Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Charleston gets national recognition as #1 U.S. City!




Charleston recently received the huge honor of being named as the #1 city in U.S. by Conde Naste Traveler. We couldn't be more pleased that our city is getting this recognition, but as Charlestonians, we've always thought our city was #1!

The magazine gives it's reasons for the award, but we would like to tell you our favorite things about Charleston from the categories they've listed that make it #1 in our hearts.

Atmosphere and Ambiance

Jacqueline's Favorites:

1) Sullivan's Island Beach
2) Shem Creek Restaurants & Bars
3) The Market area




Meredith's Favorites:

1) Roof Top at Market Pavilion
2) Isle of Palms Beach
3) Strolling through the Market



Culture & Sites

Jacqueline's Favorites:
1) Thomas Bennett House
2) The Battery
3) The Cathedral of St. John the Baptist
4) Jacqueline had to add a fourth option here. She loves the culture and history of the sweetgrass vendors that sit at the ends of the market. They really represent and preserve our Charleston culture!




Meredith's Favorites:
1) Middleton Place Plantation
2) Boone Hall Plantation
3) Old Exchange Building



Friendliness
Below are some of our favorite places that we think have the friendliest Charlestonians.

Jacqueline's Favorites:
1) Any of our restaurants
2) The downtown Farmer's Market in Marion Square
3) Walking on the streets of downtown Charleston, you always see a smiling face!

Meredith's Favorites:
1) Hall's Chophouse (Meredith is always greeted with a hug and a welcome back when she walks through the door! It's one of her family's favorites too!)
2) Local coffee shops like Jake's on Broad and Kudu
3) The Harbour Club of Charleston. John, the front desk attendant, always greets her with a huge smile!

Lodging

Jacqueline's Favorites:
1) Restoration on King
2) The Battery Carriage House Inn
3) Charleston Place

Meredith's Favorites:
1) Market Pavilion Hotel
2) The Inn at I'on
3) The Sanctuary at Kiawah

Restaurants
This a hard category, y'all! We have so many fabulous restaurants so this is hard to narrow it down to 3!

Jacqueline's Favorites:
1) High Cotton
2) Coast
3) Virginia's on King



Meredith's Favorites:
1 & 2) This is a tie for Meredith. It is a totally toss up between Hall's Chophouse and High Cotton. Both are fantastic!
3) Magnolia's



Shopping

Jacqueline's Favorites:
1) Luna
2) House of Sage
3) Teal

Meredith's Favorites:
1) Teal
2) House of Sage
3) Francesca's Collections

We hope all of you can enjoy some of our favorite's next time you're visiting our wonderful city! As the video says, Thanks Y'all for making us #1!

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