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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Concierge Tip:

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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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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