Arts & Culture, Discovery, Featured

Explore Charleston with These Six Spring Events

Although wintertime in Charleston is undeniably breathtaking, Charleston thrives in the springtime. It is no surprise that with the warm weather comes a multitude of seasonal events for everyone to enjoy. From sporting events and arts to historic architecture and gardens, there is so much to explore. As the magnolias begin to bloom once more, here are just six of the many events to discover in the Holy City. Festival of Houses and Gardens (March 13-April 18) The Charleston Festival of Houses and Gardens captures the beauty of historical landmarks in this culture-filled city. The event allows you to explore some of Charleston’s most famous houses, on some of the most coveted streets, where you’ll learn about the intricate architecture, history, and culture. Along with the home tours, there are also various garden exhibitions around Charleston to discover. From the foliage and flora of Charleston’s gardens tour with Clemson Extension Horticulture Agent and Master Gardener, Sara Davis, to Container Gardening: Charleston’s over the top pots, there is a plethora of events to attend during the festival. Cooper River Bridge Run (April 6) Now in its 42nd year, the Cooper River Bridge run is a spring staple in Charleston. Don’t worry, however, if you are not the fastest in the pack. The 10K is open to anyone from casual walkers to competitive runners, and everyone in between. The race starts in Mount Pleasant, travels over the iconic Ravenel Bridge, and into bustling downtown. After the race, participants are encouraged to stay for the finisher’s festival and the ‘Taste of the Bridge’ party to indulge with friends and family. This will be by far one of the most fun and scenic races. To ensure a relaxing experience before and after the race, check out our special offer at the hotel including complimentary breakfast and a healthy welcome amenity. Colour of Music Festival (March 27-30) This cultural festival showcases the best African American composers and performers from around the world. What once began in honor of Le Chevalier de Saint-Georges, an African-French composer, the event highlights the impact and historical significance of black classical composers and performers throughout the world. Now in its sixth year, there are several talented musicians such as virtuoso violinist Anyango Yarbo-Davenport, and many other exciting guest composers. Volvo Car Open (March 30 – April 7) Over the course of two weekends, more than 100 world-class women tennis players and nearly 90,000 spectators come together for an action-packed tennis tournament. Those who attend the matches also have access to merchandise from renowned retailers as well as a competitive culinary scene. Don’t miss your chance to watch some of the best female tennis athletes in the world compete for the title. 74th Annual US Women’s Open Golf Championship (May 30 – June 2) South Carolina is recognized for having America’s first golf club founded in 1786, and with such traverse landscape and beautiful scenery, it has stayed wildly popular ever since. The Lowcountry is home to some of the top golf courses in the world, which includes the premier course at Charleston Country Club. As the hosts of the 74th Annual US Women’s Open Golf Championship, golf connoisseurs from around the world will gather to watch the top female athletes compete. Located merely 10 minutes from the course, a stay at Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect retreat after a day of excitement. Spoleto Festival USA (May 24 – June 9) Those who love the arts unite over the course of this 17-day festival day for world-class performances. Started in 1977 by Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Gian Carlo Menotti and other influential creators, Spoleto took America by storm by uniting multiple artist, composers, and performers from around the globe in hopes to share their talents to the United States, and to Charleston. Approaching its 43rd season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. From every genre of art such as musical and physical theater to visual arts and opera, there is certainly an event tailored to every taste. As we swing into spring, Charleston comes to life as locals and visitors gather together to attend these world-renowned events. Plan a trip to the Lowcountry this season, and let us be your home away from home. Located in the historic heart of downtown, all the action is easily accessible from our irresistible hideaway.
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Arts & Culture, Discovery

