Your 2014 Holiday Gift Guide, Brought to you by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place

With the holidays just around the corner, it’s easy to let the stress of gift shopping prevail over your holiday cheer. This year, get your shopping done in a flash with a quick trip through the Belmond Charleston Place lobby to find the perfect gift for each special person in your life. Here is your ultimate holiday gift guide, brought to you by The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place.

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For Mom:

Every mother deserves to be pampered every once in a while! Spoil Mom this year with 1. a gift card to The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place for a soothing spa experience, or surprise her with a brand new purse. This stylish red 2. shoulder bag from Anne Fontaine or these 3. colorful clutches from Isabella’s Collection are the perfect companions to any festive party this year.

For Dad:

It is often said that Fathers are the most difficult to shop for, but not this year. For a Dad who appreciates fashion and is always on the go, try a classic 4. leather wallet from Louis Vuitton that is sure to last for many holidays to come. If your Father prefers Hawaiian Tees to a suit and tie and wants to live on island time, head to Tommy Bahama for a limited edition poker set or a 5. Hawaiian Tee.

For Aunt:

Gift your Aunt with the ultimate gift of youth … Literally. L’Ocitanne en Provence’s 6. Ultimate Gift of Youth gift set includes a few of their most divine skin care items, complete with face cream, mousse and moisturizer. If you’re looking for something sweetly scented and holiday themed, check out Fresh Produce’s Christmas-themed 7. shea butter hand soaps.

For your Boyfriend:

No more sweaters, socks or video games for your man! Surprise him with an exquisite shaving experience at The Art of Shaving or the 8. Sandalwood razor gift set, complete with shaving components and a fine-bristled brush. If your guy is in need of a new pair of shoes, Sperry TopSider has an impressive nautically-inspired selection to choose from, everything from the classic and casual Boat Shoe to the 9. Gold Cup Authentic Original Venetian shoe.

For your Girlfriend:

From bedazzled wallets to gold encrusted iPad cases and 10. sparkling Keds, Kate Spade truly takes shopping for your special someone to a whole new level. If your girlfriend isn’t so much glitz and glamour, but rather timeless and classic, pick out a 11. Pandora bracelet, such as the Stargazer gift set pictured above, or a personalized charm to show her how much she means to you this season.

For Your Best Friend:

Surprise your best friend with one of today’s biggest fashion trends, a package of highly sought-after 12. Flash Tattoos from Everything but Water. The craze behind these metallic, jewelry-inspired temporary tattoos is plausible; they are the perfect compliment to any outfit. If she loves all things glitzy, glamorous and fashionable, head to Calypso St. Barth to shop lovely wristlets and 13. metallic notebooks for your BFF.

For Grandmother:

This year, gift Grandmother with a beautiful vase of 14. hand-arranged flowers from BLOOM at Belmond Charleston Place, or opt for Brighton’s beautiful 15. Victoria necklace.

For your co-workers:

Avoid being the Scrooge at your office holiday party by gifting your co-workers with something small but thoughtful. Check out The VSOE Boutique for Charleston-inspired knick knacks like the 16. glass Charleston cup, Colonial Candle for their 17. snowday candle that captures winter’s most exquisite scent, or one of many gift sets to choose from at 18. Godiva Chocolatier. After all, a little chocolate goes a long way.

For You:

Lastly, don’t forget to treat yourself this season! Make jaws drop at your holiday parties with these select styles from 19. St. John and 20. White House/Black Market. If you’re planning to spend your holiday season traveling, it may be time to invest in some 21. new luggage at Mori Classics. Their new Rimowa sports trunk offers extra storage in a versatile shape, perfect for any long winter trip.

Be sure that you’re following @TheShopsBCP on Instagram for more holiday gift inspired ideas!

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The Holy City’s Most Iconic Fountains

In the charming city of Charleston, perhaps the most common background noises are the click-clacking of horses hooves along the cobblestone and the trickling water of a nearby fountain, creating an ambiance of southern serenity. Charleston has become known for its iconic fountains, spread amongst the veins of the city and speaking volumes to its visitors. Each fountain tells a tale and accompanies its own unique characteristics. Here is a list of our favorite sites, because whether you’re a Charleston native or traveling visitor, you are sure to appreciate the beauty of Charleston’s finest fountains.

