Charleston won the number 2 spot among US cities in Conde Nast Traveler’s 2009 Readers’ Choice Awards.  The rankings consider the best in travel, including cities, hotels and airlines. Charleston ranked first in friendliness.

Also, Travel + Leisure magazine readers ranked Charleston the top destination in the US for bed-and-breakfasts, the top spot to spend Thanksgiving and among the best places in several other categories.  This survey ranks cities on food, hotels, nightlife and residents.

Charleston took second place for romantic escape, for its antiques and vintage shops, its peace and quiet, and its notable neighborhoods.  Charleston placed third for relaxing retreats and most attractive people and fourth for historical sites.

And, I can add that Charleston, SC is a great place to live!

– Dave Landry