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:

4star

   

 

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:

5star

 

 

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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An Exclusive Peek at Charleston Grill’s Wine Cellar

 

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Nestled off of the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place, Charleston Grill is often praised for its decadent menu items and carefully curated ambiance. However, what many do not get to see is the restaurant’s exclusive wine cellar, which is comprised of six separate storage cellars and holds more than 10,000 bottles of wine purchased from every edge of the world. From Colgin IX Estate Red from Napa Valley, California to Château de Beaucastle’s red blends from Chateaunneuf-du-Pape in Rhone, France and Australia’s Penfold Grange, Charleston Grill’s vast collection truly contains the crème de la crème.

The wine list contains more than 1,300 different selections, many of which can be found in small cellars near the Grill, where two to four bottles of each wine are typically chilled and readily available. Many more bottles are held in a larger wine cellar located in-house, where each bottle is meticulously stored at 55 degrees. For organizational purposes, each wine has a bin number, which can be found on the menu as well.

For a closer look at the extensive wine cellar, Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel gave us just a few samplings from their list of legendary wines.

 

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Jacques Selosse “Substance” Champagne

Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or you simply appreciate how well sparkling compliments a meal, champagne is the perfect addition to an evening of dining at Charleston Grill. One of our favorites is Jacques Selosse “Substance”. This extremely rare, 100% Chardonnay, multi vintage blend combines brightness and intensity with youth, depth and richness of age to make a truly spectacular cuvée.

 

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2007 Albert Boxler Riesling Sommerberg, Grand Cru

For a taste that is equally rich and exotic, opt for our 2007 Albert Boxler Sommerberg Riesling. This lush white wine comes from the Grand Cru Sommerberg vineyard in Alsace, France. Its lush and refreshing taste pairs nicely with fish, pork and chicken dishes.

 

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2011 Dominio de Pingus

If you’re in the mood for a burst of unique flavor, opt for our 2011 Dominio de Pingus. This bold red wine originates from Ribera del Duero in Northern Spain and is comprised of Tempranillo, a grape variety that is found at the core of some of the finest red wines in Spain. The palate of this young red wine is both eccentric and flavorful and would perfectly compliment any red meat or pork dish.

Want to learn more? Come into the Charleston Grill and ask any of their knowledgable and friendly servers, one of their eight Sommeliers or strike up a conversation with either of their Advanced Sommeliers. You can also check out their full wine list here. Cheers!

 

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Holy Ice Cream!

Here in the Holy City, we are fortunate for countless joys that Charleston provides. One of our favorites is the extended summer season. Just because school is back in session and fall months are approaching doesn’t mean that long, sun-shiny days and weekend beach trips are over just yet. And what’s the best way to cool off while beating the heat in Charleston? ICE CREAM! Enjoy these last weeks of summer by walking around the historic downtown with a good ‘ole fashioned ice cream cone in your hand.

Jeni’s King Street
Located in a lively, up and coming area of King Street, you are sure to be blown away by Jeni’s exotic flavors. A standard cup or homemade cone comes with two flavors and the shop encourages tasting. Try sampling the ‘Wildberry Lavender’ or the ‘Goat Cheese with Red Cherries.’ Or just stick with the ‘Milkiest Chocolate in the World’ flavor to be safe.

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Godiva Chocolate
Just down the West Gallery hallway of the hotel, chocolate heaven awaits you. Dive into Godiva’s soft serve ice cream consisting of flavors made with real Godiva Chocolate. White Chocolate Vanilla Bean, Dark Chocolate and Swirl can be served in a cup or their classic crunchy Belgian Waffle cone. If you dare, have the cone rimmed with melted milk or dark chocolate and praline almonds.

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Freddo
Charleston’s newest gelato shop has officially opened on King Street directly across from the hotel. All the way from Argentina, Freddo specializes in only using natural and raw ingredients to prepare a 100% artisanal product. Enjoy four exclusive flavors just in Charleston: Italian Mascarpone, Irish Cream, Chocolate Mousse, and Dulce De Leche.

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Sweet CeCe’s
Fill, top, weigh and pay or spend one low price! Eating a healthy, sweet treat does not mean sacrificing taste at Sweet CeCe’s. Enjoy the experience of filling up your cup with frozen yogurt and topping it with delicious fruits, candies, cookies and nuts of your choice. Make sure to try the classic flavors of Cake Batter, Original Tart and Country Vanilla.

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Kaminsky’s
This dessert café is tucked into the heart of the City Market just out the doors of the hotel. Sit inside at a romantic table and indulge in homemade milkshakes, ice cream sundaes, and even dessert Martinis. Certainly something for everyone at Kaminsky’s!

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