Charleston, South Carolina
... is America's most beautifully preserved architectural and historic treasure, with a rich, 300-year history just waiting to be discovered.
Hundreds of significant and lovingly preserved structures from the colonial and antebellum periods grace the Historic District's narrow streets. Church bells toll the hour as history unfolds around each and every corner. In no other place are the past and present more intertwined.
The entire Charleston area is a never-ending feast for the senses, with history serving as the main course. Visit Charles Towne Landing, the site where the original settlement was established in 1670. Explore the Charleston Museum, our nation's first museum, or Patriots Point, the world's largest naval and maritime museum and home of WW II's Fighting Lady, the aircraft carrier Yorktown. Drive to Fort Moultrie, scene of the first decisive American victory of the Revolution, and a mainstay of shore defense until 1947. Take a scenic boat tour to Fort Sumter, the man-made island fortress where the Civil War began. World-famous plantations and gardens offer visitors a fascinating glimpse into life during the antebellum era. Informative tours of the Charleston area are offered daily and are a must for all who want to truly appreciate this living museum.
The area's lush sea islands and sun-drenched beaches offer as much recreation or relaxation as your heart desires. Golf is on a world-class level, with challenging courses reflecting the natural beauty of the South Carolina lowcountry. Charter fishing on the Gulf Stream or inshore waters is readily available. Shopping is one of our Visitors most passionate pursuits. Marvel at native sweetgrass baskets and handmade crafts found in Charleston's famous open-air market, or browse through inviting boutiques, art galleries and antique shops found throughout the Charleston area. When it comes to dining, your biggest decision may just be what to try next. Every meal is a celebration of tastes, with variety that ranges from traditional oyster roasts to fine continental dining. If festivals strike your fancy, you have come to the right place. You will be dazzled by a diverse array of special events.
At any time of year, you will always find more to see, do and experience than you ever imagined... in a place where warm welcomes have been a treasured tradition for over 300 years.
Sullivan's Island -- Visitors and Residents enjoy the historic charm of Sullivan's Island, which includes Ft. Moultrie, originally built during the Revolutionary War. Edgar Allen Poe wrote his famous story The Gold Bug while stationed here, and it is the burial site of Seminole Indian Chief Osceola. Other historic sites include the Sullivan's Island lighthouse and numerous shore batteries that provided defense until the end of World War II.
Return to a bygone era and experience the quaint charm of Sullivan's Island with it's lighthouse that beckons the ships into Charleston Harbor and Historic Fort Moultrie.
Sparkling sunny beaches and sweeping marshlands make Charleston's Eastern Barrier Islands a true paradise. Here you can find the magic and serenity of an island retreat with the comforts and amenities you'd expect from a world class resort community...all just minutes from historic downtown Charleston. Contact us to explore the casual lifestyle of these enchanting islands!
Sullivan's Island offer miles of public beaches, mostly bordered by beachfront homes. Windsurfing and jet skiing are popular here. Take U.S. 17 East to S.C. 703 (Ben Sawyer Blvd.). South Carolina 703 continues through Sullivan's Island to the Isle of Palms.
Fort Moultrie -- Only a palmetto-log fortification at the time of the American Revolution, the half-completed fort was attacked by a British fleet in 1776. Col. William Moultrie's troops repelled the invasion in one of the first decisive American victories of the Revolution. The fort was subsequently enlarged into a five-sided structure with earth-and-timber walls 17 feet high. The British didn't do it in, but an 1804 hurricane ripped it apart. By the War of 1812, it was back and ready for action. Osceola, the fabled leader of the Seminoles in Florida, was incarcerated at the fort and eventually died here. During the 1830s, Edgar Allen Poe served as a soldier at the fort. He set his famous short story "The Gold Bug" on Sullivan's Island. The fort also played roles in the Civil War, the Mexican War, the Spanish-American War, and even in the two World Wars, but by 1947, it had retired from action.
Isle of Palms
Beginning in the latter part of the 19th century, the Isle of Palms began welcoming visitors. At that time, the island was accessible only by water and a single railroad bridge. Today, visitors can receive complete information on the Isle of Palms at the Mt. Pleasant/Isle of Palms Visitor Center, conveniently located in Mt. Pleasant at the corner of US Hwy. 17 and McGrath Darby Blvd.
As the years have passed, the Isle of Palms has become increasingly popular with its appeal spreading far beyond the boundaries of the Lowcountry. Ease of access to this resort island has played an important role in its popularity. I-26 intersects with I-526, which leads directly to the island via the Isle of Palms Connector (SC 517). While becoming an ever more popular vacation destination, the Isle of Palms has lost none of the charm for which it is famous! Moderate year-round temperatures and seven miles of wide, sparkling beach combine to make the Isle of Palms the perfect vacation destination throughout the year. Many visitors are discovering the island's special charm during the spring, fall and winter months.
