It’s time to take a long weekend trip to explore the low country gems of Charleston and Kiawah—two of the country’s most beloved cities and coastal destinations. Charleston itself boasts the oldest preservation society in America, and board members give endless grief to shopkeeps or home owners who dare to choose the wrong shade of paint or alter those French-inspired 18th-century facades. Expect to use all your phone storage taking photos of the glorious architecture and moody trees dripping with Spanish moss.
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Charleston, South Carolina
To take as much in as humanly possible, plant yourself in the city center at the Belmond Charleston Place, smack in the historic district. Its 434 guest rooms are accessed through a signature Georgian Open Arm staircase, while opulent fabrics and ornate fountains are found at every turn. Use that $100 food and beverage credit† at the lobby-adjacent Thoroughbred Club, a classic spot for locals to imbibe cocktails and live jazz. During the day, have the concierge arrange a private tour of the Gothic Quarter and nearby historic plantations; any stay is incomplete without a show at Dock Street Theater, America’s oldest playhouse.
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Head for the coast and Kiawah Island, perhaps the most storied low country resort destination, visited by every president since time immemorial. The planned community includes 10 beaches, two private clubs, a members-only restaurant, Voysey’s, overseen by Tom Colicchio, and seven elite golf courses. Guests staying at the 255-room Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort can have access to it all, plus lessons at the Sporting Club (skeet shooting, anyone?), facials at the Island’s spa, and kayak or paddle-board excursions in the waterways that might end in an encounter with a pod of dolphins.
Charleston, South Carolina
Make transport easy; a final night at Zero George Street is in order. Its three restored residences and carriage houses surround a private courtyard and let you recoup from all that activity on Kiawah in stately comfort. Sign up for a cooking class at the hotel’s Kitchen House, which takes over most of a circa-1804 carriage house. Be sure to take advantage of that late checkout, this is one romantic retreat.
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