By Travel + Leisure and Travel + Leisure Staff
July 12, 2012

This morning on the Weather Channel, T+L's Sarah Spagnolo presented easy weekend getaways from Charleston, South Carolina. We know T+L readers love this destination: It ranked No. 4 on the list of Top Cities in the United States and Canada in the just-announced 2012 World's Best Awards readers' survey. Take a look!


1. Downtown Charleston
Travel + Leisure readers love Charleston. Proof? The city was ranked as the No. 4 Top City in the U.S. and Canada on the 2012 World’s Best Awards readers’ survey. With top-notch restaurants, pristine beaches, and plenty of Lowcountry charms, Charleston is an ideal southern escape. WHERE TO STAY The 19th-century Wentworth Mansion offers a perfect downtown location as well as great value. There are drinks in the parlor each afternoon, chocolate at turndown, and a complimentary breakfast that includes some of the best shrimp and grits we’ve ever tasted. PRICE $329 a night, including breakfast for two. BOOK NOW

2. Kiawah Island, South Carolina
Less than a one-hour drive outside Charleston, Kiawah Island, ranked on the list of Top Islands in the Continental U.S. and Canada, is a perfect escape for golf lovers and families. WHERE TO STAY The stately Sanctuary at Kiawah Island is the best hotel on Kiawah, complete with ocean views and a renowned kids’ program. Opt for the Bonnet Shark fishing excursion—the kids will love it. PRICE From $435 this summer. BOOK NOW

3. Aiken, South Carolina
Fox hunts, horse races, and polo matches are the order of the day in Aiken, just a 2.5-hour drive northwest of Charleston. WHERE TO STAY The Willcox is an antebellum gem, complete with crown molding, four-poster beds, and an expansive porch that’s perfect for relaxing on a warm summer evening. PRICE $189 a night. BOOK NOW

For more weekend escapes, visit T+L’s just-launched weekend getaways section.