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.

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.


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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An Endless Summer in Charleston

Although summer may technically end September 21st, in Charleston, summertime stretches long into October. The summertime feeling is vivacious with perfectly refreshing ocean water and local events in full swing. Charlestonians know how to keep the summer attitude going and celebrate all the city has to offer.



With the opening of the Belmond Charleston Place rooftop pool bar, you can soak up glorious views of King Street, take a dip in the infinity pool and delight in refreshing beverages. Local favorites such as the Farmers Market and Second Sunday are still underway through the summer offering delicious local foods and great shopping. Plus, the recently renovated Gibbes Museum of Art offers the new exhibit Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy and Bess, inspired by the popular play from this years Spoleto festival.



Concierge Tip:

If you are interested in viewing downtown from a horse drawn carriage, the tour offers a relaxing afternoon of history and experience. Grab a fresh squeezed juice or refreshing smoothie from Whisk to stay cool during the trip. And afterwards enjoy lunch at local favorite Cru Café, located in a traditional old Charleston house.IMG_5672

Each season offers something unique in Charleston, and with thriving events and the relaxation of the summer, it is the opportune time to see the Holy City. Plan your stay with Belmond Charleston Place and delight in luxurious accommodations, 20% off Premier rooms, suites and Club Level. With Club Level accommodations including complimentary all-day food and beverage, afternoon tea service and a full bar selection guests are able to relax after an exciting day of exploring the city.



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Scenic and Historic Jogging Routes

Maintaining your fitness routine while on vacation has never been easier. Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic district, offers the ideal location for guests to enjoy several scenic jogging routes which highlight the best of Charleston. Jogging along the streets of the city today, you will get a sense of how life was in the 19th century when a horse and carriage was the primary mode of transportation. Plus, you will get to experience some of Charleston’s treasures up close.


For the casual jogger, this 1.3-mile loop is the perfect way to see historic Charleston. You will pass many well-known landmarks:

  1. Confederate Museum: Operated by the Daughters of the Confederacy and open to the public.
  2. Circular Congregational Church:  Known as “White Meeting House,” for which Meeting Street was named.
  3. 134 Meeting Street: Site of the Institute Hall where the Ordinance of Secession was signed.
  4. Gibbes Museum of Art: Houses many valuable paintings and is open to the public.
  5. City Hall: Erected in 1801 as a branch of the First Bank of the United States. Purchased by the City in 1818. It houses portraits and busts of many prominent people in history including Trumbull’s famous portrait of General Washington.
  6. County Court Houses: Began as State House in 1752, burned in 1788 and was rebuilt on old walls.
  7. U.S. Post Office and Federal Court: Site of the City Guard House which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
  8. Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church: Its bells have crossed the Atlantic Ocean five times. George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette both worshiped here when in Charleston.
  9. Heyward-Washington House: Home of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington stayed here while in Charleston.
  10. Old Exchange Building: An independent government was set up here in 1776 by the Provincial Congress. The Provost Dungeon is located in the basement and is open to the public.
  11. U.S. Custom House: Started in 1849 and completed in 1879, it is still operating today.
  12. City Market: Established 1788-1804, it houses shops and boutiques, as well as an open air market.



BATTERY RUN: 4.6 miles

For the more ambitious jogger, try the Battery Run. This 4.6-mile run takes you through the same course as the Historical Loop, adding a bit more challenge and scenery. You will run along Charleston’s breathtaking Battery where, on a clear day, you can see Fort Sumter which received the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.

Next onto Colonial Lake, recently renovated and a favorite spot among local runners, and it is easy to see why, with its sense of serenity and beauty. Now down Charleston’s famous Tradd Street, named after the city’s first born child, and finally to the Historical Loop completing the Battery Run.

Share your favorite route with us or contact our concierge for a route that best fits your pace.


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