Lowcountry accolades keep rolling in: this week, the Wall Street Journal called Charleston America’s “most seductive” city, while Coastal Living Magazine ranked Kiawah Island the nation’s “happiest seaside town.”

In its profile of Charleston in “Take Monday Off: Charleston,” the WSJ encourages visitors to “pack a week’s worth of carriage rides, antebellum-home tours, bluegrass evenings and shrimp-and-grits feasts into one long South Carolina weekend.” The WSJ continues:

“It’s said that in the late 18th century, nine of America’s 10 wealthiest men lived in the Charleston area. This Southern city is no longer one of America’s richest, but it may well be the most seductive. Horse-drawn carriages still roll past pristine, prettily hued antebellum homes. Craggy live oaks shade the streets, and Confederate jasmine perfumes the air. While strolling the lower peninsula, you might glimpse a private garden blooming beyond a brick wall topped with cannonballs, or catch a croquet party in the park. But despite its slow-paced gentility, Charleston is no relic—not with the authentically preppy boutiques, arts festivals that bring together everything from modern dance to bluegrass music (Spoleto kicks off May 25) and chefs who take local staples like shrimp, grits and rice to new heights.”

Recommended local eateries include Slightly North of Broad, Husk, High Cotton, Macintosh, Closed for Business, Butcher and Bee, Hominy Grill, Pearlz Oyster Bar, Virginia’s on King, and Caviar and Bananas. Between food breaks, visitors are encouraged to do some shopping (Parham & Co., M. Dumas & Sons, Worthwhile, Old Road Mercantile, Heirloom Book Co.) and see the sights (carriage tour, White Point Gardens, Nathaniel Russell House, Folly Beach, Fort Sumter, Magnolia Plantation, Middleton Place). A long weekend well worth taking Monday off.

As residents know, Charleston is only part of the allure of the Lowcountry: the surrounding beaches and barrier islands complement the city with the perfect natural paradise in which to relax. One of the area’s most exclusive island communities is Kiawah Island, which Coastal Living named “America’s Happiest Seaside Town.” The island community located about 40 minutes outside of Charleston was praised for its miles of beautiful beaches, abundance of native flora and fauna, and “vacation-like lifestyle with easy access to commerce and culture” of Charleston.

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Photo caption: Map by John S. Dykes for the Wall Street Journal

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