As beautiful now as she was 350 years ago, Charleston is a perfect juxtaposition of centuries old charm and cultured sophistication. Shaped by the city’s two rivers, the Ashley and the Cooper, Charleston bristles with an energy and vibrancy reserved for only the finest cities in the world. Glorious weather shines down, while locals and visitors alike amble down narrow cobblestone streets in search of reluctant artists, boutique shops and the country’s best restaurants. Whether it’s your first visit or your tenth, it’s easy to be seduced by Charleston’s charm. Crowned the Number 1 City in the United States for the last ten years, read on for our essential Charleston guide. The perfect trip to Charleston starts with cocktails al fresco. Rooftop bars are plentiful and the Clocktower Terrace is one of the few in town that offers a perch overlooking historic King Street. Sip a Belmond Breeze while you admire views of the city skyline. Then, set out in search of local delicacies. Oysters are a crowd-favorite and can be found on menus throughout the city. Two of our favorite spots for fresh seafood? The Ordinary and The Darling Oyster Bar, both located a few shorts blocks from Belmond Charleston Place. The next morning, set out at first light with a private trainer for a run over the Ravenel Bridge. See if you can spot Fort Sumter, where the first shots of the Civil War were fired, and the Sullivans Island lighthouse in the distance. After working up an appetite, head to Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit, for a true taste of the South. Located in the historic City Market, afterwards, peruse the sweetgrass baskets which have been made by hand according to Gullah Geeche traditions for years. Then, plan to wander away the morning exploring historic Charleston. Stop by Waterfront Park to see its famous Pineapple Fountain, walk past the candy-colored homes of Rainbow Row and then onto the Battery, where Antebellum mansions overlook Charleston harbor. Allow us to pack you a picnic lunch and sit a spell under the enormous oaks of White Point Gardens. Continue your downtown adventure by spending the afternoon on one of the country’s most famous streets – King Street. Peppered with national labels, boutique shops, art galleries and antique stores also dot the shopping district. Peacock proud locals delight in showing their wares and sharing the unique stories behind their products with curious travelers. After shopping, take a rickshaw ride to upper King Street, where lively restaurants and bars await. One of our favorite ways to try all of Charleston’s mouthwatering cuisine? Create your own dine around experience. Start with drinks at the speak-easy like Cocktail Club, move on to appetizers at the farm-to-table eatery Macintosh and then sample the sophisticated pizzas and pastas from Indaco. If you aren’t ready to say goodnight, a nightcap at Halls Chophouse is in order. Their Sunday gospel brunch is also a Charleston classic, beloved by locals and visitors. A city surrounded by water, rise with the tide the next morning as dawn breaks over the Atlantic. Embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle, take a walk on the wild side, and uncover secret sea islands with Coastal Expeditions. Admire the sculpture-like branches of Boneyard Beach. Stroll along the maritime forest, gathering shells and spotting alligators and bottlenose dolphins. After a full day of exploration, relaxation is in order. Laze away the afternoon at our horizon-edge mineral pool or indulge in a signature spa treatment. No trip to Charleston is complete without a cosmopolitan night on the town. Start with a cocktail and live music at the clubby Thoroughbred Club before indulging in some of the city’s finest fare at Charleston Grill. Perfectly paired wines complement the global cuisine while live jazz sets the tone for a vibrant night. After dinner, head to the Gin Joint, for a cozy cocktail in their 1920s-inspired setting. Then, wander hand in hand down cobblestone streets as gas lanterns flicker in the evening light. Then, end your Charleston adventure as the sunset casts pink and orange hues over the Ashley River. You may just spot a bottlenose dolphin while a local jazz artist serenades the setting sun on his trumpet. These are the precious moments through which memories are shaped, endearing Charleston to locals and visitors alike.
Savor a slow start to your day in your plush accommodations. Sit back and unwind on your private terrace with the feel of Southern sunshine. Reconnect with friends and family in your private lounge while our team indulges your every whim. With our private escape, it can be exclusively yours. Enjoy time together with loved ones in our exclusive Pavilion Club. Located on the second floor with easy access from the Grand Staircase, this secluded corner of our cosmopolitan resort features luxury rooms and suites surrounding your very own private garden space. The brick lined courtyard is framed by lush greenery and bubbling fountains while the Pavilion offers a spacious indoor and outdoor venue to gather throughout the day. Featuring all day food and beverage service including breakfast, afternoon tea, evening hors d’oeurves, dessert and cordials, this experience delivers the utmost in personalized indulgence and includes our private concierge and housekeeping services. Enhance your stay with a movie viewing, a wine or spirits tasting, or signature spa treatments. The private Pavilion Club Experience includes your choice of guest rooms or suites. These adjoining rooms are available in a variety of configurations, ensuring the utmost in comfort for you and yours. While staying with us, plan to sip on decadent cocktails while lounging poolside or take a gentle stroll through cobblestone streets that come alive with the history of Charleston’s past. This season, uncover the best of Charleston before returning to a warm welcome in the heart of the historic district.
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.