Discovery

Meet the Staff: Brenna’s Favorite Things to do in the Holy City

We recently had the chance to sit down with Brenna Emerson, the Travel Industry Sales Manager here at Belmond Charleston Place. Brenna has been with the hotel since 2012, first as the Front Office Supervisor, and then the Reservations Manager. In her time at the Front Desk, Brenna worked very closely with the guests of the hotel, gladly offering her opinions of the best things to see and do while visiting. Her love for Charleston, and her appreciation for the finer things in life, has made Brenna a resident expert on how to make the most of your time in the Holy City. She shared with us some suggestions on must-see locales, as well as the best ways for you to explore while here. Consider this list your “Must Do” when taking your next trip to the Lowcountry.

Start the day with brunch
The city of Charleston boasts excellent food and rich history, and Brenna’s first recommendation combines a little bit of both. She believes that any great day in Charleston starts with brunch, and her favorite spot is Poogan’s Porch, tucked away on charming Queen Street. Established in 1976, this Southern eatery has been frequented by celebrities, politicians, and more. Whether you start your day with Biscuits & Gravy or Chicken & Waffles, you won’t be disappointed with any Lowcountry meal.

Explore and discover
In Brenna’s expert opinion, the best way to really see the city is to “strap on your tennis shoes” and just walk. You can discover quaint gardens and cobblestone paths by simply exploring the peninsula on foot. One of Brenna’s favorite spots is White Point Gardens, located at the Battery. The gardens are the perfect place to find a bench and take in all the sights and sounds of the Charleston harbor. She also loves to wander around the neighborhoods near the Battery and appreciates the stunning architectural details of the homes in the area. Insider tip: On the corner of Tradd and Legare Streets, there is a wall growing fresh rosemary that Brenna loves to show her friends when she’s on a downtown stroll. She says, “the smell is absolutely divine!”

Grab a boost
Sometimes a long morning of exploring in Charleston calls for a much needed mid-day pick-me-up. Brenna recommends popping into Beech on King Street to refuel for your next adventure. The local company is committed to serving healthy meals on-the-go, and have an array of menu items that includes hearty salads, fresh poke bowls & smoothies, plus local coffee and kombucha. Stop in for a treat that will serve the body and mind well.

Treat yourself
The best vacations call for plenty of rest and relaxation, and Brenna definitely appreciates the need to indulge in luxurious pampering. She loves to stop in to The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place and freshen up before dinner, or treat herself to a longer facial or massage when she has more time to spare. A visit to The Spa is the perfect way to look your best for a fun evening in Charleston, and she recommends trying out the 100% natural non-toxic Tata Harper ‘Nothing But Nature’ Facial.

Get your chocolate fix
After a scrumptious dinner in Charleston, if you are anything like Brenna, you may find yourself in search of something sweet to eat. She recommends that you look no further than Christophe Artisan Chocolatier, located on Society Street. Brenna admits that the price tag on these chocolate treats is a little hefty, but worth the splurge. Each piece is hand-crafted, and not only exquisite to look at, but also quite decadent to eat.

Catch a show
After dinner and a delightful dessert, the best way to end the night would be to catch a show at the Charleston Music Hall. As far as Brenna is concerned, the Music Hall is “the best music venue in the Southeast.” Located on John Street, and situated between King and Meeting Streets, the building has quite a fascinating history. It was originally known as the Tower Depot, a passenger station of the South Carolina Railroad, and was designed by Charleston architect Edward C. Jones to resemble a medieval castle.

Evening stroll
And finally, on a cool, breezy evening in Charleston there is nothing better than to grab your best friends and walk the Arthur J. Ravenel bridge. This is one of Brenna’s favorite ways to experience the charm of the city because the bridge has the best view of the harbor. Plus, it is a great way to enjoy Charleston’s mild weather. Insider tip: Look out for a friendly manatee that lives and swims under the bridge! Brenna has lovingly named the manatee “Barbara” and likes to say a friendly “hi” to her every time she visits.

To find out what items almost made the list, or to know more about any of her recommendations, feel free to reach out to Brenna at 843 724 8136 or brenna.emerson@belmond.com. She is always available to help those who are visiting Charleston discover just why she loves the city so much!

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Discovery

Father’s Day Gift Guide

The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place make selecting the perfect gift for the special men in your life simple. Explore options from new wardrobe pieces to cutting-edge shaving options for every dad. This Father’s Day, head to The Shops to discover the perfect gifts that will land you on his “best gift” list.

