The Charming Inns Family

We may hail from different hometowns, but we are united in our love for Charleston—its food, history, hospitality, art, and culture—and in our passion for sharing the very best of it with guests from around the world. Get to know the talented Charming Inns® team.

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CHAIRMAN

Richard Widman

“I founded Charming Inns® in 1982, and it’s always been a labor of love, just like raising a family. It started with me but the ‘family’ grew one Inn at a time adding family members to support the business. Many employees began in the Charming Inns® family as bellmen, concierges and have grown within the company and are valuable members of management now. As the ‘parent,’ it’s rewarding to watch the family work together to ensure that our guests receive a great experience. I enjoy Charleston for its friendliness and small town feel. Walking down the street or waving at a passing car, you always see someone you know.”

PRESIDENT

Michelle Widman Woodhull

“I’ve been part of the Charming Inns® family since 1999. I work with a wonderful group of people who genuinely care and support each other personally and professionally. We all work together for the same common goal: seeing our guests smile! For a small city Charleston has so many big city offerings. From the fine arts and history, to sporting events and great cuisine, to beaches and spectacular weather, Charleston is truly a fantastic place.”

VP, COMMUNITY AND INDUSTRY RELATIONS

Linn Lesesne

“I began my Charming Inns® career in 1993, and the people I work with make my job what it is and are the reason I want to come to work everyday. We care about each other personally just like you would siblings. Everyone takes ownership in their individual jobs – and we are all always willing to help each other out. As a native Charlestonian, I have so much history here. I love the beaches, the ocean, the friendly people, the beautiful historic homes, and the tree lined streets.”

DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS

Noreen Marchant

“I’ve been a part of the Charming Inns® family since 2010. We’re the first to cheer for each other, when goals or rewards are achieved. We’re in your corner, during hard times. We support one another. It’s more than a business; it’s a family! There’s much to love about Charleston, but I especially love the history and way the local citizens preserve and cherish it. The secret gardens you only find by walking down a one-way street and peeking through the wrought iron fences, and the greatest restaurant scene on the east coast.”

DIRECTOR OF MARKETING & PUBLIC RELATIONS

Stacey Bodnar

“I recently relocated from Wisconsin to pursue a new career and say goodbye to Midwest winters! I now feel that Charleston is my home, and I am thrilled to be part of the amazing Charming Inns family. I hope to share my love for the Holy City and encourage others to embrace the Charming Inns® experience.”

SALES & MARKETING COORDINATOR

Grace Miller

Grace was born and raised in Charleston and has been a member of the Charming Inns staff since 2017. She loves that she gets to spend her work day in the heart of the Holy City.

After graduating from the University of South Carolina, Grace knew that coming back to Charleston was inevitable. “The support I feel from the Charming Inns family is one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I’m so grateful for every opportunity and excited to join the team in this new position!”

SALES MANAGER

Ginny Severs

“I’m proud to say that I’ve been a member of the Charming Inns® staff since 2000. These folks are hardworking, loyal, and passionate about their jobs. Like any family, we care for one another, we support one another, and we work together to be successful. We strive everyday to provide the best customer service and create memorable experiences for our guests. When it comes to Charleston, I love the history, the hospitality, the diverse culinary scene, and of course—the view!”

HUMAN RESOURCES MANAGER

Jennifer Shinners

“I discovered Charleston when I was young while vacationing with my family for many years. I have always loved the combination of history and culture that abounds in Charleston and the Lowcountry. To be able to make a home in a community that embraces history and the arts and where I can also indulge my love of the ocean and outdoors is priceless. What I love best about the Charming Inns organization is their commitment to honoring the history of their properties and the city while at the same time providing a warm and welcoming environment to every guest that comes through their door.”

CONTROLLER

Don Sucansky

“I have been living in Charleston for the past thirty years and have seen the city go through many transformations.

The hospitality industry has grown tremendously over that time, and I am proud to have been involved with that growth.

I enjoy spending time with my son and daughter traveling the North and Southeast to hockey and lacrosse tournaments throughout the year.”

CORPORATE REVENUE MANAGER

Margaret Willis

“I’ve been part of the Charming Inns® family since 2007, and they have supported me in my decisions through college and young professional life. The best thing about Charleston has to be its ability to appeal to many different lifestyles. From history buffs to beachgoers to “foodies” and to those who only come to town for a little retail therapy, there is a niche for all types of visitors and locals alike.”

INNKEEPER, WENTWORTH MANSOIN®

Lisa Anderson

“Born a Vermonter, I grew up in Massachusetts, but I’ve been part of the Charming Inns® ‘family’ since 2004, and it’s just that—family. A Dad and Mom, sisters, cousins, brothers, aunts. They say you can’t pick your family… I’m fortunate enough to pick mine! I like the nooks and crannies of Charleston. The one balcony table at Muse, the back outdoor space of Blind Tiger, the alley called Pennsylvania Ave., and the Pineapple courtyard at Kings Courtyard Inn.®”

ASSISTANT INNKEEPER, WENTWORTH MANSION

Kevin Price

“I’m Kevin, a proud native of Charleston, SC., and an even prouder husband and father of two children. Our family has a passion for the outdoors and the serenity of the Lowcountry.

