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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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After exploring Charleston, retreat to Belmond Charleston Place, your home base for SEWE Weekend. Special rates are available.

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Running Routes to Explore Downtown Charleston

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Downtown Jogging Map

With the start of a new year comes a renewed focus on health and wellness. Hit the ground running (literally) on your New Years’ goals with running route recommendations from our staff members. Danielle Girard, Guest Room Dining Manager and Jennifer Casselli, Director of Human Resources are both avid runners. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air and explore the surrounding areas with these diverse routes.

What is your favorite area or route to run in Charleston?
The West Ashley Bikeway, a 2.5 mile cycling and walking path, located a few miles from downtown. It’s gorgeous in the fall when the leaves changes color. – Jennifer

Are you a morning, midday or evening runner?
An evening run, hands down. It’s the perfect way to clear your head and the sunset views are usually incredible. – Jennifer

What is your favorite way to relax post-run?
A relaxing bath of lavender Epsom salts. The marble tubs in our guestrooms are perfect for a post-Marathon soak. – Danielle

Do you have any tips for guests for staying active while traveling?
Running while traveling is the best way to see a city. Get out there and explore. – Jennifer

Check out Running Clubs in the area you are visiting. It’s an ideal way to get to know the locals too. – Danielle

Scenic jogging routes are available for those more interested in a leisurely stroll. Click here to learn more. Share your favorite route with us or contact our concierge for a route that best fits your pace.

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Charleston: More to Explore

Belmond Charleston Place is perfectly nestled in the heart of downtown Charleston, making it the ideal place to visit when exploring the Holy City If you have more time to explore, consider venturing beyond the peninsula. Whether you want to catch some rays or discover more historical sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy less than 30 minutes away.

For a glimpse into life during centuries’ past, tour sites including Boone Hall Plantation, with its majestic avenue of moss-draped oaks, Magnolia Plantation built in the 1670′s and Middle Place, for America’s oldest landscaped gardens.

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Visit the area’s lush sea islands of Folly Beach, Sullivan’s and Isle of Palms. With endless sun drenched beaches washed by the warm surf of the tropical Gulf Stream currents, the islands offer water sports of every kind including sailing and deep-sea fishing. shutterstock_123981655

For the history buff, take a tour of historic sites such as Fort Moultrie, the scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, and Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began and Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Walk in the steps of heroes at this home to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and the Medal of Honor Museum.

Discover Charleston Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670. Take a tram ride tour of the original fortification or stroll through the beautiful English Park gardens.

With world-class golf courses designed by renowned architects such as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, a round of golf is not to be missed. For a challenging game, head to Wild Dunes Harbor Course, best known for its beautiful views of the water.

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Bring the kids and explore the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry featuring hands-on exhibits, The South Carolina Aquarium or Charleston’s minor league baseball team, The Charleston Riverdogs.

With so many activities located 30 minutes or less from Belmond Charleston Place, take advantage and Celebrate with Savings, and receive a 50% discount the third night of stay and take the time to explore everything Charleston has to offer. Book now

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