On the southwestern edge of Mount Pleasant—just minutes from downtown—10 quaint cottages hug Charleston Harbor, each with a spacious back porch (complete with a hammock and rockers perfect for sunrise gazing and dolphin watching) and access to a private sandy beach, where bunnies roam and Adirondack chairs wait. The Cottages on Charleston Harbor marries the privacy of rental-style accommodations with the perks of hotel travel, like attentive staff, a clubhouse common area, and complimentary breakfast, resulting in a picture-perfect recipe for total relaxation.
YOU SHOULD KNOW On Friday evenings during the summer, bands hit the beach next door at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina. They don’t play late into the night, but the music is loud enough to hear from the cottages.
The two-bedroom three-bathroom cottages boast a full kitchen, comfy living room, and spacious sleep quarters. A master bedroom holds a modern four-poster king bed while the guest room features two doubles. Rattan furnishings, plantation shutters, and French doors to the back porch remind you that you’re waking up on the coast.
Cottage number six is wheelchair accessible.
The master bath is huge, with a walk-in glass shower, Jacuzzi tub, and double vanities, while the guestroom bath offers a shower-tub combination. Fresh tile floors and pastel hues keep the spaces feeling fresh and contemporary.
A handsome clubhouse serves as home base for breakfast and concierge services. In each cottage, a living room boasts a fireplace, soaring ceilings, and wall of windows looking out onto the screened-in back porch.
YOU SHOULD KNOW Cottage 10’s porch overlooks a pond; all others have a view of the harbor.
A palm-lined pool deck with a fair-sized pool and hot tub overlooks Charleston Harbor. Lounge chairs line the deck and bistro tables are tucked beneath a covered porch.
Breakfast is served daily in the clubhouse and includes continental mainstays, fresh juices, and hot items that run the gamut from chicken biscuits and grits to eggs and sausage. Sweet treats and lemonade are set out in the afternoon.
A lot lets you park for free and come and go whenever. Explore Patriots Point on one of the Cottages’ beach cruisers, or take a water taxi downtown from the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina’s dock.
The Fish House (4-minute walk) at Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina is a quick walk away and serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner in a handsome maritime-themed dining room overlooking the USS Yorktown. For fresh oysters and seafood near Shem Creek, try NICO (5-minute drive). A romantic special occasion supper can be found at the Old Village Post House Inn (8-minute drive).
Tavern & Table (5-minute drive) is a happy hour hotspot that overlooks the picturesque Shem Creek. For a rowdier vibe, walk across the street to The Shelter Kitchen + Bar (6-minute drive).
WHY WE LIKE IT
Whether you’re planning a romantic double-date getaway or a family trip, the Cottages on Charleston Harbor feel like a true retreat. Plus, you’re just across the Ravenel Bridge from downtown and are a quick drive to the beach at Sullivan’s Island.