I am a 20-year hospitality industry veteran and couldn’t be happier to share my enthusiasm for our City with guests while representing Charming Inns.”

Innkeeper, John Rutledge House Inn®

Nicki Johnson

A native of the suburbs of Philadelphia, Nicki has called Charleston home for 36 years, becoming deeply integrated into the community’s fabric. She is captivated by the city’s rich history, vibrant culture, captivating sights, stunning beaches, and warmhearted residents. Drawn to the water’s edge, one can often find her basking in the sunshine and appreciating the city’s picturesque landscapes.

Filled with excitement for this incredible opportunity, she steps into her new role as the Innkeeper of The John Rutledge House Inn with enthusiasm, eager to embark on a journey of growth and contribution as part of the Charming Inns family.

INNKEEPER, KINGS COURTYARD AND FULTON LANE INN

Abigail Martin

While I was born and raised in and around Buffalo, New York (Go Bills!), I’ve been a resident of Charleston for the past 23 years. I’ve spent those years exploring this great city and its surrounding spaces. I also spent those 23 years in the hospitality field, while my husband and I raised four children. I am very excited to be a part of the Charming Inns family and to join such an outstanding team. I adore football, camping, and all views, including the ocean, sunsets, and Spanish moss.

 

ASSISTANT INNKEEPER, KINGS COURTYARD AND FULTON LANE INN

Madison Wilson

Madison was born and raised in Virginia Beach, Virginia and considers herself a beach girl at heart. She recently graduated from Towson University with an undergraduate degree in Sport Management and a graduate degree in Professional Studies. Since graduation, she has spent her time working for a beach resort in the Outer Banks. Madison is excited to join the Charming Inns team in the Holy City, with a few choice islands nearby if she needs a slice of home.

Assistant Innkeeper, Kings Courtyard Inn and Fulton Lane Inn

Thera Readdy

Thera was born in Arizona but raised in Summerville, South Carolina. After high school, she joined the US Air Force and served as an NCO. After completing her tour of service, she started her career in hospitality. She started in a sales management position but soon found her calling in operations. Thera says, “I’m a true Southerner and love to show others the hospitality we are known for.”

EXECUTIVE CHEF, CIRCA 1886 RESTAURANT

Marc Collins

“I’m an Erie, Pennsylvania, native who’s been part of the Charming Inns® team since 2001. To be part of this incredible team is to be part of a family committed to our guests’ total enjoyment of Charleston. I believe the best things about Charleston are the weather and the people who support our great culinary scene.”

OFFICE AND EVENT MANAGER, CIRCA 1886 RESTAURANT

Michael Dawson

“A native of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, I have been living and working in Charleston’s hospitality industry for 10 years. I am ever inspired by our city’s history, culture, natural beauty, and residents. I love to utilize my passion to create unique and unforgettable experiences for our guests. I am proud to work with such a talented group of people that make up Charming Inns, and I am grateful to have their support and friendship along the way.”

RESTAURANT MANAGER, CIRCA 1886 RESTAURANT

Mark Severs

“Since 1998, I’ve been part of a close-knit group of individuals all graciously working towards the same goal, giving support and inspiration whenever either is needed. That’s what Charming Inns® is all about. There’s so much to love about Charleston, but the water, history, hospitality, and diverse culinary scene are my favorites.”

EXECUTIVE SOUS CHEF

Christian Zehntner

Christian’s journey began in Germany, moving to America at eight years old with his family. His kitchen adventures with his mom ignited a culinary passion, leading to his first kitchen job in high school. Despite briefly studying automotive engineering, cooking remained his true love, kindled by cooking shows and shared meals with his mom.

Inspired by his mother, Christian pursued culinary education in Charleston and he graduated with his bachelor’s degree in culinary management. New York beckoned, where he thrived as a sous chef at Zylo Restaurant at the W hotel in Hoboken. Returning to Charleston, he managed Kitchen 208 before circling back to Circa as Executive Sous Chef.

PASTRY CHEF

Ashley Cardona

With over a decade in luxury hospitality, Chef Ashley Cardona brings an eye for detail and creativity to the Circa 1886 team. Originally from North Carolina, Ashley attended Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte, where she received degrees in both Pastry Arts and Hospitality Management. Ashley found her passion for French technique and desserts when she attended École Nationale Supérieure de Pâtisserie in Yssingeaux, France. Today she combines this knowledge and skill with her Southern heritage, bringing to life modern Southern desserts.

Ashley is excited to bring her industry knowledge and love of fine foods to the pastry program at Circa 1886.

WINE DIRECTOR/SOMMELIER

John Riddick

John Riddick has received the Certified Sommelier diploma from the Court of Master Sommeliers and Advanced Certificate from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. A South Carolina native and seasoned hospitality professional, he has worked in every facet of the wine business over the last 20 years.

“Wine is meant to be enjoyed by all! I hope to demystify it for our guests and compliment our wonderful food at Circa 1886.”

