Gay Travel, What’s New in Charleston, South Carolina

Charleston continues to be the South’s shining star, and with good reason. New restaurants and retailers seem to be pop-ping up on every corner, and the city’s manageable population of 128,000 offers visitors a warm welcome. There’s an ease to Charleston, as open doors give way to art galleries and retailers, while a quick drive outside of the center of town reveals stately plantations that remind us of freedom’s fragile history. With new non-stop service from Denver and St. Louis, Charleston is becoming even more accessible.

This is a city that is now playing with the big boys on the hospitality front with the recent opening of The Spectator Hotel (67 State St., Tel: 843-724-4326., a luxury property in the heart of the Historic District. The 41-room boutique hotel pays homage to the Roaring Twenties, and in the spirit of the fictional Jay Gatsby, guests can live the high life. Complimentary amenities include a well-stocked “dry bar” of locally sourced nibbles, bike usage to easily buzz around town, and a welcome cocktail (have two, they won’t mind).

Beyond the Spectator’s plush digs designed by Jenny Keenan, the hotel’s biggest draw is its signature butler service. In addition to typical concierge-related tasks such as restaurant recommendations and local attractions, butlers will unpack luggage, lightly press your clothes, and go on the hunt for nearly any quirky request.

Keep reading over at Passport magazine online. 

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