Arts & Culture, Discovery

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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Arts & Culture, Discovery, Sip & Savor

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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How to Spend Your Holidays in Charleston

Imagine sun-filled days and cozy nights, festive palmetto trees, and a city embellished with decorative lights, magnolia wreaths, and holiday charm. From magnificent holiday displays and lively performances to world-class shopping and family-friendly fun, escape to the Holy City this season and create magical memories with your loved ones.  Belmond Charleston Place Embark on an adventure to Belmond Charleston Place, and take in the magnificent holiday decor. Set between the iconic Georgian open-arm staircase, and beneath the glistening chandelier, you’ll find the awe-inspiring train display. The fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Oritent-Express train courses its way through 300 feet of track as it passes by European Alpine homes, churches, and hundreds of handcrafted trees. Throughout the lobby, you’ll also discover nearly 1,000 feet of garland, five Fraiser Fir trees and 100 wreaths. Teddy Bear Tea On Sundays in December, Belmond Charleston Place continues a beloved holiday tradition as children get dolled up for tea time at the Thoroughbred Club. Adults can partake in tea service, while kids enjoy teddy bear-shaped PB & Js, scones and cookies. Marvel at the custom-designed train display and enjoy live music and magic shows. Be sure to snag a keepsake picture from the professional photographer as a treasured souvenir.  Holiday Market at Marion Square The Holiday Market at Marion Square hosts a number of holiday vendors, in addition to favorite local artisans. Enjoy shopping, live entertainment, and activities for children, including photos with Santa and Mrs. Claus, December 7-17, as you peruse your way throughout the park. From handcrafted jewelry and candles to local fashion designers and artists, find the perfect gift for your loved one at the Holiday Market.    Tree Lighting at Marion Square On Sunday, December 1 from 4:30-6:30PM, head down historic King Street, just steps from Belmond Charleston Place, and discover holiday cheer. Join the celebration of the lighting of the magnificent 64-foot Holiday Tree of Lights, the official City of Charleston Christmas tree, while enjoying live performances. Holiday Festival of Lights A quick drive off the peninsula will bring you to the magnificent Holiday Festival of Lights at James Island County Park. Known as Charleston’s most cherished holiday tradition, the awe-inspiring spectacle features an estimated two million dazzling lights. As you course your way through the three-mile display of glimmer lights, guests explore holiday attractions, shopping, dining, and more. Open to the public November 15-December 31, be sure to drive through the dazzling display this holiday season.    Dock Street Theatre Spend an evening at the historic Dock Street Theatre, and enjoy family-friendly entertainment with shows like “Elf the Musical” or “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever”. Known as the first building in America built exclusively for theatrical performances, the theatre has been a part of Charleston history for centuries. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place Find the perfect gift for your loved ones at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. From luxury labels for men and women to children’s stores and accessories for all, you’re sure to find the perfect gift for everyone on your holiday shopping list.
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