New River Gorge National Park. The New River is one of the oldest in the world and offers spectacular vistas, rock climbing, biking and hiking.