Are you planning to visit Charleston, SC soon? It’s no surprise that families and couples are flocking to the South East coast for the summer. Charleston, South Carolina has been named the number 1 tourist destination IN THE WORLD by countless publications, including the most recent and reputable source, Travel + Leisure. And for good reason too. The city rankings are based on ratings from Travel + Leisure‘s readers on a variety of factors that include a destination’s landmarks, culture, cuisine, value, and more. Charleston is a history lover’s dream come true with its cobblestone streets lined with 18th- and 19th-century homes, copper gas lanterns, and horse-drawn carriages. Known for the beaches and Southern-style cuisine, the city has something to offer everyone.
A lot goes into planning a vacation: finding the right hotel or property to stay at, locating the best places to dine, choosing exciting activities that appeal to everyone in your group…..the list goes on! While planning your summer trip, here are a few resources to make sure all your needs are met!
VACATION RENTAL PROPERTIES:
- Pam Harrington Exclusives : https://www.pamharringtonexclusives.com/
Pam Harrington Exclusives services Seabrook and Kiawah Island. They offer an exclusive selection of Kiawah Island rentals, including luxury homes, villas, and condos within three distinctive Kiawah communities. They also offer an array of pet-friendly Seabrook rentals that welcome your four-legged friends.
- Avocet Properties: https://www.avocetproperties.net/
Avocet specializes in the Folly Beach area. Their local team of Vacation Specialists is better equipped to answer specific and unique questions about your vacation rental that are important to your Folly Beach They offer over 160+ vacation rental types. From private oceanfront homes to cozy cottages—you’ll be sure to find exactly what you need in a vacation rental.
- Wyndham Vacation Rental Properties: https://www.wyndhamvacationrentals.com
Experience high-end shopping, Lowcountry cuisine and all the top-rated attractions of South Carolina beach vacations with accommodations from Wyndham Vacation Rentals. Servicing the entire Charleston area as well as surrounding islands, they even offer a Digital Concierge service to all that the LowCountry has to offer through their “Privileges Program”. With discounts for everything from boating excursions to private chef dinners, the Privileges Program is your guide to a team of local experts’ favorite things in the Charleston area. This program offers guests benefits at a number of local restaurants, tours and attractions throughout the islands and beyond. Check the Vacation Deals page for some of the best lodging deals in South Carolina.
- Dunes Properties: https://dunesproperties.com/
Dunes Properties offers a wide selection of Charleston vacation rentals on the beaches of Charleston, SC. Staying on the beaches & islands of Charleston offers guests the best of both worlds with a short drive to downtown Charleston as well as excellent beach and island activities. Vacation properties range from 1 to 7 bedrooms and styles include private beach homes, island condominiums, pet friendly properties, vacation rentals with pools, and also townhouse communities.
BED & BREAKFAST/ HOTELS:
- The Governor’s House: http://www.governorshouse.com/
The Governor’s House Inn in Charleston, SC offers the rare pleasures, aristocratic comforts and romantic grandeur of a pre-revolutionary National Landmark. With magnificent drawing rooms, boudoir staterooms, and expansive veranda porches, it is no wonder that the former Governor’s mansion was proclaimed the most glamorous of Charleston inns by Travel Holiday. Book Governor’s House Inn for an extraordinary wedding venue; luxuriously appointed lodgings for your bridal party; or a stunning setting for your corporate retreat or vacation. They are the #1 B&B in Charleston on TripAdvisor, and they’re located within walking distance of Charleston’s highest rated dining and attractions.
- Planter’s Inn: https://www.plantersinn.com/
This boutique hotel is beautiful with high ceilings, silk window dressings, dozens of working fireplaces, and a four-poster bed with luxurious Italian linens in every room. There’s also more to Planters Inn than meets the eye: A hidden garden courtyard illuminated by flickering carriage lanterns provides an enchanting, one-of-a-kind arrival to Charleston’s most romantic restaurant: Peninsula Grill. Thanks to their unparalleled location in the very heart of the Historic District, you do not need a car while staying at Planters Inn. They are within walking distance of Charleston’s Colonial Era mansions, Waterfront Park, King Street shops, and the city’s best restaurants. As a point of reference, the Charleston City Market is across the street.
- Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina: https://www.charlestonharborresort.com/
Charleston Harbor Resort is a true one-stop destination resort, offering a 30,000-square-foot tropical pool deck, Charleston’s only waterfront Tiki Bar, an educational and interactive children’s program, and an array of water activities for the entire family directly from our marina docks. Indulge in a variety of on-site amenities, from local, sustainable cuisine at Charleston Harbor Fish House to rejuvenating treatments at Estuary Spa, voted the best spa in Mount Pleasant in 2016 on TripAdvisor.
BABY SUPPLY RENTALS:
Charleston Baby’s Away South: www.charlestonbabysawaysouth.com
Providing your baby and beach equipment rental needs during your vacation to Folly Beach, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Edisto Beach, James Island, Johns Island, and West Ashley. Delivery and pickup service. Licensed and insured. Place your order online!
FAMILY & COUPLE’S PHOTOGRAPHY:
Melissa Miley Photography: www.melissamileyphotography.com
Rated in the TOP 10 Kiawah photographers, and a Five-Star rating on Yelp, Melissa Miley Photography is the perfect fit to capture fun moments and joyful memories while you vacation in Charleston. Specializing in family and children photography they offer on-location sessions at a destination of your choice (servicing Charleston and surrounding islands) so you’ll be sure to get the style and look your family is going for. Whether you are looking to document candid moments of your children playing on one of Charleston’s island beaches, or a posed portrait with classic downtown Charleston charm , Melissa will cater the session to meet your needs. You’ll never have to choose between your favorite photos either, because all the digital files are included with every session. You’ll get an online gallery to share with friends and family when you get home, and print options through a high-quality professional printing lab are available for large framed wall portraits.
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO/ SEE:
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