Top Breathtaking Carolina Sunsets

As Charleston gets warmer and the days grow longer, there isn’t a better way to end the day than with a Holy City sunset. The Lowcountry provides so many great places to take in the beauty of sundown so grab a friend and head to one of these charming spots between 7:30pm and 8:00pm to the catch the last few rays of the day.

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This inviting park is one of the most visited places in Charleston due to its vast history and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll along this park at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views with a waterfront backdrop. Arrive early, bring a picnic and blanket and revel in the beauty of the day’s end.

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Spend the day exploring the Old Village of Mount Pleasant then retreat to the Pitt Street Bridge to experience one of the undisputed, best views of the Lowcountry.  A favorite with locals, the bridge is always filled with people fishing, biking, walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. With tidal flats and salt marshes on your left and the Charleston harbor to your right, this hidden gem will leave you yearning to come back again and again.

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Take a sunset sail on board the Schooner Pride and see the sun slip below the horizon from the harbor. The boat sails around the waters surrounding the peninsula so you will see a marvelous sundown set against church steeples and historic architecture. Help the crew raise and trim the sails or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Visiting the Ravenel Bridge is a must when exploring Charleston. Drive or stroll to the middle of the bridge where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet and take a break on the benches at dusk to experience an unbelievable sunset. Don’t forget your camera! Almost as beautiful as sundown itself, the bridge offers great charm of its own.

A Charleston sunset is unlike any other so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. You’ll be dreaming of it until your next visit to Charleston, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Belmond Wedding Stories: Sarah and Jeffrey

Charleston, S.C. is a city filled with sweet love stories and romantic charm. So what better location to celebrate a timeless love story than Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic city? A classic venue for couples to create wedding memories that will be cherished for years, Sarah and Jeffrey Wamble decided it was the perfect locale for their wedding celebration.

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Sarah and Jeffrey first spotted each other on Sarah’s 28th birthday in New York City while having drinks after work with friends. They worked at the same large advertising agency in the city but had never met, and fate just happened to bring them to the same bar on the same night. Sarah spotted Jeffrey across the bar and was brave enough to approach him after fighting off some initial nerves. Her move was a success, as Jeffrey offered to buy her a drink, and the two immediately hit it off. The pair says they spent the rest of the night chatting and, “the rest is history!”

Sarah has a long and beloved history with Sullivan’s Island, located just north of Charleston, having visited with her family during the summers since her childhood days. She first brought Jeffrey to the special island in 2010, and it’s where the couple exchanged their first “I love you’s.” Three years later, at the same sandy summer spot, Jeffrey got down on one knee and asked Sarah to be his wife.

Having a special tie to the Holy City, the two chose Belmond Charleston Place to plan their wedding because they believe it is “by far the nicest hotel in downtown Charleston.” They love that it offers the “upscale, premium experience that discerning New Yorkers expect but maintains the historic, Southern charm that makes it distinctly Charleston.”

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The newlyweds celebrated their nuptials at the iconic Riviera Theater at Belmond Charleston Place. Inspired by the floor-to-ceiling murals in the ballroom, they chose a 1920s theme and simple color palette to highlight the true beauty of the theater. The Riviera also has special significance for Sarah’s family, as her father would frequent the theater as a young man on dates.

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Bloom at Belmond Charleston Place created the bride’s gorgeous bouquet featuring an arrangement of hydrangea, freesia and mini calla lilies. Bloom finished the design by wrapping the bouquet in ivory ribbon and material from Sarah’s dress, and pinning it into Sarah’s family Bible for a special, personal touch.

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Catering was also provided by Belmond Charleston Place, and the couple says everyone at their wedding raved about the food. Cocktail hour featured bacon-wrapped blue cheese stuffed angus beef, shrimp and crawfish cakes and tuna tartare on wonton crisps. After guests had mingled and munched on hors d’oeuvres, dinner was served buffet-style and included a gourmet mac and cheese bar, gumbo with dirty rice, baron of beef with asparagus and custom sliders. The perfect finishing touch to the evening, the gorgeous multi-layered wedding cake was red velvet and carrot with cream cheese filling and buttercream frosting.

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Sarah’s tip for anyone planning a wedding soon? “Don’t stress, and have fun!” Belmond Charleston Place was truly thrilled to host Sarah and Jeffrey’s wedding night and we wish them nothing but abundant love and happiness!

(All photographs courtesy of Todd Surber from King Street Studio)

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Downtown Discovered: Harleston Village

While downtown Charleston is most often known for its historic district, a variety of unique neighborhoods exist within the city center. From picturesque South of Broad to the artistic French Quarter, there’s plenty here for guests to delight in. In our next installment of Downtown Discovered, we will explore the diverse and lively Harleston Village.

Location:
Stretching from King Street, west to the Ashley River, Harleston Village is bordered by Calhoun Street to the north and Broad to the South. Frequently called Harleston’s Green, the area was part of a grant made to John Coming in 1671 and later inherited by John Harleston. Streets named for prominent men of the period, including Lord Charles Greville Montagu and Lt. Gov. William Bull, still bear their names today.

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Originally developed in 1770, the neighborhood is a mix of Antebellum houses and upscale modern townhouses situated along tree-lined streets. Be sure to stroll past the most famous homes in the area, the 1802 Gaillard-Bennett house at 60 Montagu Street and the 1800 William Blacklock house at 18 Bull Street. The Gaillard-Bennett house boasts 10,000 square feet of Georgian/Adam details plus one of the most impressive formal gardens in Charleston while the Blacklock House is a National Historic Landmark. 


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History:
Founded in 1700, the same year as the initial development of Harleston Village, the College of Charleston is the oldest education institution south of Virginia, and the 13th oldest in the United States. Also located in Harleston Village and owned by the College of Charleston, the Avery Research Center for African American History and Culture holds regular exhibits, tours, lectures and workshops dedicated to educating the community on the history and culture of African Americans in the Lowcountry.

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A hub of learning in historic Charleston, Harleston Village is also home to the American College of the Building Arts, the country’s only four-year liberal arts college educating and training artisans in the traditional building arts. While staying at Belmond Charleston Place, be sure to stop into the Thoroughbred Club for tapas, served on trays created by local blacksmithing students. 

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Places of Interest:
From college students to families to the elderly, you are likely to see numerous people outside enjoying the various parks in the neighborhood. Colonial Lake, a tidal lake currently undergoing a $5 million revitalization, is the perfect place for afternoon strolls. You will see walkers, joggers, bikers, kids and dogs at this family-friendly spot. Located near the Medical University of South Carolina, Cannon Park was previously a sawmill pond before becoming a convention hall, museum and hospital. A fire destroyed the hall in 1981, leaving behind its four grand columns, still visible today.

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Grab a cup of coffee from the minimalist-chic Black Tap, before heading out to explore Harleston Village. Make sure you stop to see the Old City Jail on Magazine Street, home to pirates, gangsters and even ghosts! By day, the Old City Jail houses the American College of the Building Arts and at night, is open for haunted walking tours. In case you’ve scared up an appetite, visit Queen Street Grocery, established in 1922 and home to irresistible crepes and hot pressed sandwiches. Once you’ve had your fill, head down Broad Street and wind around to the City Marina, for stunning views of the Ashley River. End your day with a cocktail at Salty Mike’s while watching the sun set! A perfect end to an ideal Lowcountry day.

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