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A Treat for Visitors A Tradition for Locals

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Welcome to Shem Creek InnCreekside Comfort Awaits

Just minutes from Downtown Charleston, discover a laid-back waterfront destination and treasured local secret. Shem Creek Inn is an easygoing dockside hideaway where cold beer and oyster roasts reign supreme. Whether you step into a kayak straight from the boardwalk or watch boats go by from the comfort of your guest room, make memories to last a lifetime on the banks of Shem Creek.

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Top Reasons to Stay

The Only Hotel on Shem Creek’s Waterfront

From watersports along the creek to bars and seafood restaurants, Shem Creek Inn offers unparalleled access to on-the-water entertainment just a few feet away.

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Gorgeous Views From Your Guest Room

Whether you prefer the ever-changing backdrop of Shem Creek or gorgeous sunsets on the inn’s marsh side, all of our rooms feature views of a cherished maritime setting.

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Nothing Like a Fresh Catch

Hit the boardwalk and savor fresh seafood at favorites like Red’s Ice House, Water’s Edge, and Vickery’s. You might even stumble upon a Lowcountry oyster roast!

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Outdoor Adventure Within Walking Distance

You’ll find a wide array of South Carolina adventures nearby, including discounted kayaking and paddleboard rentals, sailing, and championship golf courses.

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Top Reasons to Stay

Located in Charleston’s Backyard

Shem Creek Inn is located just across the harbor from Downtown Charleston, only minutes away from the beaches of Sullivan’s Island and Isle of Palms.

  • “Best kept secret on the water...incredible views!!!”

    Great views of the Creek!!! Staff is absolutely wonderful... This is the only place to stay!

    TheHungryDetective, TripAdvisor

  • “The Best Hotel!”

    My favorite hotel I've ever stayed at! Amazing, clean, friendly, great view!!

    graciereed001, TripAdvisor

  • “Great staff”

    The venue is situated alongside a shrimp dock and has a warm Southern feel about it.

    Juliet G, TripAdvisor

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Shem Creek Inn

Find your serene Shem Creek home base just a few feet away from one-of-a-kind coastal Charleston attractions.

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Nature Adventures

Nature Adventures offers you easy access to a variety of watersports on Shem Creek, including kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, and more.

Walking Distance 3 Min.

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Shem Creek Boat Rentals

Whether you’re looking to go fishing or simply seeking a day to enjoy the Lowcountry’s water views, Shem Creek Boat Rentals provides charters for all.

Walking Distance 4 Min.

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Water's Edge

Freshly caught local fish, sunset views, and cold creekside drinks can be found right in our backyard at Water’s Edge.

Walking Distance 3 Min.

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Tavern & Table

This rustic waterfront restaurant tavern features a world-class selection of domestic beers, wines, and regional plates like cornbread and honey.

Walking Distance 10 Min.

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Red's Ice House

Enjoy savory seafood, quality drinks, and fresh air beside Shem Creek on the storied outdoor patio at Red’s Ice House.

Walking Distance 10 Min.

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Saltwater Cowboys

Choose from tasty barbeque plates, local seafood, crafted cocktails, and more at this scenic and casual Shem Creek go-to.

Walking Distance 10 Min.

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Charleston Fishing Trips

Get ready for spectacular inshore and offshore fishing experiences with Charleston Fishing Trips and go after the likes of sailfish, mahi-mahi, and more.

Walking Distance 1 Min.

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The Shelter Kitchen & Bar

This restaurant provides a dog-friendly and family-friendly environment with an expansive outdoor deck and live music.

Walking Distance 8 Min.

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Vickery's Bar & Grill

Boasting one of the most picturesque views in the Charleston area, Vickery’s Bar & Grill includes dockside dining and a range of Southern classics.

Walking Distance 1 Min.

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Shem Creek Boardwalk

At 2,200 feet long, the Shem Creek Boardwalk offers visitors a charming destination for fun and entertainment with views of the marshes and Charleston Harbor.

Walking Distance 3 Min.

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NICO Oysters & Seafood

Sit down to an upscale dinner at this French oyster bar and seafood brasserie serving imaginative plates like bacon clams and salmon tapenade.

Walking Distance 7 Min.

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Shem Creek Crab House

Laid-back and family-owned, Shem Creek Crab House is a beachy seafood sanctuary offering world-famous steam pots and boils.

Walking Distance 10 Min.

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Mt. Pleasant Seafood

For over 75 years, Mt. Pleasant Seafood has served customers delectable local seafood and Lowcountry specialties on the banks of Shem Creek.

Walking Distance 4 Min.