Your 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Brought to you by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s easy to let the stress of gift shopping prevail over your holiday cheer. This year, get your shopping done in a flash with a quick trip through the Belmond Charleston Place lobby to find the perfect gift for each special person in your life. Here is your ultimate holiday gift guide, brought to you by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

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For Mom:

Every mother deserves to be pampered every once in a while! Spoil Mom this year with 1. a gift card to The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place for a soothing spa experience, or surprise her with a brand new purse. This stylish red 2. shoulder bag from Anne Fontaine or these 3. colorful clutches from Isabella’s Collection are the perfect companions to any festive party this year.

For Dad:

It is often said that Fathers are the most difficult to shop for, but not this year. For a Dad who appreciates fashion and is always on the go, try a classic 4. leather wallet from Louis Vuitton that is sure to last for many holidays to come. If your Father prefers Hawaiian Tees to a suit and tie and wants to live on island time, head to Tommy Bahama for a limited edition poker set or a 5. Hawaiian Tee.

For Aunt:

Gift your Aunt with the ultimate gift of youth … Literally. L’Ocitanne en Provence’s 6. Ultimate Gift of Youth gift set includes a few of their most divine skin care items, complete with face cream, mousse and moisturizer. If you’re looking for something sweetly scented and holiday themed, check out Fresh Produce’s Christmas-themed 7. shea butter hand soaps.

For your Boyfriend:

No more sweaters, socks or video games for your man! Surprise him with an exquisite shaving experience at The Art of Shaving or the 8. Sandalwood razor gift set, complete with shaving components and a fine-bristled brush. If your guy is in need of a new pair of shoes, Sperry TopSider has an impressive nautically-inspired selection to choose from, everything from the classic and casual Boat Shoe to the 9. Gold Cup Authentic Original Venetian shoe.

For your Girlfriend:

From bedazzled wallets to gold encrusted iPad cases and 10. sparkling Keds, Kate Spade truly takes shopping for your special someone to a whole new level. If your girlfriend isn’t so much glitz and glamour, but rather timeless and classic, pick out a 11. Pandora bracelet, such as the Stargazer gift set pictured above, or a personalized charm to show her how much she means to you this season.

For Your Best Friend:

Surprise your best friend with one of today’s biggest fashion trends, a package of highly sought-after 12. Flash Tattoos from Everything but Water. The craze behind these metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos is plausible; they are the perfect compliment to any outfit. If she loves all things glitzy, glamorous and fashionable, head to Calypso St. Barth to shop lovely wristlets and 13. metallic notebooks for your BFF.

For Grandmother:

This year, gift Grandmother with a beautiful vase of 14. hand-arranged flowers from BLOOM at Belmond Charleston Place, or opt for Brighton’s beautiful 15. Victoria necklace.

For your co-workers:

Avoid being the Scrooge at your office holiday party by gifting your co-workers with something small but thoughtful. Check out The VSOE Boutique for Charleston-inspired knick knacks like the 16. glass Charleston cup, Colonial Candle for their 17. snowday candle that captures winter’s most exquisite scent, or one of many gift sets to choose from at 18. Godiva Chocolatier. After all, a little chocolate goes a long way.

For You:

Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself this season! Make jaws drop at your holiday parties with these select styles from 19. St. John and 20. White House/Black Market. If you’re planning to spend your holiday season traveling, it may be time to invest in some 21. new luggage at Mori Classics. Their new Rimowa sports trunk offers extra storage in a versatile shape, perfect for any long winter trip.

Be sure that you’re following @TheShopsBCP on Instagram for more holiday gift inspired ideas!

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On the Move with the Gibbes Museum of Art

Located just down the street from Belmond Charleston Place on Museum Mile, the Gibbes Museum of Art has welcomed our guests as its own for years. Amy Mercer, Marketing and Communications Manager at the Gibbes, fills us in on its exciting developments.

This fall, we officially launched massive restoration, renovation and repurposing of the building at 135 Meeting Street. The project is designed to showcase the museum’s collection, provide visitors with a history of American art and engage the public with a center for education, artist studios, event space, a museum café and store. During the renovation the museum will be ‘On the Move’ and engage the public with programs such as the upcoming Gibbes Distinguished Lecture Series.

On Wednesday, November 19 the Distinguished Lecture Series will present New York based and internationally acclaimed architects Tod Williams and Billie Tsien (shown below), whose design of the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia is critically acclaimed. Williams and Tsien were recently awarded the National Medal of Arts, which recognized their contributions to architecture and arts education. President Obama said, “Whether public or private, their deliberate and inspired designs have a profound effect on the lives of those who interact with them, and their teaching and spirit of service have inspired young people to pursue their passions”.

