As you meander throughout the Holy City, each turn promises to be an awe-inspiring discovery. Whether it’s our historic homes, gardens and antebellum charm or our glistening waterways and easy way of living, there is something to be loved by every local and visitor. And, who could forget our show-stopping culinary scene that captures the heart of even the most refined foodies? Consistently named the No. 1 City in the United States and Canada by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year, read on to discover why our staff adores the place they call home. “I love Charleston for its geographic beauty; imagine 12 months of something in bloom, and a constant breeze carrying those scents across the peninsula. Also, anywhere you turn you’re greeted by water whether it’s a beach, river, estuary, or marshland. And if Charleston’s beauty isn’t special enough, the people who live here genuinely envelope and exude a gentle sweetness that is Southern hospitality.”-Shelley, Operations Manager at The Spa at Charleston Place “Food and history, hands down. Our restaurant scene is unlike anywhere else in the US—we have some of the best restaurants in America right at our fingertips, and our Lowcountry cuisine is as rich in flavor as it is in tradition. You can’t get that anywhere else. In addition, we have 350 years of history right in our very own backyard. I love visiting iconic sites and landmarks, plantations, and more.”-Steven, Executive Chef at The Palmetto Cafe “My two favorite seasons in Charleston are the spring and fall. The moderate temperatures, beautiful blooming flowers, and exciting festivals make it impossible to stay indoors. Also, I welcome the slower pace of the South, where it encourages one to take time to enjoy life rather than rush through each day.”-Catherine, Digital Marketing Manager “We live in the perfect size town where it’s big enough to take part in different events and festivals around town, but small enough to feel like you’re a part of a family and can support local businesses. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to visit our local farmers market—they always have an abundance of South Carolina-sourced produce and handcrafted goods from local artisans.” Megan, Charleston Place Event Manager Our culture and history, mouthwatering cuisine, preserved traditions, beautiful blooms and beaches are just a few of the many reasons why our city is beloved by so many. This year, we invite you to experience the Holy City for yourself. Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel is the perfect base for your adventure.
As beautiful now as she was 350 years ago, Charleston is a perfect juxtaposition of centuries old charm and cultured sophistication. Shaped by the city’s two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, Charleston bristles with an energy and vibrancy reserved for only the finest cities in the world. Glorious weather shines down, while locals and visitors alike amble down narrow cobblestone streets in search of reluctant artists, boutique shops and the country’s best restaurants. Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, it’s easy to be seduced by Charleston’s charm. Crowned the Number 1 City in the United States for the last ten years, read on for our essential Charleston guide. The perfect trip to Charleston starts with cocktails al fresco. Rooftop bars are plentiful and the Clocktower Terrace is one of the few in town that offers a perch overlooking historic King Street. Sip a Belmond Breeze while you admire views of the city skyline. Then, set out in search of local delicacies. Oysters are a crowd-favorite and can be found on menus throughout the city. Two of our favorite spots for fresh seafood? The Ordinary and The Darling Oyster Bar, both located a few shorts blocks from Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel. The next morning, set out at first light with a private trainer for a run over the Ravenel Bridge. See if you can spot Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and the Sullivans Island lighthouse in the distance. After working up an appetite, head to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, for a true taste of the South. Located in the historic City Market, afterwards, peruse the sweetgrass baskets which have been made by hand according to Gullah Geeche traditions for years. Then, plan to wander away the morning exploring historic Charleston. Stop by Waterfront Park to see its famous Pineapple Fountain, walk past the candy-colored homes of Rainbow Row and then onto the Battery, where Antebellum mansions overlook Charleston harbor. Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch and sit a spell under the enormous oaks of White Point Gardens. Continue your downtown adventure by spending the afternoon on one of the country’s most famous streets – King Street. Peppered with national labels, boutique shops, art galleries and antique stores also dot the shopping district. Peacock proud locals delight in showing their wares and sharing the unique stories behind their products with curious travelers. After shopping, take a rickshaw ride to upper King Street, where lively restaurants and bars await. One of our favorite ways to try all of Charleston’s mouthwatering cuisine? Create your own dine around experience. Start with drinks at the speak-easy like Cocktail Club, move on to appetizers at the farm-to-table eatery Macintosh and then sample the sophisticated pizzas and pastas from Indaco. If you aren’t ready to say goodnight, a nightcap at Halls Chophouse is in order. Their Sunday gospel brunch is also a Charleston classic, beloved by locals and visitors. A city surrounded by water, rise with the tide the next morning as dawn breaks over the Atlantic. Embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle, take a walk on the wild side, and uncover secret sea islands with Coastal Expeditions. Admire the sculpture-like branches of Boneyard Beach. Stroll along the maritime forest, gathering shells and spotting alligators and bottlenose dolphins. After a full day of exploration, relaxation is in order. Laze away the afternoon at our horizon-edge mineral pool or indulge in a signature spa treatment. No trip to Charleston is complete without a cosmopolitan night on the town. Start with a cocktail and live music at the clubby Thoroughbred Club before indulging in some of the city’s finest fare at Charleston Grill. Perfectly paired wines complement the global cuisine while live jazz sets the tone for a vibrant night. After dinner, head to the Gin Joint, for a cozy cocktail in their 1920s-inspired setting. Then, wander hand in hand down cobblestone streets as gas lanterns flicker in the evening light. Then, end your Charleston adventure as the sunset casts pink and orange hues over the Ashley River. You may just spot a bottlenose dolphin while a local jazz artist serenades the setting sun on his trumpet. These are the precious moments through which memories are shaped, endearing Charleston to locals and visitors alike.
While the holiday season may look a little different this year, there’s no reason not to shop ‘til you drop (safely, of course!) and pick out gifts for those who mean the most. If there was ever a year to celebrate with something special, this is it. And The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have something for everyone on your list, all in one place. For the Fashionista: Festive and fun, pick up a new frock from Kate Spade or add some sparkle to the season with new accessories from Tara Grinna. Get her excited about the travel to come with a new bathing suit from Everything but Water or outfit your mini-me in a jacquard dress from Pink Chicken, perfect for holiday family photos. For the Homebody: Cozy up with a Cool Nights pajama set from Soma Intimates. Paired with a sleep mask, it’s the perfect gift this season (and really, this year). Or give these fun, faux leather leggings and embellished slides, just as perfect to wear around the house as they are for a night out. Available at White House Black Market. For the Beauty Guru: We could all use a little self care and this beautiful hand cream set from L’Occitane or this body mist from Green Biotics Relaxation Collection will help relax and renew. For the Luxe Lover: There’s no better gift than an indulgent leather bag from Louis Vuitton or a sophisticated leather belt from Gucci. Or up her accessory game with fun, fur heels from Peserico or a chic and oh-so-classic bag from St. John. For the Jewelry Junkie: Timeless and simple enough to wear every day, give a charm bracelet from Pandora. Or add a pop of color to her jewelry with these beautiful earrings from Chico’s, that can be dressed up or down. For the Dapper Dad: We can’t forget about the men in our life! Spruce up his go to loafers with a new pair of genuine leather boat shoes from Sperry. Paired with classic shades from Sunglass Hut and a new shirt from Tommy Bahama in a festive color and he’s ready for the new year. For the Home: Since we’re all spending more time at home, give a gift the whole family will love like this beautiful vintage botanical puzzle from Lou Lou. Dress up your walls with a striking piece of art from Mary Martin. Know someone missing Charleston? The Charleston Interior’s book from The Belmond Boutique would make a fitting gift. Visit us downtown and shop at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to check off everyone on your list this holiday season. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more information on holiday specials and deals.