Destination Charleston

By Shelia Watson

The city has long been a favorite vacation spot, but these days Charleston is not only a place to escape for a week, but also a location for events, conventions and conferences.

From historic homes and elegant hotels to grand plantations and charming parks, the plentiful options in Charleston make the city one of the most popular sites for special events.

Say “I do” to Charleston

Charleston may need to change its nickname from the Holy City to the Wedding City. Consistently ranked a top destination for romantic getaways, Charleston offers a mixture of old-world charm and sophisticated flavor, offering the best of past and present. Well-known for her gracious southern hospitality, Charleston boasts a wide variety of venues and a host of professional services that can help make that special day flawless.

While some couples may have ties to Charleston, others simply want Charleston as the backdrop for their special day. From the beach to the Battery, Charleston is a great place to bring friends and family for a wedding because there is so much to do, including activities before, during and after then ceremony.

When you picture the perfect wedding day—whether it’s before a breathtaking sunset on a plantation or under live oaks draped with Spanish moss or among the sand and surf of the Atlantic Ocean—Charleston has an assortment of ideal venues to fit your dream wedding.

Sightseeing, golf and shopping can be fun for guests, with horse-drawn carriages a distinctive way to transport guests from one venue to another.

Besides being one of the top-ranked wedding destinations, Charleston is also one of the most popular honeymoon destinations. Whether you choose to celebrate your honeymoon with seclusion or action, the area offers a range of accommodations and activities to meet your needs. As a honeymoon destination, you can enjoy shopping, sports, art, sightseeing, golf, dining, nature, historic sites, gardens, scenic roads and beaches.

Corporate and other events

Many event planners say people are more likely to attend an event held in Charleston than any other destination. The options for corporate retreats and other events are plentiful. From Summerville to Mount Pleasant to the Sea Islands, you’ll find excellent restaurants, historic plantations and ambiance galore.

Best of all, the event is not limited to a hotel ballroom. The beach can make a soothing backdrop for a strategic planning retreat. The waterfront offers nautical- and maritime-themed venues. A plantation can include a Southern style menu. Or try one of our many parks, complete with team-building activities and high-tech amenities.

A pampered experience

Besides the available venues for event planning, more and more vacationers are turning to spas to help ease stress and relieve tension. There are several options in Charleston for the ultimate in resting, relaxing and pampering.

Few things in life are as luxurious as the soothing attention of a spa vacation, and Charleston has many to offer. The respite from hectic busy lives can be found in several spas in the area, some of them in a relaxing beach setting, some in the grand historic downtown area.

Published in Discover Charleston