Walkable History: Charleston City Market

There are few cities in the world that have preserved their past quite like Charleston. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses and churches to historic sites and museums. Tucked away gardens and antebellum plantations dot the city like intricate seashells.

Finding a historic attraction is about as easy as finding a courteous local with a penchant for holding doors open. So put away your map, guide book and iPhone, and strike out for the first street you come to. Let a true sense of adventure light your way.

Based in the center of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect location from which to relive Charleston’s rich history. In our “Walkable History” series, we’ll do just that, sharing our favorite spots to see history come alive in Charleston. All within a short stroll from the doors of the hotel.
Charleston City Market
Located directly across from the hotel’s Meeting Street entrance, you’ll find the Charleston City Market—a historically significant landmark dating back to 1788. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land where the Market is built to the City of Charleston under the stipulation that the land would forever be used as a public market.Construction was complete in 1807 and the buildings behind the Daughter’s of the Confederacy building were used to house meat, vegetable and fish markets. Butchers paid $2.00 for booth rental because the space was equipped with a marble slab to keep meat cold. Buzzards were nicknamed the “Charleston Eagle” because they were often found outside of the market begging for scraps.

Several years later the building was burned and not rebuilt until 1841. After the rebuilding, the market was used for Market Commissioner’s meetings, social functions and space rental underneath. Since 1970, the space has been used for arts, crafts and gourmet goods. The City Market saw it’s most recent renovation in 2011, enclosing the building and providing central heating and air.

While strolling the market you will find great shopping in booths such as the Charleston Angler, Gallery Chuma and The Historic Charleston Foundation. Restaurants such as Caviar and Bananas and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit serve up delicious food and provide comfortable tables for weary shoppers. The Charleston City Market is a “must see” when visiting the city.

To learn more about the unique items you’ll find while strolling the Market, click here.

Photo credit: Charleston Museum Archives

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New Year’s Eve Party Planning Tips from Our Event Experts

From elegant galas to intimate weddings, our events team creates memorable moments that are cherished for a lifetime.  With 25 years of collective event planning experience, they strive to think of every detail from start to finish.  This year, our team has shared some of their top tips to creating an impressive New Year’s party. Always make sure to have enough Champagne on hand.  New Year’s Eve is an evening meant for celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another, so keep extra bubbly on hand.  If you want to create a fun and festive signature drink, try Charleston Grill’s Kir Royale recipe.     Create a unique menu. We recommend small bites that cover a variety of cuisine.  It’s important to always account for dietary restrictions and preferences so you don’t exclude anyone.  For a sweet treat that’s easy to eat, try Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan’s pecan praline recipe.  Make a creative and engaging playlist.  This will keep the energy going all night long; especially around 11PM when people start to fade.  Don’t forget to add New Year classics like “1999”-Prince, “Auld Lang Syne”-Mariah Carey, and “New Year’s Day”- U2. Don’t skimp on activities.  A simple and cost-effective solution is to create a photo booth or party hat decorating station.  This will keep guest engaged, and give them a memorable keepsake to take home with them. Sparklers for midnight are a must. We suggest you get 20″ sparklers instead of 36″. They burn quicker and you can always have more than one. Provide your guests with a safe ride home.  Call your preferred local transportation company and arrange for a few vehicles to arrive at your house shortly after midnight, so everyone has a safe ride home. No matter the occasion, these tips can be used for any gathering.  But, if you’re in need of a professionally planned event our team is able to help select venues that entice, décor that impresses, and menus that people want to savor.  From the first phone call to the final clean-up, they will execute every detail to perfection.   Belmond Charleston Place Events TeamAlexandria, Megan, Margeaux
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Resolutions For Every Charlestonian (or Charleston Visitor)

As we close the chapter of 2018, we start 2019 with a clean slate and a fresh start for new resolutions.  Charleston’s mild winter climate and abundance of historical and legendary landmarks, make it easy to fulfill bucket list desires.  Whether you prefer to focus on overall wellness or trying new cuisines, the Lowcountry is the place to conquer a variety of goals. Work your fitness routine into the outdoors—Charleston provides a beautiful natural backdrop for running, walking, and biking.  Ditch the treadmill and hit the pavement on the Ravenel Bridge for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Or, head to Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms for a walk on the beach.  If you’re looking to mix history with fitness, try a walking tour or rent a bike and explore the historic district.  For those who love to run, our masterful concierge team can arrange a jogging route for you to enjoy the sites and history while burning calories.        Experience new dishes and flavors—It’s no secret that Charleston is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the country.  The diverse culinary scene has provided visitors and locals the opportunity to indulge in daring dishes.  A great way to explore new restaurants is to partake in Charleston Restaurant Week.  But, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, we suggest the tasting menu with wine pairings at Charleston Grill.   Discover historical sites outside of Charleston—A change of scenery does the body and mind good.  Hop in the car and wander the exquisite gardens found merely 20 miles away at Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation.  Or, for a one-of-a-kind experience, visit the only tea plantation in North America at Charleston Tea Plantation.  If you’re without transportation, our team can arrange a private driver for you to enjoy the sites at your leisure.     Indulge in taking care of yourself—Self-care is more than just a buzzword, so be sure to schedule in some time for yourself.  Plan a spa day and indulge in a restorative treatment at The Spa, or schedule a staycation and find your inner-peace in a private yoga session or bask in our rooftop horizon edge pool or Jacuzzi.  Whatever you choose, rest and relaxation can always be found at our hotel. This year, vow to conquer your resolutions in Charleston.  If you’re lucky enough to live in the Lowcountry, explore what’s in your very own backyard.  And if you’re a visitor, we invite you to bask in all we have to offer. From historical landmarks and picturesque views to culinary experiences and overall wellbeing, we are in the center of it all.
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