Known for its Southern hospitality, horse-drawn carriages and antebellum houses on cobblestone streets, Charleston provides a warm, beach-town environment for millions of visitors every year. The South Carolina city boasts more than 90 sandy miles along the Atlantic Ocean and offers endless entertainment in the elegant French Quarter and Battery districts.

Get to know Charleston a little more intimately before booking a getaway with Vacations by Marriott!

1. The first game of golf ever played in the U.S. was in Charleston.

2. Charleston boasts the first public college, museum and playhouse in the United States.

3. Believe it or not, Georgia, known as The Peach State, isn’t the largest producer of the sweet fruit. Charleston holds that honor in the south.

4. “Aedes mores juraque curat” (“She guards her buildings, customs and laws”) is the city’s motto.

5. Approximately 230 days of each year are sunny — perfect for a beach vacation!

6. The official beginning of the Civil War happened at Fort Sumter in 1860.

7. Charleston is the largest cargo port on the Southeast Atlantic coast.

8. Charleston was the first city in America to have a theater. The Dock Street Theatre, built in 1736, still exists today and is said to be one of the most haunted buildings in the city.

9. “Gullah” was proclaimed as an official language of Charleston in 1939. Today, variations of it exist along the coast of South Carolina.

10. Charleston is the birthplace of some well-known celebrities, including comedian Steven Colbert, comedian Andy Dick and lead singer of Hootie & the Blowfish Darius Rocker.