Traveling through the South? Take the historic route.

Anyone bit by the travel bug would have loved to have been a fly on the wall at the Wentworth Mansion last Thursday. We had the absolute pleasure of hosting the Historic Hotels of America Southeast Media Meeting. Over a three-course lunch at our restaurant Circa 1886, we and six of our fellow "Historic Hotel" properties chatted with magazine editors, travel writers, authors and reporters. In between bites of Grilled Caesar Salad, Pickle Fried Flounder and Vanilla Bean Crème Brulee, conversation was naturally focused on travel. The groups' collective checklist covered most of the globe: exotic beach vacations, shark dives, adventures in Indonesia, fashion shows in Milan, culinary school in London… There was of course was one obvious observation. Everyone's compass eventually pointed them South. The hospitality, the mix of coastline and mountains, the mild winters…  Many ingredients come together to create a magical travel experience that can’t be fully described, but can be felt.  Historic inns and hotels add to the experience with a special edge over big box hotels and chains. We offer a plethora of personal touches, time-honored traditions and unique accommodations. As Janet Kurtz from Nashville's Hermitage Hotel so perfectly explained, "Guests specifically found us because they wanted a unique property. They wanted a very historic setting that really told the story of the city they were in." For instance, looking to travel to Georgia? You have your pick of historic properties, each offering a completely different experience. From Cumberland Island's Greyfield Inn– only accessed by ferry, to the magnificent King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort in St. Simon Island, or the quaint, family-owned Smith House outside of Atlanta. No one property is the same, but they all preserve a prided past for the sake of an incredible travel experience. We invite you to Charleston for both a historic and "Travel + Leisure World's Best" travel experience. Take a peek at our upcoming special rates and packages at the Wentworth Mansion. Read more from Charleston's own Bruce Smith on the Huffington Post travel blog. Cheers to Historic Hotels of America and our guests: The Hermitage Hotel, Greyfield Inn, Francis Marion Hotel, Green Park Inn, Jekyll Island Club Hotel, King and Prince Beach and Golf Resort, and of course our friends from the media!

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