Scenic and Historic Jogging Routes

Maintaining your fitness routine while on vacation has never been easier. Belmond Charleston Place, located in the heart of the historic district, offers the ideal location for guests to enjoy several scenic jogging routes which highlight the best of Charleston. Jogging along the streets of the city today, you will get a sense of how life was in the 19th century when a horse and carriage was the primary mode of transportation. Plus, you will get to experience some of Charleston’s treasures up close.

HISTORICAL LOOP: 1.3 miles

For the casual jogger, this 1.3-mile loop is the perfect way to see historic Charleston. You will pass many well-known landmarks:

  1. Confederate Museum: Operated by the Daughters of the Confederacy and open to the public.
  2. Circular Congregational Church:  Known as “White Meeting House,” for which Meeting Street was named.
  3. 134 Meeting Street: Site of the Institute Hall where the Ordinance of Secession was signed.
  4. Gibbes Museum of Art: Houses many valuable paintings and is open to the public.
  5. City Hall: Erected in 1801 as a branch of the First Bank of the United States. Purchased by the City in 1818. It houses portraits and busts of many prominent people in history including Trumbull’s famous portrait of General Washington.
  6. County Court Houses: Began as State House in 1752, burned in 1788 and was rebuilt on old walls.
  7. U.S. Post Office and Federal Court: Site of the City Guard House which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
  8. Saint Michael’s Episcopal Church: Its bells have crossed the Atlantic Ocean five times. George Washington and the Marquis de Lafayette both worshiped here when in Charleston.
  9. Heyward-Washington House: Home of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington stayed here while in Charleston.
  10. Old Exchange Building: An independent government was set up here in 1776 by the Provincial Congress. The Provost Dungeon is located in the basement and is open to the public.
  11. U.S. Custom House: Started in 1849 and completed in 1879, it is still operating today.
  12. City Market: Established 1788-1804, it houses shops and boutiques, as well as an open air market.

 

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BATTERY RUN: 4.6 miles

For the more ambitious jogger, try the Battery Run. This 4.6-mile run takes you through the same course as the Historical Loop, adding a bit more challenge and scenery. You will run along Charleston’s breathtaking Battery where, on a clear day, you can see Fort Sumter which received the first shot of the Civil War on April 12, 1861.

Next onto Colonial Lake, recently renovated and a favorite spot among local runners, and it is easy to see why, with its sense of serenity and beauty. Now down Charleston’s famous Tradd Street, named after the city’s first born child, and finally to the Historical Loop completing the Battery Run.

Share your favorite route with us or contact our concierge for a route that best fits your pace.

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Walking the Holy City

Upon arrival at Belmond Charleston Place, you are instantly transported to a magical, timeless place in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. With so much to see and do right out the front doors of the hotel, there is no better place to enjoy your time in the Holy City. Wander the historic streets to discover these fun activities and more.

Take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour of Charleston’s narrow streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings from the colonial and antebellum periods.

Stroll through The Battery or White Point Gardens, where pirates once dangled from the gallows, for spectacular views of the harbor, the sunset and Fort Sumter.

Browse through the traditional market on Market Street, Charleston’s many boutiques, art galleries and the King Street antique shops.

Explore Catfish Row, the inspiration for America’s first opera, “Porgy and Bess”, where vendors once peddled their produce along the roadside. Now private homes and specialty shops line the area.

Visit Charleston Museum, the country’s first and oldest, which interprets the natural history of the Lowcountry through artifacts, treasures and exhibits.

Discover Rainbow Row, the name for a series of colorful, historic Georgian houses on East Bay Street. You won’t want to forget your camera to capture the homes wondrous hues.

All of these activities and more are located within walking distance of the hotel. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in all the sites downtown Charleston has to offer. IMG_4686

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Cupcakes, Donuts and Cookies, Oh My!

Some days that little craving for something sweet just won’t go away. No matter how hard we try to ignore it, we can’t deny a quick sugar fix. Thankfully, Charleston is filled with the very shops you need to satisfy your sweet tooth. So the next time you’re out and about, stop into one of these delicious places to indulge.

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Glazed Gourmet Doughnuts

481 King Street, Charleston SC 29403

Made with all homemade, natural ingredients, these one-of-a-kind donuts come in unique flavors that will leave you wanting more. Try The Charleston donut with a bourbon cream filling topped with a toffee glaze and praline crumble. Drop by until 3pm daily, or until they sell out which is typically earlier.

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Café Framboise

159 Market Street, Charleston, SC 29401

This quaint French café is serving some seriously sweet treats. They have a stunning array of pastries from fruit tarts and éclairs to croissants, macaroons and more. Just off the beaten path on Market Street, visit here for breakfast or lunch, sit outside and enjoy one of the many decadent French baked goods.

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King Street Cookies

370 King Street, Charleston, SC 29401

With more than 30 flavors of cookies, you are bound to find something your taste buds will love. This shop has everything from the basic Chocolate Chip to the Spicy Hot Chocolate plus gluten free options.  Even with the large variety of cookies, one thing remains true; every bite is soft in the center and crispy on the edges. These cookies are so good, you can’t try just one.

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Cupcake DownSouth

433 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

You will always be able to try something new at this scrumptious bakery featuring a wide variety of cupcakes with daily rotating flavors. Now open late night, stop by after a night out for their “After Dark” menu featuring Peach Bellini and Lemon Drop alcohol-infused cupcakes.

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Carmella’s

198 E Bay Street #100, Charleston, SC 29401

The newly opened café and dessert bar is the perfect sit-down spot to enjoy some sweets after a long day. Their menu includes old-school favorites like Italian ice, tiramisu cups and cannoli’s. Try a dessert cocktail or their homemade gelato and you won’t be disappointed.

In Charleston, great food is located on every corner. Don’t miss out on dessert too, with these sugary treats sure to give you a pick-me-up after a long day of sightseeing. With so many places to choose from, you really can’t go wrong!

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