When you spend your vacation with Bluegreen Resorts in Charleston, South Carolina, it’s easy to immerse yourself in the elegance and beauty characteristic of the Old South. The interior of Bluegreen’s luxuriously appointed vacation property, The Lodge Alley Inn, is filled with classic European refinement: soft Oriental carpeting, walls of red brick, pinewood floors, and cozy fireplaces that set the mood for curling up and relaxing after a day spent sightseeing in this charming city.
Among the stunning examples of historic architecture you can see on your trip to Charleston are the Revolutionary War-era Heyward-Washington House, the 1820s Aiken-Rhett House, and Drayton Hall, the oldest publicly accessible unrestored plantation home in the United States. However, did you know that your home-away-from-home, The Lodge Alley Inn, has a fascinating history of its own?
In the 1700s, Lodge Alley, within the French Quarter inside the old city walls, was near the center of Charleston’s hub of shipping, warehousing, and mercantile activities. Businessmen liked the area, because it afforded them the ability to observe the progress of their shipments from their own homes.
Named after the Masonic lodge only a short distance away on East Bay Street, The Lodge Alley Inn is constructed from a series of restored warehouse buildings that were saved from demolition by historically minded Charlestonians in the 1970s. Today, the resort’s exteriors and interiors reflect a subtle melding of past elegance and contemporary comfort. Each guest room has its individual character and décor, with spiral staircases and four-poster beds among the distinguishing features.
Thanks to the far-seeing and courageous efforts of the Save Historic Charleston group, not only The Lodge Alley Inn, but also numerous other treasured historic buildings in its East Bay Street and French Quarter neighborhoods, have been preserved for the enjoyment of future generations of South Carolina vacationers.