Featured, Wellness

Resolutions For Every Charlestonian (or Charleston Visitor)

As we close the chapter of 2018, we start 2019 with a clean slate and a fresh start for new resolutions.  Charleston’s mild winter climate and abundance of historical and legendary landmarks, make it easy to fulfill bucket list desires.  Whether you prefer to focus on overall wellness or trying new cuisines, the Lowcountry is the place to conquer a variety of goals. Work your fitness routine into the outdoors—Charleston provides a beautiful natural backdrop for running, walking, and biking.  Ditch the treadmill and hit the pavement on the Ravenel Bridge for breathtaking views of the city and harbor. Or, head to Sullivan’s Island or Isle of Palms for a walk on the beach.  If you’re looking to mix history with fitness, try a walking tour or rent a bike and explore the historic district.  For those who love to run, our masterful concierge team can arrange a jogging route for you to enjoy the sites and history while burning calories.        Experience new dishes and flavors—It’s no secret that Charleston is home to some of the best restaurants and bars in the country.  The diverse culinary scene has provided visitors and locals the opportunity to indulge in daring dishes.  A great way to explore new restaurants is to partake in Charleston Restaurant Week.  But, if you’re looking for a truly unique experience, we suggest the tasting menu with wine pairings at Charleston Grill.   Discover historical sites outside of Charleston—A change of scenery does the body and mind good.  Hop in the car and wander the exquisite gardens found merely 20 miles away at Middleton Place or Magnolia Plantation.  Or, for a one-of-a-kind experience, visit the only tea plantation in North America at Charleston Tea Plantation.  If you’re without transportation, our team can arrange a private driver for you to enjoy the sites at your leisure.     Indulge in taking care of yourself—Self-care is more than just a buzzword, so be sure to schedule in some time for yourself.  Plan a spa day and indulge in a restorative treatment at The Spa, or schedule a staycation and find your inner-peace in a private yoga session or bask in our rooftop horizon edge pool or Jacuzzi.  Whatever you choose, rest and relaxation can always be found at our hotel. This year, vow to conquer your resolutions in Charleston.  If you’re lucky enough to live in the Lowcountry, explore what’s in your very own backyard.  And if you’re a visitor, we invite you to bask in all we have to offer. From historical landmarks and picturesque views to culinary experiences and overall wellbeing, we are in the center of it all.
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Discovery, Featured, Wellness

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.

HISTORICAL LOOP: 1.3 miles

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

Confederate Museum: Operated by the Daughters of the Confederacy and open to the public.
Circular Congregational Church:  Known as “White Meeting House,” for which Meeting Street was named.
134 Meeting Street: Site of the Institute Hall where the Ordinance of Secession was signed.
Gibbes Museum of Art: Houses many valuable paintings and is open to the public.
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.
County Court Houses: Began as State House in 1752, burned in 1788 and was rebuilt on old walls.
U.S. Post Office and Federal Court: Site of the City Guard House which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
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.
Heyward-Washington House: Home of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington stayed here while in Charleston.
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.
U.S. Custom House: Started in 1849 and completed in 1879, it is still operating today.
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. To explore more running tips from our staff, click here.

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Featured, Sip & Savor

The Secret is Out – Mouzon’s Mash Recipe

Recipes that have been passed down through the family tend to not only be the most cherished, but also the most delicious. The Thoroughbred Club bartender, Mouzon, has a family drink recipe that is no different. Known at The Thoroughbred Club as Mouzon’s Mash, this bar favorite is loved by tourist and locals alike.

This fresh and vibrant drink didn’t start with Mouzon, it all began with his grandfather who owned a peach orchard. When Mouzon was younger, he remembers his grandfather creating a similar drink combining freshly picked peaches with a generous pour of homemade moonshine. Over the years, the concoction evolved, switching out the liquor for Gentleman’s Jack Tennessee Whiskey, giving it a smokey flavor.

Mouzon combines Gentleman Jack Whiskey, pureed fresh peaches, mint and lemon to create this unique cocktail. And now the secret is out, as Mouzon shares his family recipe.

Fresh peach nectar
1.5 oz
Instructions: Take the peach nectar, mint leaves, simple syrup, lemon and muddle. Add Gentleman’s Jack Tennesee Whiskey, shake together and strain over fresh ice. Top off with club soda and garnish with a fresh peach and mint sprig.

Mint leaves
4 – 5

Simple syrup
Splash

Club Soda
Splash

Lemon
1/2

Gentleman’s Jack Whiskey
2 oz

 

Try this cocktail at home or you stop by the Thoroughbred Club and enjoy this drink while listening to the full story from Mouzon himself.

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