Add another accolade (or two) to Charleston’s long list.
Time Inc.’s “Southern Living” is introducing the Southern Living Hotel Collection, a small, curated group of independent, four- and five-star level hotels, resorts and inns that span 18 Southern states and offer the best in authentic Southern hospitality.
Two of the first 15 hotels are in Charleston. They are the John Rutledge House Inn and the Wentworth Mansion. Another national favorite from South Carolina, The Inn at Palmetto Bluff in Bluffton, also made the inaugural list.
The collection is by invitation only. Each hotel in the collection provides a memorable experience through impeccable service, outstanding cuisine, high-quality facilities and the finest amenities, according to Southern Living.
The magazine will continue to select additional properties over the coming years until the list reaches up to 100 locations across the South.
A new web site (www.SouthernLivingHotelCollection.com) will launch July 1 featuring all of the properties in the collection and highlighting why they were chosen.
“The 15 charter members of the Southern Living Hotel Collection are made up of iconic Southern resorts, historic Southern hotels and newly discovered Southern inns,” said Southern Living Publisher Greg Schumann. “We’re very proud of our unique collection as they all serve to provide the very best in Southern hospitality.”
(I know this is not retail, but I also cover tourism and people spend money in hotels and related items.)