At the top of the water fountain in front of Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina, there's a statue of a leaping marlin. It's a tribute to an 881-pound blue marlin that was caught in the resort's private marina—the largest fish of its kind ever snagged in South Carolina. The marina is the center of the action here: you can sit on the harbor and look out to Fort Sumter and the Charleston skyline as sailboats, schooners, and yachts come in. The marina also features its own concierge service, a floating dock, and access to a private beach.
A solid-teak bar made from the wood of an old sunken ship is on display at The Reel Bar, which serves casual bar fare amid old-fashioned tackle gear and antique dinner bibs made of fishnets. A companion restaurant, Indigo Grille, serves up seafood-centric fare with a southern twist. Guest rooms are decorated with bright colors and a nautical motif. In deluxe rooms, you can cuddle up next to an electric fireplace, which sits beneath a mounted flat-screen TV. .
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, you can paddle through the water on kayaks to see the remnants of 4,000-year-old Native American civilizations. A half-mile from the hotel, you can find the Patriots Point Maritime and Naval Museum, which 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 any of 25 eclectic aircraft.