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Charleston Area Celebrates No. 2 Ranking by Launching


Inspired by the Charleston Area’s newly achieved No. 2 ranking on Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada, the destination has launched, a round-up of special “2” offers at area hotels, resorts, restaurants and attractions. Travel + Leisure's World’s Best issue (August), featuring Charleston’s No. 2 ranking on page 144, arrives on newsstands July 22.

Discover why Travel + Leisure readers rank Planters Inn the No. 10 Best Small City Hotel in the Continental U.S. and Canada with a $222 package that includes deluxe King room accommodations and signature breakfast at the award-winning Peninsula Grill. Tuck into Charleston Place, No. 26 on the list of Top Large City Hotels in the Continental U.S. and Canada, with a one-night $222 package that includes champagne for two at Mobil four star-rated Charleston Grill. The Sanctuary Hotel at Kiawah Island Golf Resort, No. 17 on the list of Top 50 Resorts in the Continental U.S. and Canada and No. 97 on the list of World’s Best Hotels Overall, is offering a $222 spa special that includes a Mint Julep facial and signature manicure. More than a dozen additional lodging packages are listed on

Toast Charleston’s highest ranking in the 16-year history of the World’s Best Awards with a Firefly Two-tini, a specialty martini created by Scott Newitt, co-founder of Firefly Sweet Tea Vodka, which is distilled in the Lowcountry and mixed with tea grown at the Charleston Tea Plantation, America’s only commercial tea farm. Restaurants serving the Firefly Two-tini during the month of August include Blossom, Charleston Crab House, Charleston Grill, Circa 1886, FISH, Fleet Landing, Gilligan’s, Hall’s Chophouse, High Cotton, MUSE, Oak, O-ku, Old Village Post House, Poogan’s Porch, Slightly North of Broad, Rooftop at Vendue Inn, SOCIAL, Tristan, Swamp Fox and 82 Queen.

Experience the Charleston area’s rich history with a two-tickets-for-the-price-of-one offer from Charleston Strolls, the city’s original walking tour. The Aiken Rhett House museum invites visitors to experience the grandeur of an urban plantation with two-tickets-for-the-price-of-one every Tuesday and Thursday in August. Meanwhile the Shops of Historic Charleston Foundation make it easy to score a souvenir by offering two Rainbow Row mugs for $22, while Food for the Southern Soul is offering two jars of its signature Blackjack Barbecue dry rub spices for the price of one (say “CVB” when ordering to receive the discount).

For a complete list of “2” packages offered by Charleston area hotels in celebration of Charleston’s No. 2 Best City in the United States and Canada award, visit Below is a sampling of special “2” offers available for a limited time.

• The Andrew Pinckney Inn, located near the newly renovated Charleston City Market, includes a $75 dinner gift certificate to Mercato restaurant, two carriage tour tickets, two tickets to either the Nathaniel Russell or Aiken-Rhett house museums, continental breakfast on the rooftop terrace, a welcome basket with locally-made treats, freshly baked cookies every afternoon and complimentary parking in its $222 Travel + Leisure package.

• The Best Western Sweetgrass Inn is offering 22% savings on weeknight stays with its “2 Good 2 Be True” package.

• For $222, visitors may book the “Twice the Summer Fun” package at Francis Marion hotel, which includes two weeknight accommodations, continental breakfast and two Firefly Two-tinis at the Swamp Fox restaurant.

• Book one standard room night at the historic John Rutledge House Inn for $322 and stay the 2nd night for free. The “2 Nights for 1” package includes breakfast, afternoon tea and complimentary wifi.

• The HarbourView Inn offers gourmet in-suite breakfast, complimentary valet parking, evening wine and cheese and freshly baked cookies at turn down with its $222 Travel + Leisure package.

• The “2 is Better Than 1” package offered by King Charles Inn includes one night of deluxe accommodations, two carriage tour tickets, breakfast, free parking, complimentary wifi and two Two-tinis at the hotel bar.

• At North Charleston Inn, guests may “Stay 2 Nights, Get the 3rd Free” in honor of Charleston’s No. 2 ranking on Travel + Leisure 2011 World’s Best list.

• The “2 Sea Charleston History” package offered by ResortQuest gives visitors the opportunity to book a two-bedroom villa on Isle of Palms, Sullivan’s Island or Kiawah Island for the price of a one-bedroom villa. The package also includes a $25 grocery card and discount on bicycle rentals.

• The Restoration on King offers gourmet in-suite breakfast, complimentary valet parking, evening wine and cheese and freshly baked cookies at turn down with its $222 Travel + Leisure package.

• The “2 for 1 Thriller” package offered by Shem Creek Inn includes one night accommodations and two tickets to Thriller Charleston boat ride in addition to complimentary breakfast, parking and wifi.

Wild Dunes, located on Isle of Palms, offers 20% off two night stays at the resort’s AAA Four Diamond rated Village or its condos.

The mission of the Charleston Area Convention & Visitors Bureau is to unify and lead the local travel industry in marketing the Charleston area as an individual, meeting, incentive and group destination to both the domestic and international markets.

For the complete Travel + Leisure World’s Best Awards 2011 readers’ survey results, visit

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