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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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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