Mt. Pleasant – High Life in the Lowlands

Just east of Charleston is a beautiful piece of land bordered by Charleston Harbor, Shem Creek and Cove Inlet. English settlers called the area Mt. 1680. Pleasant. Even today it is a treasure that should not be missed, but in modern Hwy 17 it is easy to miss.

As visitors walk along the docks of Shem Creek and the streets of the Old Town, they connect with the natural beauty of the area that attracted settlers. The swamp spreads from Shem Creek and opens shiny green and golden arms to the port of Charleston. In the old town along Pitt Street, massive oak trees spread moss-laden branches on narrow streets.

The historic charm conceals the struggle between the descendants of the early settlers and today's developers. The locals want to remember and preserve the area while the developers come up with ways to benefit from the ambience. The fight against progress is ancient, its roots go deep along the coasts. The inhabitants of the Netherlands have always fought for their faith, leaving the traditions of the time intact. A balanced compromise is needed to accommodate industry and preserve lifestyles.

The Creek, as the locals affectionately call it, runs out of the swamp into the port of Charleston, inviting travelers to explore the natural beauty and architectural nooks and crannies. While dolphins frolicking in the stream, pelicans and gulls sit on shrimp boats and invite visitors to take a break and enjoy the view. As the sun sets, golden rays of light penetrate the overlying thunderstorm heads, bouncing off the surface of the water and sparkling silver light illuminating the marsh grass.

Boats of all sizes and shapes line the docks on either side of the stream. This community has been delivering much of the shrimp to the Charleston area for over 30 years. The shrimp season begins at the end of April with the Blessing of the Fleet Festival in the historic Alahambra Hall. Deep-sea fishing charter boats dock here as well as kayak outfitters. Sailing and motor boats stop at the quay and their passengers are invited to dine at the quay. That & # 39; no wake & # 39; The Zone makes it easy to take a break here to enjoy fresh-caught seafood in the restaurants on the Creek.

For longer stays, dock your ship at Patriot & # 39; s Point Marina. Patriot Point is located just outside the mouth of the Shem Creek towards Charleston Harbor and is the largest marina in the area with 459 berths. A majestic view of the aircraft carrier USS Yorktown provides an opportunity to explore and connect with the history of the Navy. An entire day could be dedicated to exploring Yorktown, Coast Guard Cutter and the Medal of Honor Museum. Excursion boats to Ft. Sumpters leave Yorktown daily.

This is also the point resort and hotel of Patriot. Furnished in light yellows and blues, nautical themed guest rooms, comfortable beds and spectacular harbor views provide guests with the comforts of home close to the water. The resort also offers an 18-hole championship golf course overlooking Charleston Harbor, Fort Sumter and Shem Creek. Known for its challenging waterfront holes, the course is minutes from the beaches of the Isle of Palms and Sullivan Island.

Patriots Point Resort is very familiar with water rats. The Charleston Race Week takes place here in spring and sport fishing tournaments take place throughout the season. Black and white photos of former tournament winners line the walls in the roll bar. A short bike ride or shuttle from East Cooper Shuttle will take you across to Shem Creek. If you prefer Charleston, the water taxi leaves from Dock A every hour and takes you to the Charleston Maritime Center, just a few minutes' walk from the aquarium. Bicycles and pets are welcome in the water taxi. Bring the camera for unique close-ups of the hull of the USS Yorktown and the Arthur Ravenel Bridge.

For accommodations overlooking Shem Creek, check in at The Shem Creek Inn. The Inn offers a 10% discount on fishing charters booked with Captain Rick Hiott's Inshore Fishing Charters. When you book a fishing charter with Captain Rick Hiott's Inshore Fishing Charters, you get 10% off the room rates. The fishing skills of Captain Hiott for Red Drum are known both locally and globally. Featured on the Discovery Channel – Europe and Saltwater Sportsman Magazine, Captain Hiott is highly recommended for finding the best coastal fishing hotspots and for bringing the coastal waters around Charleston closer to others.

The abundance and experience of local fishermen provides the highest levels of fresh seafood. Pleasant Seafood runs a retail store here on Creek and has a booth on Mt. Pleasant Farmers Market. To conclude, guests at the Water's Edge Cabana Bar enjoy the antics of the playful goodwill ambassadors of the Creek. Every day at 4 pm the male dolphin appears, followed by the rest of the capsule. Take a close look and you will see the baby swimming with his mother. It's as if these creatures had come to welcome guests in the area. It would be difficult not to be surprised if you watch these beautiful beings at dinner. In collaboration with brown pelicans and seagulls, they dive for fish in the charter boats.

