Walkable History: Charleston City Market

There are few cities in the world that have preserved their past quite like Charleston. History abounds on every street corner with beautifully maintained architecture from houses and churches to historic sites and museums. Tucked away gardens and antebellum plantations dot the city like intricate seashells.

Finding a historic attraction is about as easy as finding a courteous local with a penchant for holding doors open. So put away your map, guide book and iPhone, and strike out for the first street you come to. Let a true sense of adventure light your way.

Based in the center of the historic district, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect location from which to relive Charleston’s rich history. In our “Walkable History” series, we’ll do just that, sharing our favorite spots to see history come alive in Charleston. All within a short stroll from the doors of the hotel.
Charleston City Market
Located directly across from the hotel’s Meeting Street entrance, you’ll find the Charleston City Market—a historically significant landmark dating back to 1788. Charles Cotesworth Pinckney ceded the land where the Market is built to the City of Charleston under the stipulation that the land would forever be used as a public market.Construction was complete in 1807 and the buildings behind the Daughter’s of the Confederacy building were used to house meat, vegetable and fish markets. Butchers paid $2.00 for booth rental because the space was equipped with a marble slab to keep meat cold. Buzzards were nicknamed the “Charleston Eagle” because they were often found outside of the market begging for scraps.

Several years later the building was burned and not rebuilt until 1841. After the rebuilding, the market was used for Market Commissioner’s meetings, social functions and space rental underneath. Since 1970, the space has been used for arts, crafts and gourmet goods. The City Market saw it’s most recent renovation in 2011, enclosing the building and providing central heating and air.

While strolling the market you will find great shopping in booths such as the Charleston Angler, Gallery Chuma and The Historic Charleston Foundation. Restaurants such as Caviar and Bananas and Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit serve up delicious food and provide comfortable tables for weary shoppers. The Charleston City Market is a “must see” when visiting the city.

To learn more about the unique items you’ll find while strolling the Market, click here.

Photo credit: Charleston Museum Archives

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New Year’s Eve Party Planning Tips from Our Event Experts

From elegant galas to intimate weddings, our events team creates memorable moments that are cherished for a lifetime.  With 25 years of collective event planning experience, they strive to think of every detail from start to finish.  This year, our team has shared some of their top tips to creating an impressive New Year’s party. Always make sure to have enough Champagne on hand.  New Year’s Eve is an evening meant for celebrating the end of one year and the beginning of another, so keep extra bubbly on hand.  If you want to create a fun and festive signature drink, try Charleston Grill’s Kir Royale recipe.     Create a unique menu. We recommend small bites that cover a variety of cuisine.  It’s important to always account for dietary restrictions and preferences so you don’t exclude anyone.  For a sweet treat that’s easy to eat, try Executive Pastry Chef Chris Ryan’s pecan praline recipe.  Make a creative and engaging playlist.  This will keep the energy going all night long; especially around 11PM when people start to fade.  Don’t forget to add New Year classics like “1999”-Prince, “Auld Lang Syne”-Mariah Carey, and “New Year’s Day”- U2. Don’t skimp on activities.  A simple and cost-effective solution is to create a photo booth or party hat decorating station.  This will keep guest engaged, and give them a memorable keepsake to take home with them. Sparklers for midnight are a must. We suggest you get 20″ sparklers instead of 36″. They burn quicker and you can always have more than one. Provide your guests with a safe ride home.  Call your preferred local transportation company and arrange for a few vehicles to arrive at your house shortly after midnight, so everyone has a safe ride home. No matter the occasion, these tips can be used for any gathering.  But, if you’re in need of a professionally planned event our team is able to help select venues that entice, décor that impresses, and menus that people want to savor.  From the first phone call to the final clean-up, they will execute every detail to perfection.   Belmond Charleston Place Events TeamAlexandria, Megan, Margeaux
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Celebrate the Winter Solstice with These Top Charleston Events

‘Tis the season for bundling up with a warm beverage and exploring some of Charleston’s most exciting winter events. Known for our mild winter climate, there is always an opportunity to discover something new in Charleston without fighting through frosty weather. From the exotic wildlife exhibit to wholesome Christmas activities, there is an event for everyone this winter season. Holiday Festival of Lights Now – December 30 This event is a must-see if you are in Charleston for the holiday season. Located in James Island County Park, this dazzling light display is mesmerizing for people of all ages.  To make life easier, Adventure Sightseeing can pick you and your group up at the hotel and take you through the spectacle. If you plan to drive yourself, be sure to stop through Santa’s Land to partake in some holiday cheer.  From roasting marshmallows over a roaring fire pit to taking pictures with Santa, the Holiday Festival of Lights is a treasured tradition every year.  Holiday Train Display at Belmond Charleston Place   Now – January 2 Our hotel is known for its gorgeous holiday decorations, including the famous holiday train. Modeled after the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, this festive train takes an adventurous journey through 300 feet of tracks paved with sparkling snow and quaint villages. Don’t just take our word for it, however, because the train leaves the station every few minutes to wind through the snowy landscape for you to observe. New Year’s Festivities in the Lowcountry December 31 Finding the perfect New Year’s party can be a challenge, so look no further than downtown Charleston for the most memorable night. Multiple bars and restaurants are holding events such as The Alley, Cedar Room, The Rice Mill, and many more. And don’t forget, the exclusive Yorktown Countdown at Patriots Point will feature Charleston fare and live entertainment from all imaginable genres.  From casual gatherings to upscale galas, Charleston is filled with a variety of New Year’s Eve celebrations. Charleston Marathon January 12 The New Year brings new resolutions, so why not check off participating in one of the most exciting races that Charleston has to offer? The Charleston Marathon is a multi-layered race that has events for the most advanced runners to the casual fitness enthusiasts. From the Shrimp and Grits 5K to the half and full marathons, there is a race for every level of runner (or walker). After the event, there is a post-race celebration for everyone to enjoy. Lowcountry Oyster Festival January 27 Named one of the “top 20 events in the southeast” by Southeastern Tourism Society, the Lowcountry Oyster Festival is the world’s largest oyster festival.  Located at  historic Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens, the festival includes legendary “Oyster Shucking” and “Oyster Eating” contests, live music on the main stage, wine, a selection of domestic and imported beers, a children’s area and a “food court” showcasing a variety of local favorite restaurants to satisfy everyone’s taste.  Buy your tickets now to celebrate with friends and family. Bacon and Bourbon February 16 Bacon and Bourbon has become a tradition for locals every year. From 18 top Charleston chefs and more than 30 various distilleries, this event is a haven for bourbon and food aficionados. With live music, laser skeet shooting, bull riding competition, and of course, unlimited bourbon and food, this event is truly a unique experience that everyone will love.   Southeastern Wildlife Exposition (SEWE) February 14 – 17 SEWE is without a doubt one of the most recognizable events that Charleston has to offer. This unique occasion connects nature and wildlife to our bustling city. From art displays, to pop-up shops, wildlife exhibitions, and competitions, this is a weekend you have to experience for yourself.  To make this event truly an experience, book our SEWE Offer to have easy access to special events and art galleries held within our hotel. Charleston Wine and Food March 6-10 When springtime approaches, it’s the perfect time to sit back and explore all of the decadent food and beverage options Charleston has to offer. With a variety of different wines and exotic food, there is something for everyone to try in the Culinary Village located in Marion Square.  Or for a more unique experience, explore exclusive events like the Truffle Shuffle or Le Club 843. If you decide to indulge in the festival, make sure to check out our package, Wine, Dine, and Unwind. With two tickets to the Culinary Village, transportation to the festival, and complimentary valet parking, this offer is one you won’t want to miss out on.
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