Living and Playing in Mount Pleasant South Carolina
The sunny community of Mount Pleasant is often overlooked by its more famous neighbor to the south, Charleston, but this large suburban town has a wealth of authentic southern charm, history, activities and dining options that are sure to keep any newcomer completely entertained. Its location next to barrier island beaches and historic and populated Charleston makes it a popular destination for those looking to live and play in the area.
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Founded in 1680, the first European settlers arrived in Mount Pleasant under the leadership of Captain Florentia O'Sullivan. She was granted 2,340 acres of land that included Sullivan's Island.
Today, the community has over 67,000 residents and draws visitors who want to experience a slower-paced coastal lifestyle, incredible attractions and great shopping and dining. Favorites include Patriot's Point Museum, the former USS Yorktown battleship, Shem Creek Park and Mt. Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park.
With a wide range of accommodations, including traditional B&Bs and luxury hotels, Mount Pleasant is an ideal spot for a weekend getaway or an extended vacation. It's also a great place to live and work, with plenty of opportunities for job growth in Charleston’s growing tech and biomedical industries.
For those who enjoy outdoor recreation, Mount Pleasant offers a number of parks and nature trails for hiking and biking. There are also several golf courses to choose from and two beaches.
The best part about living in Mount Pleasant is the proximity to some of the Low Country's most beautiful beaches. The quaint fishing village of Sullivans Island is just a short drive away and the barrier island beaches of Isle of Palms and Folly Beach are easily accessible as well.
While there are many things to do in Mount Pleasant, it's worth taking the time to explore its historical sites. Boone Hall Plantation and Gardens is a must-see, where you'll learn about the region's antebellum roots. The Charles Pinckney National Historic Site is another essential stop for those who love to learn about South Carolina's history and culture.
In addition to a number of museums, Mount Pleasant also features numerous historic buildings and churches that can give you a glimpse into the area's past. The Old Village, a charming waterfront neighborhood, is a good choice for those who like to stroll through picturesque streets lined with historic homes and shop at chic boutiques.
For those looking to sample some of the Low Country's favorite cuisine, there's no shortage of local restaurants serving everything from fried green tomatoes to okra to seafood and French fare. Page's Okra Grill is a beloved institution, and Melvin's BBQ flips what Emeril Lagasse once declared to be America's best cheeseburger (and it's this editor's favorite).
You'll also find some excellent restaurants along Shem Creek, which runs right through the heart of Mount Pleasant. Vickery's is an especially atmospheric and romantic option, with an open-air deck overlooking the water.
If you're in the mood for a little retail therapy, visit Pitt Street, the main commercial drag in Mount Pleasant's Old Village. It's home to a few local favorites, like Out of Hand, a clean beauty store that stocks cruelty-free, natural products. The Pitt Street Pharmacy, an old-school drugstore and soda fountain, is also worth a stop.