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There's an old Southern saying that sums up the savoury seduction of Charleston, South Carolina like none other: it's a pat of butter in a sea of grits.

"But these are special heirloom grits," says Spirit magazine of the sultry city, "topped with succulent Carolina shrimp. And we guarantee you can't get enough!"

Pull up to the table and indulge in today’s delicious escape: a one- ($350) or two-night stay ($550) at The Society House — a condo-style hotel brimming with Southern charm and top-notch amenities.

We'll begin with an appetizer of either a one- or two-bedroom suite, complete with fully equipped kitchens and spacious living rooms with airy, city views. Your incredibly private quarters have no common areas or lobby, so you can unwind in perfect tranquility.

Wander just out the front door for a plateful of activities at your fingertips. Stroll along the city's thriving shopping thoroughfare, at the junction of Society Street and King. Quell your appetite for the opulent as you window shop at luxury boutiques, oohing and aahing over the newest handbags at Louis Vuitton. Get a full helping of your favourite summer reads at nearby Blue Bicycle Books before an afternoon treat at Cupcake.

In the evening, take a seat on the spacious patio at Leaf Restaurant — one of the city's newest and hottest eateries. You'll receive a $75 dinner credit to enjoy such artfully crafted dishes as basil leaf capellini and a robust salmon BLT. The rich, wood panels create a warm and airy ambiance, and the bar is both homey and chic.

And for the dessert of your day? Top off your stay with an included carriage ride. The crisp air and gentle breezes will remind you of how delectable life can be when you choose a getaway with true grit.

Escape kit

  • A one- ($350) or two-night ($550) stay for two
  • $75 dinner credit for Leaf Restaurant
  • Carriage ride for two
  • Book by 26 July

For details and to reserve your stay, visit LivingSocial Escapes.

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