Harbourview Inn Charleston
A romantic getaway weekend was in store for me at the Harbourview Inn, overlooking the Cooper River in Charleston, South Carolina. Just a quick 2 hour flight from Boston and a short drive into town had us out exploring the pretty harbor before the sun went down.
Cobblestone streets crisscross this end of the peninsula, mysterious pathways lead to secret gardens and pastel colored antebellum mansions share real-estate with churches and historical museums.
Located right across the street from the water, the Harbourview Inn was a perfect location for someone who enjoys exploring on foot and getting to know their destination. The walkway along the river provides a great spot for people watching, stretching your legs and catching the sun rise over the barrier islands. On site, secure parking allows for guests to leave their cars and quickly get into vacation mode. Once inside, the airy atrium leads to the front lobby. This luxury waterfront hotel is indeed a special destination. Lemon grass scents the air and original artwork accents the fireplaced, comfortable reception area.
Our warm reception set the tone for a weekend filled with celebration and romance, something almost empty nesters could get used to in a big hurry. The staff, whether or not they were from the area, had all picked up a good dose of southern charm which translated into a relaxed and professional atmosphere.
Our lovely room had a view of the water and we could watch cruise ships, day boats and sailers making their way up and down the peninsula throughout our stay. Bathrooms are modern and updated, accessorized with Gilchrist & Soames luxurious bath products, and plenty of fluffy towels and robes. Being able to enjoy an early morning complimentary breakfast in the room was a big plus. Turn down service and the opportunity for late night milk and cookies added a nice touch.
The fact that I could see the brilliant sun rising right from our window was a plus or minus depending on who you were talking to….
Once out and about , Waterfront Park’s giant pineapple fountain must provide soothing relief in the hot summer months. The walkway overlooking the Arthur Ravenel Jr. Bridge insures a cooling breeze. Weather in November was perfect for me. Cool enough for a light sweater, warm enough to eat outside. There is a complimentary street car shuttle which stopped right across the street from the hotel and followed three separate routes in the city. While we spend most of our time on food, it was certainly handy the day we had torrential rain, and dropped us off a short walk from one of the restaurants we went to on upper King St. It’s a convenient option for transportaion flexibility.
I’ve saved the best for last, the complimentary wine and cheese hour in the evening. The Harbourview Inn’s rooftop deck is a fab place to relax and process all you have seen during the day. It would be tempting to spend an afternoon up here with a good book if there wasn’t so much to explore down below. Seeing the evening sky come alive, lights twinkling and many steeples illuminated on one side and the views of the harbor on the other was a picture perfect way to end each day. As a guest, it won’t take you very long to settle in to the Harbourview Inn and be immersed in the dramatic history that permeates all that is Charleston, South Carolina.
If you would like to see additional posts about my trip to Charleston, see them here: