Charleston is South Carolina’s historic port city, often called “The Holy City” for the many houses of worship that highlight any walking tour of this legendary peninsula between the Ashley and Cooper Rivers. And during the spring season, the church cemeteries, downtown parks, and nearby plantation gardens blossom with a profusion of camellias and magnolias. The days are warm, the evenings are cool, and dinner at any of the city’s acclaimed restaurants is sure to please.
Beyond its year-round calendar of cultural events, including the springtime Spoleto USA Festival, Charleston features some of the nation’s finest medical facilities. In addition to the major research and educational center at the Medical University of South Carolina, there are top-rated hospitals and specialty-treatment practices located throughout the region.
With a vibrant heart like historic Charleston, it’s little wonder that the surrounding area has attracted so many new businesses and residential communities. From Daniel Island and Mt. Pleasant just east of the city to the lovely town of Summerville a short drive north to the neighborhoods of West Ashley, and the islands of Kiawah and Seabrook beyond, there are a variety of amenity-filled communities where former visitors have found new places to call home.