Just over the Cooper River from downtown Charleston, the town of Mount Pleasant was originally occupied by the SeeWee people. Formally settled by the English in 1680, this once sleepy bedroom community is now a destination in itself. The Hotel Indigo Mount Pleasant offers convenient access to ocean-to-table restaurants, dynamic art galleries and some popular local nightspots.
Food & Drink
A short walk from the hotel, Grace & Grit nods to the quintessential Southern side dish. You’ll find thoughtful local fish and seafood dishes accompanied by everything from pimento cheese- to coconut cream-flavored grits.
Just down the road is Graze, a casual eatery with an eclectic, seasonal menu. Offering lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the restaurant features everything from creative taco options chicken and waffles.
Locals in the know venture east over the Cooper River to Bacco, an intimate, old-school restaurant serving authentic Italian fare. Pair a Negroni with the hand-pulled mozzarella house-made gnocchi or another fresh pasta. Reservations are strongly suggested.
With about 15 beers on tap, Ghost Monkey Brewery and Taproom pours something for every beer drinker’s palate. The space is rustic, with a pool table, outdoor seating and furniture fashioned from wooden utility spools. There are food trucks most nights, plus cold brew coffee and kombucha on tap.
Bustling brasserie Nico Oysters+Seafood offers a dozen varieties of raw oysters daily. There’s also a wealth of other raw bar options, including crab, caviar and even periwinkles, plus a number of French-influenced entrees.
Overlooking Shem Creek’s working shrimp boats and the occasional wild dolphin sighting is Red’s Ice House, a popular waterfront hangout. Locals come here for live music on the outdoor deck on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, plus a great happy hour daily.
Another popular watering hole is Art’s Bar & Grill, which features karaoke or live bands most nights. A slice of classic Lowcountry Americana with fried food galore and daily drink specials, Art’s is open daily.
Located on neighboring Daniel Island, Volvo Car Open Stadium is a 10,200-seat live music venue and tennis stadium occupying an actual clay court. The lineup tends toward acclaimed national acts, ranging from county to alternative music.
Artists flock to this beautiful coastal area, and their creative efforts make beautiful keepsakes. Music buffs will appreciate Heart of Gold Gallery, which showcases the work of renowned music concert and celebrity portraiture photographers. Next door, find the Charleston Artist Collective Gallery, which represents a range of local artists and donates a portion of the proceeds to a designated charity each month.
Similarly, the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild runs Perspective Gallery, where over 40 artisan members exhibit a diverse range of oil, watercolor and mixed media works.
Salt Wood Company designs and builds rustic, yet modern custom furniture pieces from reclaimed wood. With a focus on farm tables, benches and barn doors, most wood hails from old barns or water-preserved cypress trees. In her cozy storefront on Coleman Boulevard, jewelry designer Dee Ruel creates delicate, beachy earrings, necklaces and bracelets crafted from 14-karat gold and semi-precious stones. Ruel also offers a mermaid-themed line for little girls.
Completed in 2005, the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge was the longest cable-stayed bridge in North America and the tallest structure in South Carolina. Designed to represent boat sails blowing in the wind, it’s now an iconic part of the Charleston skyline.