America's Best Cities 2012

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What makes a city the most lovable in the nation? According to Travel + Leisure readers, it could be a mix of food, culture, and some funny accents.

No. 8 Charleston (tie)

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Talk about southern charm: voters love this city for its genteel shopping (No.2-rated antique stores) but also for the polite locals and their lilting accents. Readers even took that loving feeling literally, ranking Charleston No. 1 for romantic getaways, just ahead of Savannah. Perhaps it was the burgeoning food scene that gave this city the edge; it ranked No. 1 for fine dining. Take a tip from Erin Perkins, College of Charleston art director, who recommends Two Boroughs Larder. “My go-to order is the noodle bowl with all the fixings: extra pork, kimchi, pickled mushrooms—and make it spicy.”

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America's Best Cities 2012

No. 8 Charleston (tie)

Talk about southern charm: voters love this city for its genteel shopping (No.2-rated antique stores) but also for the polite locals and their lilting accents. Readers even took that loving feeling literally, ranking Charleston No. 1 for romantic getaways, just ahead of Savannah. Perhaps it was the burgeoning food scene that gave this city the edge; it ranked No. 1 for fine dining. Take a tip from Erin Perkins, College of Charleston art director, who recommends Two Boroughs Larder. “My go-to order is the noodle bowl with all the fixings: extra pork, kimchi, pickled mushrooms—and make it spicy.”

See all the America’s Favorite Cities survey results!

See more Best of 2012 coverage.

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