The clock is ticking! Voting ends today in the Conde Nast Traveler 2012 Readers Choice Awards. This is your last chance to show your support for Charleston—winner of the 2011 #1 U.S. City Award!
Here’s the link to vote: click.
Deadline is April 30, 2012.
Don’t delay. Vote today!
For the past few days, we’ve shared reasons why people in the community cherish Charleston. Today we are sharing what we, some members of the CVB staff, love about our Lowcountry home.
“What I cherish most about Charleston is its resilience. After a fire, an earthquake, a hurricane, and two wars (let’s not forget the pirates!), Charleston continues to thrive in new and interesting ways. We are fortunate to live and work in such a great city!”
– Angelique Butler, CACVB Inquiry Service Manager
“I cherish the memories I’ve made in Charleston—specifically family trips on the water, climbing the Morris Island Lighthouse as a child, pulling in crab lines with my children. It all circles back to living on the water for me.”
– Jennifer Wilson, CACVB Marketing Manager
“I cherish the fact that no matter where I am, when you say you are from Charleston everyone says, “Oh I love that City. I want to go there or live there.” In all the trade shows that we work people just stop and stare at the pictures and reminiscence if they been here or have that look of I hope to be here soon. I love sharing this city with my friends.”
– Suzanne Wallace, CACVB Director of Sales
“That for a city of its size, one can always be pleasantly surprised by its people, food and gracious style.”
– John Willson, CACVB Director of Administration
“I love Charleston for its rich history, culture and food. For me, it is home.”
– Akilah Edwards, CACVB Customer Service Associate
“Honestly, there are two things that come to mind. The great restaurants and the beach!”
– Ike High, Coastal South Carolina Sales Manager
– Amy Hutto, CACVB Human Resources Manager
“I love Morris Island Lighthouse. I actually had a chance to go up in it back around 1995-1996, and it was one of the best experiences I’ve had here.”
– Shannon Odom, Charleston & Resort Islands Golf General Manager
“I cherish the inspiration of the golden hues, the smell of the marsh, ease of walking downtown, and the beauty of the city’s horizon (and the women too)! Also, when the bridge is enveloped in fog, with its cables floating in the mist. Or when there is a big, yellow moon hanging over the Lowcountry and I’m driving out to Folly Beach, marveling at nature.”
– Sandy Nevins, CACVB Investor Relations Representative
“Honestly, I love how close you are to the water no matter where you are in Charleston. No matter where I drive, I at least pass by a creek. But when I drive over the bridge every morning, I always think, “How lucky.” You can always pop on a beach, pop on a boat, pop on a dock, pop on a pier, go crabbing, go fishing… and it’s always relaxing.”
– Martha Bratton, CACVB Investor Relations Representative
“One thing I cherish about Charleston…. mmm… just one, that is a difficult choice. I would have to say I cherish the spirit of people, the soul of the food and the diverse culture that culminate into the Lowcountry lifestyle I am able to enjoy each and every day.”
– Bobby Pilch, CACVB Sales Manager
“I value the preservation the most. It’s important to me to be surrounded by history. I don’t have a place from which to view my personal history, so being surround by that of the collective, the story of America herself, good and bad, is awe inspiring.”
– Joy Halstead, CACVB Graphic Designer
“I like Charleston garden parties; they breathe fragrant life into the peninsula and renew my passion for the soul of this city. A garden party has the same magical effect on me every single time.”
– Gary Edwards, Director of Coastal SC
“Water. The river. The marsh around the river. The tidal creeks. The dock over the river. It’s where I grew up, it’s home.”
– Chisholm Seabrook, CACVB Marketing Manager
“Either way; hard to list just one thing, so… The Charleston drawl. Carillons of Charleston church bells Camaraderie among our uber-talented Charleston chefs.”
– Louise Ballard, CACVB Marketing Director
“It is difficult to narrow it down to just one thing that I cherish about Charleston, but it would have to be traditions in the city. This meaning anything from the hokey Christmas parade to historical preservation to Wednesday night sailboat races during the warmer months to the many generations of families that have always lived here. As you know I love this city, and there are so many things I love about it.”
– Mary Crawford, CACVB Sales Assistant
“I cherish the ability to see beauty each and every day. Whether its the smile on a person walking by, a blooming confederate jasmine or a heron standing gracefully in marsh grass as its finally turns green for the summer, Charleston is a bountiful feast for the eyes—and the soul!”
– Catherine Dority, CACVB Community Relations Director
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