Happy New Year!
Charleston has been named the world’s #1 destination, but if you want a great vacation on a budget, visit during the “winter.” The average daytime temperature is 60 in January, making the Lowcountry a comfortable place to see year-round.
Try some of these options before mid-February and make your wallet smile.
- Hotel rates drop in January. For example, the Crowne Plaza Hotel in North Charleston offers a $69/night special all month, while Wild Dunes, the fabulous resort on the Isle of Palms, offers an array of winter packages that can fit a more austere travel budget. Golf Digest lists their golf course among the best in the state and their location on the Isle of Palms puts the beach and boating activities footsteps away.
- Enjoy one of 19 championship golf courses in the Charleston area at prices unseen the rest of the year. Duffers can enjoy golfing in mild temperatures most days without big crowds.
- The nation’s oldest public garden, established in 1676, Magnolia Plantation & Gardens displays 20,000 pink, white, and green camellias during the winter. It makes a beautiful attraction, um, beautifuller.
- Spectacular Middleton Place, the Lowcountry’s most magnificent historic plantation, offers rooms at its Inn at Middleton Place at a deeply discounted rate in December and January. Live like a king and queen for a few days at court jester prices, plus get discounts on your visit to the plantation.
- The Charleston Boat Show takes place Jan. 27-29 at the North Charleston Coliseum. You don’t have to be in the market for a new boat; the show bills itself as a “one-stop shop for all things boating, marine education and family-friendly entertainment.”
- All the usual Charleston stuff – it’s still the #1 city in the world and it’s still generally comfortable weather! Just be prepared to deal with shorter lines and lower prices. 🙂