I'm going back to dignity and grace. I'm going back to Charleston, where I belong.
Rhett Butler, in 1939 movie, "Gone with the Wind"
"Come quickly, have found heaven." With these words, wired to his wife back home, the artist Alfred Hutty began an enduring love affair with the city of Charleston.
Ira Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
"Summertime, and the livin' is easy."
Ira Gershwin & DuBose Heyward
Aedes Mores Juraque Curat (She guards her Buildings, Customs, and Laws) Motto of the City of Charleston
"Charleston has a landscape that encourages intimacy and partisanship. I have heard it said that an inoculation to the sights and smells of the Carolina lowcountry is an almost irreversible antidote to the charms of other landscapes, other alien geographies."
"You can even forsake the lowcountry, renounce it for other climates, but you can never completely escape the sensuous, semitropical pull of Charleston and her marshes."
"Hugging the shoreline of South Carolina between the Cooper and Ashley Rivers, Charleston remains a genteel Southern belle who’s charming, intriguing and very colorful."
Times Union (circ: 141,105)
"Charleston is all about history, and the intersection of culture in America. You can still find grace and civility in abundance in Charleston, a remarkably well preserved peninsular city between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers and the Atlantic Ocean. I'll always remember the first time I traveled to Charleston."
Peter Greenberg, Travel Editor, NBC
"The elegance and rich history of Charleston, S.C., with her pastel-colored row houses, horse-drawn carriages, wind-blown forts and live oaks draped with Spanish moss have an appeal to all ages."
Mary Sue Lawrence, New York Times
"Walk down one of Charleston's streets, listen to the palmetto fronds whispering overhead and the sounds of history aren't far off. The city houses some of the oldest architecture in the U.S., is where the first shots of the Civil War were fired and has survived earthquakes, fires and hurricanes."
Joyce Barrett, Women's Wear Daily
"At the time of the American Revolution, Charleston stood as one of the nation's largest, wealthiest, and most dynamic communities, a city some called Little London. This sultry and gracious metropolis at the confluence of the Cooper and Ashley rivers remains unparalleled in charm."
Patricia Schultz, 1,000 Places to See Before You Die
"I'm on our second stop here to America's most beautiful destinations. So pack your bags and your manners because this morning we're in Charleston, South Carolina! Known for its small town charm and its big city luxury...a city that is among America's most beautiful cities - that is rich in history and has fine hospitality."
Kerry Sanders, The Today Show on NBC
"Charleston remains one of the most charming cities in America...the architecture and gardens are beautiful, the people friendly, and the food is outright fabulous.."
Atlanta Journal Constitution (circ: 462,011)
"What’s appealing today about Charleston is that so much of the 19th-century feeling is still present here."
USA Today (circ: 1900116)