Originally a weekend getaway for busy Charlestonians, Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, now attracts all sorts. Whether the golf courses on the Isle of Palms, the watersports of Shem Creek or World War II history aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier entice you, there’s a hotel for you here.
Right on the waterfront, this inn is an ideal base from which to try Shem Creek’s numerous water-based activities. Kayak or paddleboard among pelicans, take a dolphin-spotting expedition along the coast or watch the world go by over brunch. All rooms come with at least partial views over the creek, but for something different, check into the 55ft (17m) private party yacht with an integrated stereo system. There’s also a creekside pool perfect for escaping the hot South Carolina sun.
Among the magazine-perfect New England-style homes of the l’On community, this neat white inn features 11 individually decorated rooms with Asian rugs, pearl-inlay cabinets and antique wooden trunks. As a guest, you’ll have free access to the l’On Club, a community center with tennis courts, swimming pools and a fitness center. A deluxe continental breakfast is available for an extra fee. Central Charleston attractions, including the Historic Charleston City Market and Rainbow Row, are a 20-minute drive away.
Occupying a prime waterfront location near Patriots Point Links – a golf course – and many World War II ship museums, this resort makes the most of its setting with a private beach, multiple harborside pools and a waterfront tiki bar. You’ll also have access to the Estuary Spa next door, offering massages and beauty treatments using organic Naturopathica products. The Fish House restaurant specializes in fresh-catch fish and has spectacular views over the USS Yorktown.
A short hop from the USS Yorktown and the Patriots Point Soccer Stadium, this classy resort makes an ideal family getaway. Enroll the kids in themed activities, including lessons in knot tying, navigation and weather forecasting while you retreat to a private poolside cabana on the 30,000sqft (2,787sqm) deck or try a beach yoga class. The Fish House restaurant serves modern Southern meals, and the Marina Store sells eclectic beachwear, scented soaps and handicrafts.
Just a 20-minute drive from downtown Charleston, this log-exterior B&B is surrounded by 300-year-old oak trees, a slow-moving tidal creek and waterfowl-populated marshland. A front porch with rocking chairs completes the image of Southern hospitality. The five rooms are individually decorated with antique furniture, and each one has a private bath and a ceiling fan. Book the Plantation, Magnolia or Indigo room for a four-poster bed. Breakfasts change daily and are served in the light-flooded dining room overlooking the creek.
Steps from the Wando Crossing shopping mall and a 12-minute drive from downtown Charleston, the elegant Courtyard hotel combines Marriott amenities with boutique style. Each room comes with coffee and tea facilities and a mini-fridge; outside, you’ll find a palm-lined pool, whirlpool tub and firepit for cozy post-dinner gatherings. The Bistro serves smashed avocado on toast and Starbucks coffee for breakfast, along with wings and burgers for dinner.
Tee off at this sprawling Isle of Palms golf resort with two Tom Fazio-designed golf courses on your doorstep. Other facilities include several pools, tennis courts and walking paths that will take you right to the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Toddler-friendly rooms are light and bright, and some suites come with a whirlpool tub. Forget your cares at the Sand & Sea day spa, with treatments such as seashell massages and CBD pedicures. Dining options range from the casual Beachside Burgers & Bar to ocean-fresh oysters from the upscale Coastal Provisions.
Among the mega-stores of Mount Pleasant – and just a 20-minute drive from central Charleston – this all-suites hotel is ideal for an extended stay, with excellent access to golfing and beaches on the Isle of Palms. Soothing pastel suites come with a full kitchen containing a dishwasher, microwave and full-size refrigerator, as well as a dining table and two televisions. Amenities are as you’d expect from Hilton – a well-appointed fitness room and large outdoor pool, along with a massive spread of bagels and cereals for breakfast.
At the foot of the Ravenel Bridge – a short drive from Charleston’s Historic District and moments from the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum – this three-star Hilton pad provides everything you need for a comfortable stay. Enjoy a continental spread at breakfast before returning to your room to plan your day using the free wifi. Access to the outdoor pool and fitness center are included in the room rate.
Blending modern teal-and-scarlet furnishings with rustic New England architecture, this seven-room B&B is a lesson in contemporary Southern style. The adjoining restaurant is a real foodie destination where you can indulge in albacore crudo. Retire to your room, featuring printed William Morris wallpaper, a Bakelite telephone and a locally curated minibar. The surrounding Old Village neighborhood is Mount Pleasant’s most charming; walk one-and-a-half blocks for views of Hog Island Channel.