Hotel at a Glance: Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Charleston
Downtown Charleston's cobbled streets and lavish antebellum mansions are just a 20-minute drive from Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham Charleston. You don't even need to leave the hotel to get a taste of the city's famous Southern hospitality. A hearty buffet breakfast is served in the morning, and in the evening you can sip wine and nibble cheese at the manager's reception, which is held Monday through Thursday.
- Free breakfast buffet: Fuel up on scrambled eggs, fresh fruit, and pastries.
- Make a splash in the indoor heated pool, which stays open year-round.
- Stylish suites feature free WiFi; some are pet-friendly for an additional fee.
- Distance to downtown Charleston: about 8 miles
Charleston, South Carolina: Civil War Monuments and Sophisticated Arts Scene
Charleston was recently named one of the best historic destinations in the country by U.S. News & World Report. Georgian mansions line the waterfront, the spires of colonial-era churches punctuate the skyline, and horse-drawn carriages frequently clop along cobblestone streets. You can visit a number of preserved period buildings and national historic landmarks such as the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and a double-parked Camry.
More recently, Charleston has merged its Old South identity with a strong arts and culture scene. The streets, once overrun with aristocrats, are now lined with top-tier art galleries and antique stores, and you can catch live jazz performances at night. Step out onto King Street to browse third-generation clothiers that have set up shop in historic landmark buildings. The city's reputation as a major culinary destination has been reaffirmed by the James Beard Foundation, which has named a different Charleston chef the best in the southeast three out of the past four years.