Experience the magic of the Belmond Holiday Train

Inspired by the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE), the world’s most legendary train and one of Belmond’s seven luxury rail experiences, the Holiday Train is one of Belmond Charleston Place’s most memorable traditions. Since 2001, this fully operational replica has been traversing the hotel’s grand lobby every holiday season. Visitors will marvel at the train’s intricate design as it travels over more than 300 feet of track. The immense spectacle of the scenery is certain to grab attention. Complete with a hand carved, eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees and a miniature world of ski resorts, hotels, inns, shops and vintage automobiles, the glorious scene takes visitors back to alpine Europe during the early 20th century, with the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express was in its early days.

Visitors this year will be able to witness the addition of an underground subway, courtesy of model train designer and enthusiast Lou Nappi. The Nappi family has been arranging the impressive model train scene for nearly two decades, with four generations of family members working to put the centerpiece of the Belmond Charleston Place lobby together.

Watch our time lapse video of the magical Belmond train come to life. The Belmond train operates daily from 9am to 10pm in the Charleston Place lobby from November 23, 2016, to January 2, 2017. The Venice Simplon-Orient-Express has often been called the “king of trains and the train for kings” – quite fitting for this behemoth among miniatures.

 

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Charleston: More to Explore

Belmond Charleston Place is perfectly nestled in the heart of downtown Charleston, making it the ideal place to visit when exploring the Holy City If you have more time to explore, consider venturing beyond the peninsula. Whether you want to catch some rays or discover more historical sites, there is something for everyone to enjoy less than 30 minutes away.

For a glimpse into life during centuries’ past, tour sites including Boone Hall Plantation, with its majestic avenue of moss-draped oaks, Magnolia Plantation built in the 1670′s and Middle Place, for America’s oldest landscaped gardens.

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Visit the area’s lush sea islands of Folly Beach, Sullivan’s and Isle of Palms. With endless sun drenched beaches washed by the warm surf of the tropical Gulf Stream currents, the islands offer water sports of every kind including sailing and deep-sea fishing. shutterstock_123981655

For the history buff, take a tour of historic sites such as Fort Moultrie, the scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, and Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began and Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum. Walk in the steps of heroes at this home to the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier and the Medal of Honor Museum.

Discover Charleston Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670. Take a tram ride tour of the original fortification or stroll through the beautiful English Park gardens.

With world-class golf courses designed by renowned architects such as Jack Nicklaus and Tom Fazio, a round of golf is not to be missed. For a challenging game, head to Wild Dunes Harbor Course, best known for its beautiful views of the water.

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Bring the kids and explore the Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry featuring hands-on exhibits, The South Carolina Aquarium or Charleston’s minor league baseball team, The Charleston Riverdogs.

With so many activities located 30 minutes or less from Belmond Charleston Place, take advantage and Celebrate with Savings, and receive a 50% discount the third night of stay and take the time to explore everything Charleston has to offer. Book now

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An Endless Summer in Charleston

Although summer may technically end September 21st, in Charleston, summertime stretches long into October. The summertime feeling is vivacious with perfectly refreshing ocean water and local events in full swing. Charlestonians know how to keep the summer attitude going and celebrate all the city has to offer.

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With the opening of the Belmond Charleston Place rooftop pool bar, you can soak up glorious views of King Street, take a dip in the infinity pool and delight in refreshing beverages. Local favorites such as the Farmers Market and Second Sunday are still underway through the summer offering delicious local foods and great shopping. Plus, the recently renovated Gibbes Museum of Art offers the new exhibit Beyond Catfish Row: The Art of Porgy and Bess, inspired by the popular play from this years Spoleto festival.

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If you are interested in viewing downtown from a horse drawn carriage, the tour offers a relaxing afternoon of history and experience. Grab a fresh squeezed juice or refreshing smoothie from Whisk to stay cool during the trip. And afterwards enjoy lunch at local favorite Cru Café, located in a traditional old Charleston house.IMG_5672

Each season offers something unique in Charleston, and with thriving events and the relaxation of the summer, it is the opportune time to see the Holy City. Plan your stay with Belmond Charleston Place and delight in luxurious accommodations, 20% off Premier rooms, suites and Club Level. With Club Level accommodations including complimentary all-day food and beverage, afternoon tea service and a full bar selection guests are able to relax after an exciting day of exploring the city.

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