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5-Day Weekend: Charleston & Kiawah

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

Belmond Charleston Place

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.

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Charleston, South Carolina

The Dewberry

Newer to the hotel scene is The Dewberry, a midcentury-modern hotel overlooking Marion Square with a newly-opened rooftop Citrus Club to complement the James Beard-nominated Living Room restaurant. Guests are given complimentary bikes to cruise the compact Holy City, which means you can ride by Charleston’s iconic Rainbow Row, and take in the water views from Charleston’s Battery and all those glorious historic mansions and cemeteries. Dinner at Husk (part of the Global Dining Collection)*, set in a 19th century mansion on Queen Street, should be on your Charleston Bucket List (try the okra stew and the chicken skins with pimento cheese).

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Kiawah Island, South Carolina

The Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort

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.

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Kayak or paddle-board excursions in the waterways that might end in an encounter with a pod of dolphins.

Charleston, South Carolina

Zero George Street

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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