After being stuck at home in small town Tennessee for the past 5 months, James and I decided to take an impromptu trip to the beach and my-oh-my was it exactly what my heart and soul craved. Three days in Mount Pleasant, SC was all I needed to get refreshed, reinspired and ready to end a strange summer. I shared all of the fun things we did on Instagram, and after getting some questions, decided to make a full breakdown of what we did!
We’ve been to Charleston, SC many times in the past but this was our first time really exploring Mount Pleasant and there were tons of great things to do and even more great places to eat!
Where to Stay in Mount Pleasant, SC
We had a wonderful time staying at Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant, which is located right next to the Arthur Ravenel Bridge that connects downtown Charleston to Mt Pleasant. It was in a very convenient location to both Mount Pleasant and Charleston, and was also super close to the beach and Patriot’s Point.
Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant has modern, boutique style rooms that are comfortable and inviting. The front desk staff was friendly, accommodating and gave amazing suggestions on local things to try. It also has one of the prettiest pools I’ve ever been to! We loved hanging out by the pool in the evening listening to live music and enjoying drinks from Eliza’s Bar and Kitchen, the hotel’s restaurant. The pool also has plenty of lounge chairs, cozy couch seating and adorable circle cabanas, so it was really easy to get lost in a book for hours down there. It was truly the highlight of our trip!
PSA: Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant has an amazing Labor Day deal that’s active all September long! The package includes accommodations for three nights with the option to add a fourth night for free, as well as breakfast each day for all guests. Rates start as low as $139! Find all details here.
A quick note on the state of the world right now. We felt totally safe at our hotel during the entire trip. Masks were required indoors and the staff was always masked up and cleaning highly trafficked parts of the hotel.
**Note: Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant graciously hosted us during our stay; as always, all opinions are my own!
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What to do in Mt Pleasant
Patriot’s Point Naval and Maritime Museum
We’ve been to Patriot’s Point Museum 2 times in the past and always loved our experience. If you’re a fan of history or have kids coming along on the trip, this is a must see! The museum is on the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and has aircrafts on display. There’s also a submarine to tour. You can spend hours walking through and learning about how life on the ship was.
A great place to walk around during sunset for stunning views over Charleston Harbor. Shem Creek has dozens of restaurants along the water with a boardwalk running along the water. There are tons of shrimp boats tied up on the dock and you’ll run into tons of people enjoying fresh seafood and having fun. We highly recommend planning a sunset dinner here!
Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park
We drop past a sign for this waterfront park while we were leaving Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant, and decided to quickly check it out. We ended up spending an hour walking along the water, watching people fish and just enjoying the stunning views of Arthur Ravenel Bridge.
The epitome of southern charm. Boone Hall Plantation is an iconic compound that features stunning gardens and is historically one of America’s oldest working plantations.
Beaches within 20 Minutes of Mount Pleasant
Sullivan’s Island is a 2.5 mile long barrier island near Charleston Harbor. It’s a peaceful and quiet beach that is perfect for watersports or lounging. Note: currently chairs, umbrellas and coolers are not permitted on these beaches.
Isle of Palms
Beautiful beaches with stunning homes on the ocean to daydream about. We spent a few hours lounging at this beach because it allowed chairs and umbrellas and it was fairly quiet and very relaxing. Tip: this beach gets busier after lunch, so aim to get there in the mid morning to get a good parking spot by the beach entrances.
Places to Eat
Although we ate many of our meals in downtown Charleston, we did enjoy some tasty dishes in Mount Pleasant too!
Delicious craft cocktails with a refined food menu. The drinks were so refreshing and tasty and we had an absolutely delicious burger and flatbread here. The views are also to die for!
Featured on The Travel Channel and home to yummy southern comfort food. Page’s Okra Grill is a must try option for brunch or dinner. They have Charleston’s best Bloody Mary too!
If you’re a fan of BBQ, head to the Mt. Pleasant location for smoked goodness. Their bbq is all wood smoked and highly rated.
For the beer lover. Westbrook Brewing has over a dozen flavorful brews in a wide variety of flavors. They also have a rotating list of Food Trucks outside to snack on.
Those were our Mount Pleasant, SC highlights! Let us know if you visit any of these locations and be sure to take advantage of Hotel Indigo’s Labor Day Package this month!