Family-Friendly Resort near Charleston Harbor
A statue of a leaping marlin tops the water fountain in front of Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina. It’s a tribute to an 881-pound fish caught in the resort’s private marina—the largest blue marlin 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 manmade beach.
A solid-teak bar made from the wood of an old sunken ship is on display at The Reel Bar, which serves casual fare amid old-fashioned tackle. A companion restaurant, the Charleston Harbor Fish House, serves seafood with a Southern twist. Upstairs, all guest rooms are decorated with bright colors and a nautical motif. This Getaway includes daily breakfast for two.
One of Charleston’s biggest draws is golf. The resort is located right next to the William Byrd–designed Patriots Point Links; it boasts spectacular views of the harbor and the city. Test your mettle on the par-3, 150-yard 17th hole, which features an island green and is considered one of the best par 3s in the area.
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Shallow Saltwater Bays and Naval History near Charleston
Situated near downtown Charleston, Mount Pleasant boasts a number of shallow bays and creeks. A half mile from the hotel, you can find the Patriots Point maritime and naval museum, which houses the USS Yorktown, an antisubmarine aircraft carrier. Visitors can explore the flight deck, engine room, and wardroom of this 888-foot centerpiece, or check out any of 25 eclectic aircraft.
Just across the harbor is Charleston, which you can easily access via the New Cooper River Bridge. The city was recently named one of the country’s best historic destinations by U.S. News & World Report. Georgian mansions line the waterfront, the spires of colonial-era churches punctuate the skyline, and horse-drawn carriages frequently clop along the city’s cobblestone streets. National historic landmarks in town include the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter, Charleston Harbor, and a double-parked Camry.
More recently, Charleston has merged its Old South identity with a strong arts and culture scene. The streets are lined with top-tier art galleries and antique stores, and you can catch live jazz performances at night. Step out onto King Street to browse third-generation clothiers that have set up shop in historic buildings. The city’s reputation as a major culinary destination has been reaffirmed by the James Beard Foundation, which has named a different Charleston chef the best in the southeast three out of the past four years.