Hotel at a Glance: Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina
The centerpiece of this resort is its private marina, set along the picturesque Cooper River. It’s an ideal spot for launching fishing excursions: an 881-pound blue marlin—the largest ever snagged in South Carolina—was caught here. Once you’ve packed your tackle box away, you can relax on the resort’s manmade beach and gaze at Fort Sumter and the Charleston skyline as sailboats and yachts come into the harbor.
- Locally sourced cuisine such as lobster ravioli is on the menu at Charleston Harbor Fish House.
- Guest rooms feature a nautical motif and overlook the property or the harbor; some have balconies.
- Start the day right: This Getaway includes daily breakfast for two.
- Stay fit: Work out in the onsite fitness center, rent bikes, or swim in the pool.
- Tee off next door at the William Byrd–designed Patriots Point Links; its 17th hole features an island green and is considered one of the area’s best par 3s.
- Visit Charleston: Drive just 6 miles, or take a trolley or water taxi.
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. The Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum 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, 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 who 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.