Discovery

Explore Charleston’s Waterways

While Charleston is known for its rich history, trendy boutiques and delectable cuisine, one of the Holy City’s greatest attributes is its prime location near the water. The city is surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, fresh water lakes, and winding rivers making endless options for water activities.

So, take advantage of what the Lowcountry has to offer and enjoy these outdoor recreations.

Schooner Pride Sail

Take an afternoon dolphin sail, sunset or moonlight journey around the Charleston Harbor. Along the way enjoy views of pastel colored homes along The Battery, historic church steeples and an up-close view of the Ravenel Bridge. Passengers can help raise and trim the sails or relax while exploring the Holy City’s vibrant coast.

Concierge Tip: Beverages are sold on the boat, but if you want to eat be sure to bring your own picnic lunch.

Paddle Boarding

If you have never paddle boarded before then Charleston is the best place to do it, as the water is relatively flat and calm. Expect to see dolphins and indigenous birds while paddling Folly River, or if you are more advanced, adventure out on the ocean waves with Charleston SUP Safaris. If you choose to take a tour near dusk, you are sure to see a magical sunset and moonrise. Whether you are solo or with a group of friends, this is a great way to see Charleston’s sights and aquatic life.

Concierge Tip: Bring a disposable waterproof camera to snap a shot of the dolphins and breathtaking views.

Fishing in the Lowcountry

Saltwater fishing, inshore, offshore, nearshore – Charleston has it all! Experience an afternoon or sunset session of fishing on Charleston’s glistening water. Whether you are a fishing guru or a complete novice, the captain and crew will accommodate your skill level to help you catch the biggest fish out there.

Concierge Tip: If you catch a “keeper” sized fish, the captain will recommend some restaurants where they will prepare it for you.

Eco Tour – Barrier Island Exploration

Curious about Charleston’s wildlife? Venture to Capers Island on a pontoon boat and learn a thing or two about the native fauna. As one of the few existing undeveloped islands in the area, this hidden retreat is a special place. You are bound to see dolphins, bald eagles, herons, pelicans and more. Once you reach its sandy shore, explore its untouched “Bone-yard Beach” and freshwater ponds.

Fun Fact: High School buddies Jose Hernandez and Shane Ziegler started this tour company in 1997, and today it is managed by Shane and his wife, Morgan. The team is highly experienced with many of the captains and naturalists having over 10 years of experience leading excursions.

Cypress Gardens Boat Ride

Cypress Gardens is a 170-acre preserve and gardens centered around a tupelo swamp enclosed by lush greenery. Enjoy the tall, enchanting cypress trees while paddling in a classic wooden row boat. The ambiance radiates romance, making it the perfect destination for a couple in search of an intimate and unforgettable Lowcountry experience. As you paddle among the lily pads, keep an eye out for the turtles and birds while listening to the peaceful sounds of nature’s wildlife.

Fun Fact: A scene from the movie The Notebook was filmed in this very swamp in Cypress Gardens.

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Your Charleston Summer Reading List

The long, lazy days of summer are the perfect time to kick back and relax with a good book. Whether you plan to visit the Holy City in the coming months or are just missing her soulful beauty, these Lowcountry-centric novels will have you pining for a return trip. Catch up with an old favorite, dive into an easy pool-side read or immerse yourself in the area’s history with our Charleston reading list.
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Make the Most of Springtime Blooms

As you explore the whimsical and winding streets of Charleston, hidden oases can be seen through the wrought iron gates of historic homes. Whether the sun is shining bright in the warm summer months or a cool breeze is blowing through the peninsula in the winter, Charleston enjoys vibrant flowers year-round. As springtime approaches, these overflow with some of the area’s most iconic blooms, such as magnolias and camellias. Creating 50 full arrangements and 200 bud vases each week, Belmond Charleston Place’s in-house florist, Bloom Floral, is well-versed in how to use each season’s featured flowers to capture the essence of southern garden style. Discover their expert input on how to bring the iconic Charleston garden ambiance into your own home this spring. 1. Highlight the best of springtime blooms Inspired by the city’s lush gardens, Bloom infuses the courtyard feel in the hotel’s arrangements by featuring some of Charleston’s most recognizable outdoor blooms in unconventional manners. Flowering branches can only be enjoyed in springtime, and the timeless beauty of magnolias makes them the perfect centerpiece for a Lowcountry-inspired arrangement. To create balance in the lobby’s striking centerpieces, Bloom juxtaposed the towering branches with clusters of greenery, like South Carolina’s fast-growing lady fern.  2. Create movement and texture using unique greenery Many of Charleston’s gardens are encapsulated by far-reaching vines, climbing up exposed brick walls and curling around fanciful pergolas. While these vines are best known for providing a green backdrop to colorful gardens, they are also an easy way to create the textured look often encapsulated by the southern garden style. Bloom recommends using cascading green vines, like the locally-grown Carolina jasmine, to incorporate an element of movement to your springtime arrangements. 3. Build your arrangement wisely It is popular for Charlestonians to showcase their arrangements in ornate centerpieces known as epergnes. However, not every variety of flower is well-suited for these intricate displays. When beginning a new arrangement, Bloom suggests choosing which flower you want to incorporate first, and then selecting a vessel that best complements its shape. To keep your arrangement in place, wrap willow branches in the inside of the vase first, creating a chic and environmentally-friendly support grid to keep your flowers from drooping. This spring, surround yourself with the magic and charm of blissful blooms. Located in the heart of Charleston’s historic district, Belmond Charleston Place is not only the perfect location for exploring the city’s rich history, but also for finding your next floral inspiration. From in-room arrangements and local deliveries to event floral design and wedding bouquets, Bloom Floral can take your vision and turn into a beautiful reality.
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