Southern Living names Charleston in South’s Best awards

Charleston won two honors in Southern Living magazine’s third-annual “South’s Best” awards which were announced on Tuesday.

The magazine’s editors based the results on a crowd-sourced digital survey. Readers submitted more than 65,000 responses for categories including bars, barbecue joints, chefs, cities, hotels, resorts, restaurants and more, according to magazine spokesperson Lisa Callahan.

If you’re looking for the South’s Best City and South’s Best Food City, look no further than Charleston!

It was Charleston’s third consecutive win as Best City. Three years of the awards, three wins: You can’t do better than that. The city’s well-known hospitality and charm contributed to the big wins. But editors said it was more than that.

“Charleston is home to hundreds of years of history and is still constantly reinventing itself,” Southern Living said.

The article on the Best City win also listed several must-visit destinations for shopping, dining and staying overnight, whether you’re visiting for the first time or experiencing your home city as a tourist might.

Speaking of dining, the Holy City bested New Orleans as Best Food City. Savannah ranked third place and Nashville and Atlanta rounded out the top five of 12 cities. Their write-up mentioned six eateries visitors should check out.

“At Southern Living, we’re passionate about celebrating the extraordinary people and places that define Southern hospitality,” Southern Living Editor in Chief Sid Evans said. “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 represent a unique mix of newcomers and longtime favorites.”

The reader survey was developed by the editors at Southern Living in association with a third-party research firm, GBH Insights. Readers could vote online from July 10, 2018, to Oct. 9, 2018.