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.
Gift Guide 2019 With the holiday shopping window even shorter this year, it is easy to be swept up in the frenzy of the season. Do not stress because From the Fashionista to the Dapper Dad, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have the ultimate gift guide for everyone on your list all in one place. For the Fashionista: Snag a pair of trendy black booties from Anne Fontaine (1) that will turn heads. Versace sunglasses from Sunglass Hut (2) will bring out the fierceness in any trendsetter. Pair these one-of-a-kind items with a fur vest from White House Black Market (3) and the fashionista is ready to walk the runway. For the Homebody: For those who love all things relaxation give the gift of ultimate comfort with cozy pajamas from Soma Intimates (4) and a candle from The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place (5). They will never leave the house again! For the Cool Kid: Gift your mini-me or niece a sparkly skirt from Pink Chicken (6) to match the sparkle in her eye! Pair it with a sweater in the winter or t-shirt in the summer and it becomes a year-round piece that will make you both smile. For the Dapper Dad: For all the father figures in your life, indulge them with the perfect shave. Pick up the heated razor from The Art of Shaving (7) so with every stroke, they will feel the experience of a relaxing hot towel shave. For the Girl Gang: Complete any outfit with a new accessory for your best friends. Your girl gang will go crazy over something from Kate Spade, like their sparkle satchel (8) or a boho Hobo bag from Lou Lou Boutiques (9). Pair these with a dusty blue fringe scarf from Lou Lou (10), also a great stocking stuffer, and you have made the nice list for the year to come. For the Outdoor Enthusiast: For those with a sense of adventure or who thrive on time spent outside, boots from Sperry (11) will keep their feet dry and warm when exploring while a reversible vest from Tommy Bahama (12) gives them a 2-in-1 look! The adventurer will make a statement and keep out the cold! For the Dress Obsessed: St. John Knit’s feature timeless, classic sheath style dresses like their Confetti Sequin Dress (13) while Italian brand Peserico’s Viscose Chemisier Dress with Irregular Stripes Print (14) will carry you from holiday parties into early spring fetes in style. For the Beauty Guru: Ensure your beauty-loving bestie is waking up with a rested glow with the L’Occitane Reset Oil-in-Serum (15), perfect for all skin types. To combat dry hair and skin during the cold winter months, complete their routine with Body Butter from Green Biotics (16) and Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask from The Salon at Belmond Charleston Place (17). For the Jewelry Junkie: Add a beautiful sparkle to their wardrobe with something that they could wear every day or add a statement piece to their collection to spice up any outfit. The Classic Elegance Gift Set from Pandora Jewelry (18) will have them oohing and aahing Christmas morning. To finish stuffing their stocking, Chico’s Pearl Illusion Statement Necklace (19) is the perfect outfit completer and something they will treasure for years to come. For the Local Lover: Shop like a local and surprise a Charleston fan with a vibrant, embellished throw pillow map (20) of the most beautiful city in the country, available at The Belmond Boutique. Have an art lover in the family? Add to their collection with Brandon Newton’s “On Our Way Home” painting of downtown Charleston from Mary Martin Gallery (21). For the High Key Friend: Treat your loved one to a luxury gift that will make their jaws drop. Give the gift of Gucci with a Double G Belt (22) with a light pink leather strap and pearl embellishments that will last forever. Or gift a Louis Vuitton Monogram Shawl (23), a warm and luxurious wrap they will reach for all season long. For the Jetsetter: Know someone going on a tropical holiday for the Holidays? Give a festive Tara Grinna one-piece swimsuit (24) to soak up the sun, and add a neoprene bag from Everything But Water (25). Store it all in a piece of Tumi luggage from Mori Classics (26) and she will be all set for her getaway. 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.
Take in the magic of the season with an unforgettable stay at Belmond Charleston Place. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply spending time with loved ones, our retreat is the perfect destination for creating long-lasting memories. Embrace the beauty of the holidays, and discover the many ways you can enjoy the season just steps for your guest room. Discover our Holiday Spectacle Take in the magnificent holiday décor within the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place. 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-Orient-Express train courses its way through 300 feet of track as it passes by Alpine homes, churches, and hundreds of handcrafted trees. Throughout the lobby, you’ll also discover nearly 1,000 feet of garland, five Fraser Fir trees and 100 wreaths. Take Part in our 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. Shop ‘til you Drop Looking for the perfect present or need a last minute gift? Peruse through The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, and discover more than 20 world-class boutiques. From luxury labels for men and women to children’s clothing and accessories, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Savor an Award-Winning Meal Take a seat at the award-winning Charleston Grill, and indulge in refined cuisine and decadent wines amidst live jazz. Known as one of the most storied restaurants in Charleston, longtime Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel, and Maître d’ Mickey Bakst have created the ultimate dining experience. Sip Seasonal Cocktails Visit the Thoroughbred Club, and sip on handcrafted cocktails while you bask in our plush lounge filled with dark wood and rich leather. The cozy space, just steps from the decadent lobby décor, is complete with a fireplace, nightly live entertainment, and a lushly landscaped patio with tabletop fire pits open seasonally. Bask in Ultimate Relaxation Belmond Charleston Place Take time out from the buzzing holiday season, and discover our haven for wellness. Located on the 4th Floor, we invite you to bask in the tranquil atmosphere of our spa. Whether you choose an exclusive seasonal treatment, like our Red Hot Holiday body scrub from Farmhouse Fresh, or opt for a signature massage or facial, you will leave feeling a sense of renewal. Give the Gift of Luxury A Belmond gift card gives someone special the freedom to enjoy their choice of service across our range of iconic hotels, trains, and river cruises. Whether they choose a hotel stay, an award-winning meal, or a luxurious spa or salon treatment, each experience will be an indulgent retreat.