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Woodlands Inn announces July 4 Festival

Partnership with non-profit groups to complement other Summerville patriotic events 
Summerville, SC (April 21) – Woodlands Inn today announced plans for a July 4 Festival on its 42-acre grounds less than two miles from the center of town.
The arts-based event is being held in conjunction with Summerville DREAM (Downtown Restoration Enhancement and Management) and the Summerville Community Orchestra. It was created to complement the town’s weekend of festivities, which begin with Summerville DREAM’s July 3 celebration in downtown and culminates with the Town’s fireworks display on July 4 evening in Gahagan Park.
“We are thrilled to hold this festival, along with our partners,” said Woodlands General Manager Casey Lavin. “We hope Summerville residents will join us on our Southern estate for a day of fun, arts and patriotism. We are hoping this event, in conjunction with the others held over that weekend, will help draw locals and out-of-town guests. We want to create a true destination experience right here in Summerville.”
The event will begin at 4 p.m. on July 4 and end in time for guests to attend the Town’s fireworks display. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children between 4-12 years of age. Those under three will be admitted free of charge. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Summerville DREAM and the Summerville Community Orchestra. Tickets will be available on May 1 and can be purchased at Woodlands Inn.
There will be a variety of family oriented activities throughout the day, and Woodlands’ culinary team will serve up its own twist on American classics like pulled pork, fried chicken, hot dogs and hamburgers. Guests can enjoy the picnic-style atmosphere while relaxing on the Inn’s croquet lawn, while the day will be capped by a performance from the Summerville Community Orchestra.
The 18-room Woodlands Inn is a restored 1906 mansion set on 42 acres. It was purchased by Sheila C. Johnson in 2006, and is currently managed by her Salamander Hospitality company. Woodlands is one of only six properties in the United States to hold the AAA Five Diamond and Forbes Five Star ratings for both lodging and dining. It has also been recognized by readers of Travel + Leisure as providing the finest service in the country.
For more information about Woodlands Inn call (843) 875-2600 or visit
About Woodlands Inn
Located in the charming village of Summerville and just a short drive from historic Charleston, SC, Woodlands Inn, a Salamander Hospitality property, is an immaculately restored 1906 classic revival mansion set amidst 42 acres of parkland grounds. It is one of only a handful of properties in North America to hold the Forbes Five Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both its accommodations and dining room. In 2008, it was also ranked by readers of Travel + Leisure magazine as number one in the US and Canada for service, and number three worldwide. The inn features 18 guest rooms and suites, a country guest cottage, a day spa, croquet lawn, red-clay tennis courts, a temperature-controlled swimming pool, unique meeting facilities, and golf privileges at nearby area courses. The Dining Room at Woodlands is widely known for its innovative and sophisticated version of New American Cuisine and the use of fresh local foods to create a nightly menu with a Lowcountry influence. Woodlands is a member of the Preferred Boutique and Historic Hotels of America programs. For more information call (800) 774-9999 or visit 
About Salamander Hospitality 
Salamander Hospitality is a privately owned and operated company based in Middleburg, VA, just outside Washington, D.C. Founded by entrepreneur Sheila C. Johnson in 2005, the company manages and develops hotels, resorts and inns that reflect the authenticity and character of their surrounding environment. The portfolio currently includes the recently renovated Innisbrook resort near Tampa, FL., host to the PGA TOUR Transitions Championship every March and the LPGA Legends Tour Open Championship in November; Woodlands Inn near Charleston, SC, which is one of only four properties in North America to hold Mobil Five-Star and AAA Five Diamond ratings for both accommodations and dining; and the under-construction Salamander Resort & Spa in Middleburg. Salamander Hospitality also operates Market Salamander, a division of gourmet prepared food markets with locations in Middleburg and Innisbrook, and Salamander Touch, a boutique lifestyle store in Middleburg. For additional information, call (540) 687-3710 or visit 

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