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5 Ways to Unwind in Mount Pleasant

Mount Pleasant may be look small on a map, but the town packs in a lot of punch with countless shopping areas, restaurants, and places to watch the sunset throughout the area. From Shem Creek’s offerings along Coleman Boulevard to the possibilities aplenty at Highway 17’s Mount Pleasant Town Center, adventure awaits at every turn.

Mount Pleasant

Spa time at Woodhouse

Anyone who’s been to Woodhouse Day Spa knows this place doesn’t hold back in its offerings of luxurious pampering. The spa gives all a little TLC, relieves stress, and nurtures your well being. Everyone gets a robe and reflexology sandals upon arrival before unwinding in the quiet room, where loose-leaf teas await to begin the day of everything from waxings and skin care to massage therapy and sleep treatments. Woodhouse also offers a girls getaway weekend package, complete with hot stone and four-handed massages, facials, microdermabrasion, pedicures, and more. Learn more at

Shop at Mount Pleasant Town Center

Spoil yourself with a day at Mount Pleasant Town Center, where not only can you update your wardrobe at Copper Penny Shooz, Banana Republic, Teal Boutique, White House Black Market, Victoria’s Secret, Belk, Chico’s, and Apricot Lane Boutique, and more, but you can also grab some tea at Teavana, some wine at the Wine Cellar, a pedicure at Sandals Nail Spa, and a Margarita at Qdoba Mexican Eats. To reward yourself even more, top it off with a film at the onsite cinemas.

Eat in the Old Village

Surrounded by beauty and charm, the six-room Old Village Post House Inn is a sweet wee spot for a staycation night away, but the restaurant is what makes the building renowned. Most days you’ll find seafood bliss with specialties like crawfish soup, broiled oysters, crispy calamari, chili-rubbed ahi tuna, grouper, crab cakes, shrimp & grits, lobster, crab-crusted salmon, and much more. But for Sunday funday, get brunch dishes, like deviled crab cake benedict and the Shem Creek omelet, with shrimp, crab, cheddar, and spinach. Don’t forget to start with a Sunrise Sparkler, a carafe of cava with peach nectar, blueberry pomegranate juice, and OJ. 

Mount Pleasant

Sunset drinks on Shem Creek

Speaking of Shem Creek and drinks, nothing says ‘this is the life’ quite like a sunset cocktail on Shem Creek. Whether you want live music at Red’s or a quiet view of the water at Vickery’s, there are plenty of places to perch and pass the hours. Tavern & Table, Shem Creek Bar & Grill, Water’s Edge Cabana Bar, and RB’s are just a few more spots where you can not only sip to the best sunset view in Charleston but you can also grab some of the freshest seafood around.

Dolphin watch cruise

The Charleston Water Taxi is always a fun way to travel on days you’re focused solely on adventure and relaxation, but the company also offers a dolphin watch cruise on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The ultimate way to unwind, the dolphin watch cruise lasts for an hour but $10 gets you an all-day pass so you can while away all the hours your heart desires. Departs from Patriot’s Point and the USS Yorktown. 

Get a “taste” of the Lowcountry this Fall!

The BB&T Food and Wine Festival’s Ticket Launch Party tonight kicks off what is going to be a very busy Fall filled with exciting culinary Lowcountry events. The Launch Party is held annually in order to give Food and Wine attendees an idea of what the 2014 festival will be like. This year, the event will take place at the Mixson Bath and Racquet Club, a private club in North Charleston that will give party goers a poolside venue along with games like bocce and badminton.

The event will feature a preview of what is to be a new and improved Culinary Village and music from the Charleston Symphony Orchestra. But the main attraction, of course, is the food and drink provided by Charleston Chefs, Mixologists, and Farmers/Purveyors in the area.

Mixson Racquet Club Charleston, dunes properties

Mixson Racquet Club Charleston, dunes properties

Charleston Restaurant Week just wrapped up and the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association will be hosting its next event next weekend, Southern Living’s Taste of Charleston, September 27th-29th. This is the 33rd year of The Taste of Charleston, which takes place over three days and features various Charleston Restaurants with a few different events.

Taste of Charleston, dunes properties

Taste of Charleston, dunes properties

  • Friday, 9/27: Sweet and Southern on Shem Creek. Live music, Lowcountry cuisine from Food for The Southern Soul and Charleston Bay Gourmet, and Harbor Cruises
  • Saturday, 9/28: Iron Chef Competition. Local chefs competing at the Culinary Institute of Charleston with 45 minutes to cook 4 dishes with a secret ingredient
  • Sunday, 9/29: Main event at Boone Hall Plantation. Sample size food portions from 50 Lowcountry casual and fine dining restaurants; food from a selection of food trucks; entertainment including live music and a children’s area with jump castles and acrobatics
  • All weekend: Taste of Charleston Dine Around. Participating restaurants will present three course menus paired with specialty beer


Oyster Festival, dunes properties, charleston

Oyster Festival, dunes properties, charleston

As if all of that isn’t enough to stomach, there are also a slew of fun activities taking place over Columbus Day Weekend. A new event, Island Brews and Chews Craft Beer Festival, will be taking place at the Wild Dunes Resort. This is an exciting new event that will give people a chance to experience the newest addition to the Resort, Palm Cove, where it will take place. Chews and Brews will focus on local, regional, and national craft beers along with food stations and lawn games.

Or, you can head into town to The Grove at Patriots Point and take part in the Mac Off, a Macaroni and Cheese Competition between various local restaurants that will be delicious and filling.

These are just a few of many in a great line up of various culinary events taking place around the Charleston Area over the next few months. Check out Charleston City Paper if you’re interested in seeing what other activities are taking place!

Charleston From the Water

It was a windy day on the water and perhaps 3 hours was about an hour too much for some of our spaghetti arms but we made it through.  There were laughs- fighting against the winds and landing in some reeds and  having to be towed out by the tour guide (that was me- he had a little hook attached to his boat he latched onto mine and kayaked me out from under a pier). No one fell out of their boat, that’s the important thing.What a glorious summer in Charleston. I have to say the temperatures have not been stifling and there have been many breezes and days cooled off by rain.  I took advantage of this great weather and went kayaking in Mount Pleasant.  I opted for the 3 hour tour from Coastal Expeditions .  They are located in Mt. Pleasant at Shem Creek, the Isle of Palms, Folly Beach and also Bulls Island’s ferry.  They provided the kayak, the tour guide and the life jacket.  We were off after a brief introduction to proper kayak procedures.

The tour was fun and educational and going through the water you get a very different perspective on how the land is connected than you do in a car on the road.  Going through Shem Creek and under Coleman Blvd. looking up at the boats and restaurants is so very different than dining at Red’s and looking into the creek.  Going through Shem Creek was the most adventurous part- we saw three dolphins up close!

The guide was very knowledgable about area wild life and was excited to share information on everything we saw.  I learned that pelicans usually die because they lose their eyesight and can’t feed and how dolphins on the SC coast have a unique feeding strategy where they flip a fish onto shore then they flip themselves out of the water for a brief moment to grab the fish – it’s called “strand feeding.”

I can’t wait to get back in a kayak and I am looking into buying my own. This was an adventure I can’t wait to experience again.