Your Guide to Charleston

Visitors to Charleston often remark on the historic district’s walkability yet many are surprised by the depth and breadth of the area’s offerings. One of the best ways to dive deeper in to the architecture, history and folklore of the region is with the help of a guide. From walking tours to carriage rides to sunset sails, our Concierge team recommends guests who are interested in experiencing the Holy City get up close and personal with the help of our favorite tour guides.

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A walking tour of Charleston’s residential district with 1670 Tours allows you to cover about 10-12 blocks with frequent stops at a casual pace. Tailored exclusively to the group, topics may include history, culture, architecture, wars and disasters. The licensed guides will lead you through private homes, public buildings, churches, gardens and graveyards, experiencing the ambiance of the various neighborhoods along the way. The tour features plenty of photo opportunities as well, and the guides know all the best Instagram-worthy spots.

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Schooner Pride
See Charleston from a different point of view on the Schooner Pride, a classic 84′ three mast wooden tall ship. Tour Charleston Harbor for an exhilarating day sail or set out at sunset for a romantic cruise around the peninsula. More of a leisurely sail than a tour, take in the peaceful waters of the Cooper River as it meets the Atlantic and mingle with dolphins, pelicans and gulls on the relaxing two-hour sail.

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Carolina Polo and Carriage Company
Family owned and operated by Charlestonians whose families have been here since the 1600s, Carolina Polo and Carriage Company offers an authentic tour experience. The one-hour fully-narrated group carriage tour takes guests through the quaint and charming streets of downtown. The passionate and engaging guides will regale riders with history lessons, pirate’s tales and architectural highlights. Beautiful gardens and parks, stately mansions, historic churches and buildings are all included.

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For those hoping to mix learning with leisure on their upcoming Charleston visit, these tour guides offer a thorough glimpse into life in the historic district. Belmond Charleston Place is currently running its Spring Selections package until June 10, 2017 which includes your choice of afternoon sail for two aboard the Schooner Pride, personalized 90-minute walking tour with 1670 Tours or $150 Spa or Dining credit. Book now.

 

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Your Guide to Surviving Charleston Fashion Week

Emerging designers putting the finishing touches on their designs, and beautiful models practicing their runway walk can only mean one thing; Charleston Fashion Week is on our heels. Marion Square will soon be filled with the hottest trends of the year. With all of the hustle and bustle during the week and the city’s most fashionable in attendance, it is important to be prepared for the fun. We’ve got you covered on how to survive and make the most out of your Charleston Fashion Week experience.

Dress the part. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to ‘up’ the glam factor for Charleston Fashion Week.
The Everpurse from Kate Spade is not only trendy, but will carry your must-haves during the day. Charge your phone in the SmartPocket of this fashion-forward handbag and have enough battery to post your best pictures to Instagram all night.

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With Lou Lou Boutique’s Minimergency Kit you will always be prepared, wherever the fun may take you. The kit is packed with fashion fix essentials from dental floss to earring backs to double sided tape. You’ll be everyone’s best friend in the ladies room.

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Planning to make it a date night? Not only do you want to look your best for the week, so does your man. Art of Shaving offers shaving consultations on King Street for all of his grooming needs. He will leave looking and feeling like a new man.

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Let the details do the talking with a statement collar from Anne Fontaine. This show-stopping necklace has exactly the right details for everyone to think you are a runway model.

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Heels are always the popular shoes of choice for Fashion Week, but the secret to your feet surviving the night is flats. On your way out the door, grab a pair for Sperry’s trendy flats in your bag to slip on later.

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Keeping your skin hydrated is essential to looking your best during the week. Don’t let having makeup on all day become tiresome to your skin. Use the Shea Butter Foaming Cleanser from L’Occitane in the morning and evening to help remove makeup and keep your face soft and hydrated.

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 Throw on the Trellis Knit Moto Jacket from St. John over your shoulders; it’s the right amount of edgy and chic for cooler night shows, and everyone will be envious of your style.

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Always be ready for your closeup! Stop by the Belmond Boutique as you set out for the evening to pick up last minute mints and bottled water.

