Your base in Charleston will be either a suite at Belmond Charleston Place
, the city’s grand dame, or a room at one of the new boutique contemporary options, The Spectator Hotel
The Belmond Charleston Place has long been one of the city’s most acclaimed hotels, an elegant favorite in the heart of the historic district. With recent renovations to its guest rooms and chef Michelle Weaver, one of Charleston’s culinary stars, at the helm of the award-winning Charleston Grill, the hotel is not resting on its laurels.
The Spectator Hotel is newer to the scene, having opened in 2015, but it’s already been recognized as one of the city’s most appealing contemporary options. The interiors are a stylish interpretation on 1920s style, and rooms have private patios with views of the French Quarter—one of Charleston’s oldest neighborhoods—or the historic St Philip’s Church.
After you’re settled take in a local walk along King Street with its antiques and home goods stores as well as inviting cafés. Enjoy lunch in the casual setting of a 100-year-old building at Kitchen 208, featuring fresh ingredients and a whimsical menu.
Round out your afternoon with a rickshaw tour of the antebellum homes and Charleston’s riverfront, before a stroll along East Bay Street.
Start the evening with cocktails at the Spectator Hotel’s popular cocktail lounge before dinner at the Charleston Grill
at the Belmond Charleston Place. John recommends the seared flounder with crab or, even better, commit to Chef Michelle Weaver’s six-course Tasting Menu and you won’t be disappointed.