Discovery, Featured

Experience the Magic of the Belmond Charleston Place Holiday Train

Inspired by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), the world’s most legendary train and one of Belmond’s seven luxury rail experiences, the holiday train is one of Belmond Charleston Place’s most memorable traditions. Since 2001, this fully operational replica has been traversing the hotel’s grand lobby every holiday season. Visitors will marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels across more than 300 feet of track. The immense spectacle of the scenery is certain to grab attention. Complete with a hand carved, eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees, and a miniature world of ski resorts, hotels, inns, shops, and vintage automobiles, the glorious scene takes visitors back to alpine Europe during the early 20th century, how the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was in its early days.

New this year, guests and visitors can witness several train models that replicate the famous Thomas & Friends television show, courtesy of model train designer and enthusiast Lou Nappi. The Nappi family has been arranging the impressive model train scene for nearly two decades, with four generations of family members working to put the centerpiece of the Belmond Charleston Place lobby together.

Watch our time lapse video of the magical train come to life. The train operates daily from 8am to 10pm in the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place from November 22, 2018, to January 2, 2019. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has often been called the “king of trains and the train for kings” – quite fitting for this behemoth among miniatures.

 

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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.

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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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