Nation's Top Choice Vacation City
Charleston, South Carolina
July 22-28, 2012
The 2012 CACI Convention/Vacation is scheduled in the historic coastal city of Charleston, South Carolina from Sunday, July 22, to Saturday July 28. Charleston was recently voted the Number One 2011 Choice City in the annual vote of readers of Conde Nash Travel, the nations leading travel magazine. For the past 14 years, Charleston has been in the Top Five in the voting, but this is the first year the city was named Number One. The Charleston area each year attracts more than four million visitors.
The city is one of the nation's most historic cities as it played an important role in both the Revolutionary War (with three signers of the Decoration of Independence) and the Civil War (Fort Sumter, etc.). Much of the centuries-old charm of the city remains. Plantations and their slave quarters and beautiful gardens can be visited. A bat tour across the harbor to Fort Sumner will be part of the convention. The many world-class restaurants feature Southern dishes as well as fresh sea food. The many unique shopping opportunities should be attractive to CACers.
Our convention headquarters will be the city's historic grand hotel, The Francis Marian, located in the heart of the city and within walking distance to many of Charlestons attractions. All four of the citys free trolley routes stop at the Francis Marian.
Of the many tourist attractions in the historic downtown, the Charleston City Market is one of the most fascinating and is just a few blocks from The Francis Marion. The open air buildings that house the four-block-long market were built between 1804 and 1835. They originally housed meat, fish and vegetable markets. Since the 1970s the market sheds and the neighborhood around them have housed many small and unique shops, each with its own flavor, history and character. Products for sale include locally crafted sweetgrass baskets, clothing, artwork, jewelry, perfumes, food, local souvenirs and other gift items. The Market is open every day of the year. The vegetable and fruit vendors are still there alongside the basket weavers who speak Gullah and entice tourists to buy their goods.
A special tour being planned for our convention will be a visit to the Mepkin (Trappist) Abbey located north of Charleston in Moncks Corner, SC.
Make your plans now to join the fun and excitement of our 2012 CACI Convention/Vacation. Most all major airlines serve the Charleston (CHS) airport. Southwest Airlines began service to the city earlier this year. CACI President Janet Ynetma has announced that Jim Stammerman and Don Luebbering have been named co-chairs of the convention.