Staying in a centuries-old inn, preferably one previously owned by a wealthy merchant or signer of the Declaration of Independence, is part of the Charleston experience. The city offers a dizzying number of choices; those in the historic district are priced highest. For more information, contact Historic Charleston Bed and Breakfast (57 Broad St., 800 743 3583, 843 722 6606, www.historiccharlestonbedandbreakfast.com). Even some chain hotels have a history, among them the Best Western King Charles Inn (237 Meeting St., 866 546 4700, www.kingcharlesinn.com). Edgar Allen Poe stayed here while stationed at Fort Moultrie.