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. To explore more running tips from our staff, click here.

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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.

 

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Discovery, Wellness

Running Routes to Explore Downtown Charleston

Downtown Jogging Map
Hit the ground running (literally) on your path to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Cooper River Bridge Run with running route recommendations from our staff members. Danielle Girard, Guest Room Dining Manager and Jennifer Casselli, Director of Human Resources are both avid runners. Stretch your legs, get some fresh air and explore the surrounding areas with these diverse routes.
What is your favorite area or route to run in Charleston?
The West Ashley Bikeway, a 2.5 mile cycling and walking path, located a few miles from downtown. It’s gorgeous in the fall when the leaves changes color. – Jennifer
Are you a morning, midday or evening runner?
An evening run, hands down. It’s the perfect way to clear your head and the sunset views are usually incredible. – Jennifer

What is your favorite way to relax post-run?
A relaxing bath of lavender Epsom salts. The marble tubs in our guestrooms are perfect for a post-Marathon soak. – Danielle

Do you have any tips for guests for staying active while traveling?
Running while traveling is the best way to see a city. Get out there and explore. – Jennifer

Check out Running Clubs in the area you are visiting. It’s an ideal way to get to know the locals too. – Danielle

Scenic jogging routes are available for those more interested in a leisurely stroll. Click here to learn more. Share your favorite route with us or contact our concierge for a route that best fits your pace.

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