Discovery, Featured

How to Spend the Holidays at Belmond Charleston Place

Take in the magic of the season with an unforgettable stay at Belmond Charleston Place. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply spending time with loved ones, our retreat is the perfect destination for creating long-lasting memories. Embrace the beauty of the holidays, and discover the many ways you can enjoy the season just steps for your guest room. Discover our Holiday Spectacle Take in the magnificent holiday décor within the lobby of Belmond Charleston Place. Set between the iconic Georgian open-arm staircase, and beneath the glistening chandelier, you’ll find the awe-inspiring train display. The fully operational replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express train courses its way through 300 feet of track as it passes by Alpine homes, churches, and hundreds of handcrafted trees. Throughout the lobby, you’ll also discover nearly 1,000 feet of garland, five Fraser Fir trees and 100 wreaths. Take Part in our Teddy Bear Tea On Sundays in December, Belmond Charleston Place continues a beloved holiday tradition as children get dolled up for tea time at the Thoroughbred Club. Adults can partake in tea service, while kids enjoy teddy bear-shaped PB & Js, scones, and cookies. Marvel at the custom-designed train display and enjoy live music and magic shows. Be sure to snag a keepsake picture from the professional photographer as a treasured souvenir. Shop ‘til you Drop Looking for the perfect present or need a last minute gift? Peruse through The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, and discover more than 20 world-class boutiques. From luxury labels for men and women to children’s clothing and accessories, you’re sure to find something for everyone on your holiday shopping list. Savor an Award-Winning Meal Take a seat at the award-winning Charleston Grill, and indulge in refined cuisine and decadent wines amidst live jazz. Known as one of the most storied restaurants in Charleston, longtime Executive Chef Michelle Weaver, Advanced Sommelier Rick Rubel, and Maître d’ Mickey Bakst have created the ultimate dining experience.   Sip Seasonal Cocktails Visit the Thoroughbred Club, and sip on handcrafted cocktails while you bask in our plush lounge filled with dark wood and rich leather. The cozy space, just steps from the decadent lobby décor, is complete with a fireplace, nightly live entertainment, and a lushly landscaped patio with tabletop fire pits open seasonally. Bask in Ultimate Relaxation Belmond Charleston Place Take time out from the buzzing holiday season, and discover our haven for wellness. Located on the 4th Floor, we invite you to bask in the tranquil atmosphere of our spa. Whether you choose an exclusive seasonal treatment, like our Red Hot Holiday body scrub from Farmhouse Fresh, or opt for a signature massage or facial, you will leave feeling a sense of renewal.    Give the Gift of Luxury A Belmond gift card gives someone special the freedom to enjoy their choice of service across our range of iconic hotels, trains, and river cruises. Whether they choose a hotel stay, an award-winning meal, or a luxurious spa or salon treatment, each experience will be an indulgent retreat. 
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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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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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