Mount Pleasant's finest hotel sits on Charleston Harbor, so you can gaze at the city's skyline, just a 10-minute water-taxi ride away from the marina. A lot goes on here, from splashy boat shows at the marina to wedding celebrations on the man-made white-sand beach. Ask for one of the renovated rooms with a fireplace. Children can jump into the mini-mariners' program, and parents can learn to navigate a sailboat. A number of annual sailing events are held here, and the
bar scene is fun. Hop the Charleston Water Taxi that stops here to get downtown (and back) easily. Bikes, kids, and dogs are welcome. Find the schedule at www.charlestonwatertaxi.com.