Culture, Community and Fun Make Charleston and Mount Pleasant Hot Spots in South Carolina
August 1, 2023
Talk about having the best of both worlds. Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, where the vibrant senior living community of South Bay at Mount Pleasant is located. It offers all of the attractions of small-town living with easy access to Charleston, the largest city in the state. Both areas exude Southern charm and elegance. Mount Pleasant is located just across Charleston Harbor from its larger neighbor, and the drive between them is less than one-half hour.
Charleston’s most visited attraction is City Market, which is recognized as the country’s oldest market. It was founded in 1788 when the land was ceded to the city by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney for use as a public market. It was stipulated that it must remain as a market in perpetuity, and so it has. Another of the area’s historical highlights is Fort Sumter and Fort Moultrie, two forts that are guardians of the Charleston Harbor entry.
The Water District at Shem Creek
Want to sip a drink or eat dinner in a setting with spectacular waterfront views? Then head to the Water District at Shem Creek. Here restaurants and bars provide views of Charleston Harbor and nearby marshes. After dinner, you can enjoy a stroll along the boardwalk, which is over 3,000 feet long.
Both Mount Pleasant and Charleston offer beautiful neighborhoods that provide peace and enjoyment for residents. Mount Pleasant’s Old Village neighborhood is home to a range of housing styles. These are including 1940s cottages, meticulously restored homes from the 1800s, 1960s brick ranches and new construction. Charleston, meanwhile, is lauded for its wealth of historic homes and gardens. Some of which are open for tours.
There’s always something to do in Charleston. The Charleston Museum is the nation’s oldest museum. It features a collection including historical artifacts, natural history and decorative arts. Another attraction is the Gibbes Museum of Artwhich was opened in 1905 and is home to a permanent collection of art spanning four centuries. There are also plenty of fun places for kids, including the Children’s Museum of the Low Country, where interactive exhibits keep children entertained for hours on end.
Food and Fun
Whether your taste is for fresh oysters, okra stew, or shrimp and grits, Charleston is the place for iconic dishes known and loved in the area. Condé Nast Traveler cites a long list of places to enjoy fabulous cooking. Some area favorites include Edmund’s Oast for great brews and foods, Delaney Oyster House featuring seafood and a raw bar, Bertha’s Kitchen for soul food, Hannibal’s Kitchen for devil crabs, and Hank’s Seafood for a chowder-style stew containing oysters, leek, potatoes and bacon.
No Place Like Home
There is no place like home, and the residents of South Bay at Mount Pleasant can attest to that age-old saying. Residents have easy access to Charleston’s and Mount Pleasant’s many attractions, from their fascinating histories to intriguing museums, charming neighborhoods and a wide range of art and cultural offerings.