Condé Nast Traveler names Charleston “Top City In The United States” in Readers’ Choice Awards 2011. Charleston Native Stephen Colbert was there to accept the award on behalf of the city and residents, as was the Charleston Area CVB team and local travel partners. Charleston has been in the top ten for year after year but this is the first time that readers placed the beautiful city of ours on top.
To celebrate the moment Blue Ion worked with the CVB team, Hook and Jewell & Ginnie to create a Thanks Y’all response and accompanying website at charlestonly.com which is pretty awesome for them to do considering how much time this work takes. The site features locals speaking of the magic of this place, an overview of the Readers’ Choice award criteria, an offer to join the Insiders Club for a chance at free getaways, and a list of special travel packages.
Charleston won the award for the first time, leapfrogging San Francisco, which was the top city in 2010. The Holy City finished second last year. The magazine also ranked the country’s top 10 islands; Kiawah Island ranked No. 3 and Hilton Head Island was tied for No. 9.
Some lowcountry resorts and hotels listed below also were ranked nationally, including:
- The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, No. 3 in the mainland U.S. resorts category, tied for No. 37 in the world’s top 100 travel experiences
- Inn at Palmetto Bluff, in Bluffton, No. 40 in the mainland U.S. resorts category
- Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms, tied for No. 121 in the mainland U.S. resorts category
- French Quarter Inn, tied for 15th for the hotels category
- Charleston Place, tied for 30th for the hotels category
- Planters Inn, tied for 52nd for the hotels category
- Market Pavilion Hotel, tied for 62nd for the hotels category
- John Rutledge House Inn, 16th for the small hotels category
- Wentworth Mansion, 17th for the small hotels category