Charleston, South Carolina Named "South's Best City" in Southern Living Awards


via Explore Charleston

CHARLESTON, S.C. (March 12, 2019) - Charleston, South Carolina has been voted No. 1 “South’s Best City” in Southern Living’s 2019 South’s Best Awards. This is the third consecutive year that Charleston has been named “South’s Best City” by the readers of Southern Living. In addition, Charleston was awarded the title No. 1 “South’s Best Food City.” A record of more than 65,000 respondents voted in the annual awards.

“We are honored to be named the “South’s Best City” for the third year in a row, as well as “South’s Best Food City” for the first year,” said Michael Tall, President & Chief Operating Officer for Charlestown Hotels, Inc. and Chair of Explore Charleston. “Charleston provides an authentic experience unlike any other destination. Our hospitable community, world-class accommodations, rich culture, celebrated cuisine and historic landmarks are what make Charleston a quintessential Southern city.”

Please help us congratulate the following Charleston area establishments recognized in Southern Living’s South’s Best Awards:

Belmond Charleston Place - No. 7 South’s Best Hotel

The Sanctuary Hotel- No. 9 South’s Best Resort, Best Places to Stay in South Carolina

John Rutledge House Inn - No. 8 South’s Best Inns

Wild Dunes Resort - Best Places to Stay in South Carolina

Isle of Palms - No. 10 South’s Best Beach Towns

Kevin Johnson of The Grocery - No. 5 South’s Best Chefs

Mike Lata of FIG - No. 6 South’s Best Chefs

Husk - No. 4 South’s Best Restaurant, No. 13 Best Restaurant in South Carolina

The Bar at Husk - No. 8 South’s Best Bars

Hominy Grill - No. 7 South’s Best Restaurant

Rodney Scott’s BBQ - South’s Best BBQ Joint in South Carolina

Through an online survey, Southern Living readers voted on their favorite cities, towns, beaches, festivals, barbecue, restaurants, breweries, grocery stores and accommodations. The 2019 South’s Best Awards survey results and methodology are featured online at:

Follow the Southern Living South’s Best Awards 2019 conversation with the hashtag #SouthsBest.