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Spring Festivals Roundup

The South is a glorious place in springtime, and captivating Charleston, drenched in history and culture is the shining star. The flowers are in brightly-colored bloom, fragrance of mouthwatering cuisine wafts through the air and the temperature hangs in the 80s beneath sunny skies. Here is a list of festivals to help you discover all that Charleston has to offer this spring.

Charleston Wine + Food
Embark on a culinary journey during the 15th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Surround yourself with a cornucopia of savory flavors as you experience events, demonstrations and parties, infusing world class cuisine with Southern charm and culture. Enjoy delectable moments with the country’s top chefs, winemakers, beverage experts, storytellers, artisans, and more. With a five-day menu of more than 100 events, Charleston transforms into a cultural buffet sure to please any palate. Feast your senses March 4-8.

Festival of Houses and Gardens
Set within the city’s historic district, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, art, gardens and culture. Festival attendees enjoy the rare opportunity to go inside approximately 130 private historic houses as well as distinctive gardens and notable properties. For 70 years, this festival has been educating those who wonder what treasures dwell behind Charleston’s magnificent carved doors and intricate wrought iron gates. Explore Charleston’s rich history and culture from March 11 to April 18.

Cooper River Bridge Run
Lace up your running shoes for the 43rd Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. One of the world’s largest 10K runs, people of all ages and fitness levels put their strengths to the test. The race course begins in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard, crosses the beautiful Cooper River Bridge and finishes in downtown Charleston. Get filled with the feeling of pure adrenaline by participating in this healthy and fun event. The Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 4.

Volvo Car Open
Attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 70 of the world’s top tennis players, the Volvo Car Open is one of the hottest tickets in professional sports. Celebrating its 20th year, the nine-day event is the largest women’s-only tennis competition in the world, but is more than just a tournament. During the week fans are entertained with a variety of festival-like activities such as elevated Lowcountry dining, live music & special performances, shopping and more. Game, set, match is April 4-12.

Spoleto Festival USA
Since 1977, this acclaimed arts festival has illuminated the city of Charleston with performances by talented artists from around the world. For 17 days, participants delve into a wonderland of art, delighting in more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz. Now approaching its 44th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Be thrilled May 22-June 7.

Piccolo Spoleto
Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival is the perfect complement to Spoleto Festival USA. Running simultaneously as Spoleto, visitors are introduced to artists primarily of the Southeast region. Visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film are all to be expected May 22 to June 7.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Charleston, and with special event packages available, Belmond Charleston Place will place all the many culinary, fashion, and artistic wonders Charleston has to offer, right at your fingertips.

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The Outdoorsman’s Guide to Charleston

The picturesque Lowcountry offers visitors to Charleston an opportunity to explore one of the world’s most complex eco-systems. From the Atlantic Ocean with its abundant estuaries to the surrounding low-lying marshlands, Charleston is home to one of the most diverse and naturally beautiful landscapes in the country.

Get On the Water
Charleston offers arguably the best ocean, tidal and freshwater fishing of any kind. Spend an afternoon of inshore fishing on the plentiful shallow waters and coastal estuaries of the Lowcountry, teeming with a variety of game fish including redfish, flounder, black drum and even sharks. Or set out for a full-day of deep sea fishing. Providing a challenging adventure even for experienced anglers, catch marlin, tuna, sailfish, mahi-mahi, wahoo and many other species. Charters can be arranged for year-round fishing.

Set Your Sights on the Sky
Located on a historic rice plantation, Ravenel Caw Caw Interpretive Center offers a wide range of trails and nature-viewing opportunities. Noted for its rich bird life, Caw Caw is a birding hotspot for coastal South Carolina. In addition to bird spotting, visitors may catch a glimpse of waterfowl, songbirds, otters, deer, alligators, bald eagles and more. A variety of interactive exhibits, displays and programs can also be found at Caw Caw.

Hit the Trails
Seabrook Island Equestrian Center, located on nearby Seabrook Island, offers one of the few public equestrian trail systems in the Lowcountry. Pristine scenery awaits as you journey through scenic woods, marshes and tidal creeks on trails designed for beginner and advanced riders. Beach rides along the North Beach of Seabrook Island are also available. Open year-round schedule based on tides. Reservations required.

Explore the Great Outdoors
Grab a mountain bike and head to the old Santee Gun Club, now a protected wildlife management area. This 24,000-acre reserve features several dirt road trails through old rice fields, past freshwater cypress swamps and through pine woodlands. Parts of the reserve are open to the public for hunting during certain times of the year.

After exploring Charleston, retreat to your downtown home away from home Belmond Charleston Place, to relax in luxury.

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Wine, Dine, and Unwind at Charleston Wine + Food Festival

In a city filled with storied kitchens and award-winning chefs, mixologists, winemakers and restaurateurs, it comes as no surprise that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is among one of the most sought after events of the year. Celebrating its 15th installment, the festival is fueled by top Charleston talent infused with inspiring talent from around the globe—this flavorful force brings together a curated five-day festival spanning the first full weekend in March. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival will feature more than 100 unique culinary experiences that will feed your mind, body, and soul. Consisting of dinners, lunches, brunches, signature events, cooking classes, excursions, and a large tasting experience in Marion Square, there’s something for everyone. As The Holy City plays host to chefs, farmers, beverage professionals, artists, and more, we invite you to experience the festival firsthand. Culinary Village Considered to be the heart and soul of the festival, wander through Marion Square, for up to five hours, as you taste and sip food and wines, indulge in retail therapy, watch chef demos, and more. Signature Events From historical venues to iconic Lowcountry settings, choose between an intimate or large gathering as you take in our local culinary heritage.  Our Pick: ‘Bourbon on the Base’-an event showcasing bourbons and open fire fare at the US Navy Base located in North Charleston. With more than a dozen chefs, including our very own Executive Chef Steven Manall from The Palmetto Cafe, and Bourbon distributors this event is the perfect place to unwind into the weekend. Signature Dinners Experience Charleston’s most celebrated dining rooms, award-winning chefs, and nationally acclaimed beverage professionals when you take part in a curated multi-course dining experience. Our Pick: ‘Peas + Love’ at the Charleston Grill featuring Executive Chef Michelle Weaver and guest chef Jamie Simpson. Veg out while indulging in a plant-forward tasting menu as you sip top Champagnes from the world’s most coveted Houses. Beverage Workshops Sample savory spirits in an intimate educational setting led by beverage professionals from around the world. Whether you want to learn about cool climate cabs or hoppy brews, there’s something for everyone. Brunches & Lunches Embrace the magic of the morning with Southern Shrimp and Grits or sink your teeth into a decadent brunch spread—whichever you choose, sip your way through each bite with a spicy Bloody Mary or a sweet tea mimosa in hand.   Excursions Stroll the soul food establishments or forage for the earth’s tastiest secrets and discover what makes Charleston the culinary capital of the South. Hands-On Classes Taught by acclaimed chefs, get involved in the cooking process as experts focus on curating creative cuisine for guests. We hope you’ll join food and wine enthusiasts from around the world, and celebrate their passions this March. For questions regarding the festival, we encourage you to contact them directly. And, if you choose our hotel as your base for your culinary adventure, contact our concierge team for any additional assistance. 
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