The Isle of Palms offers every activity imaginable. Whether you are the adventurous type, or prefer to relax under the warm South Carolina sun, you're sure to find your own special kind of fun. If salt water is your passion, you will love the Isle of Palms! Great surfing, swimming, windsurfing, surf casting and offshore fishing are yours for the asking. You'll also enjoy crabbing and shrimping in the beautiful creeks and deep green marshes that separate this semi-tropical island from the mainland. There is also a beautiful family-oriented park located directly on the beach!
Although separated from the mainland, the Isle of Palms is in no way isolated! It is both a residential and vacation island, featuring numerous shops offering a full complement of goods and services. You'll find a complete selection of retail and specialty shops, as well as real estate offices, a grocery store, numerous restaurants, banks, schools and churches. The Isle of Palms hosts several annual events such as the Isle of Palms Connector Run/Walk and the Sand Shark Run.
The Isle of Palms offers a wide range of accommodations that stretch from one end of the island to the other. Choices include the Ocean Inn, Sea Cabins, and Seaside Inn, along with villas and private homes available through rental agencies.
Wild Dunes Resort -- A bit livelier than Kiawah Island, its major competitor, this complex is set on landscaped ground on the north shore. The 1,600-acre resort has not only two widely acclaimed golf courses, but also an array of other outdoor attractions. Many families settle in here for a long stay, almost never venturing into Charleston. Guests are housed in condos and a series of cottages and villas. Many accommodations have only one bedroom, but others have as many as six. Villas and cottages are built along the shore, close to golf and tennis. Furnishings are tasteful and resortlike, with kitchens, washers and dryers, and spacious bathrooms with shower-tub combinations and dressing areas. Some of the best units have screened-in balconies.
Wild Dunes Resort, Isle of Palms (tel. 803/886-6000), offers two championship golf courses designed by Tom Fazio. The Links is a 6,722-yard, par-72 layout that takes the player through marshlands, over or into huge sand dunes, through a wooded alley, and into a pair of oceanfront finishing holes once called "the greatest east of Pebble Beach, California." The course opened in 1980 and has been ranked among the 100 greatest courses in the United States by Golf Digest and among the top 100 in the world by Golf Magazine. Golf Digest has also ranked the Links as the 13th-greatest resort course in America. The Harbor Course offers 6,402 yards of Low Country marsh and Intracoastal Waterway views. This par-70 layout is considered to be target golf, challenging players with two holes that play from one island to another across Morgan Creek. Greens fees at these courses can range from $60 to $165, depending on the season. Clubs can be rented at either course for $25 for 18 holes, and professional instruction costs $50 for a 45-minute session. Both courses are open daily from 7am to 6pm year-round.
A true Charlestonian is as much at home on the sea as on land. Sailing local waters is a popular family pastime. One of the best places for rentals is Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor, Isle of Palms (tel. 843/886-5100), where 16-foot boats, big enough for four people, rent for around $185 for 4 hours, plus fuel. A larger pontoon boat, big enough for 10, goes for about $300 for 4 hours, plus fuel.
No trip to Wild Dunes is complete without at least one boating excursion. The Isle of Palms Marina, an active, full-service marina adjacent to Wild Dunes Resort, has a wide variety of fun-filled waterborne activities for island visitors and residents. The marina features a complete fleet of boats for rent, charter and daily excursions and tours offering an unlimited variety of outings for individuals, families or groups.
For guests who arrive by boat, the marina the marina is located just 7 miles north of the Charleston Harbor, at Marker 116 on the Intracoastal Waterway. It can comfortably accommodate yachts of up to 200 feet. With a minimum depth in all slips of 8 feet, some docks can handle boats with drafts up to 10 to 12 feet. Floating docks are equipped with all the amenities a yachtsman expects from the finest marinas. For information on charters, excursions and docking, call the marina office at (843) 886-0209.
Freshwater fishing charters are available year-round along the Low Country's numerous creeks and inlets. The waterways are filled with flounder, trout, spot-tail, and channel bass. Some of the best striped-bass fishing available in America can be found at nearby Lake Moultrie.
Offshore-fishing charters for reef fishing (where you'll find fish such as cobia, black sea bass, and king mackerel) and for the Gulf Stream (where you fish for sailfish, marlin, wahoo, dolphin, and tuna) are also available. Both types of charters can be arranged at the previously recommended Wild Dunes Yacht Harbor, Isle of Palms (tel. 843/886-5100). A fishing craft holding up to six people rents for around $750 for 6 hours, including everything but food and drink. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.
