Fresh cut hydrangea, sweet tea, crab cakes and an early afternoon Pimm’s Cup welcomed over 300 members of Charleston’s hospitality community to Tuesday’s Annual Charleston Travel Council Luncheon.
Charleston is still riding high and like always, in the mood for merry-making, after being dubbed Top City in the United States by Condé Nast Traveler readers in late 2011. This award is particularly special: a true testament to the city’s lasting effect on its visitors. Tuesday’s luncheon celebrated Charleston’s behind-the-scenes workers and timeless Southern hospitality.
Wentworth Mansion’s night auditor Paul Brennan was saluted at Tuesday’s luncheon for being one of the first Charlestonly Ambassadors. This elite group, recognized by the Charleston Visitors Bureau, are “the untold heroes working in our hospitality community… helping Charleston put its best face forward everyday.”
Noreen Marchant, Wentworth Mansion’s Innkeeper, nominated Paul after he literally went the “extra mile” for his guests. Paul plays various roles at the Mansion, but on one particularly interesting (and rainy) evening, he acted as a personal driver for two guests. Paul gave the couple a ride to dinner in his car after requests to all area cab companies came up dry. Paul hails from New England, but “Southern hospitality” is something that just comes to him naturally. Paul is an integral part of our team and a favorite among Mansion guests.
The Charming Inns team had a fabulous time at the lunch and especially enjoyed hearing from keynote speaker Sarah Spagnolo, Digital Projects Editor at Travel + Leisure Magazine. After this week’s celebrations, we feel particularly lucky to live, work and play in this fine city. We are endlessly inspired by those working alongside us.
Keep up the good work, y’all!