Marie McAden



An outdoor lover gets spoiled at Charleston Harbor Resort

Posted 7/20/2010 3:59:00 PM

They had me at the chocolate-dipped strawberries.

It’s not every hotel that offers such a decadent dessert — decorated with orchid flowers, no less — as a bedtime treat for its guests. But at the Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina in Mount Pleasant, they’re all about those little indulgences.

Along with the plate of six strawberries, our bedding was turned down and two pieces of chocolate were carefully arranged on the linens. Sweet!

During our stay at the Charleston Harbor Resort last weekend, we also enjoyed complimentary root beer floats on the patio and snow cones by the pool. They certainly know the way to this girl’s heart.

Perched at the far end of Patriots Point a half nautical mile from Charleston, the resort offers something even the best hotels in the Historic District can’t — a skyline view of Charleston. The panorama from our room on the north side of the hotel also included the Ravenel Bridge and aircraft carrier USS Yorktown, the centerpiece of the Patriots Point Naval & Maritime Museum located next door.

Getting across the harbor to Charleston is as easy as hopping aboard a water taxi or catching a ride on the hotel’s trolley.

The 130-room resort also claims title to the largest marina in South Carolina. In an upcoming blog, I’ll tell you about the sailing excursion we took on the Cythera, a 42-foot yawl docked at the marina.

The resort offers several attractive packages to entice guests to the Mount Pleasant side of Charleston Harbor. I chose “Pedals on the Water Experience,” one of three Outdoor Adventure options. With a two-night stay, you receive two complimentary bike rentals. I’ll also be blogging later this week about our ride over the bridge and through downtown Charleston.

Whatever package you choose, you’ll have the opportunity to enjoy the resort’s private beach and pool, Jacuzzi and many recreational amenities.

But I have to warn you -- you might never want to leave your room. Handsomely appointed with a nautical theme, our accommodations featured the most luscious king-sized bed I’ve ever had the pleasure of crawling into.

Of course, coming from someone who often camps on vacations, you’re probably wondering if my standards are up to those of Condé Nast Traveler. Believe me when I tell you, with six feather pillows, crisp white linens and a down comforter wrapped around you, you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a cloud.

I was also a big fan of the room’s Jacuzzi tub. My husband enhanced my bathing experience, gently tossing the orchid flowers from the strawberry plate into the water as I soaked in bubbly splendor.

OK. The Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina blows the bejeebers out of my tent. But hey, even an Outdoor Insider enjoys being spoiled once in awhile.