Location, location, location. Immerse yourself in Charleston Fashion Week with a stay at Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic district. Book your stay with the Signature Spa package at Belmond Charleston Place and receive a seasonal spa treatment. Your feet will thank you after being in heels all night. A treatment from The Spa, relaxing by the rooftop saltwater infinity pool and a cocktail from the rooftop pool bar is the perfect way to prep for a fun night.

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Late night. Unwind after a fashionably long day by grabbing late night refreshments. The Thoroughbred Club offers fun cocktails, appetizers and desserts that you’ll enjoy while gossiping about the runway looks with girlfriends. If your guy tagged along for the show, stop by Meeting at Market and sit in one of the cozy banquettes for some time together as you grab a beer and catch the game.

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Make sure to stop by Charleston Fashion Week from March 14 to March 18, where The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place will be the title sponsor of the Style Lounge. Show off your accessories and see what will be trending this year. To reserve the Signature Spa package at Belmond Charleston Place call 1-888-635-2350 or click here. 

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Tastemakers at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival

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Get ready to sink your teeth into the annual Charleston Wine + Food Festival March 1-5, 2017. From the first cork popped to the last drop poured, the chefs, sommeliers and personalities of Belmond Charleston Place create a passionate group dedicated to great food, amazing wines and of course, Charleston. Read more to learn where you can find the Belmond team members at the 2017 CWFF this year.

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Join Steven Manall, Executive Chef of The Palmetto Cafe at the Culinary Village. Here, you’ll enjoy favorite foods and beverages, delightful tastings and an Artesian Market that will be stocked full of incredible local and regional makers showcasing their masterful creations and unique flavors. Chef Manall uses classic dishes as an inspiration and adds unique flavors, preparations and presentations. You’re in for a wonderful treat when tasting what Chef Manall has cooked up.

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Known for redefining Southern cuisine, you’ll find Executive Chef Michelle Weaver of the Charleston Grill at the Culinary Village and Iron + Oak. Enjoy a trip to the stunning private venue, RiverOaks, for an intimate lunch amid grand live oaks and European-inspired elegance. The menu is veggie-inspired, prepared in cast iron skillets and cauldrons, and will be served alongside a collection of magnificent wines. Don’t take our word for it.

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You’ll see Femi Oyediran everywhere at the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. A member of “The Faces Behind the Campaign” for CFWW, he loves that the festival brings great talent to Charleston. Femi is an Advanced Sommelier at Charleston Grill and someone you don’t want to miss this year.

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The consummate host, Mickey Bakst, General Manager of the Charleston Grill, will welcome Daniel Boulud back to Charleston for a namesake Legacy Dinner. Mickey will bring the dinner to life, along with acclaimed chefs from all over the world, with the table being set at the city’s most elegant private dining room. The dinner is sold out, and partial proceeds benefit Teach the Need, a program that pairs professional mentors with at-risk high school students to learn front-of-house employment skills.

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Be the judge of who takes home the ultimate bragging rights at the Sumo Sommelier competition. Rick Rubel, Wine Director at Charleston Grill will show off his palate by pairing the best white and red of the year with two wine-challenging dishes. Taste the pairings on your own, then you decide.

You’ll be able to experience the best of the Southern food scene while wrapping yourself in luxury at Belmond Charleston Place with the “Beauty and the BBQ Beast” package. Enjoy two nights’ luxurious accommodations in historic Charleston and two of the premiere events of the Charleston Wine + Food Festival. Enjoy Iron + Oak and Toasted, the festival’s Southern BBQ finale event. This epic bash features fourteen chefs, a pit master, wine and beer, cocktail pairings as well as rocking live music. Call 843-722-4900 to book.

Charleston Wine + Food is a can’t miss festival that champions the region’s unique foodways through world-renowned culinary experiences. Fueled by a contagious passion for the people and places that make Charleston worth celebrating, the annual festival infuses homegrown flavor with top chefs, winemakers, authors and more from around the globe for a five-day event.

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