Sunsets are an event here. Several restaurants offer alfresco and creek dining, so guests can experience the wonder of Charleston's radiant sunset with the ubiquitous charm of a small fishing village. Enjoy the views from the bar and outdoor dining area at Vickery's. Watch as the sun's rays fall over the swamp as it spreads towards the mouth of the creek. Feel the gentle breeze from Charleston Harbor blowing through the palm trees. Even during a storm, the view from the indoor bar is a great way to watch the drama without muffling the mind. From the inner bar you can see the shrimpcutters whose wings are spread out as if they were flying water angels.

A view over the stream offers the opportunity to explore the architectural corners and corners along the docks. After 30 years of business, Magwoods Seafood still delivers shrimp and fish to much of Charleston. "Live long, love long, eat seafood" is her motto, painted in red and blue on the walls. At The Wreck, Low Country's culinary favorites are served casually on giant paper plates. The price is worth the spectacular view of the sunset from the screened dining room on the porch. This is a place that No-See-Ums can not reach during dinner.

Overlooking the bridge, RB's and Red's Ice House offer a wider choice for alfresco dining. RB is upscale and takes the proper parking of users very seriously. Sometimes your own customers are accidentally towed away. Bright yellow signs warn against fines when booting and towing. RB owns the Shem Creek Towing Company and keeps a tow truck parked on the property in sight.

Red & # 39; s is the casual hangout spot that has something going on every day for happy hour. They offer free parking on a huge gravel lot next to the restaurant and are more concerned about having the customers have a great time. Red is also the local "Yappy Hour" hotspot, so bring your dog friends to meet and greet the locals. Ice cold buckets of water and doggie cookies are the favorites among the four-legged fur people. Upstairs, the view of the sunset is unprecedented. Cushions line the upstairs bar, which can be reserved for private parties. On bank holidays, this is a prime place to see fireworks shot by the USS Yorktown.

Happy Hours are special at the Red Ice House. On Sundays, listen to local acoustic / rock / folk singers playing downstairs. On Thursdays, try the freshly steamed shrimp served at the bar for free. On Wednesday evening, guests can take a sunset cruise on the Palmetto Breeze, a 50-inch sailing catamaran. This is a great way to track the CORA races (Charleston Ocean Racing Assoc.) In the harbor with numerous photo opportunities. Entrance fees include adult drinks and a selection of appetizers. Captain Ping is always in a good mood and ready to take the guests on the water. He even lets you steer the boat if you ask nicely.

A few blocks from Red's is the old town of Mount Pleasant. The Old Town, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, features quaint churches, colonial and ancient homes, and the majestic Alhambra Hall, the original site of the Mount Pleasant Ferry Company. Built in 1847 by Charles Jugnot and Oliver Hilliard as a summer residence and dance hall, the Alhambra Hall is nestled in a grove of massive living oak trees. It was rebuilt in 1937 and is a popular venue for community events. The hotel is set in a waterfront park lined with living oak trees and has a fantastic communal playground. Here you can take a picnic in the afternoon. Go to Confederate Cemetery and do not miss the tiny post office on the way back across Pitt Street. Many roads end with a view of Charleston Harbor. Enjoyable. Although there is no mountain, it is certainly a pleasant place.

Not far away is the old town, where visitors can experience nostalgia with an old-fashioned ice cream from the Pitt Street pharmacy. The Old Post House restaurant and tavern are located in the building where there was a grocery store. Built in 1888 by German immigrants, Post House serves light lunches and dinners. On the ground floor you can dine and upstairs there is a meeting room for private parties. Here you can expect crab soup, tuna, leg of lamb, steaks, sautéed sea bass, shrimp and grits. The streets of the old town point to Charleston

If you're in Mount Pleasant on a Tuesday afternoon, visit Farmer's Market at Old Moultrie Middle School on West Coleman Boulevard. In this tiny market there is a wealth of fresh flowers, herbs, local produce and seafood. Local bluegrass or acoustic musicians perform while you shop. Snow cones and make-up are available for children of all ages. A barbecue area ensures you do not go hungry before returning to your floating home. The market is open until the end of October. On the 8th of December from 22 to 15 o'clock a special Christmas market and craft exhibition will take place.

Shopping in this area offers a variety of delicacies, both in the Old Town and on the Creek, and in some cases a generous portion of local history. In the village, the Utonga Gallery offers a unique collection of Shona (Zimbabwe) sculptures. The Out of Hand Gallery next door is a feast for the eyes for cards, gifts and treasures that are reminiscent of your visit. At Charleston Candle Cottage on West Coleman Blvd. Customers can chat with Rachel, the owner. A post office is on the back to send art cards to the people at home. Again, the choice of candles is huge. Watch local artist Steven Jordan behind the Candle Cottage as he paints watercolors and oil paintings of Low Country's most popular landscape.

