Anyone who lives in the Lowcountry knows it’s a truly special place and once again, others have taken notice. For the fourth consecutive year, Southern Living readers have named Charleston the South’s Best City! The South’s Best Awards recognize readers’ favorite Southern destinations and experiences, covering everything from hotels and restaurants to cities, small towns and shopping. Charleston grabbed 16 rankings across all the top ten lists, including Best New Hotel, The Dewberry and Best BBQ Joint in South Carolina, Rodney Scott’s BBQ.
“At Southern Living, we’re passionate about celebrating the extraordinary people and places that define Southern hospitality,” said Sid Evans, Editor in Chief of Southern Living. “Our goal is to identify the destinations our readers are loving the most right now—places that represent the very best of the South. This year’s awards are a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites.”
Rounding out the top 10 cities behind Charleston were Savannah, GA, Nashville, TN, New Orleans, LA, Austin, TX, Asheville, NC, Alexandria, VA, Atlanta, GA, Richmond, VA and Tallahassee, FL. Here are all the categories where Charleston ranked in the top 10.
Charleston No. 1 Rankings
- #1 Best City Overall: Charleston, SC
- #1 Best New Hotel: The Dewberry
- #1 Best BBQ Joint in South Carolina: Rodney Scott’s BBQ
Charleston No. 2 Rankings
- #2 Best Food City: Charleston, SC
- #2 Best New Restaurant: Melfi’s
- #2 Best Classic Restaurant: FIG
- #2 Best Local Restaurant: The Grocery
- #2 Best Bar: The Living Room at the Dewberry
Charleston Rankings in the Top 10
- #3 Garden Shops: Abide A While Garden Boutique
- #4 Best New Hotel: Hotel Bennett
- #4 Best Dive Bar: The Griffon
- #5 Neighborhood: Hampton Park Terrace
- #5 Bookstore: Blue Bicycle Books
- #7 Best Classic Restaurant: Bertha’s Kitchen
- #8 Best Boutique: Hampden
- #9 Best BBQ Joint: Home Team BBQ
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