In a city filled with storied kitchens and award-winning chefs, mixologists, winemakers and restaurateurs, it comes as no surprise that the Charleston Wine + Food Festival is among one of the most sought after events of the year. Celebrating its 15th installment, the festival is fueled by top Charleston talent infused with inspiring talent from around the globe—this flavorful force brings together a curated five-day festival spanning the first full weekend in March. The Charleston Wine + Food Festival will feature more than 100 unique culinary experiences that will feed your mind, body, and soul. Consisting of dinners, lunches, brunches, signature events, cooking classes, excursions, and a large tasting experience in Marion Square, there’s something for everyone. As The Holy City plays host to chefs, farmers, beverage professionals, artists, and more, we invite you to experience the festival firsthand. Culinary Village Considered to be the heart and soul of the festival, wander through Marion Square, for up to five hours, as you taste and sip food and wines, indulge in retail therapy, watch chef demos, and more. Signature Events From historical venues to iconic Lowcountry settings, choose between an intimate or large gathering as you take in our local culinary heritage. Our Pick: ‘Bourbon on the Base’-an event showcasing bourbons and open fire fare at the US Navy Base located in North Charleston. With more than a dozen chefs, including our very own Executive Chef Steven Manall from The Palmetto Cafe, and Bourbon distributors this event is the perfect place to unwind into the weekend. Signature Dinners Experience Charleston’s most celebrated dining rooms, award-winning chefs, and nationally acclaimed beverage professionals when you take part in a curated multi-course dining experience. Our Pick: ‘Peas + Love’ at the Charleston Grill featuring Executive Chef Michelle Weaver and guest chef Jamie Simpson. Veg out while indulging in a plant-forward tasting menu as you sip top Champagnes from the world’s most coveted Houses. Beverage Workshops Sample savory spirits in an intimate educational setting led by beverage professionals from around the world. Whether you want to learn about cool climate cabs or hoppy brews, there’s something for everyone. Brunches & Lunches Embrace the magic of the morning with Southern Shrimp and Grits or sink your teeth into a decadent brunch spread—whichever you choose, sip your way through each bite with a spicy Bloody Mary or a sweet tea mimosa in hand. Excursions Stroll the soul food establishments or forage for the earth’s tastiest secrets and discover what makes Charleston the culinary capital of the South. Hands-On Classes Taught by acclaimed chefs, get involved in the cooking process as experts focus on curating creative cuisine for guests. We hope you’ll join food and wine enthusiasts from around the world, and celebrate their passions this March. For questions regarding the festival, we encourage you to contact them directly. And, if you choose our hotel as your base for your culinary adventure, contact our concierge team for any additional assistance.
The start of the new year is the perfect time to bid farewell to old habits and welcome new resolutions. Whether you set out to discover more of the world, get into shape, or adopt healthier eating habits, your journey to a new lifestyle doesn’t have to come to a halt while you travel. A stay at Belmond Charleston Place allows you to maintain optimal wellness; from state-of-the-art fitness equipment and personal training sessions to healthy dining options and savory mocktails, the hotel has plenty of healthy lifestyle options. Read on to discover how you can indulge in the good life while keeping true to your New Year resolutions. Stay Fit on the Road For the ultimate, calorie-burning workout, visit our fitness center. Equipped with a full range of free weights and the latest cardiovascular machines, including three Peloton bikes, boost your energy and stay in shape during your stay. Kick Start Your Personal Fitness Plan From personal training and boot camp to yoga and Pilates, a one-on-one session with a certified personal trainer is the perfect way to motivate yourself and work harder. Our wellness team, located at The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place, can help arrange a private exercise program. Discover Healthy Dining Options Charleston is known for its decadent Lowcountry dishes and Southern staples, but healthier options are available at our dining outlets. Start your morning at The Palmetto Cafe with fresh Green Juice or Kombucha, break for lunch at Meeting at Market to indulge in their crisp Cobb Salad, and end your evening at the Thoroughbred Club with their tapas-style menu or a delicious veg-forward entree from Charleston Grill’s Roots & Stems section. Bask in Wellness at The Spa There’s no better way to unwind and relax than with a restorative treatment at The Spa. Located on the fourth floor of the hotel, you’ll find our haven for beauty and wellness. Whether you choose to indulge in a full body massage, facial, body scrub, or hand and foot therapy, each treatment will help you rejuvenate the skin you’re in. Embark on a Self-Guided Walking Tour Just steps from the hotel, you’ll experience some of Charleston’s most coveted landmarks, museums, and the Historic City Market. A city best explored by foot, visit our concierge team to pick up a self-guided walking map that will take you by the Holy City’s iconic spots. Sip and Savor Mocktails Whether you’re participating in “dry January” or have simply resolved to cut alcohol from your lifestyle, visit the Thoroughbred Club or Charleston Grill for savory mocktails. The alcohol-free handcrafted drinks are the perfect way to indulge in great flavors among live music seven days a week. Slather on Sunscreen Located just steps from the horizon-edge swimming pool and Clocktower Terrace, you’ll discover sunscreen dispensers filled with SPF 30 available for our guests. Thanks to The Spa’s chartiable initiative, I Will Reflect, the dispensers are located throughout the city and hotel and are free to use. Be sure to slather on sunscreen before you bask in Charleston’s vibrant sun. Indulge in ‘Me Time’ Relax, disconnect, and slow your pace as you read our “Me Time” publication in the comforts of your spacious guest room. As you cozy up on the bed or reading nook, each page invites you to savor the moment, and indulge in that most prized possession: your time. This year, take time to explore all that the Lowcountry has to offer with a stay at our cosmopolitan retreat. Located at the very heart of downtown Charleston, in the historic district and within walking distance of all the major attractions, our hotel is the perfect base for a city adventure. Book your stay, and contact our masterful concierge team or spa staff to help organize your next wellness adventure.
