Combine City and Sea in South Carolina ~ It’s the Perfect Vacation!

st-phillip-churchFor the third year in a row, Charleston, South Carolina, has been named #1 U.S. City in the Condé Nast Traveler Reader’s Choice Awards. Charleston’s history and hospitality are legendary, so be sure to add this charming Southern destination to your vacation wish list. Nicknamed the “Holy City,” it offers so much to see and do (we’ll give you the insider tips in this article) and—big bonus—it’s located just minutes from the coast, where beautiful destinations like Kiawah Island welcome you with gorgeous beaches, world-class golf and abundant recreation. That’s why the South Carolina Lowcountry is the perfect place to combine city and sea in one memorable trip.

High on the list of Charleston’s many attractions is its Historic District with gracious antebellum homes, cobblestone streets and lush gardens. Take one of the city’s many walking or carriage tours to explore Charleston’s amazing architecture and 350-year history. More can’t-miss downtown highlights include the South Carolina Aquarium, featuring fascinating marine animals and views of the harbor, and the Charleston Museum, where you can learn more about the cultural and natural history of the South Carolina Lowcountry.

Another memorable way to explore the city is by booking a tour with Spirit Line Cruises or a privately chartered boat to sail into Charleston’s protected harbor to see and hear about Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired. You’ll also see multiple forts, the impressive Ravenel Bridge, historic architecture—and plenty of dolphins!

dock-street-theatreVisitors who love the performing arts will want to visit the historic Dock Street Theater, which presents a variety of performances all year. Charleston’s shopping choices include King Street’s antique stores, clothing boutiques and jewelry shops. There’s also Charleston City Market, with seagrass basket makers demonstrating this time-honored Lowcountry craft for visitors.

Once you’ve satisfied your taste for the city, head for the sea! It’s just 21 miles to Kiawah Island, known for its stretch of golden sand, rolling dunes and gently swaying sea oats along the Atlantic Ocean. (This beach is rated one of the country’s “Top Ten” by the famous Dr. Beach.) This ten-mile ribbon of quiet and pristine oceanfront is a great place to observe sea birds, dolphins and turtles in their natural habitat. The waters are perfect for canoes and kayaks, and the beach sand is firm enough to ride bicycles, too.

Kiawah Island retains its natural beauty beyond the beach, where the lush Lowcountry setting is graced with magnificent old oak trees draped in Spanish moss. This is a backdrop for endless ways to relax and stay entertained. There’s legendary golf on five championship courses (all Audubon rated to protect the island’s wildlife), plus tennis, biking on miles of trails, paddle sports, nature activities and, in warm months (most of the year in South Carolina), diving into three refreshing pool complexes.

the sanctuary aerialKiawah Island has many choices for accommodations, from The Sanctuary, a five-star oceanfront retreat, to spacious resort villas with a full kitchen and all the comforts of home. The island’s restaurant scene is fresh and lively, with more than a dozen casual to fine dining spots serving seasonally inspired menus in a wide choice of settings. There’s also a serene five-star spa offering a full menu of body treatments and salon services. Kiawah Island makes it easy to enjoy both Charleston and the coast with its the City and Sea Package, featuring two nights accommodations at The Wentworth Mansion in Charleston and two nights at The Sanctuary hotel, plus select meals.

To discover more about this package and how to make the most of city and sea in coastal South Carolina, call 1-800-654-2924 or visit Be sure to join Kiawah Island Golf Resort’s e-Club to stay up to date on events and receive special offers on vacation rentals and other amenities.