After Condé Nast Traveler named Charleston, South Carolina, Top U.S. City at the magazine’s 2011 Readers’ Choice Awards, the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a campaign to show off the city behind the buzz. A centerpiece of the campaign is the website Charlestonly.com, a nod to the term coined to describe the one-of-a-kind characteristics that define the Charleston experience. Showcased on the site are: a video featuring local personalities saying thank you amid lush Lowcountry landscapes; a blog exploring the area’s many visitor attractions and amenities; and—for people planning trips to the area—a listing of special packages offered by the Charleston area’s eight 2011 Readers’ Choice Award winning resorts and hotels.

A sampling of the packages on Charlestonly.com:

Grill Gourmet at Charleston Place, No. 30 – Top U.S. Hotels: This Orient Express property located in the heart of downtown Charleston offers a package geared to gourmands with champagne upon arrival, breakfast at Palmetto Café and dinner at the Mobil Four-Star Charleston Grill, where the musical styling of renowned jazz percussionist Quentin Baxter is as sophisticated as Chef Michelle Weaver’s cuisine.

Celebrate Charleston at the John Rutledge House Inn, No. 16 – Top U.S. Small Hotels: Perfect for first-time visitors, this package introduces guests to the area’s rich history with a horse drawn carriage tour through beautifully preserved neighborhoods, a docent-led tour of an antebellum mansion and a tour of a bucolic centuries-old plantation.

Just the Two of Us at the French Quarter Inn, No. 15 – Top U.S. Hotels: Tuck into a romantic getaway at the hotel named for its charming neighborhood, where scores of art galleries and restaurants are located a short stroll from the front door. This package includes a private carriage tour through downtown, breakfast in bed and a gift certificate for dinner at Tristan restaurant, where Chef Nate Whiting is known for surprising twists with traditional ingredients.

Divalicious Getaway at Planters Inn, No. 52 – Top U.S. Hotels: Located in the heart of the historic district, this 64-room Relais & Châteaux property exudes southern hospitality and offers a package designed to pamper girlfriends with chauffeured transportation from the airport, manicure and pedicure spa treatments and a three-course tasting menu at the Mobil Four-Star and AAA Four-Diamond Peninsula Grill.

For more information, visit Charlestonly.com.

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