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Founded with the generous support of Gibbes Board member and philanthropist Esther Ferguson, The Distinguished Lecture Series brings outstanding, world-renowned artists, architects, art collectors, museum leaders, philanthropists and art historians to Charleston to stimulate public discussion about the visual arts and creativity. This series was inspired by Mrs. Ferguson’s experience as a young woman trying to make her way in New York City. She remembers fondly the time she spent at the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s lecture series. “I remember walking out of a lecture and sitting down to cry because I’d learned so much about the art world, and because I realized how much more there was to learn!” she explained.

The significance of the Met lecture series stayed with her throughout the years, and after returning to the South, she began to dream about bringing a lecture series to Charleston. The inaugural speaker in 2013 was philanthropist and cosmetic executive Leonard A. Lauder, who donated his collection of Cubist art to The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2013. Of this year’s speakers Mrs. Ferguson says, “Tod Williams and Billie Tsien are the rock stars in architecture today.”

Their studio, located in New York City, focuses on work for cultural non-profits, particularly museums and schools; organizations that value issues of aspiration and meaning, timelessness and beauty. Their inspired buildings are carefully made and useful in ways that speak to both efficiency and the spirit. A sense of rootedness, light, texture, detail and most of all experience are at the heart of what they build. “We believe in a slow process, we believe in long engagements. We have to have control over our projects all the way from beginning to end. I think they’re built beautifully because we really know how to put them together,” says Williams in an interview with Architectural Digest. Tsien adds, “Every time we work with somebody on a project, it changes our lives. Tod and I have been talking about the idea of service and how serving people really makes every project better. So it’s not just about yourself, it’s about the strengths, the power and the vision of the client you’re serving.”

Join us on Wednesday, November 19 at 6pm at Memminger Auditorium to hear more about Tod Williams and Billie Tsien’s body of work and design philosophy. And follow the Gibbes on our journey as we bring art experiences out of the building and into the city!

Gibbes Luxury Package
Experience Charleston’s Grand Ambassador with this exclusive offer for the Gibbes Museum of Art’s Distinguished Lecture Series attendees.

Includes:
• Luxury accommodations
• $120 dining credit to the Charleston Grill
• Wireless internet access
• One category upgrade, confirmed at time of booking
• Sparkling wine welcome amenity
• Complimentary daily newspaper
Type in promo code GIBBES and click here for more package details.

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Halloween in the Holy City

With a rich history spanning more than 300 years, it’s really no surprise that rumors of restless spirits continue to flood some of the most celebrated buildings and properties of Charleston’s historic district. Ghostbuster or not, the Holy City has countless fun (and frightening) Fall activities that are sure to get you into the Halloween spirit. And our staff at Belmond Charleston Place have provided just a few Fall favorites for you, along with a Fear Factor scale from 1 to 5 to help guide you on how scary each activity is.

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Haunted Harbor Tours

Learn the rich history of the Lowcountry aboard a scenic and relaxing harbor tour on the Carolina Belle, followed by your choice of either a Graveyard or Old City Jail tour with Charleston Harbor Tours. This fun-filled event is family-friendly and allows you to explore a few of the city’s most iconic properties and the uncanny tales that haunt them, all in one evening!

Fear Factor:

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Historic Carriage Tours

Experience the Holy City’s many graveyards, churches and other historically haunted buildings while aboard a carriage with Palmetto Carriage Tours. Allow the Haunted History tour guides to amuse you with stories and folklore about local legends that lived and died in Charleston, all the while click-clacking along cobblestone streets.

Fear Factor:

3star

 

 

Walking Ghost Tours

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For an evening full of spooky stories and possible paranormal activity sightings, let Bulldog Tours guide you to some of the most notoriously haunted spots in Charleston’s downtown historic district. Walk among some of the city’s oldest graveyards with the Ghosts & Graveyards tour or, if you’re feeling especially brave, opt for the haunted Old City Jail tour for an eerie evening that is sure to give you goosebumps.

Fear Factor:

5star

 

Boone Hall Plantation

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Located just outside of downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, Boone Hall Plantation is one of the oldest working plantations, offering multiple activities for Fall. Bring the family and enjoy an afternoon of pumpkin picking at one of Charleston’s largest pumpkin patches or get lost in their carefully crafted corn maze. If you’re in for a good scare, visit the plantation at night for their infamous Boone Hall Fright Nights, complete with four separate attractions, including haunted houses, that are sure to send shivers down your spine.

Pumpkin Picking & Corn Maze Fear Factor:

1star

 

Fright Night Fear Factor:

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For even more haunted adventure in the Holy City, check out our past blog post on  Charleston’s spooky side and don’t forget to book your next stay with us to experience all of the frightening and fun activities the Lowcountry has to offer!

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