Festive Fun Awaits

The holidays are a magical time of year at Belmond Charleston Place. Here are some of the activities within the hotel that make it one of Charleston’s most unique holiday stays.

Holiday Train

Upon arrival, you will be entertained by an immense model train display, inspired by the legendary Venice Simpson-Orient-Express. The miniature replica travels more than 300 feet of tracks through a snow-covered village complete with shops, resorts and an eight-foot tall hand carved-mountain. Delighting kids of all ages through January 2.

The Shops at Belmond Charleston PlaceShopper’s Delight

Knock out your gift list with a stop at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place. Delight that special someone with a timeless gift from Gucci or Louis Vuitton and pick up stylish clothing for Mom and Dad at Anne Fontaine and Tommy Bahama. With more than 20 world-class stores, you will find something for everyone on your list.

Extended Shopping Hours:

December 12-23 10am to 8pm

Except for the following days:

Sunday, December 18 12 noon to 5pm

Christmas Eve 12/24 10am to 5pm (Saturday)

Christmas Day 12/25 Closed (Sunday)

New Years Eve 12/31 10am to 6pm (Saturday)

New Year’s Day 1/1/17 Closed

Located on the 4th floor, The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place offers local products and indulgent gift ideas. Treat yourself to a pedicure post shopping or pick up a gift card for that hard-to-please person on your list.

Meeting at MarketMemorable Meals

Catch up with loved ones over with a draft beer in the new sporting pub, Meeting at Market. Or toast to the holiday season at the newly expanded Thoroughbred Club, which features a variety of seasonal cocktails, including The Conductor, inspired by the model train in the lobby.

Celebrate the season with good cheer, good company and and gourmet meals. Join the Charleston Grill on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day for Chef Michelle Weaver’s special prix fix menu featuring several choices for each course. Or indulge in informal elegance at the garden-like Palmetto Cafe, which is offering a Christmas Day Buffet.

Reservations required. Call 843-577-4522.

With so much to do this holiday season, it is the perfect time to visit Charleston and Belmond Charleston Place.

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Join the Charleston Art Walk

Four times a year, more than 40 art galleries in the French Quarter neighborhood of Charleston welcome art lovers into their spaces after hours. From the galleries dotting Broad Street, the growing presence on Upper King Street and the tucked away galleries in between, Charleston’s art scene is truly thriving. The next Art Walk happens Friday, December 2nd from 5-8pm. If you can’t make the sip and stroll, take a glimpse at our guide to contemporary and fine art in Charleston for your next visit.

The Corrigan Gallery on Queen Street features a wonderful array of representational and abstract art that molds the traditional charm of old Charleston with a contemporary flair.

Dog & Horse Fine Art

Dog & Horse Fine Art

Established by Sotheby’s-educated curator Jayne Milligan Spector, the Dog & Horse Fine Art gallery features three centuries of dog and horse fine art from top quality artists across the Americas and Europe.

Since 2004, the Helena Fox Fine Art gallery has exhibited fine contemporary representational art. The nationally and internationally recognized works include impressionistic landscapes, realistic still lifes, as well as wildlife sculptures and handcrafted jewelry.

Located in one of Charleston’s most famous historic buildings, the magnificent space of the Martin Gallery boasts a variety of works from numerous mediums, including oils, acrylics, bronzes, marbles, terra-cottas and glass.

Robert Lange Studios

Robert Lange Studios

Voted the best art gallery in Charleston for the last four years by Charleston City Paper, Robert Lange Studios features award-winning visual artists. Its focus on individuals and subjective style has set it apart as one of the city’s finest.

For more than 30 years, the John C. Doyle Art Gallery has been featuring works by one of Charleston’s first and finest gallery artists. The gallery showcases Doyle’s original oils, sketches and photography. It is the exclusive gallery of Charleston’s renown Margaret Petterson and impressionist Danielle Cather Cohen.

Don’t miss out on this incredible aesthetic experience. With Charleston’s art scene continuing to expand, the exciting blend of contemporary and fine art is certain to captivate visitors. See our concierge for more recommendations.

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Downtown Discovered: King Street Historic District

The Historic District of downtown Charleston is home to many smaller neighborhoods within the city center, each offering a slightly different perspective for visitors. Our previous posts in this series had us discover the iconic South of Broad neighborhood and the artistic French Quarter. Now, we will shine a light on Belmond Charleston Place’s own neighborhood, the King Street Historic District.

Location:

This diverse area downtown encompasses one of the city’s main thoroughfares and arguably its most famous, King Street. Considered the heart of Charleston’s commercial district, it has been developed into three distinct areas: Upper King Street Design and Dining District located north of Calhoun St; King Street’s Fashion District in the middle and the Lower King Street Antiques District. We will focus on the middle and lower districts as Belmond Charleston Place sits in the very center, extending along King Street from Hasell to the corner of Market Street.

Concierge Tip:

If you find yourself in town during the appropriately named Second Sunday on King Street, this monthly celebration is the perfect time to stroll freely as the street is closed to vehicular traffic. Restaurants place tables outside, shops open their doors and locals and visitors alike meander to the tunes of street music and live performers.

History:

Not included in the business district nor even within the original walls of the colonial city, King Street was primarily used as a route in and out of town until the mid 1700s. As Charleston entered the 19th century and experienced a great period of economic growth, merchants began to take up residence along King Street. With the addition of a railroad between King and Meeting Streets, the area further flourished with a variety of high-end and specialty shops, eventually becoming the thriving commercial center it is today.  

Concierge Tip:

Named one of the “10 Top Shopping Districts in the USA” by Forbes Travel, King Street is a shopaholics dream. While name brand stores are aplenty, make sure to stop into a few of its hidden gems, like Croghan’s Jewel Box, family owned for more than 100 years. Berlin’s for Men, located on the corner of King and Broad Streets, has been outfitting gentlemen in the Lowcountry since 1883. If your list is long, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place likely have you covered, with more than 20 stores on the lobby level.

Places of Interest:

If window shopping is more your speed, plan to spend the afternoon exploring the Antiques District of lower King Street. More than a dozen antique stores occupy this portion of lower King Street, each specializing in a certain period offering one-of-a-kind selections. Founded in 1922, George C. Birlant & Co. is one of the largest and oldest antiques establishments in the South. After ogling 19th-century furniture and English silver, stop in for charcuterie, cheese and a glass of wine at the quaint and rustic Bin 152, which also doubles as an art gallery and antiques market.

Concierge Tip:

While some of its buildings are located on King Street, the College of Charleston’s main campus is located just a block away from the Fashion District. Founded in 1770, it is the 13th oldest college in the United States and as such, features many historic buildings. The most notable, Randolph Hall, is a National Historic Landmark and overlooks a large grassy area known as the Cistern. Grab a picnic lunch from Caviar and Bananas, a gourmet market and café, before stopping into the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art. This university arts center showcases emerging and established modern artists and features five to seven exhibitions per year.

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