1. The Pineapple Fountain: Located in the heart of Waterfront Park, this enchanting fountain has become a must-see monument since its opening in 1990 proceeding Hurricane Hugo. Its iconic pineapple acts as a familiar symbol of hospitality in the Lowcountry.

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2. The Fountain at Waterfront Park: Sitting on the edge of the peninsula intersecting Vendue Range and Concord Street, children of all ages can be found giggling in this spash-friendly zone in the summer heat. This fountain is easily one of the most frequented sites in Charleston and even dons pink tinted water in October in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.

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3. The Fountain at Belmond Charleston Place: Welcoming guests and visitors in the entry of Belmond Charleston Place, this signature piece named a “quadriga” was constructed by British sculptor John Mills after a visit to Charleston left him in awe of its historic architecture. A quadriga is a car or chariot drawn by four horses that is recognized around the world as a symbol of victory and fame. This unique structure greets guests with four bronze horses, each 9 feet tall and representative of the significance of the horse in Charleston’s culture and history. Read the full story here.

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4. The Fountain at Marion Square: This scenic fountain located on the corner of King Street and Calhoun Street sits on one of Charleston’s busiest intersections, bringing a sense of serenity to the popular area and welcoming visitors and locals alike to the Saturday farmer’s market.

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5. The Fountain in Cougar Mall: This fountain sits behind the historic Randolph Hall in the heart of the College of Charleston campus and accents the scenic common area.

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Come and experience another one of Charleston’s charming fountains at the first ever Cocktails in the Courtyard event! Held in the lush Palmetto Cafe Courtyard, this unique event starts at 4:30 PM and goes until dusk, inviting the public to sip on hand-crafted cocktails while surrounded by greenery in the heart of historic downtown. Follow us on twitter @CPHcourtyard.

 

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Beer, Wine and Liquor with a South Carolina Address

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If you have traveled to Kentucky, you may be familiar with the “Bourbon Trail” a road leading between some of the greatest Kentucky bourbon distilleries. We are making our own trail by way of Charleston.

Recently, we have been lucky enough to have a wave of new distilleries and breweries make their home in the South. If you are planning a trip to Charleston, take the time to explore some of these nationally renowned watering holes.

If you like sweet tea….

Firefly Distillery
Sweet Tea comes with South Carolina territory, and that is why we love Firefly Distillery, where they serve up Sweet Tea Vodka with that personable, Southern hospitality.

Located approximately 30 minutes off the peninsula, make a day out of visiting this distillery and also plan on visiting the conveniently located, sole tea plantation in America, Charleston Tea Plantation. It will become obvious why the Sweet Tea Vodka is so good.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-5pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-557-1405
Address: 6775 Bears Bluff Road, Wadmalaw Island, SC 29487

If you like spirits…

Striped Pig Distillery
“From Grain to Grass, Striped Pig ingredients are locally grown” is the tagline that this Charleston favorite boasts. Enjoy spirits including moonshine, rum and vodka. If you’re lucky, you may even meet their mascot, Jackson, the distillery’s pig.

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Experience it:
Hours: Wednesday-Friday from 3-7pm and Saturday 12-5pm
Price: Free
Phone: 843-276-3201
Address: 2225-A Old School Drive, 
Charleston, SC 29405

If you like beer…

Westbrook Brewing Co.
Westbrook Brewery’s mission is to make the most interesting, drinkable, and delicious beer possible. Westbrook loves to experiment with different ingredients and brewing techniques, which is the reason why they have so many varieties of beer. Look at the Tasting Room tab to see what is on tap for the week. You can’t go wrong with the White Thai, a Charleston staple.

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Experience it:
Hours: Tuesday-Friday from 4-7pm and Saturday from 12-6pm
Price: $6
Phone: 843-654-9114
Address: 510 Ridge Road
, Mount Pleasant, SC 29464

If you like a road trip…

Six & Twenty Distillery

Six & Twenty whiskey is actually quite romantic, named after a love story between a Cherokee and a Revolutionary war soldier. They offer a premium whiskey, with emphasis on supporting everything local; starting with the locally grown wheat that is distilled into their delicious whiskey.

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Experience it:
Hours: Saturday at 1pm & 4pm
Price: Free (Call to make a reservation)
Phone: 864-263-8312
Address: 3109 Highway 153 Piedmont, SC 29673

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