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:

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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