Every year that Southern Living has published rankings for its annual South’s Best Awards, Charleston has topped its list of best cities.
This latest win, announced last week, can’t be called consecutive, though. Charleston’s last time at No. 1 on the list was in March 2020, just days before cities started going into COVID-19 lockdown.
At the time, it wasn’t clear yet how the virus would affect South Carolina, and tourism leaders said the nod from Southern Living might have come at an ideal time: Air travel was already dropping off, but the visitor industry was still hopeful that tourists would continue to make shorter road trips. Southern Living readers were primarily in Charleston’s “drive market.”
Charleston’s “secret to holding the top spot” on Southern Living’s list of best cities in the South, according to the magazine, is its “commitment to reinvention,” with new hotels and restaurants popping up frequently on the peninsula.https://t.co/OirAMRzEYF
— The Post and Courier (@postandcourier) March 14, 2022