It’s easy to see why luxury travel publications would rate Charleston, South Carolina, as one of the prime destinations to visit in the country. The historically rich city boasts a moderate climate at virtually any time of year, so you don’t have to pack up all of your bulky winter clothes even if you plan a trip for February. It’s also one of the wealthiest cities south of the Mason Dixon Line and has one of the busiest seaports in the U.S., beside contenders like New York and Boston.
One of the most fun decisions you’ll have to make when planning a trip to Charleston is finding a place to stay. Here are a few prime spots that will show you just how much southern charm this bustling city has to offer:
Is it class and fancy decor you’re looking for? Look no further than the Wentworth Mansion, a 21-room hotel that is practically dripping in Victorian elegance. During the holiday season, this popular lodging transforms into an old-fashioned Christmas fantasy, with enormous evergreen trees decorated in the foyer, Santa antiques and magnolia wreaths. There’s no way you can feel a chill in this old mansion, as every single room has its own fireplace, and before pulling back the sheets on your plush, king-size bed, be sure to enjoy the chocolate truffles resting on your pillow.
U.S. News & World Report named this spot the third best hotel in the country for a reason, so hurry up and book a room to see for yourself.
Two Meeting Street Inn
Sometimes, the charm of a lodge comes down to the privacy and homey vibes it brings to guests. Meeting Street Inn is one of these places, and if you’re a couple looking for a romantic getaway, this is the perfect spot.
Situated in the South of Broad neighborhood – the most affluent region of the city – this inn has a long history of love that goes back two centuries. According to the Travel Channel, it all started when a wealthy businessman gave his daughter and her new husband a $75,000 wedding gift, which was enough to buy the mansion. With enough wraparound porch space for every guest to sip tea and relax on a warm afternoon, this cozy inn will feel like the home you’ve always wanted in the refined South.
Planter’s Inn is a 64-room hotel in the heart of the city’s historic district and “the grand dame of Charleston hotels,” as the Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes. The establishment exudes Southern hospitality with its stellar staff and luxurious amenities, and after one look at the private garden oasis, you might never want to leave.
If you stay here, make sure to reserve a table at the Peninsula Grill, the fine dining restaurant that serves gourmet cuisine that any food critic and gourmand would appreciate. If you’re lucky, you’ll score a seat out on the terrace so you can soak up the warm Charleston air while sipping on a crisp glass of wine.