In our national media roundup yesterday, we neglected to mention two very prominent appearances by Charleston in the October Condé Nast Traveler and November's Travel + Leisure.
Traveler released its yearly readers poll results this month and — not surprisingly — Charleston was deemed the No. 2 best American city to visit, beaten out by San Francisco by a mere .04 points.
Lots of hotels and restaurants made the top 100 lists too.
The Sanctuary at Kiawah garnered recognition as the 28th best place to stay in the world, making the 2010 Gold List, and also the No. 3 resort in the U.S. while the island itself was considered the best in North America.
Money quote: "Accommodations have a Southern feel, and balconies are wonderful: 'At dusk, looking over the wilderness and waterfront was breathtaking.'"
When it comes to hotels, several of our local establishments got high marks, including Charleston Place (18), The French Quarter Inn (tied for 42), the Planters Inn (tied for 42), and Market Pavilion Hotel (95)
Money quote from Charleston Place blurb: A favorite of power brokers, politicians, and movie stars, this stylish 440-room hotel is best enjoyed on an expense account.
On the Small Hotel list the John Rutledge House came in at No. 22 and the Wentworth Mansion at No. 39. In the resort category, the Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton came in at No. 41.
Not a bad showing at all.
Elsewhere on the newstand, Travel + Leisure's November cover story highlights "Best Places for Holiday Travel." Matt Lee and Ted Lee pitch Charleston to the masses and recommend eating oysters at Fleet Landing.
Money quote: "The Lowcountry's oysters are at their peak, so we combine our love for the briny bivalves with our fervor for the pageantry of the season by ordering buckets of shuck-your-own and snagging a waterside table at Fleet Landing Restaurant & Bar on the night of the Parade of Boats (Dec. 4), when local skippers decorate their sloops with colored lights and cruise around the harbor."
With all this national press, the lines won't be dying down anytime soon, and we have to say, that's a good thing.