Walking the Holy City

Upon arrival at Belmond Charleston Place, you are instantly transported to a magical, timeless place in the heart of historic downtown Charleston. With so much to see and do right out the front doors of the hotel, there is no better place to enjoy your time in the Holy City. Wander the historic streets to discover these fun activities and more.

Take a horse-drawn carriage for a tour of Charleston’s narrow streets lined with beautifully preserved buildings from the colonial and antebellum periods.

Stroll through The Battery or White Point Gardens, where pirates once dangled from the gallows, for spectacular views of the harbor, the sunset and Fort Sumter.

Browse through the traditional market on Market Street, Charleston’s many boutiques, art galleries and the King Street antique shops.

Explore Catfish Row, the inspiration for America’s first opera, “Porgy and Bess”, where vendors once peddled their produce along the roadside. Now private homes and specialty shops line the area.

Visit Charleston Museum, the country’s first and oldest, which interprets the natural history of the Lowcountry through artifacts, treasures and exhibits.

Discover Rainbow Row, the name for a series of colorful, historic Georgian houses on East Bay Street. You won’t want to forget your camera to capture the homes wondrous hues.

All of these activities and more are located within walking distance of the hotel. Enjoy a leisurely stroll and take in all the sites downtown Charleston has to offer. IMG_4686

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Spoleto Festival: Coming of Age Performances in a Timeless City

Embracing the historic and natural charm of the Holy City, the Spoleto Festival has begun another season of renowned live arts performances. In 1977, Charleston was selected as an ideal location to host young and experienced artists of all forms with a passion for originality. Now in its 40th season, Spoleto still honors the original tradition of celebrating the finest arts and has earned international recognition.

Performances of opera, theater, jazz, dance, visual arts and more offer options for a variety of interests. With many shows already receiving notable praise, the difficulty becomes not which show to attend, but rather how many performances one can see during the 17-day festival.

This year’s opera, Porgy and Bess, has been commended as one of the greatest artistic creations ever produced in the Holy City and is surely a must see. The show celebrates the African American community in the South Carolina costal region and is exquisitely performed by a talented cast, lively music and beautiful setting and design.

A sure crowd pleaser, Havana Rakatan, is a lively dance piece featuring salsa, mambo, jazz, cha-cha, rumba and more. Complemented with an eight-piece live band this show energetically explores Cuban history through dance.

With a great deal of the success of the Spoleto Festival credited to the setting of Charleston, it is vital to indulge in the charm of the Holy City while visiting. The Belmond Charleston Place Spoleto Grill Gourmet Package offers luxurious accommodations to enhance your Spoleto Festival USA experience. Indulge in dinner for two in the Forbes Four Star Charleston Grill, complimentary breakfast in the hotels Four Diamond Palmetto Café, 20% off festival tickets, and a variety of welcome amenities, for travel now through June 11th, 2016. 

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Fun in Charleston Happening this Month

While Charleston may be known for its grand antebellum mansions and old world sophistication, locals and visitors alike delight in the year round offerings of affordable events. On any given weekend, you are likely to find events that are free and open to the public taking place all over the Holy City. Peruse our list of low cost events happening this month, and be sure to share your experience with us using #BelmondPostcards.

Charleston Gallery Association Art Walk
Held May 6th from 5 – 8pm, stroll through the Holy City’s picturesque French Quarter district and visit more than 40 galleries while sipping refreshments and mingling with the artists

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Second Sunday of King Street
Step right outside Belmond Charleston Place’s doors to enjoy live music, street vendors and more at this local favorite. King Street is closed to vehicular traffic, so grab a coffee or ice cream cone, and plan to stroll be

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Piccolo Spoleto Festival
The eclectic spin-off of the renowned Spoleto Festival USA, Piccolo hosts 17 days and nights of events, most of which are free, from May 27 – June 12. More than 500 performing, literary and visual arts events will be presented.

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 Riverdogs Baseball
Batter up at The Joe! Watch a game played by Charleston’s minor league baseball team, The Charleston Riverdogs, at the ballpark named after our esteemed former major, Joseph P. Riley. (Link to Collections post)

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Outdoor Farmer’s Market
Local vendors, farmers and growers, artisans and live musicians are featured at this family-friendly event. Sample tastes from the Lowcountry and socialize with locals every Saturday until 2pm.

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With the exception of Piccolo Festival, most of these events take place year-round. If you get away to Charleston in May, plan to enjoy one of these local favorites next time you visit the Holy City. Contact our concierge for even more recommendations on timely happenings.

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