Arts & Culture, Discovery, Featured, Sip & Savor

Spring Festivals Roundup

The South is a glorious place in springtime, and captivating Charleston, drenched in history and culture is the shining star. The flowers are in brightly-colored bloom, fragrance of mouthwatering cuisine wafts through the air and the temperature hangs in the 80s beneath sunny skies. Here is a list of festivals to help you discover all that Charleston has to offer this spring.

Charleston Wine + Food
Embark on a culinary journey during the 15th annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Surround yourself with a cornucopia of savory flavors as you experience events, demonstrations and parties, infusing world class cuisine with Southern charm and culture. Enjoy delectable moments with the country’s top chefs, winemakers, beverage experts, storytellers, artisans, and more. With a five-day menu of more than 100 events, Charleston transforms into a cultural buffet sure to please any palate. Feast your senses March 4-8.

Festival of Houses and Gardens
Set within the city’s historic district, this series of award-winning tours showcases Charleston’s distinctive architecture, art, gardens and culture. Festival attendees enjoy the rare opportunity to go inside approximately 130 private historic houses as well as distinctive gardens and notable properties. For 70 years, this festival has been educating those who wonder what treasures dwell behind Charleston’s magnificent carved doors and intricate wrought iron gates. Explore Charleston’s rich history and culture from March 11 to April 18.

Cooper River Bridge Run
Lace up your running shoes for the 43rd Annual Cooper River Bridge Run. One of the world’s largest 10K runs, people of all ages and fitness levels put their strengths to the test. The race course begins in Mt. Pleasant on Coleman Boulevard, crosses the beautiful Cooper River Bridge and finishes in downtown Charleston. Get filled with the feeling of pure adrenaline by participating in this healthy and fun event. The Cooper River Bridge Run will take place on April 4.

Volvo Car Open
Attracting an average of 90,000 attendees and more than 70 of the world’s top tennis players, the Volvo Car Open is one of the hottest tickets in professional sports. Celebrating its 20th year, the nine-day event is the largest women’s-only tennis competition in the world, but is more than just a tournament. During the week fans are entertained with a variety of festival-like activities such as elevated Lowcountry dining, live music & special performances, shopping and more. Game, set, match is April 4-12.

Spoleto Festival USA
Since 1977, this acclaimed arts festival has illuminated the city of Charleston with performances by talented artists from around the world. For 17 days, participants delve into a wonderland of art, delighting in more than 150 performances of opera, dance, theater, classical music and jazz. Now approaching its 44th season, Spoleto Festival USA is internationally recognized as America’s premier performing arts festival. Be thrilled May 22-June 7.

Piccolo Spoleto
Produced by the City of Charleston’s Office of Cultural Affairs, this companion festival is the perfect complement to Spoleto Festival USA. Running simultaneously as Spoleto, visitors are introduced to artists primarily of the Southeast region. Visual arts exhibits, classical music, jazz, dance, theatre, poetry readings, children’s activities, choral music, ethnic cultural presentations, crafts and film are all to be expected May 22 to June 7.

Spring is the perfect time to visit Charleston, and with special event packages available, Belmond Charleston Place will place all the many culinary, fashion, and artistic wonders Charleston has to offer, right at your fingertips.

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Featured, Wellness

Ways to Wellness at Belmond Charleston Place

The start of the new year is the perfect time to bid farewell to old habits and welcome new resolutions. Whether you set out to discover more of the world, get into shape, or adopt healthier eating habits, your journey to a new lifestyle doesn’t have to come to a halt while you travel. A stay at Belmond Charleston Place allows you to maintain optimal wellness; from state-of-the-art fitness equipment and personal training sessions to healthy dining options and savory mocktails, the hotel has plenty of healthy lifestyle options. Read on to discover how you can indulge in the good life while keeping true to your New Year resolutions. Stay Fit on the Road For the ultimate, calorie-burning workout, visit our fitness center. Equipped with a full range of free weights and the latest cardiovascular machines, including three Peloton bikes, boost your energy and stay in shape during your stay. Kick Start Your Personal Fitness Plan From personal training and boot camp to yoga and Pilates, a one-on-one session with a certified personal trainer is the perfect way to motivate yourself and work harder. Our wellness team, located at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, can help arrange a private exercise program. Discover Healthy Dining Options Charleston is known for its decadent Lowcountry dishes and Southern staples, but healthier options are available at our dining outlets. Start your morning at The Palmetto Cafe with fresh Green Juice or Kombucha, break for lunch at Meeting at Market to indulge in their crisp Cobb Salad, and end your evening at the Thoroughbred Club with their tapas-style menu or a delicious veg-forward entree from Charleston Grill’s Roots & Stems section. Bask in Wellness at The Spa There’s no better way to unwind and relax than with a restorative treatment at The Spa. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, you’ll find our haven for beauty and wellness. Whether you choose to indulge in a full body massage, facial, body scrub, or hand and foot therapy, each treatment will help you rejuvenate the skin you’re in. Embark on a Self-Guided Walking Tour Just steps from the hotel, you’ll experience some of Charleston’s most coveted landmarks, museums, and the Historic City Market. A city best explored by foot, visit our concierge team to pick up a self-guided walking map that will take you by the Holy City’s iconic spots. Sip and Savor Mocktails Whether you’re participating in “dry January” or have simply resolved to cut alcohol from your lifestyle, visit the Thoroughbred Club or Charleston Grill for savory mocktails. The alcohol-free handcrafted drinks are the perfect way to indulge in great flavors among live music seven days a week. Slather on Sunscreen Located just steps from the horizon-edge swimming pool and Clocktower Terrace, you’ll discover sunscreen dispensers filled with SPF 30 available for our guests. Thanks to The Spa’s chartiable initiative, I Will Reflect, the dispensers are located throughout the city and hotel and are free to use. Be sure to slather on sunscreen before you bask in Charleston’s vibrant sun. Indulge in ‘Me Time’ Relax, disconnect, and slow your pace as you read our “Me Time” publication in the comforts of your spacious guest room. As you cozy up on the bed or reading nook, each page invites you to savor the moment, and indulge in that most prized possession: your time. This year, take time to explore all that the Lowcountry has to offer with a stay at our cosmopolitan retreat. Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, our hotel is the perfect base for a city adventure. Book your stay, and contact our masterful concierge team or spa staff to help organize your next wellness adventure.
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Discovery, Featured

One of a Kind Experiences in Charleston

The list of reasons travelers rank Charleston as one of the top destinations in the country is quite extensive. Mild year-round weather, Southern hospitality, amazing history, and one of the most dynamic culinary scenes in the country. Just to name a few.

In addition to helping you explore the city’s most popular activities and attractions, our concierge team can arrange one-of-a-kind experiences—ones that guests typically would not find on their own. We asked our team to share a list of their favorite gems that they’ve planned for guests through the years.

1. A private walking tour of Charleston’s exclusive gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

2. A tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both which are closed to the public.

3. A private “behind-the-scenes” carriage ride at Middleton Place Plantation (reservations are not normally accepted).

4. A charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

5. A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by a member of Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

6. An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

7. Private tours of artists’ studios as well as introductions to the artists themselves.

8. A private historic district tour via bicycle with native authority Harlan Green—author of six books on Charleston history.

9. A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

10. A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

11. For a special occasion, a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Have you enjoyed any of these hidden gems? What others would you recommend to locals or visitors? We would love to hear your thoughts!

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