Traveler’s Choice! Charleston’s No. 2!

“…for arts & culture, food & wine, romance, and family….”

Josephine Baker in Paris doing the Charleston, 1926

For the eighteenth consecutive year, readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine designated Charleston a “Top 10” travel destination in the United States. More than 26,000 readers voted, honoring Charleston with the No. 2 slot – topped only by San Francisco by .04 of one point. This ranking maintains Charleston’s spot as the No. 1 east coast destination (ahead of New York City, I might add). Click here to see the entire list.

“To rank so highly among top U.S. destinations is an honor,” said Roger Warren, Chairman of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and President of Kiawah Island Golf Resort. “From beach resorts to dining at award-winning restaurants to strolling down historic cobblestone alleys, we are proud to offer first-time and repeat visitors a truly unique experience that resonates long after returning home.”

In other local rankings, the Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort was named No. 3 in the Top 100 Resorts in the Mainland U.S. category and No. 29 on the Best in the World list. Charleston was also rated the best tennis town. In an announcement at Arthur Ashe Stadium in White Plains, New York, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) named Charleston the 2010 Best Tennis Town. The city will receive $100,000 from the USTA for facilities improvements and city-wide tennis programming.

Charleston's skyline

A number of the top 100 hotels in the U.S. are located in the Charleston area. Properties honored include: Charleston Place Hotel, French Quarter Inn, Planters Inn and Market Pavilion Hotel. Making the Top 40 Small Hotels in the U.S. are the John Rutledge House Inn and the Wentworth Mansion.

Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr. stated, “It has been our great honor to be named for years on the Top Ten list of best cities to visit. Our consistent appearance on this list is a credit to the businesses which make the hospitality industry here such a winner and to the residents who are so proud to share our beautiful city. Visitors appreciate the welcome, the history and the wonderful attractions and amenities which are offered in Charleston.”

Condé Nast Traveler, whose credo is “Truth in Travel,” is a monthly publication that caters to the experienced, discerning and frequent traveler. Condé Nast Traveler’s correspondents, as far as possible, travel anonymously.

Josephine Baker was telling Parisians all along. Still is. For me there has always been a delightfully French connection.

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I was called to be an artist. And as an old old midwife said to me "If the Lord wants you to do something, you won't have no good luck' til you do." So, here I am, sharing what I love, longing to illuminate the work of art, which is everywhere.

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Welcome to my blog about the Lowcountry of South Carolina, a place proud with beauty, history and art. Sometimes we feel a call, to be, to go, to do. I was called to be an artist, and as an old midwife from Alabama said, “If the good Lord wants you to do something, you won’t have no good luck until you do it.”

So here I am writing about what I know, about the 'under glimmer' as the poet Basho, says, the way I have learned to see, to notice. I am inspired by, and talking about the history and art and culture of this place that has called me to herself. By the ancestors.

My background includes a degree in fine arts from a small private college in Florida, and before that, four years of all girls' boarding school in Asheville. I worked as a professional photographer, helped my children grow up, and now and I love seasoned things, good food, better conversation, beauty, my beloved and beautiful Italian Greyhound, Beau. Moved by the sacred places and stories of this beautiful historic land called the Lowcountry, I am here in spirit and I hope to infect you with my love of this place.

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