Morgan Creek Grill, located in the Isle of Palms Marina, offers an unparalleled panoramic view of the Intracoastal Waterway and surrounding Lowcountry marshes from waterfront dining rooms and the Upperdeck Bar & Grill, on the roof of Morgan Creek Grill. Enjoy the freshest local seafood, steaks, chops and an array of appetizers prepared in an eclectic style. Musical entertainment and deep draft dockage provide a lively local atmosphere whether you come by land or sea. Their southern hospitality, casual ambiance, outstanding food, and unforgettable scenery is what makes Morgan Creek Grill the perfect destination. If you are looking for a unique dining experience that you won't soon forget, visit them on the creek. Dinner reservations recommended, 843-886-8980.
Located in the Links Clubhouse, Edgar's Restaurant and Bar has become a well-known local favorite. Chef Kevin Bruntz has taken time honored ingredients and recipes to a new level of Lowcountry dining. You can enjoy Edgar's Restaurant & Bar for breakfast, lunch and dinner daily in a relaxed, casual atmosphere. Dinner reservations recommended, 843-886-2296.
Edgar's Bar features your favorite cocktails, a friendly atmosphere and dancing to the sounds of Ronnie Johnson and his entertaining repertoire of tunes, from Beach to Country, Jimmy Buffett to classic Rock 'n Roll. Ronnie is proud of his open mic policy so if it moves you, get up and join him!
The Sea Island Grill at the Boardwalk Inn is located in The Boardwalk Inn, and is Wild Dunes' newest dining experience. Chef Enzo promises the Freshest in Lowcountry Seafood available! Sample offerings are She Crab Soup with Crab Fritter, Fresh Poached Mussels, a Raw Bar Platter, Fresh Shucked Oysters or Clams, Boardwalk Flounder, or your favorite preparation of Black Grouper, Atlantic Salmon, Yellowfin Tuna, and more. For the land-lubbers, Black Angus Filet of Beef and a 22 oz Porterhouse Steak make the list.
And for dessert, the Sea Island Grill offers a selection of soufflés and the Ultimate Chocolate Cake! Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner is served daily from 6:30 am to 10 pm. The Bar, adjacent to The Grill, offers a selection of choice scotches, bourbons and the like. Dinner reservations are requested, ext. 2200 or 843-886-2200. The hotel in Wild Dunes also maintains a lounge, which stays open until 2am.
3 restaurants; 2 bars; 2 pools; 2 18-hole golf courses; 18 tennis courts; fitness center; Jacuzzi; sauna; room service; massage; babysitting; laundry/dry cleaning. The Fitness Center offers a healthy workout as well as a selection of professional health and fitness services. Their staff will assist with your choice of massage therapy appointments, personal training/sport specific strength training and steam or sauna sessions. Advanced cardiovascular and weight training equipment is available.
Brickyard is Located on the Outskirts of Mt Pleasant. It has been consistently voted the #1 Community in the Mt Pleasant Area several years in a row. It is broken down into several smaller communities that are all unique but retain the overall charm of the Brickyard Plantation.
Community in the Mt Pleasant Area several years in a row. It is broken down into several smaller communities that are all unique but retain the overall charm of the Brickyard Plantation.
Charleston National is located on the beautiful inter-coastal waterway on highway 17 North, nine miles from the East Cooper Bridge; six miles North of I-526 (Mark Clark Expressway); and five minutes from the Isle of Palms Connector. The nationally acclaimed golf facility is ranked by Golf Magazine as the number one non-resort course in the Charleston area. Their beautiful clubhouse has won various awards and captures the charm of the Lowcountry.
Come enjoy the #1 rated Non-Resort course in Charleston. by Golf Magazine. Click here to view map.
Located outside Charleston, South Carolina near the town of Mount Pleasant, Dunes West serves as a residential community, but reminders of its historic past still stand ... the avenue of century old oaks leading to the golf clubhouse where the plantation's main house once stood ... a humble cemetery that serves as a resting place for an overseer's children ... the spiritual reflecting ponds, designed by the famous landscape architect Frederick Law Olmstead and installed by Princess Pignatelli ...
Ravens Run is a conveniently located gated community. Consisting mostly of executive style homes on one acre plus lots this subdivision boasts it's own private airfield. Amenities include tennis and swimming. Few homes become available but when they do they are generally priced in the $375,000 + price range. E-mail or call for additional information.
Selected as one of the 'Best Communities in the Nation' and 'Best Community in Charleston' two years in a row, I'On exemplifies the best of neighborhood building and planning practices with an eye toward a classical architectural style. Inspired by the coastal towns of Beaufort, Savannah, and Charleston, we are creating a traditional, pedestrian-oriented neighborhood designed for today's lifestyles in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.