Discovery, Featured

How to Spend the Holidays at Belmond Charleston Place

Take in the magic of the season with an unforgettable stay at Belmond Charleston Place. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply spending time with loved ones, our retreat is the perfect destination for creating long-lasting memories. Embrace the beauty of the holidays, and discover the many ways you can enjoy the season just steps for your guest room. Discover our Holiday Spectacle Take in the magnificent holiday décor within the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place. Set between the iconic Georgian open-arm staircase, and beneath the glistening chandelier, you’ll find the awe-inspiring train display. The fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train courses its way through 300 feet of track as it passes by Alpine homes, churches, and hundreds of handcrafted trees. Throughout the lobby, you’ll also discover nearly 1,000 feet of garland, five Fraser Fir trees and 100 wreaths. Take Part in our Teddy Bear Tea On Sundays in December, Belmond Charleston Place continues a beloved holiday tradition as children get dolled up for tea time at the Thoroughbred Club. Adults can partake in tea service, while kids enjoy teddy bear-shaped PB & Js, scones, and cookies. Marvel at the custom-designed train display and enjoy live music and magic shows. Be sure to snag a keepsake picture from the professional photographer as a treasured souvenir. Shop ‘til you Drop Looking for the perfect present or need a last minute gift? Peruse through The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, and discover more than 20 world-class boutiques. From luxury labels for men and women to children’s clothing and accessories, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Savor an Award-Winning Meal Take a seat at the award-winning Charleston Grill, and indulge in refined cuisine and decadent wines amidst live jazz. Known as one of the most storied restaurants in Charleston, longtime Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel, and Maître d’ Mickey Bakst have created the ultimate dining experience.   Sip Seasonal Cocktails Visit the Thoroughbred Club, and sip on handcrafted cocktails while you bask in our plush lounge filled with dark wood and rich leather. The cozy space, just steps from the decadent lobby décor, is complete with a fireplace, nightly live entertainment, and a lushly landscaped patio with tabletop fire pits open seasonally. Bask in Ultimate Relaxation Belmond Charleston Place Take time out from the buzzing holiday season, and discover our haven for wellness. Located on the 4th Floor, we invite you to bask in the tranquil atmosphere of our spa. Whether you choose an exclusive seasonal treatment, like our Red Hot Holiday body scrub from Farmhouse Fresh, or opt for a signature massage or facial, you will leave feeling a sense of renewal.    Give the Gift of Luxury A Belmond gift card gives someone special the freedom to enjoy their choice of service across our range of iconic hotels, trains, and river cruises. Whether they choose a hotel stay, an award-winning meal, or a luxurious spa or salon treatment, each experience will be an indulgent retreat. 
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Sip & Savor

Add This Sweet Potato Recipe to your Holiday Menu

Sweet potato biscuit with seared foie gras, maple butter, and truffle honey Charleston Grill’s Executive Chef Michelle Weavers’ Sweet Potato Biscuit recipe is a simple, yet delicious, addition to any holiday menu. The tender and fluffy texture are perfect to serve alongside your favorite hearty soups, stews, or even in the morning with a spoonful of your favorite jam. Try your hand at replicating Chef Michelle’s go-to biscuit recipe, and impress your guests with this unique and subtly sweet side. Recipe 2 cups All-purpose flour 3 tbs. Brown sugar 2 1/2 tsp. Baking powder 1 tsp. Salt ½ tsp. Baking soda 6 tbs. Unsalted butter, cold and cubed 1 cup Sweet potato puree ½ cup Buttermilk Directions: Preheat oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk all dry ingredients together. Cut in butter with a fork until it resembles coarse crumbs. In a small bowl, mix wet ingredients together. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients. Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead 4-5 times. Pat dough into a disk about 1-inch thick. Cut with a 2-inch biscuit cutter. Roll dough one more time and repeat. Recipe should yield 8-10 biscuits. To help the biscuits rise, place them as close together as you can. Cook for 10-15 minutes until golden brown. Rotate once while cooking. When fully cooked, brush each biscuit with melted butter and serve.
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Arts & Culture, Discovery

How to Spend Your Holidays in Charleston

Imagine sun-filled days and cozy nights, festive palmetto trees, and a city embellished with decorative lights, magnolia wreaths, and holiday charm. From magnificent holiday displays and lively performances to world-class shopping and family-friendly fun, escape to the Holy City this season and create magical memories with your loved ones.  Belmond Charleston Place Embark on an adventure to Belmond Charleston Place, and take in the magnificent holiday decor. Set between the iconic Georgian open-arm staircase, and beneath the glistening chandelier, you’ll find the awe-inspiring train display. The fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Oritent-Express train courses its way through 300 feet of track as it passes by European Alpine homes, churches, and hundreds of handcrafted trees. Throughout the lobby, you’ll also discover nearly 1,000 feet of garland, five Fraiser Fir trees and 100 wreaths. Teddy Bear Tea On Sundays in December, Belmond Charleston Place continues a beloved holiday tradition as children get dolled up for tea time at the Thoroughbred Club. Adults can partake in tea service, while kids enjoy teddy bear-shaped PB & Js, scones and cookies. Marvel at the custom-designed train display and enjoy live music and magic shows. Be sure to snag a keepsake picture from the professional photographer as a treasured souvenir.  Holiday Market at Marion Square The Holiday Market at Marion Square hosts a number of holiday vendors, in addition to favorite local artisans. Enjoy shopping, live entertainment, and activities for children, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, December 7-17, as you peruse your way throughout the park. From handcrafted jewelry and candles to local fashion designers and artists, find the perfect gift for your loved one at the Holiday Market.    Tree Lighting at Marion Square On Sunday, December 1 from 4:30-6:30PM, head down historic King Street, just steps from Belmond Charleston Place, and discover holiday cheer. Join the celebration of the lighting of the magnificent 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree, while enjoying live performances. Holiday Festival of Lights A quick drive off the peninsula will bring you to the magnificent Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Known as Charleston’s most cherished holiday tradition, the awe-inspiring spectacle features an estimated two million dazzling lights. As you course your way through the three-mile display of glimmer lights, guests explore holiday attractions, shopping, dining, and more. Open to the public November 15-December 31, be sure to drive through the dazzling display this holiday season.    Dock Street Theatre Spend an evening at the historic Dock Street Theatre, and enjoy family-friendly entertainment with shows like “Elf the Musical” or “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. Known as the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances, the theatre has been a part of Charleston history for centuries. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. From luxury labels for men and women to children’s stores and accessories for all, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
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