Travel + Leisure magazine loves doing surveys, and they’ve just come out with a new one. It’s their online survey of America’s Favorite Cities,and it’s based on a myriad of factors.

Here’s how they break it down: they have several main categories, each one with several attributes, and each one of those has a “top five favorite cities” list.

That’s a whole lot of lists!

The categories and subcategories include:

CULTURE
Art Scene, Christmas Lights, Concerts, Festivals, Free Attractions, Galleries, Historical Sights, Museums, Music Scene, Theater

SHOPPING
Antiques Stores, Bookstores, Boutiques, Flea Markets, Home Décor/Design Stores, Luxury Stores, Specialty Food Markets/Food Halls

QUALITY OF LIFE
Affordability, Architecture/Cool Buildings, Cleanliness, Good Drivers, Peace and Quiet, People-watching, Public Parks/Gardens, Public Transportation/Pedestrian-friendliness, Safety, Weather

PEOPLE
Athletic/Active, Attractive, Friendly, Geeky, Hip/Cool, Intelligent, Passionate Sports Fans, Quirky, Rude, Snobby, Stylish

NIGHTLIFE
Cocktail Bars, Dive Bars, Live Music Scene, Nightclubs, Singles Scene, Wine Bars

FOOD + DRINK
Bakeries, Barbecue, Bars, Brunch, Coffee, Craft Beer, Diners, Hamburgers, Notable Restaurants, Pizza, Sandwiches, Street Food/Food Trucks, Wine

TYPE OF TRIP
Adventure Vacation, Beach Getaway, Family Vacation, Gay-friendly Vacation, Girlfriend Getaway, Relaxing Weekend, Romantic Escape, Ski Trip, Spa Vacation, Wild Weekend

Well, our beloved Holy City made 14 of the lists, meaning there are at least 14 reasons that make Charleston a favorite American city.

They are: Historical Sites, Antiques Stores, Architecture/Cool Buildings, Cleanliness, Peace & Quiet, Public Parks/Gardens, Safety, Attractive People, Stylish People, Brunch, Notable Restaurants, Girlfriend Getaway, Relaxing Weekend and Romantic Escape.

Reading that paragraph just reminds me again what a terrific place Charleston truly is. It also reads like a laundry list of reasons to stay in a Charleston beach house. One of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or a Folly Beach house Charleston would make an ideal Girlfriend Getaway. Yearning for a little Romantic Escape? Get thee to a luxury house on Isle of Palms. Need a Relaxing Weekend away from the grind? Something from our portfolio of luxury beach house rentals SC will do the trick.

When you’re staying in one of our SC vacation rentals, either Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly beach rentals Charleston, you’re an easy drive from so much fun stuff to do. See some historic sights, shop for antiques, stroll through gardens, grab brunch at a notable restaurant, check out the pretty and stylish people walking around town, revel in the peace and quiet and cleanliness of the peninsula, and check out the cool old buildings. Oh – and feel safe while you’re taking it all in. It’s less than twenty minutes away from all our beach house rentals Charleston SC.

Here’s a link to all of Travel + Leisure’s findings, in case you’re curious:http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/americas-favorite-cities-2014

And as always, remember to contact Exclusive properties when you’re searching for the best in rental homes South Carolina.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

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