Hotel at a Glance: Wyndham Garden Charleston Mount Pleasant
This recently opened hotel—a 2015 TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence winner—offers a comfortable getaway near the Atlantic coast. Kick back in a spacious guest room outfitted with a microwave, mini fridge, and 39-inch high-definition TV. In the morning, fuel up with a continental breakfast or hot buffet breakfast, which includes made-to-order omelets, cereal, and fresh fruit.
- Grab dinner at the onsite restaurant, which serves light fare.
- Sip a cocktail at the contemporary lobby bar.
- Squeeze in a workout in the onsite fitness center.
- Driving time to historic downtown Charleston: about 10 minutes
Mount Pleasant, South Carolina: Charming Charleston Suburb with Rich Cultural Heritage
Mount Pleasant is a picture of the romanticized American South—its Boone Hall Plantation, settled in 1681, served as an inspiration for the Tara plantation in Gone With the Wind. Today, you can tour the grounds and antiques-furnished home of one of America’s oldest still-growing plantations. On the nearby shore, you can take in views of Charleston Harbor from Memorial Waterfront Park, home to the Sweetgrass Cultural Arts Pavilion and War Memorial. A short walk away is the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum. Here, you can tour the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier, ride in a flight simulator, and visit the Cold War Submarine Memorial.
If you want to soak up some sun, head to the soft, sandy beaches on Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms. Mount Pleasant shares its southwestern border with Charleston, which was named one of the best historic destinations in the country 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 its cobblestone streets. You can get an added sense of the city’s history by visiting a number of preserved period buildings and national historic landmarks such as the Battery & White Point Gardens, a living Civil War museum with Confederate cannons and views of Fort Sumter and Charleston Harbor.