Spoleto Festival: Coming of Age Performances in a Timeless City

Embracing the historic and natural charm of the Holy City, the Spoleto Festival has begun another season of renowned live arts performances. In 1977, Charleston was selected as an ideal location to host young and experienced artists of all forms with a passion for originality. Now in its 40th season, Spoleto still honors the original tradition of celebrating the finest arts and has earned international recognition.

Performances of opera, theater, jazz, dance, visual arts and more offer options for a variety of interests. With many shows already receiving notable praise, the difficulty becomes not which show to attend, but rather how many performances one can see during the 17-day festival.

This year’s opera, Porgy and Bess, has been commended as one of the greatest artistic creations ever produced in the Holy City and is surely a must see. The show celebrates the African American community in the South Carolina costal region and is exquisitely performed by a talented cast, lively music and beautiful setting and design.

A sure crowd pleaser, Havana Rakatan, is a lively dance piece featuring salsa, mambo, jazz, cha-cha, rumba and more. Complemented with an eight-piece live band this show energetically explores Cuban history through dance.

With a great deal of the success of the Spoleto Festival credited to the setting of Charleston, it is vital to indulge in the charm of the Holy City while visiting. The Belmond Charleston Place Spoleto Grill Gourmet Package offers luxurious accommodations to enhance your Spoleto Festival USA experience. Indulge in dinner for two in the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill, complimentary breakfast in the hotels Four Diamond Palmetto Café, 20% off festival tickets, and a variety of welcome amenities, for travel now through June 11th, 2016. 

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Show Stopping Accessories

With Charleston Fashion Week right around the corner, it’s time to amp up your accessory game with some sharp and stylish accessories. The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place has you covered with fashion-forward looks that will complete any outfit and get you ready for the runway. Choose a statement piece or something delicate and elegant. Mix up your current look or keep it classic. Whatever you choose, Charleston Fashion Week will be the perfect spot to show off your new adornments.

Carrie Tiff Belt – Anne Fontaine

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This gorgeous Italian calfskin leather belt adorned with a large emblematic flower is sure to make a statement. Named after Sex and the City’s iconic Carrie Bradshaw, this piece is sure to keep heads turning. Choose from black or blue and pair with a crisp white shirt and skirt.

Dellie Wedges – Kate Spade

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Add a pop of color to any ensemble with these fun wedges from Kate Spade. These fabric-covered, open-toed beauties have just the right amount of quirk to finish off your outfit. Pair with an LBD or pantsuit, and let your shoes steal the show.

White Beaded Tassel Necklace – The Resort Shop

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Sometimes you just need a delicate necklace to finish off your look. This white beaded tassel necklace from The Resort Shop will be a lovely final touch to your Fashion Week outfit. You will receive nothing but compliments with this simple stunner.

Tassel Bracelets – LouLou

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The easiest way to update your look is to have some fun with color with these bright tassel bracelets from LouLou. Keep it simple by picking your favorite color or mix it up with different hues to match your personality. Choose one, two or more to stack; the perfect final addition to any outfit.

Lemon Love Necklace by Gunner and Lux  – Pink Chicken

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The little ones in your life want to be fashionable too. Surprise them with this Love Necklace by Gunner and Lux sold at Pink Chicken. Choose from Pineapple, Lemon or Watermelon charms, and they will be the trendiest little one at the show.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place and pick up the perfect accessories to go with your outfit. Make sure to stop by Charleston Fashion Week from March 15 to March 19, where The Shops will be the title sponsor of the Style Lounge, to show off your glam accessories. Don’t forget to follow @TheShopsBCP on Instagram to get the newest looks, offers plus behind-the-scenes scoop from Fashion Week.

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What’s New at Belmond Charleston Place

Classic, timeless and steeped in history, Belmond Charleston Place never goes out of style. Considered one of the top luxury hotels in Charleston for almost 30 years, the hotel has remained current and relevant by updating and renovating to further our offerings for guests. As an ode to the everlasting tradition of Belmond Charleston Place, we have rounded up a list of the gorgeous renovations and convenient, new services that were ushered in with 2016.

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Perhaps the most impressive update to the hotel is the completion of a $34 million, 3 year renovation of its 434 guest rooms. The renovation truly left no stone unturned, stripping each room down to its bare bones and replacing everything from the ground up. Fresh, new carpet and fully redesigned bathrooms round out the complete redo. The gorgeous rooms and suites reflect a dreamy, light and airy atmosphere coupled with sophisticated, Charleston elegance.

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Exclusive, premier and also newly renovated, the Club Level at Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect space to unwind after a long day. Available by private access only, the cosmopolitan lounge is located on the top two floors of the hotel offering the best views of Charleston. A cozy velvet and leather banquette with velour and silk pillows invites you to sit back and relax while enjoying the all-day complimentary food and beverage service. Or, saddle up to the newly expanded bar for a cocktail served by the Club Level’s dedicated staff.

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If official business calls you to Charleston, then you’ll want to take note of the sophisticated yet modern Belmond Boardroom. Warm and inviting, a custom-built 15-foot-mahogany conference table is surrounded by oversized, plush executive chairs. Hold your meeting amongst floods of natural light, all while overlooking historic King Street and the beautiful Art Deco Riviera Theater. This new, innovative space is just what the CEO ordered.

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Fitness is often hard to maintain when traveling, so our Fitness Center underwent a refreshing update to make working out while away from home a seamless task. Doubling in size, the Fitness Center now includes all new, state-of-the-art equipment. The cardio room consists of exercise bikes, ellipticals and treadmills, including built-in televisions on each machine. Separate from the cardio equipment, the weight room is stocked with everything from free weights to foam rollers, with plenty of room for barre routines or floor exercises.

Belmond Charleston Place is located in the very heart of downtown Charleston, and within walking distance of all the major attractions, making the need for a car nonexistent. For those guests flying into Charleston, the travel process is now even easier with a convenient airport transportation system. Running from the hotel to the Charleston airport every half hour from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, the shuttle is quick, easy and eliminates the worry of securing and parking a rental car.

Discover all of these new amenities on your next trip to Charleston by taking advantage of The Grand Reveal Package. Enjoy 20% off Club Level rooms and suites, a complimentary bottle of champagne and a $100 credit to be spent at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, or any of the hotel’s dining options, for travel now through May 31, 2016.

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