Family-Friendly Resort with Harbor Views
A statue of a leaping, blue-green marlin crowns a bubbling water fountain in front of the hotel lobby at Charleston Harbor Resort. The piece is a tribute to an 881-pound blue marlin that was caught in the resort's private marina—the largest fish its kind ever caught in South Carolina. From its floating dock and numerous slips, the harbor looks out to Fort Sumter and the city skyline as sailboats, schooners, and yachts sidle up to the full-service facility, which is endowed with its own concierge service and access to a private beach.
A solid-teak bar made from the wood of an old sunken ship sits on display at The Reel Bar at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, which serves casual bar fare amid old-fashioned tackle gear and antique dinner bibs made of fishnets. Guests can pick up their included s'mores kit for two at the bar and then head to the hotel fire pit to roast marshmallows and assemble the treats. Meanwhile, the companion restaurant, Indigo Grille, serves up a seafood-centric menu with a southern twist.
In the deluxe queen room, guests can share a bottle of white or red wine on the room's balcony, where Adirondack chairs look out to the harbor; back inside, an electric fireplace resides beneath the mounted flat-screen TV. Bright, tropical colors intermingle with a nautical spirit with in all of the hotel's deluxe rooms; in the deluxe king accommodations, this takes the form of floral bedding and plaid carpeting set amid touches such as seashell molding and sand-dollar curtain-clip rings.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Shallow Saltwater Bays and Naval History near Charleston
Situated across the water from downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant is lined with shallow bays and creeks. On guided saltwater tours, passengers can set up shop on Patriots Point Road and then paddle through on kayaks to see the remnants of 4,000-year-old Indian civilizations. Elsewhere, 2-mile hiking treks through forest trails and blackwater swamp elucidate the area's rice plantations.
A half-mile from the hotel, the Patriots Point Maritime and Naval Museum houses the antisubmarine aircraft carrier USS Yorktown. Visitors can explore the flight deck, engine room, and wardroom of this 888-foot centerpiece or check out 1 of 25 eclectic aircrafts.