Discovery, Featured, Wellness

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:

Confederate Museum: Operated by the Daughters of the Confederacy and open to the public.
Circular Congregational Church:  Known as “White Meeting House,” for which Meeting Street was named.
134 Meeting Street: Site of the Institute Hall where the Ordinance of Secession was signed.
Gibbes Museum of Art: Houses many valuable paintings and is open to the public.
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.
County Court Houses: Began as State House in 1752, burned in 1788 and was rebuilt on old walls.
U.S. Post Office and Federal Court: Site of the City Guard House which was destroyed in an earthquake in 1886.
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.
Heyward-Washington House: Home of Thomas Heyward, signer of the Declaration of Independence. George Washington stayed here while in Charleston.
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.
U.S. Custom House: Started in 1849 and completed in 1879, it is still operating today.
City Market: Established 1788-1804, it houses shops and boutiques, as well as an open air market.

 

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.

Continue reading
Wellness

New Year, New You

Hoping to make a few lifestyle changes in 2015? Look no further! With Charleston’s local produce, fun fitness opportunities and unique social events, the Lowcountry is the perfect setting for becoming the best version of yourself. This year, kick that long list of crazy resolutions to the curb and try implementing these simple lifestyle changes instead. From your friends at Belmond Charleston Place, this is your 2018 bucket list for health and happiness in the Holy City.

Get Fit

Whether your ideal day of fitness consists of an hour of intense cycling or a jog with picturesque views, Charleston has many resources for getting an enjoyable workout. For cardio amongst Southern scenery, jog the Ravenel Bridge or the Charleston Battery. If hitting the gym is more your style, try joining one of the many fitness centers located downtown, such as Pure Barre or Revolution.

Concierge tip: Follow our customized jogging map for the ultimate cardio experience while enjoying the best parts of Charleston.

Spend More Time Outdoors

This year, take advantage of Charleston’s seaside location by hitting the water for a more unique way to work out. Located off of Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant, Shem Creek is your one-stop-shop for water activities such as kayaking and paddle boarding. While you’re there, enjoy some of the Lowcountry’s best seafood at nearby restaurants.

Eat Local

Treat your body well in 2018 by providing it with the nutrients and fuel that it needs. Skip the processed food and head to restaurants with natural, farm-to-table menu items made with locally grown produce. Also, check out Lowcountry Local First to learn more about where to find yummy farm fresh food in Charleston.

Meet New People

The Spring offers many fun and exciting opportunities for stepping out of your comfort zone and socializing with Charleston locals. From Charleston Fashion Week to Boone Hall Plantation’s Lowcountry Oyster Festival and the BB&T Charleston Wine + Food Festival, Charleston’s Spring schedule is the perfect excuse to step outside and enjoy a weekend filled with sipping, shopping and socializing.

Treat Yourself

Last but certainly not least, treat yourself in the new year! It is essential that you find some “me time” this year, to unplug and unwind. Try a calming massage or rejuvenating facial at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place for the ultimate relaxation experience.

 

Continue reading
Discovery, Wellness

Tee Off in Charleston

Charleston’s picturesque natural surroundings lend itself to truly great play. Year round, couples, families and buddy trips will each find the exceptional variety and challenging holes memorable and rewarding. From championship courses situated on breathtaking oceanfront terrain to wooded and marshland courses that highlight the Lowcountry, take aim at one of these Concierge recommended courses.

Patriots Point Links Course

Overlooking Charleston Harbor and offering spectacular views of the city and Fort Sumter, Patriots Point has been a local favorite for years. Located in Mount Pleasant and just ten minutes from downtown, any golf trip to Charleston is not complete without a round at this memorable harbor side golf course. You’ll enjoy a lighted driving range with PGA instruction, a Southern-style clubhouse, and golfers’ grill and patio.

RiverTowne Country Club

Located about 30 minutes from downtown, RiverTowne boasts an Arnold Palmer Masterpiece, awarded 4.5 stars by Golf Digest. The only Arnold Palmer course in the Charleston area, this scenic links are situated among marshlands and majestic live oaks with 13 holes alongside the Wando River and Horlbeck Creek. Amenities include a driving range and pro shop with PGA instruction plus a clubhouse serving fare daily.

 

Wild Dunes Links or Harbor Course

On the northeast tip of the Isle of Palms, Wild Dunes is a unique barrier island resort golf facility 10 miles from downtown Charleston. Tom Fazio designed, and offering challenging links style play, the Links Course has been consistently ranked in the top 25 courses in the United States since its inception in 1977. Today, Fazio says it’s still among his favorites and he’s not the only one. From the rustling palms lining lush, rolling fairways to a finishing hole overlooking the glistening Atlantic Ocean, this is golf at its finest.

Stono Ferry

Set amidst Lowcountry breezes from the Intracoastal Waterway and centuries- old live oaks, Stono Ferry is a refuge from society’s hustle.This championship Ron Garl design offers one of the most exciting tests in all the
Lowcountry. A semi-private club open to local and vacation play, wage your own war on the site of a historic Revolutionary War battle. Stono Ferry is 30 minutes from downtown Charleston.

Kiawah Island Golf Resort

Offering five distinct course experiences, Kiawah Island Golf Resort is home to the Ocean Course, site of the 2012 PGA Championship. The Pete Dye designed course has a reputation as one of the toughest in the game, hosting the 1991 “War by the Shore” Ryder Cup. With a tranquil Lowcountry environment, a variety of courses and a stunning clubhouse, Kiawah shouldn’t be missed.

To test your skills on one of these courses, contact the Concierge for tee time availability and booking.

Continue reading