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A GQ review of The New Charleston picks The Dewberry as the best hotel because of its 1960s vibe, including its bar, a popular gathering place for locals as well as guests. File/Stephanie Barna/Staff

GQ magazine gives readers "11 Reasons Why The New Charleston Should Be Your Next Weekend Trip."

"The most beautiful city in America has a reputation for being popular with the olds and the foodies, and especially the old foodies," contributor Brendan Vaughn posted April 29 after a recent trip to the city. "That reputation was not unearned. It is, however, badly outdated."

The author says new blood has made the city unpredictable.

"For decades an insular, almost impenetrable place that felt more like a World Heritage Site than somewhere people actually lived, Charleston is energized by new people (including civic mascot Bill Murray) and ideas that often have zero connection to the city’s past."

In line with his theme of the new and unexpected, he calls The Dewberry hotel the city's best place to bunk down.

"A year or so after it opened, the hotel’s lobby bar has become one of the city’s most popular meeting places for locals looking for a quick transport out of the 1860s and into the 1960s."

Despite all this, don't toss out the old too quickly. Charleston's history remains one of the top reasons that tourists who are surveyed say they visit the city.


Conde Nast Travelers' most recent list of the 15 Best Hotels in Charleston, posted April 26, includes ones we've seen on other lists but also a couple of new ones, such as The Governor's House Inn and The Cottages on Charleston Harbor.

The writeup calls The Governor's House Inn at 117 Broad St. "the perfect example of a grand old Charleston house with double piazzas and a sweeping staircase in the entry hall."

The house was built in 1760 and converted to an inn in 1998.  

The reviewer calls The Cottages on Charleston Harbor "one of Charleston's lesser known secrets." Ten cottages sit on the harbor, a quiet spot just a water taxi ride away from the peninsula.

The others on the list are The Restoration, The Grand Bohemian, The Renaissance, The Spectator, Planters Inn, Zero George Street, The Dewberry, The John Rutledge House Inn, The Vendue, Belmond Charleston Place, Wentworth Mansion, The Mills House Wyndham Grand Hotel and The Inn at Middleton Place.

Food art

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The Vendue Recipe art

"Udon Say?" by Amanda Krantz is one of the pieces on display in the Recipe exhibition at The Vendue in Charleston. Provided/The Vendue

The Vendue has posted a gallery of "Recipe," its current art exhibit, on its website at Works from 30 artists around the world centering around food are on display through December at the hotel near Waterfront Park on Vendue Range. 

Meanwhile, it seems this idea of hotels that make art a focal point is gaining more fans around the country. Last month's opening of the Art Ovation Hotel in Sarasota, Fla., a part of the Autograph Collection that includes the Grand Bohemian in Charleston, got widespread coverage in industry media

Hospitality jobs

Charleston-area hotels and restaurants will be recruiting workers for summer jobs May 23 at the National Guard Armory at Johnson Hagood Stadium.

Operation Palmetto Employment has partnered with the Charleston County School District to bus in high-school students who are looking to make some money over the break from 10 a.m. to noon. Others can check out the opportunities from noon to 3 p.m.

The armory is at 68 Hagood Ave., near The Citadel.

The jobs fair is being coordinated by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association and the Charleston Area Hospitality Association.

Reach Dave Munday at 843-937-5553.