Gift Guide 2019 With the holiday shopping window even shorter this year, it is easy to be swept up in the frenzy of the season. Do not stress because From the Fashionista to the Dapper Dad, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have the ultimate gift guide for everyone on your list all in one place. For the Fashionista: Snag a pair of trendy black booties from Anne Fontaine (1) that will turn heads. Versace sunglasses from Sunglass Hut (2) will bring out the fierceness in any trendsetter. Pair these one-of-a-kind items with a fur vest from White House Black Market (3) and the fashionista is ready to walk the runway. For the Homebody: For those who love all things relaxation give the gift of ultimate comfort with cozy pajamas from Soma Intimates (4) and a candle from The Spa at Belmond Charleston Place (5). They will never leave the house again! For the Cool Kid: Gift your mini-me or niece a sparkly skirt from Pink Chicken (6) to match the sparkle in her eye! Pair it with a sweater in the winter or t-shirt in the summer and it becomes a year-round piece that will make you both smile. For the Dapper Dad: For all the father figures in your life, indulge them with the perfect shave. Pick up the heated razor from The Art of Shaving (7) so with every stroke, they will feel the experience of a relaxing hot towel shave. For the Girl Gang: Complete any outfit with a new accessory for your best friends. Your girl gang will go crazy over something from Kate Spade, like their sparkle satchel (8) or a boho Hobo bag from Lou Lou Boutiques (9). Pair these with a dusty blue fringe scarf from Lou Lou (10), also a great stocking stuffer, and you have made the nice list for the year to come. For the Outdoor Enthusiast: For those with a sense of adventure or who thrive on time spent outside, boots from Sperry (11) will keep their feet dry and warm when exploring while a reversible vest from Tommy Bahama (12) gives them a 2-in-1 look! The adventurer will make a statement and keep out the cold! For the Dress Obsessed: St. John Knit’s feature timeless, classic sheath style dresses like their Confetti Sequin Dress (13) while Italian brand Peserico’s Viscose Chemisier Dress with Irregular Stripes Print (14) will carry you from holiday parties into early spring fetes in style. For the Beauty Guru: Ensure your beauty-loving bestie is waking up with a rested glow with the L’Occitane Reset Oil-in-Serum (15), perfect for all skin types. To combat dry hair and skin during the cold winter months, complete their routine with Body Butter from Green Biotics (16) and Moroccanoil Intense Hydrating Mask from The Salon at Belmond Charleston Place (17). For the Jewelry Junkie: Add a beautiful sparkle to their wardrobe with something that they could wear every day or add a statement piece to their collection to spice up any outfit. The Classic Elegance Gift Set from Pandora Jewelry (18) will have them oohing and aahing Christmas morning. To finish stuffing their stocking, Chico’s Pearl Illusion Statement Necklace (19) is the perfect outfit completer and something they will treasure for years to come. For the Local Lover: Shop like a local and surprise a Charleston fan with a vibrant, embellished throw pillow map (20) of the most beautiful city in the country, available at The Belmond Boutique. Have an art lover in the family? Add to their collection with Brandon Newton’s “On Our Way Home” painting of downtown Charleston from Mary Martin Gallery (21). For the High Key Friend: Treat your loved one to a luxury gift that will make their jaws drop. Give the gift of Gucci with a Double G Belt (22) with a light pink leather strap and pearl embellishments that will last forever. Or gift a Louis Vuitton Monogram Shawl (23), a warm and luxurious wrap they will reach for all season long. For the Jetsetter: Know someone going on a tropical holiday for the Holidays? Give a festive Tara Grinna one-piece swimsuit (24) to soak up the sun, and add a neoprene bag from Everything But Water (25). Store it all in a piece of Tumi luggage from Mori Classics (26) and she will be all set for her getaway. Visit us downtown and shop at The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place to check off everyone on your list this holiday season. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook for more information on holiday specials and deals.