Start a Holiday Tradition at Belmond Charleston Place

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with the streets decked out in holiday finery, homes strung with garland and the magical sound of carriages clip-clopping through the streets of Charleston. If you lean more towards palm trees and sunshine for winter weather, look no further than starting your own holiday tradition at Belmond Charleston Place.

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Allow yourself to be transported back in time with tours through the Aiken-Rhett House Museum and Nathaniel Russell House. These homes are rich in history, and widely recognized as icons in Charleston, offering a glimpse into life during the 19th century. Seasonally decorated, these homes exemplify the city’s approach to preserve the beauty of historic landmarks.

Nathaniel Russell and Aiken-Rhett Houses

Continue your new holiday traditions by exploring picturesque Charleston. Stroll along King Street, feast your eyes on the beautiful and abundant decorations, and continue to Marion Square with a cup of hot chocolate and view the colorful and enchanting lights and decorated trees.

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Prior to retiring to your luxurious accommodations, visit the lobby level of Belmond Charleston Place for its most beloved and memorable tradition, the holiday train. Designed and exclusively built in 1999 by Promotional Railroad of Piedmont, S.C., this beautiful G-scale train display features a replica of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express (VSOE). With a hand-carved eight-foot mountain, hundreds of handcrafted trees, and a small-scale world of shops, inns and hotels, the VSOE holiday train takes visitors on a snow-covered journey through alpine Europe.

VSOE Holiday Train

Let the elevators whisk you away to your suite, and continue to revel in festive celebrations with your loved ones. Indulge in a private holiday meal, served by a butler and prepared by our award-winning chefs. Allow us to focus on the details, while you focus on your friends and family. With our award-winning food and beverage program, and completely customizable menu, this will be a tradition to continue for years.

With mild winters, beautiful décor and joyous festivities, this season is the perfect time to visit Charleston and start your own holiday traditions. Experience this blissful time at Belmond Charleston Place for a holiday to remember. Book now> 

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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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