Also inviting is the range of award-winning lodging options, including the eight Charleston area Conce Nast Traveler 2011 Readers’ Choice Award-winning hotels– Charleston Place, French Quarter Inn, John Rutledge House Inn, Kiawah Island Golf Resort, Market Pavilion, Planters Inn, Wentworth Mansion and Wild Dunes. However, there is one attribute that truly sets the Lowcountry apart from all other places: the people.
Thanks to you, the smiling faces of the local hospitality industry and the general residents credited with the Charleston area’s reputation for friendliness and hospitality, the destination has accrued amazing accolades including Travel + Leisure 2011 World’s Best Awards as the No. 2 Top City in the U.S. and Canada, Bon Appetit Best New Restaurant in America 2011, Outside Top Ten Best Town Ever, United States Tennis Association Best Tennis Town in the U.S., and as of this week, Conde Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards Top U.S. City.
One Charlestonian in particular helped make the Conde Nast Traveler 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards gala more memorable for everyone in attendance at the Edison Ballroom in New York on Oct. 10.
Emmy Award-winning comedy writer Stephen Colbert shared his personal connection to the Lowcountry as he presented the Top U.S. City Award to Charleston, and his remarks regarding his native home were both extremely funny and deeply touching. Stephen and his wife Evie are incredibly generous with their time, talent and treasure, and we say a special thank you to them.
To celebrate this most recent honor, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau has launched CharlestONLY.com, a digital thank you card to the world. Please visit the site and accept our gratitude for all that you do to make the Charleston area such a special place for those of us who live here and the four million visitors we welcome every year.
Reposted: Post and Courier 13A
Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Written by: Helen T. Hill
Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau