Discovery, Featured

Love in the Lowcountry

In Charleston, one can find romance in the unexpected; from the flowers blossoming through cast-iron fences, to the striking sun setting on the Ashley River. This Valentine’s Day, we encourage you to break away from the typical card and flowers and spend the day with your significant other rediscovering the beauty in each other and in Charleston.
Picnic at Battery Park
Head out our doors and into the heart of Charleston. Stroll down historic King Street where you will be surrounded by antique stores, unique boutiques and antebellum homes. Find yourself at the tip of the Peninsula at historic Battery Park under a canopy of age-old Oak trees. Indulge on a gourmet picnic filled with delectable treats. Take our charming wicker basket to White Point Gardens or Waterfront Park, where the salty sea air adds to the enchanting experience. Take the scenic route back home with our walking directions.

Carriage Ride Downtown
Snuggle up next to your loved one for a ride back in time. A private carriage tour is a wonderful chance to explore the city and learn more about it’s unique history, beautiful architecture, and inspiring gardens.

Sunset or Moonlight Sail on the Fate
What could be more whimsical than sailing around the Charleston peninsula with the one you love? Feel the sea breeze in your hair while enjoying a kaleidoscope sky and a church-steepled doted skyline.

Me Time Massage
Relax at The Spa at Charleston Place and surprise your sweetheart with some much deserved me-time. After an indulgent, restorative afternoon, lounge by our rooftop mineral pool, available by reservation.

Stroll down Pitt Street Bridge
Located just ten minutes away from downtown Charleston in Mount Pleasant, walk hand in hand down Pitt Street Bridge, where you will take in sights and the beauty of the Lowcountry. After, return to your home away from home in the heart of it all.

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Arts & Culture, Discovery, Featured, Sip & Savor

Your Essential Charleston Itinerary

As beautiful now as she was 350 years ago, Charleston is a perfect juxtaposition of centuries old charm and cultured sophistication. Shaped by the city’s two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, Charleston bristles with an energy and vibrancy reserved for only the finest cities in the world. Glorious weather shines down, while locals and visitors alike amble down narrow cobblestone streets in search of reluctant artists, boutique shops and the country’s best restaurants. Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, it’s easy to be seduced by Charleston’s charm. Crowned the Number 1 City in the United States for the last ten years, read on for our essential Charleston guide. The perfect trip to Charleston starts with cocktails al fresco. Rooftop bars are plentiful and the Clocktower Terrace is one of the few in town that offers a perch overlooking historic King Street. Sip a Belmond Breeze while you admire views of the city skyline. Then, set out in search of local delicacies. Oysters are a crowd-favorite and can be found on menus throughout the city. Two of our favorite spots for fresh seafood? The Ordinary and The Darling Oyster Bar, both located a few shorts blocks from Charleston Place, A Belmond Hotel.  The next morning, set out at first light with a private trainer for a run over the Ravenel Bridge. See if you can spot Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and the Sullivans Island lighthouse in the distance. After working up an appetite, head to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, for a true taste of the South. Located in the historic City Market, afterwards, peruse the sweetgrass baskets which have been made by hand according to Gullah Geeche traditions for years. Then, plan to wander away the morning exploring historic Charleston. Stop by Waterfront Park to see its famous Pineapple Fountain, walk past the candy-colored homes of Rainbow Row and then onto the Battery, where Antebellum mansions overlook Charleston harbor. Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch and sit a spell under the enormous oaks of White Point Gardens. Continue your downtown adventure by spending the afternoon on one of the country’s most famous streets – King Street. Peppered with national labels, boutique shops, art galleries and antique stores also dot the shopping district. Peacock proud locals delight in showing their wares and sharing the unique stories behind their products with curious travelers. After shopping, take a rickshaw ride to upper King Street, where lively restaurants and bars await. One of our favorite ways to try all of Charleston’s mouthwatering cuisine? Create your own dine around experience. Start with drinks at the speak-easy like Cocktail Club, move on to appetizers at the farm-to-table eatery Macintosh and then sample the sophisticated pizzas and pastas from Indaco. If you aren’t ready to say goodnight, a nightcap at Halls Chophouse is in order. Their Sunday gospel brunch is also a Charleston classic, beloved by locals and visitors.   A city surrounded by water, rise with the tide the next morning as dawn breaks over the Atlantic. Embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle, take a walk on the wild side, and uncover secret sea islands with Coastal Expeditions. Admire the sculpture-like branches of Boneyard Beach. Stroll along the maritime forest, gathering shells and spotting alligators and bottlenose dolphins. After a full day of exploration, relaxation is in order. Laze away the afternoon at our horizon-edge mineral pool or indulge in a signature spa treatment. No trip to Charleston is complete without a cosmopolitan night on the town. Start with a cocktail and live music at the clubby Thoroughbred Club before indulging in some of the city’s finest fare at Charleston Grill. Perfectly paired wines complement the global cuisine while live jazz sets the tone for a vibrant night. After dinner, head to the Gin Joint, for a cozy cocktail in their 1920s-inspired setting. Then, wander hand in hand down cobblestone streets as gas lanterns flicker in the evening light. Then, end your Charleston adventure as the sunset casts pink and orange hues over the Ashley River. You may just spot a bottlenose dolphin while a local jazz artist serenades the setting sun on his trumpet. These are the precious moments through which memories are shaped, endearing Charleston to locals and visitors alike.
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Arts & Culture, Discovery

The Shops 2020 Gift Guide

While the holiday season may look a little different this year, there’s no reason not to shop ‘til you drop (safely, of course!) and pick out gifts for those who mean the most. If there was ever a year to celebrate with something special, this is it. And The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have something for everyone on your list, all in one place. For the Fashionista: Festive and fun, pick up a new frock from Kate Spade or add some sparkle to the season with new accessories from Tara Grinna. Get her excited about the travel to come with a new bathing suit from Everything but Water or outfit your mini-me in a jacquard dress from Pink Chicken, perfect for holiday family photos. For the Homebody: Cozy up with a Cool Nights pajama set from Soma Intimates. Paired with a sleep mask, it’s the perfect gift this season (and really, this year). Or give these fun, faux leather leggings and embellished slides, just as perfect to wear around the house as they are for a night out. Available at White House Black Market. For the Beauty Guru: We could all use a little self care and this beautiful hand cream set from L’Occitane or this body mist from Green Biotics Relaxation Collection will help relax and renew. For the Luxe Lover: There’s no better gift than an indulgent leather bag from Louis Vuitton or a sophisticated leather belt from Gucci. Or up her accessory game with fun, fur heels from Peserico or a chic and oh-so-classic bag from St. John. For the Jewelry Junkie: Timeless and simple enough to wear every day, give a charm bracelet from Pandora. Or add a pop of color to her jewelry with these beautiful earrings from Chico’s, that can be dressed up or down. For the Dapper Dad: We can’t forget about the men in our life! Spruce up his go to loafers with a new pair of genuine leather boat shoes from Sperry. Paired with classic shades from Sunglass Hut and a new shirt from Tommy Bahama in a festive color and he’s ready for the new year. For the Home: Since we’re all spending more time at home, give a gift the whole family will love like this beautiful vintage botanical puzzle from Lou Lou. Dress up your walls with a striking piece of art from Mary Martin. Know someone missing Charleston? The Charleston Interior’s book from The Belmond Boutique would make a fitting gift. Visit us downtown and shop at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to check off everyone on your list this holiday season. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more information on holiday specials and deals.
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