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.
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.
As you meander throughout the Holy City, each turn promises to be an awe-inspiring discovery. Whether it’s our historic homes and gardens and antebellum charm or our glistening waterways and easy way of living, there is something to be loved by every local and visitor. And, who could forget our show-stopping culinary scene that captures the heart of even the most refined foodies? Consistently named the No. 1 City in the United States and Canada by the readers of Travel + Leisure and Condé Nast Traveler year after year, read on to discover why our staff adores the place they call home. “I love Charleston for its geographic beauty; imagine 12 months of something in bloom, and a constant breeze carrying those scents across the peninsula. Also, anywhere you turn you’re greeted by water whether it’s a beach, river, estuary, or marshland. And if Charleston’s beauty isn’t special enough, the people who live here genuinely envelope and exude a gentle sweetness that is Southern hospitality.”-Shelley, Operations Manager at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place “Food and history, hands down. Our restaurant scene is unlike anywhere else in the US—we have some of the best restaurants in America right at our fingertips, and our Lowcountry cuisine is as rich in flavor as it is in tradition. You can’t get that anywhere else. In addition, we have 350 years of history right in our very own backyard. I love visiting iconic sites and landmarks, plantations, and more.”-Steven, Executive Chef at The Palmetto Cafe “My two favorite seasons in Charleston are the spring and fall. The moderate temperatures, beautiful blooming flowers, and exciting festivals make it impossible to stay indoors. Also, I welcome the slower pace of the South, where it encourages one to take time to enjoy life rather than rush through each day.”-Rachelle, Learning & Development Manager “We live in the perfect size town where it’s big enough to take part in different events and festivals around town, but small enough to feel like you’re a part of a family and can support local businesses. One of my favorite things to do on the weekends is to visit our local farmers market—they always have an abundance of South Carolina-sourced produce and handcrafted goods from local artisans.” Megan, Charleston Place Event Manager Our culture and history, mouthwatering cuisine, preserved traditions, beautiful blooms and beaches are just a few of the many reasons why our city is beloved by so many. This year, we invite you to experience the Holy City for yourself. Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect base for your adventure.