Treat dad to the newest shaving tools from The Art of Shaving. The GilletteLabs Heated Razor combines innovation from The Art of Shaving and Gillette to deliver a superior shaving experience. Treat dad to the comfort of a hot towel with every razor stroke through this their re-imagined shave. Throughout the store find accessories for dad along with more traditional shaving options.

Looking to select new pieces for dad’s closet  while also treating him to something special? Tommy Bahama will successfully fulfill both of these needs through their new promotional event. Purchasing dad a new pair of Tommy Bahama’s Borcay pants or shorts will score you half off on Tommy Bahama coffee. Visit the store to sample the coffee, while even selecting a new mug for dad. And trust us, it’s delicious!

Sperry’s expansive collection of footwear allows their customers to find their perfect fit. This Father’s Day, treat dad with one of the brand’s most iconic shoes, the Harpswell Driver shoe. Dressed in shorts or a linen suit, this shoe is not only versatile, but also a timeless staple for any man’s closet.

Pamper dad this Father’s Day with the help of L’Occitane. Available for purchase in their newly remodeled store, you’ll discover beautiful, yet mascuilne gift sets that will leave dad feeling refreshed. The Zesty L’Homme Cologne Cedrat Collection Gift Set and the Invigorating Cedrat Collection Gift Set include shower gel, after-shave, and a fragrance spray.

Allow The Shops to be your destination for dad’s dream gifts, as well as all your gift giving needs. Clothing and accessories for women, men, children, and home can all be found within, as well as luxury stores, which include Gucci, Louis Vuitton, and St. John. And, don’t forget to stop in throughout the year and treat yourself.

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Arts & Culture, Discovery

Charleston’s Best Beaches

No Lowcountry vacation is complete without a trip to one of Charleston’s beautiful nearby beaches. Each beach has its own distinct charm, but all are guaranteed to make a great day trip and memory. Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach are all barrier islands located about 15 minutes from the downtown area. The popular summer days and even the months surrounding it offer perfect temperatures for swimming.  Even in the winter, you can find people sun bathing and combing the sand. The waters are known for being fairly mild with extremely gradual slopes.  Water coverage does, without a doubt, vary on the low and high tide times so check your charts.  If you fear little space to move and high-rise hotels, then you can breathe a sigh of relief; all three beaches, like the rest of downtown, pride themselves on staying laid back and local.

Sullivan’s Island is the smallest and most natural of the surrounding beaches. Located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, the island is a mix between ultimate relaxation, natural landscapes, vibrant restaurants and shopping scene, and a touch of history. The views of Fort Sumter, Morris Island Lighthouse, and the Battery are unparalleled, and the occasional meandering cruise line is always a spectacle.

Concierge Tip: Visit Fort Moultrie on the eastern end of Sullivan’s Island for an unforgettable American history lesson.

Folly Beach is a great example of the classic beach town. The surfer-esque style is home to some of the best riding in the area, and great for those who enjoy some lively company. The beach stretches six miles, and has plenty of space to find a more secluded spot. While your heading north away from the crowd, you will arrive at what is called the Washout, named for the damage struck to the area from Hurricane Hugo in the late 80’s.  If you brought your surfboard, then this is the place to use it.  The area is most consistent in producing solid waves for more experienced riders.  Just outside of Folly Beach the area is dotted with fun restaurants and bars, perfect for post beach drinks and appetizers.

Concierge Tip: Visit the Folly Beach County Park at the west end of Folly Beach.  It features dressing areas, outdoor showers, and a swimming area with lifeguards on duty.  Perfect for kids!

Isle of Palms, also known as IOP, boasts beautiful white sand beaches and luxurious waterfront homes.  The beach area is about the same size as Folly, and has great places to rent kayaks, boats, stand up paddleboards and even charters. One major convenience of IOP are the public bathrooms, rinsing areas, and parking. After a day at the beach, visit some of the local restaurants, bars, and shops.

Concierge Tip: Keep up with the Isle of Palms Turtle Team for updates on where to search for nests and tracks. Take a look at the photo gallery as well to see the most recent turtle hatchings.

All three beaches are sure to please any visitor, with their laid back Southern attitude, and beautiful Charleston sun.  Just remember to leave the alcohol at home and be mindful of your pets, and you are sure to have a great time. While the beaches are a quick drive from the hotel, transportation to and from can be arranged by our masterful concierge team.

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