Antiquing with the Expert – Mitchell Owens

The Annual Charleston Antiques Show is famed for its showcase of fine art, delicate furniture, and elegant vintage decor all inspired by the historical heritage of Charleston and its unique Southern charm. This year, we are eager to embrace both the new and returning collectors and enthusiasts hungry for discovery. Belmond Charleston Place is especially looking forward to welcoming aesthetic aficionado Mitchell Owens, Decorative Arts Editor for Architectural Digest. Owens will be leading a tour of the Charleston Antiques Show on March 16th. We are thrilled he agreed to let us interview him in anticipation of his visit. You have written about generational shifts in attitudes toward antiques. As you look to the future, what trends do you expect to see in regards to baby boomers and millennials and their interest in antiques? Truly, one hopes that ‘younger’ shoppers will be able to shake off their apparent fear of the word ‘collector’ (too serious? too granny? too pretentious?) and instead simply allow themselves to appreciate beauty in all its forms—and then buy it. To open their eyes and realize that antiques of all kinds (many of them priced shockingly modestly, given the vagaries of the market) can coexist, beautifully, happily, and distinctively, with newer furnishings and art. Owens believes that the key to attracting younger shoppers is to reveal galvanizing examples of how living with what’s old has value to them. He commends the fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent, when only 30 years of age, was still “an unquestioned avatar of all things feverishly mod, set his Saarinen tulip table with château-worthy silver flatware, and antique blue-and-white porcelain plates. His dining room was bright, white, sunny, and fresh, yet its contemporary snap—its totally ‘with it’ character—gained depth and individuality through a young man’s balanced embrace of the then and the now.” Owning old things does not mean one must live in a museum. Using old things, on a daily basis, in of-the-moment surroundings, brings them back to life. Once they are alive again, they can’t be dismissed as old-fashioned, can they? Anyway, many of the very best things that we call antique actually were hip when they were brand new. Don’t forget that. I also believe that in February 2020, when the Metropolitan Museum of Art reopens its long-staid British Galleries—which are being reconceived by the electrifying AD100 Roman & Williams design firm—there will be a kick-in-the-pants reappraisal of ‘brown furniture’ et cetera for many people. In addition to leading the Expert Tours during the Antiques Show, you are also a part of the Distinguished Speaker Series with Drayton Hall. Can you tell our readers what they can expect during your lecture, Connoisseur with a Crown: George IV—Collector, Tastemaker, Spendthrift? I don’t want to give much away, but I will expound the English style and collections of George IV in terms of sex, scandal, ambition, pretty things, and parliamentary outrage. How does the interest and conversation about antiques and antique shows vary in Charleston compared to other cities? What makes Charleston unique? A premier destination for embracing “old things”  is none other than Charleston. This aspect is what makes its antique show unique. In comparison to other cities, in Charleston, style traditions still passionately fuel public and private discourse. Thus, antiques remain an integral part of the landscape. The past remains present in Charleston—and powerfully so. It’s why nearly five million people from around the world visit the city every year, to step into history. Though it could also be the pimento cheese. How would you describe the aesthetic of Belmond Charleston Place? What details are your favorite? What about Charleston, in general? Spanish moss, side porches, historic houses painted in marzipan colors, and stiff drinks—what’s not to like about Charleston? As for Belmond Charleston Place, there is so much to admire, but, for me, it’s all about Charleston Grill’s crabcakes. Tell Chef Michelle Weaver to stock up on the lump crabmeat! Thank you so much to Mitchell Owens for bringing his unique perspective on antiques and collecting to Hidden Charleston. Don’t miss your chance to hear Mitchell speak in person while he’s in town, both during the Antiques Show and as part of the Distinguished Speaker Series. For Tickets: 2019 Charleston Antiques Show: https://www.historiccharleston.org/blog/event/2019-charleston-antiques-show-general-admission/ Drayton Hall Distinguished Speaker Series: http://www.draytonhall.org/event/march-13-2019-distinguished-speaker-series-mitch-owens-of-architectural-digest-on-connoisseur-with-a-crown-george-vi-collector-tastemaker-spendthrift/
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Arts & Culture, Discovery, Sip & Savor

Catch Our Chefs at these Charleston Wine & Food Events

A city that celebrates decadent cuisine and Lowcountry fare, Charleston is at the forefront of one of the most storied culinary scenes in America. From time-tested recipes for generations to bountiful local ingredients, each world-famous chef and award-winning restaurant creates delectable dishes. Each year, locals and visitors come together to celebrate life’s indulgences at Charleston’s Wine & Food Festival. Now in its 14th year, the festival spans across five days, and welcomes top chefs, winemakers, authors, storytellers, artisans, and food enthusiasts from around the globe. Featuring more than 100 unique culinary experiences, our talented chefs are in the center of it all. From Executive Chef Michelle Weaver’s fine dining flare to Executive Chef Steven Manall’s fresh flavors, our Four Diamond chefs are participating in one-of-a-kind events. And to top it all off, Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan delivers something sweet on Opening Night. Read more to discover where you can taste our celebrated chef’s finest dishes. Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Charleston Grill As Executive Chef of Charleston Grill, Weaver’s culinary aesthetic courses through a menu offering four themed options, each one like a tributary beckoning diners to branch out toward new exploits: Social & Shared, Roots & Stems, Waves & Marsh, Field & Pasture. Stick with a single direction or meander from one taste experience to the other – either way, you’re in for an elegant, unforgettable dining adventure. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Neighborhood Series: On the Wappoo—Friday, March 8, 2019 6-9:30PM Culinary Village, Main Stage—Saturday, March 9, 2019 3-4PM Executive Chef Steven Manall, Palmetto Cafe As the chef of the only Forbes Four Star restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch in the state of South Carolina, Manall never relies simply on portion size to satisfy his guests. Instead, he uses classic dishes as inspiration and adds unique flavors, preparations, and presentations. Blended—Friday, March 8, 2019 4:30-7PM Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan As the Executive Pastry Chef since 2008, Ryan has been taking desserts to new heights with a mix of traditional and contemporary approaches. Whether creating desserts for Charleston Grill, The Palmetto Cafe, or concentrating on Belmond Charleston Place’s catered events, he enjoys taking classic desserts and adding a modern twist. Opening Night—Wednesday, March 6, 2019 7:30-10PM Whether you’re a local or guest, the Charleston Wine & Food Festival is a great way to explore new tastes and flavors from around the country. From tasty wines to savory dishes, each event is designed to take you on the ultimate culinary journey. If you miss the chance to visit the festival, book a stay with us and explore the same great favors at any of our memorable dining establishments.   
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