Why is being by the water so inherently serene? Perhaps it’s the mood-elevating negative ions charging the air around moving water, or it might be that gazing out at a vast expanse of blue reminds us we are but a small speck on planet Earth. No matter what particular alchemy is at work here, The Cottages on Charleston Harbor are ideally positioned to heed the water’s siren call.
Although The Cottages on Charleston Harbor have been around for 18 years (originally as time shares, and as a resort since 2013), I am discovering them for the first time. Our cottage, Brightest Star, is one of ten (with equally evocative names like Tender Twilight and Glorious Morning) fringing the harbor at this little gem of a resort, tucked away in Mount Pleasant, just over the Ravenel Bridge from Charleston.
Well-appointed and spacious, the cottages have everything you need for a comfortable stay with family or friends. Two bedrooms and three full baths assure privacy for couples, or kids and parents. Each unit has a washer and dryer, and full kitchens—with a dishwasher to boot—are equipped for cooking meals (assuming you can ignore the area’s myriad outstanding restaurants).
This is all great, of course, but it’s the screened-in porch running the length of our cottage that calls to me. Ceiling fans, tables, chairs, and rockers (perfect for enjoying cocktails) furnish the porch, but the best feature is the hammock suspended at one end of the space. Unfortunately, the sun is scarce during the two days of our visit, but even watching the clouds is soothing from the hammock’s cozy confines.
At day’s end, we settle into the strategically placed Adirondack chairs on the palmetto-shaded lawn out back with a glass of wine and surrender to the spell of the sunset. Later, we fall asleep lulled by the whisper of the wavelets breaking on the little manmade beach just outside our room.
We awake to rain the next morning, so we grab one of the umbrellas provided in our cottage and stroll down the sidewalk to the Clubhouse, where a breakfast of scrambled eggs, bagels, fruit, pastries, and yogurt awaits. Each afternoon, refreshments are also set out here, to be enjoyed outside by the pool while gazing out at the harbor from comfy lounge chairs, unwinding in the hot tub, or sipping iced tea on the covered porch.
Given the rainy day, we opt to relax in our comfortable cocoon, forsaking the attractions of Charleston. Had the weather been better, we could’ve taken a spin on the bikes available to guests, or hopped aboard one of the water taxis (guests can purchase discounted tickets) that ferry folks to the city from the Charleston Harbor Resort, across the parking lot.
Decked out with all the conveniences of a vacation home, The Cottages on Charleston Harbor have an added advantage, according to Lisa Crowley, the property’s general manager: “When people stay in a vacation home, they don’t normally have hotel-style amenities like maid service, a concierge, a pool, or a complimentary breakfast available to them.” Where accommodations are concerned, it’s the best of both worlds.
The Cottages on Charleston Harbor, 16 Patriots Point Rd, Mount Pleasant, SC. (843) 849-2300, thecottagesoncharlestonharbor.com; rates start at $499.