ABOUT CHARLESTON

Charleston at a Glance
Charleston is a city in Charleston County, South Carolina in the U.S. state of South Carolina. It is the largest city and the county seat of Charleston County. The City is also the oldest city in the state of South Carolina and the second largest city in the state. The city’s original name was Charles Towne in 1670, and it moved to its present location (Oyster Point) from a location on the west bank of the Ashley River in 1680; it adopted its present name in 1783. In 1690, Charleston was the fifth largest city in North America and remained among the ten largest cities in the United States through the 1840 census.

Charleston is known as The Holy City due to the prominence of churches on the low-rise cityscape, particularly the numerous steeples which dot the city’s skyline, and for the fact that it was one of the few cities in the original thirteen colonies to provide religious tolerance, albeit restricted to non-catholics. Many Huguenots found their way to Charleston. Charleston was also one of the first colonial cities to allow Jews to practice their faith without restriction. Kahal Kadosh Beth Elohim, founded in 1749, is the fourth oldest Jewish congregation in the continental United States. Brith Sholom Beth Israel is the oldest Orthodox synagogue in the South, founded by Ashkenazi (German and Central European Jews) Jews in the mid-19th century.

The population was estimated to be 115,638 in 2009, making it the second most populous city in South Carolina, closely behind the state capital Columbia. Current trends put Charleston as the fastest-growing municipality in South Carolina.
The city of Charleston is located just south of the mid-point of South Carolina’s coastline, at the confluence of the Ashley and Cooper rivers. Charleston Harbor lies between downtown Charleston and the Atlantic Ocean. Charleston’s name is derived from Charles Towne, named after King Charles II of England.

The Charleston Area Golf
Charleston offers exceptional golf in one of the world’s most highly acclaimed vacation destinations. Discover world-class golf courses situated on breathtaking coastal terrain, ranging from true links style courses to tight wooded low country layouts. Golfers and non-golfers alike will enjoy our unmatched selection of specialty shops, restaurants, lively nightlife, sun-drenched beaches and historic sites. Condé Nast Traveler recently ranked us as the No. 3 destination in the US to visit.
Beaches in the Charleston Area

Charleston is surrounded by barrier islands and sandy beaches. Many beautiful beaches are near our Charleston, SC hotel, within only a few miles. Just over the Intracoastal Waterway is James Island, continue for about 5 miles along Folly Road to reach Folly Beach. Kiawah Island, which is famed for its five championship golf courses, offers a pristine retreat just 25 miles from the Vendue Inn. Closer to our historic Downtown Charleston hotel is Sullivan’s Island, which is considered one of the best beaches in Charleston, South Carolina.

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