Explore Charleston’s Picturesque Parks


Historic downtown Charleston offers no shortage of Instagram-worthy spots, including a variety of picturesque parks and outdoor spaces. Grab some grub, a blanket and indulge in a leisurely picnic lunch or dinner at one of Charleston’s prettiest parks.

Just a seven minute walk from Belmond Charleston Place, listen to the bells of St. Michaels from Washington Park, while surrounded by a beautiful gated garden. This has been a favorite gathering spot of Charlestonians for more than 300 years and features beautiful statues, from historic to whimsical.

Sit under the gentle mist of the Pineapple Fountain at Waterfront Park, which is just a twelve minute walk from the hotel. This city park  features private alcoves, flower gardens, stone pathways, a pier with wooden swings and stunning views of Fort Sumter and Charleston harbor.

The Battery, one mile from the hotel, is located alongside the Charleston harbor. This beautiful shaded sanctuary filled with multiple monuments including Revolutionary and Civil War-era cannons and statues commemorating individuals notorious during the 18th century.


Relax under shaded trees and surround yourself with architecture dating back to the 19th century, just a ten minute walk from the hotel. The Cistern Yard is the core of the College of Charleston campus and home to national landmarks such as Randolph Hall. Built in 1828, this monument is one of the oldest buildings still in use in the U.S..

Enjoy the urban green space of Marion Square, a quick ten minute walk from the hotel, once used as a military marching ground before the Revolutionary War. This park, which hosts a Farmer’s Market on Saturdays, is the perfect spot to appreciate monuments such as the Holocaust memorial.

Amid the ruins of the old Charleston Museum and one mile from the hotel, Cannon Park provides a historic, stunning atmosphere. The remaining columns of the old museum create a beautiful focal point in this park designed by Frederic Law Olmstead, the designer of Central Park in New York City and the grounds at the Vanderbilt Mansion.

Staying at Belmond Charleston Place? Let us pack a picnic for you; A variety of menu options await. And please use the map below to guide you at your leisure.



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Sail Into Summer

With summer in full swing, most of us are spending our days basking in the warm sun. Bathing suits and shorts are on our mind but did you remember to pack a hat or a pair of sunglasses? From boating on the Charleston Harbor to dining out with friends, The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place have everything you need to look hot while staying cool. Take a peek at our summer picks below, and find the perfect item to help you look and feel your best.

1. Bathing Suit

Whether you’re sunbathing on Sullivan’s Island or lounging by the pool, looking fabulous is a must. Enhance your bathing suit collection with this bright pink, flirty and fun one-piece. Pair it with a hat or sleek sandals, and you will have a beach-chic look. Splash into Everything But Water’s bathing suit collection to find your ideal style for relaxing summer days.


2. Skirt

Looking for a skirt that can take you from boutique shopping to dinner on King Street? White House Black Market’s floral printed skirt, decorated with scarlet red flowers and ivy green leaves, is light, breezy and perfect for dining alfresco at The Palmetto Cafe.


3. Handbag

Make a statement with this bold bag in a beautiful lapis color from Kate Spade. This “eye catcher” of a purse will turn heads and is the ultimate conversation starter. Enjoy wearing the Lillian Court Medium Harmony handbag, large enough to carry all of your summer essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen.


4. Shoes

Master the nautical look with the maritime shoe haven, Sperry Top-Sider. If you’re sailing the ocean or pulling off a casual day outfit, these classic boat shoes are a must-have. From Washed Canvas design that looks like you’ve been at sea to the Authentic Original boat shoes, Sperry Top-Siders are the perfect finishing touch to your summer look.


5. Sunglasses

Treat yourself to a new pair of shades this summer. From Chanel and Ray Ban to Miu Miu and Oakley, Sunglass Hut carries the latest designer eyewear that will complement your outfit while protecting your eyes.


6. Bracelet

This delicate sterling silver bracelet, decorated with small Charleston themed charms and turquoise gems, is a thoughtful and tasteful souvenir for a loved one or yourself. Explore Pandora’s collection of earrings, bracelets and one of a kind charms and take home a memory of Charleston.

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7. Hat

Ready to finally try that fedora you’ve been dreaming about? Now is the time! Tommy Bahama’s white paper braided fedora with a frayed brim can be worn with a polished outfit or styled for an outdoor adventure. Keep the sunlight out of your eyes while looking fashionable.


8. Tunic

Our favorite summer look – easy, breezy tunics are back! This soft and airy garment from Calypso St. Barth is embellished with shimmery gold and hints of orange. Throw this turquoise cover up over a bathing suit or spruce it up with a pair of white jeans.

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Keep up with the summer trends by following The Shops at Belmond Charleston Place on Instagram @TheShopsBCP and find your perfect look by visiting The Shops on King and Market Streets.

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A Community United

CPH_1732_ACommunityUnited_Jul15_Logo_FB_HeaderThe sounds of Charleston during the summer time are unique and easily recognized by tourists and locals. You can often hear the distinct hum of cicadas, the clop, clop of horse’s hooves on the pavement as they carry tourists through the historic district of our beloved Holy City, and the ringing of church bells on almost every corner. However, on the night of June 17th, all those sounds seemed to stop. Nine innocent men and women were shot during their regular Wednesday night bible study at the historic Emanuel AME Church. The church lost their senior pastor, state senator Clementa C. Pinckney and nine families lost their loved ones. Would the Charleston community ever be the same?

Only time will tell but in the days after the tragedy, Charleston emerged as a strongly unified city. Grief and anger turned to love. The sounds of singing, prayer and encouragement filled the air. The community of Charleston had not backed down in fear; instead, they united in love, inspired to find ways to help those affected and make a change in our community.

Almost over night, more than 50 restaurateurs and beverage purveyors, under the direction of Mickey Bakst, General Manager of Charleston Grill, came together to donate food and beverage for a fundraising event for the families.

The event is already being described as unforgettable. Being held July 9th from 6:30-9:30pm in the Belmond Charleston Place Grand Ballroom, A Community United Event will donate 100% of the proceeds to the families of Emanuel AME. The event is also hosting an auction, available to supporters around the world. Beginning July 3rd at noon and ending July 9th at midnight, the more than 250 items are as varied as a VIP Grammy ticket package, 8-night Cape Town and Safari camp package and more than 100 pieces of art. Additional auction items will be available during the event. The evening will include music by The Mark Sterbank Group and the Lowcountry Voices gospel choir along with a program featuring Charleston and AME Church leaders. 100% of proceeds from the auction and the event will be donated directly to the nine families whose lives were forever changed that night.

Tickets for the event are $200 and can be purchased here.

If you are unable to attend the event, you can still support by participating in the auction online. All bids can be activated directly from your mobile phone.  View items and bid.

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