I just got back to Southern Pines after a fabulous weekend in Charleston, SC. My sister-in-law had a beautiful wedding downtown and we kept the good times rolling by moving the fun to Shem Creek after her big day!
Shem Creek is located in Mt. Pleasant, just across the Ravenel Bridge from historic, downtown Charleston. The sides of the creek are filled with docked shrimp boats, fantastic seafood restaurants, and waterfront bars. The area is enjoyed by locals and tourists alike and offers a great place for paddle boarding, kayaking, dolphin sighting, and watching the sunset.
Shem Creek is a very special place to me, and it was so fun to be there with my husband and his wonderful family...again!
In May of 2015, I had been in Mt. Pleasant for two months after moving from New York City that Spring. My friend came to visit, and I decided I would take her to Shem Creek for drinks. That same weekend, my (now) husband traveled to Charleston for a family vacation after getting back from a deployment to Afghanistan.
My friend and I ended up at Red's Ice House, a popular creekside bar & restaurant. We were just about to leave, when we were approached by a random tourist wanting to buy us drinks. We allowed it, and ended up hanging out with him and his family until the bar closed! He and I hit it off immediately, and he called me to meet up at Shem Creek again two nights later. I had my first official date with him in the company of his siblings... *no pressure*. Like tourists do, he left town. But we kept in touch, and that Fall, he got orders to North Carolina, where we reunited and our story picked up where it left off at the creek.
Needless to say, it was so fun and sentimental to be back at the same spot with the same people, just over two years later. Last time, they were strangers, This time, they were family. <3
While in the area this weekend, we stayed at the Shem Creek Inn. The charming little hotel is just long the side of the creek, nestled between restaurants and boats. The rooms were beautiful and the outside boardwalk allowed easy access to all that the area has to offer.
We ate tons of fresh seafood, enjoyed tasty libations, spotted some dolphins, swam in the pool, and enjoyed the great company. I also got to enjoy a beautiful coastal sunset- one of the things I miss now that I live in the North Carolina pines.
The scenery was so inspiring and made for a fun backdrop to wear some coastal Sea+Stone designs (and photograph them too)!
If you get a chance to travel to Charleston, don't forget to check out this great spot.
Shem Creek Travel Recommendations:
- To stay in the area, book a room at Shem Creek Inn. http://www.shemcreekinn.com
- Rent Paddle boards or Kayaks from Coastal Expeditions. You can take them out solo or sign up for a guided tour! http://coastalexpeditions.com
- For an upscale cheeseboard, unique libations, and amazing brunch, check out Tavern & Table. http://www.tavernandtable.com
- On the boardwalk- great seafood can be found at a number of restaurants: Vickery's, RB's, Reds Ice House, Water's Edge.
- Down the street, and off the boardwalk- Shem Creek Bar & Grill has delicious fried seafood and lowcountry boil type entrees. Page's Okra Grill is all around delicious and well worth the wait.
- The Old Village is also nearby and offers great stops & shops along Pitt Street as well as a gorgeous walk along the Pitt Street Bridge.