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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 your corner 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 RoadFor 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 PlanSet out on a wellness adventure and take in the majesty of the morning in the Holy City. In a city filled with such charm and character, the best way to explore is by foot. Walk the waterfront, do HITT exercises in the historic district or run over the famed Ravenel Bridge with a private guide. 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 with a delicious veg-forward entree from Charleston Grill’s Roots & Stems section. A third of the menu at this fine dining gem is currently vegan or vegetarian. Bask in Wellness at The SpaThere’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 MocktailsWhether 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 SunscreenLocated 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 charitable 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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Arts & Culture, Discovery, Featured, Sip & Savor

Holidays in the Holy City

Whether basking in the blissful temperatures or indulging in centuries-old traditions, Charleston is a magical place during the holidays. Garlands adorn Antebellum mansions. Magnolia wreaths flank wrought-iron gates. Twinkling lights wrap the trunks of Palmetto trees. From holiday markets to special menus featuring the finest Lowcountry cuisine, there’s never been a better time to Celebrate in Charleston.                                                  Timeless Traditions A living history museum, Charleston embraces the holiday season with a reverent look towards the past. Tour the festively decorated Edmondston-Alston House by candlelight, warm up in the courtyard with a glass of hot cider as carolers sing, then listen to a local storyteller perform Gullah Christmas stories at Christmas on the Battery. Or set out with a private guide to Magnolia Plantation or Middleton Place. Torch-lit gardens beckon guests to warm up fireside while yuletide traditions and 18-century reenactments celebrate the sights and sounds of the Lowcountry.                                                 Holiday Comforts Treasured family recipes are the touchstones of holiday traditions and Charleston’s rich culinary history is on display during the holiday season. Gather friends and family around the table for a delicious feast at one of the city’s best restaurants, Charleston Grill or The Palmetto Cafe, where guests can find special menus for the holidays. Or sip a hot toddy by one of our outdoor fire pits while nibbling on holiday themed cookies.                                                 All the Trimmings Home to luxury brands, boutique shops and local favorites, give the gift of Charleston this season. Steps from our guest rooms, explore The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place, with gifts for men, women, children and home. Or walk out our doors and onto King Street, considered to be one of the finest shopping districts in the country.                                                 Festive Moments Bring your family together for an unforgettable celebration in an unprecedented year. It’s an invitation to come together and reconnect with loved ones, enjoy the salty sea air and create new memories together. From holiday décor in your suite to special family photos with a professional photographer, mark the occasion in grand style. Holiday Headquarters There’s perhaps no better time to escape to Charleston. Upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with twinkling Christmas trees, grand wreaths and rows upon row of garland in our lobby. Step into our courtyard garden and by wowed by the magnificent 40-foot lighted Christmas tree that towers over the Market Street Circle fountain. Take part in cherished holiday traditions and embrace the spirit of the season in charming Charleston. To learn more about our offerings, click here.
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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 Belmond Charleston Place.  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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