Top Breathtaking Carolina Sunsets

As Charleston gets warmer and the days grow longer, there isn’t a better way to end the day than with a Holy City sunset. The Lowcountry provides so many great places to take in the beauty of sundown so grab a friend and head to one of these charming spots between 7:30pm and 8:00pm to the catch the last few rays of the day.

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This inviting park is one of the most visited places in Charleston due to its vast history and gorgeous landscape. Take a stroll along this park at sunset to enjoy the beautiful views with a waterfront backdrop. Arrive early, bring a picnic and blanket and revel in the beauty of the day’s end.

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Spend the day exploring the Old Village of Mount Pleasant then retreat to the Pitt Street Bridge to experience one of the undisputed, best views of the Lowcountry.  A favorite with locals, the bridge is always filled with people fishing, biking, walking dogs and enjoying the gorgeous scenery. With tidal flats and salt marshes on your left and the Charleston harbor to your right, this hidden gem will leave you yearning to come back again and again.

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Take a sunset sail on board the Schooner Pride and see the sun slip below the horizon from the harbor. The boat sails around the waters surrounding the peninsula so you will see a marvelous sundown set against church steeples and historic architecture. Help the crew raise and trim the sails or just sit back and enjoy the stunning views.

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Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge

Visiting the Ravenel Bridge is a must when exploring Charleston. Drive or stroll to the middle of the bridge where the Cooper and Ashley Rivers meet and take a break on the benches at dusk to experience an unbelievable sunset. Don’t forget your camera! Almost as beautiful as sundown itself, the bridge offers great charm of its own.

A Charleston sunset is unlike any other so leave yourself plenty of time to take it all in. You’ll be dreaming of it until your next visit to Charleston, which we hope is sooner rather than later.

 

 

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Concierge’s Top Hidden Things to do in Charleston

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Maybe your idea of the perfect vacation is charting the open seas on a 49-foot yacht with friends and family. Or perhaps challenging your culinary skills and spending an evening with a famous local chef is more your forte. Whatever it is that you wish to do during your stay in Charleston, the concierge team at Belmond Charleston Place is here to make it happen for you.

Our concierge are well-versed in all things Charleston and can offer recommendations on where to find the most savory Lowcountry cuisine, provide directions to Charleston’s grandest attractions and open doors to activities not typically offered to Charleston visitors. Here at Belmond Charleston Place, we would like to make your stay with us an unforgettable experience by helping you discover the charming, hidden parts of Charleston that are typically not otherwise open to the public. All you have to do is ask!

Below is a list of excursions we can arrange that guests may not find on their own.

For the gardener: Exclusive private walking tour of Charleston’s private gardens in the historic district, by native author and expert, Louisa Pringle Cameron.

For the golfer: Tee time at either the Seabrook Island or Daniel Island Clubs, both of which are closed to the public.

For the sailor: Charter of the sailing yacht, The Fate, which is a privately owned 49-foot Beneteau that sleeps up to six people.

For the theologist: A private driving tour of “Little Jerusalem” by Fran Bennett, including Temple Beth Elohim, the oldest reform synagogue in the world.

For the architectural enthusiast: An exclusive “behind-the-scenes” tour of the Calhoun Mansion.

For the romantic: A morning or afternoon of horseback riding along the beach at Seabrook Island.

For the adventurer: A private flying tour, either by Cessna or helicopter.

For the historian: Explore African-American history in the Lowcountry and the surrounding sea islands with a private Gullah driving tour.

For the foodie: Enjoy the top culinary destination in the nation with a personalized culinary walking tour of local restaurants and neighborhoods.

For a special occasion: Savor a private dinner in a historic home with a famous local chef.

Whether you’re the type of traveler to follow an adventurous itinerary or if your ideal vacation only requires a few beach chairs and catching up on some R&R, the concierge team at Belmond Charleston Place wants to make your stay in Charleston a journey like no other. Download our Concierge’s Top Hidden things to do in Charleston list here, see our sample itineraries for Charleston here, or call us at 843 722 4900 today to start planning your next unforgettable trip to Charleston!

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Joggling Boards

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If you have ever visited Charleston, you probably have noticed the long benches that sit on the porches of many Southern homes and restaurants. These iconic pieces of furniture, known as joggling boards, are a unique symbol of the Lowcountry.

The word “joggle” means to shake slightly or move to and fro which is exactly what these boards do. Similar to a rocking chair, the benches consist of a long, pliable board, which is supported on each end by wood stands. The hand-selected wood comes from southern pine trees due to the wood’s sturdy nature and flexibility.

The origin of the joggling board dates back to 1804 in South Carolina. According to legend, Cleland Kinlock, who built Acton Plantation, asked his widowed sister, Mary Kinloch Huger, to come live him and care for the househould. Mary suffered from rheumatism, a medical joint condition, and wrote to her family in Scotland about how she had difficulty taking carriage rides due to her medical issue, but missed being able to go for a ride. In response, the family sent over plans for a joggling board that simulated the motion of being on a carriage ride, but was easily accessible for Mary and also provided her with a bit of exercise.

The joggling board soon gained popularity and became a porch staple for Southern homes during the 19th century.  Many people believed that if you had a joggling board on your front porch, you would never have an unwed daughter. It soon developed the nickname “courting bench” as young couples that sat on either end would slowly slide to the center due to the bowing in the wood.

In the last few decades, there has been resurgence in joggling boards due to their functionality as indoor and outdoor furniture and Lowcountry history. It is said that if someone offers you a seat on his or her joggling board, it is considered an invitation for friendship. When walking around Charleston keep an eye out for these historic benches, which continue to be a symbol of Southern lifestyle.

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