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We’re popping the champagne! 🍾 We are incredibly proud to announce that @wentworthmansionsc has been named the No. 2 Best Hotel in Charleston and No. 5 Best Hotel in South Carolina by @usnews & World Report! This recognition is a testament to the dedication and passion of the Mansion’s incredible team! We are grateful for all they do to create unforgettable guest experiences! 🥂 #wentworthmansion #besthotels #usnews #explorecharleston ...

🎉 Happy New Year from Downtown Charleston! Wishing everyone a happy and healthy year of travel and adventure! #Hospitality #Travel #ExploreCharleston ...

We wish to extend our heartfelt congratulations to Jim, who has been awarded the esteemed title of Employee of the Year! His unwavering dedication, exemplary work ethic, and positive impact on the team have not gone unnoticed.

Here`s to celebrating his well-deserved success! 🎉

#appreciation #charleston #thankyou
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Check out September in the #1 city! Come be a part of a month brimming with events ranging from an indigo dyeing workshop to music concerts at Credit One Stadium. Explore our handpicked selection of September`s finest offerings through the link in our bio.

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Celebrate August in the #1 city! Join us as we try various events in town, such as the Charleston Farmers Market which takes place every Saturday!

For more events this August, check out the link in our bio!

#august #blog #charleston #explorecharleston #farmersmarket
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We are excited to announce the newest member of the Charming Inns team, Grace Miller!

Grace was an intern last summer, making her transition to the team a seamless one.

You might see her out and about taking photos and videos to share with our followers!

We are happy to have her on board as the Sales & Marketing Coordinator! Welcome Grace! ❤️🎉
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Food drive for @eccocharleston at @chshoteliers meeting!
With the help of everyone, we were able to donate over 400 pounds worth of food!
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We are honored that @wentworthmansionsc has been nominated for Best Hotel, @circa1886 for Best Date Night and Best Fine Dining Restaurant, and @kingscourtyardinn for Best Bed & Breakfast and Best Boutique Hotel! We are grateful to our amazing past guests for the nominations! Click the link in our bio if you would like to vote! 😍 #charlestonschoice #finedining #bedandbreakfast #boutiquehotel #besthotel ...

Happy #4thofjuly from your friends at Charming Inns! We hope your holiday is filled with fun and laughter! 🎆🇺🇸 ...

Good morning ☀️ and Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there! We hope you have a wonderful day of rest and relaxation! ❤️ #happyfathersday ...

With summer in full swing, we put together a short list of spectacular events the Holy City gets to play host to. Check out the link in our bio to get a glimpse of what this city has to offer in July. ⁠

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Cheers to 15 years of remarkable service! 🥂 Thank you, Rondell for being an integral part of our Kings Courtyard Inn family and for continuously going above and beyond to ensure our guests feel welcomed and cherished. 🤗 Your dedication and commitment are truly inspiring, and we congratulate you on this remarkable accomplishment!
#EmployeeAppreciation #charleston #explorecharleston
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We are thrilled that every one of the properties in our collection received a Travelers` Choice award from @tripadvisor! Wentworth Mansion is in the top 1% of hotels with a Best of the Best Luxury award, Circa 1886 Restaurant is the Best Date Night Restaurant, and Fulton Lane Inn, Kings Courtyard Inn, and John Rutledge House Inn are in the top 10% of hotels! A heartfelt thank you to our guests who took the time to share their stories and leave us rave reviews! 🥰 #boutiquehotels #hospitality #travelerschoice #tripadvisor ...

Hagan Fine Art Gallery is moving to a new location at 125 Church Street! Stop by their Launch Party on May 5th during First Friday Artwalk 5-8 pm! Enjoy some nibbles and bubbles and view the inaugural exhibition featuring artist Amy Dixon’s (@amydixonfineart) wonderful work. #charleston #charlestonsc #explorecharleston ...

Event season is heating up in Charleston! May has many events to choose from, including festivals, concerts, and wine strolls! Take a look at a list of a few of our favorite May events in Charleston! 😊 Check out the blog link in our bio for the full list.
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We are thrilled that @wentworthmansionsc, @johnrutledgehouseinn, and @kingscourtyardinn are in the running for a @cntraveler 2023 Readers` Choice Award! 🎉We hope you will support them by casting your vote by June 30, 2023. Also, if you vote you could win a 2-night stay at one of the Inns and/or a dream trip from Condé Nast! Click the link in our bio to vote today! 🙏 #condenastraveller #readerschoiceawards #wentworthmansion #johnrutledgehouseinn #kingscourtyardinn ...

Looking to explore the local art scene? If so, immerse yourself at more than 30 local galleries during the Charleston Gallery Association’s Artwalk. Taking place on the first Friday of most months, the Artwalk is a fantastic way to meet new people, discover local artists, and find the perfect art piece for your home! 🎨 Make sure to check it out this upcoming Friday!
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Charleston is a foodie destination but also a place for wine lovers! There are many wine shops, wine bars, and restaurants to choose from. To help you on your search for that perfect glass of vino, we’ve put together a list of our favorites! 🍷 Check out the blog link in our bio for the full list!
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