Arts & Culture

Holy Matrimony in the Holy City

A city of awe-inspiring beauty, Charleston has been named one of “America’s Most Romantic Cities” by Travel + Leisure and the “World’s Most Romantic Cities” by Food & Wine. Imagine saying I Do under a canopy of live oaks or in a centuries-old church. Whether you desire an intimate affair or a celebration for hundreds, Charleston is home to storied locations that are perfect for your special occasion. The Gadsden House Encompassing all of the charm of historic Charleston, say ‘I Do’ in the outdoor courtyard or intimate rooms of the Gadsden House. Built in the late 18th century, it’s one of the most grand historic homes in downtown. Merchants Hall Boasting spectacular views of the City Market, Merchant Hall celebrates its industrial past with wood columns and exposed brick. After years of thoughtful design and execution, this circa 1856 venue has been reimagined for luxurious weddings and events. Gibbes Museum of Art The beautiful Beaux-Arts building offers a unique setting for your big day. Rich in history and charm, exchange vows under the opulent glass dome or host your reception in the classical gardens. White Point Gardens Become Mr. and Mrs. under the grand oaks of White Point Gardens with views of the Cooper and Ashley Rivers. Moss laden trees and panoramic vistas of the Battery make this a favorite for intimate I Do’s. Then, retreat to Belmond Charleston Place for an intimate celebration at the award-winning Charleston Grill. Belmond Charleston Place From a grand ballroom reception to a micro-wedding for close family and friends, Belmond Charleston Place is the perfect destination for a wedding. Make an entrance on our Georgian open-arm staircase, or plan pre-wedding cocktails in one of our verdant courtyards. Intimate or extravagant, our grandiose venues offer ample space to celebrate your union. Alternatively, have our team arrange your big day at one of these exclusive Charleston locations.
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Discovery

48 Hour Field Trip to Charleston

While the start of the school year may look a little different than planned, there’s never been a better time to escape to charming Charleston for some educational fun. Whether your family is embracing distance learning or looking for a way to unwind together, Charleston is home to some of the nation’s most fascinating history and ecosystems.                                                                 Day 1: Start the day with a delicious gourmet breakfast in The Palmetto Cafe before setting out on a historical adventure. Enjoy a boat ride to Fort Sumter – the famous Federal port in Charleston Harbor where the American Civil War began. In the afternoon, let us pack a perfect picnic lunch for you to take to Fort Moultrie, located on nearby Sullivans Island. Constructed of Palmetto logs, it dates back to 1776 and has seen action in numerous skirmishes. Afterward, enjoy your lunch on the beach of Sullivans Island.                                                                 Day 2: Greet the day with the birds. The South Carolina Aquarium is home to a diverse population of Lowcountry wildlife, where you’ll learn about everything from bald eagles to octopus. The Aquarium is also home to one of the largest sea turtle rehabilitation hospitals in the country, offering a lesson in coastal conversation and development. Climb into an aircraft and admire incredible views of the Charleston Harbor from the deck of the USS Yorktown. Located at Patriots Point, its home to a submarine and the Medal of Honor Museum, too. Then, return to your home away from home at Belmond Charleston Place. Laze away the rest of the day by our rooftop pool, savor delicious cuisine at one of five on-site restaurants or simply unwind in your spacious accommodations. Located in the center of historic Charleston, there’s something for everyone.
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Arts & Culture, Discovery

Charleston’s Best Beaches

No Lowcountry vacation is complete without a trip to one of Charleston’s beautiful nearby beaches. Each beach has its own distinct charm, but all are guaranteed to make a great day trip and memory. Sullivan’s Island, Isle of Palms, and Folly Beach are all barrier islands located about 15 minutes from the downtown area. The popular summer days and even the months surrounding it offer perfect temperatures for swimming.  Even in the winter, you can find people sun bathing and combing the sand. The waters are known for being fairly mild with extremely gradual slopes.  Water coverage does, without a doubt, vary on the low and high tide times so check your charts.  If you fear little space to move and high-rise hotels, then you can breathe a sigh of relief; all three beaches, like the rest of downtown, pride themselves on staying laid back and local.

Sullivan’s Island is the smallest and most natural of the surrounding beaches. Located at the mouth of the Charleston Harbor, the island is a mix between ultimate relaxation, natural landscapes, vibrant restaurants and shopping scene, and a touch of history. The views of Fort Sumter, Morris Island Lighthouse, and the Battery are unparalleled, and the occasional meandering cruise line is always a spectacle.

Concierge Tip: Visit Fort Moultrie on the eastern end of Sullivan’s Island for an unforgettable American history lesson.

Folly Beach is a great example of the classic beach town. The surfer-esque style is home to some of the best riding in the area, and great for those who enjoy some lively company. The beach stretches six miles, and has plenty of space to find a more secluded spot. While your heading north away from the crowd, you will arrive at what is called the Washout, named for the damage struck to the area from Hurricane Hugo in the late 80’s.  If you brought your surfboard, then this is the place to use it.  The area is most consistent in producing solid waves for more experienced riders.  Just outside of Folly Beach the area is dotted with fun restaurants and bars, perfect for post beach drinks and appetizers.

Concierge Tip: Visit the Folly Beach County Park at the west end of Folly Beach.  It features dressing areas, outdoor showers, and a swimming area with lifeguards on duty.  Perfect for kids!

Isle of Palms, also known as IOP, boasts beautiful white sand beaches and luxurious waterfront homes.  The beach area is about the same size as Folly, and has great places to rent kayaks, boats, stand up paddleboards and even charters. One major convenience of IOP are the public bathrooms, rinsing areas, and parking. After a day at the beach, visit some of the local restaurants, bars, and shops.

Concierge Tip: Keep up with the Isle of Palms Turtle Team for updates on where to search for nests and tracks. Take a look at the photo gallery as well to see the most recent turtle hatchings.

All three beaches are sure to please any visitor, with their laid back Southern attitude, and beautiful Charleston sun.  Just remember to leave the alcohol at home and be mindful of your pets, and you are sure to have a great time. While the beaches are a quick drive from the hotel, transportation to and from can be arranged by our masterful concierge team.

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