On the other side of Mill Street are several stores in the Commons. The right stationery and postcards can be found at The Scratch Pad. Sue Tanis offers an appealing selection of original, locally oriented gifts, stationery and invitations for the right occasion. At the bottom of Mill Street, owner and local history expert Lou Edens offers a collection of selected gifts, home décor and a generous helping of local history across the region in The Fifth Season. Lou owned and operated the Maritime Museum next door for years and also owned the Rice Hope Plantation Bed & Breakfast on the Cooper River.

Shem Creek Marina is across the street from The Fifth Season on Mill Street. Sailing ships can not navigate under the bridge. The marina specializes in the long-term storage of dry docks for smaller powerboats. The old Maritime Museum is just next door and is now home to Coastal Expedition kayak tours. Coastal Expeditions offers year-round kayak tours across Shem Creek and passenger ferries to Bull Island.

Two more restaurants are located on this side of Shem Creek. The Shem Creek Bar & Grill offers spectacular views of the swamp from the outdoor dock bar and the indoor veranda. The arched bar in the main restaurant is unique and reminds everyone that boating is a first love here. This family-oriented restaurant offers a wide selection of seafood and low-country specialties. Next door, the new Creekside Bar & Grill offers budget favorites and rooftop seating overlooking the stream.

You could easily spend a week discovering the historic places in this area. Watching a sunset over the shrimp wings, strolling over the docks of the creek after dinner and taking the time to explore the local shops, you'll love this charming spot near Charleston. A kayak tour will shed light on the conservation efforts on the creek, and a conversation with locals at the Red & # 39; s will further enrich your visit here. Take a look at the many wonders of Shem Creek and Old Town Mt. Pleasant, just before it's too late to remember the state of affairs.

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accommodation

Charleston Harbor Resort and Marina

20 Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

http://www.CharlestonHarborResort.com

843-856-0028

Toll Free: 888-856-8333

Reservations

Toll Free – (888) 856-0028

Shem Creek Inn

1401 Shrimp Boat Ln,

Mt Pleasant, SC

(843) 881-817; 1000

marinas

Charleston Harbor Marina

24 Patriot's Point Rd.

Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

Office: (843) 284-7062

Mobile: (843) 297-2949 or (843) 297-2948

Fax: (843)856-8540

Patriots Point Links on Charleston Harbor

A Patriots Point Road

Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.881.0042

Fax: 843.881.0044

Toll Free: 877.709.5053

restaurants

water's edge

1407 Shrimp Boat Lane

Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

Reservations 843.884.4074

Vickery's Bar & Grill

1313 Shrimp Boat Ln

Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

(843) 884-4440

Red's Icehouse

98 Church Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843388000

Shem Creek Bar & Grill

508 Mill

Mt Pleasant, SC 29464

(843)884-8102

Creekside Grill

508 B Mill Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-4803

http://www.CreeksideBarGrill.com

Old village mail house

101 Pitt Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843-388-8935

Tours and visits

Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum

40 Patriots Point Road

Mount Pleasant, South Carolina 29464

866-831-1720 toll free

843-884-2727

Angie Bennett, Group Business / Visitor Services

866-831-1720 toll free

groupreservations@patriotspoint.org

Aqua Safaris, Inc. (Palmetto Breeze)

24 Patriot's Point Rd.

Pleasant, SC 29464

800-524-3444, 843-886-8133

coastal Expeditions

514 B Mill Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-7684

fishing charter

Aqua Adventure

Capain Chuck Griffin

843-884-6696

843-860-1664

Captain Rick Hiott's Inshore Fishing Charters

(843) 412-6776 cell

or (843) 554-9386 home

transport

East Cooper Shuttle

Elaine: 843-343-0484

John: 843-327-4700

water taxi

Charleston water taxi

843, 330-CWTX (2989),

Disposable $ 5

Return flight: 8 USD

Day Ticket: 12 USD.

Galleries

Steven Jordan Gallery

409 W. Coleman Blvd and

423 W. Coleman Blvd in the Peach Orchard Plaza

843-881-1644

Utonga Gallery

113 Pitt Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

800 732 4306

(843) 216 7686

shopping

Out of hand

113C Pitt Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843-856-3585

The fifth season

510 Mill Street

Mt. Pleasant SC 29464

843-884-5000

The notebook

409 Mill Street

Pleasant, SC 29464

843-884-3433