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Today, you can score free pancakes, help a great local cause to boot, and see one a top beautiful place in the country.

It’s International House of PancakesFree Pancake Day, going on all day until 7:00 p.m.

Let’s face it, pancakes make the world a better place.  They’re a great way to feed the folks in your Charleston beach house.  They’re perfect for all ages.

Pancakes aren’t just for breakfast, either.  In fact, a pancake lunch or early supper makes a fun vacation outing.


Foodie Freebie Fun


Any guest from 7:00 a.m. till 7:00 p.m. will receive a free short stack of their original buttermilk pancakes.  If you so desire, you can leave a donation to charity.

This offer is good at all iHop restaurants nationwide, where the default charity is Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.  They also like to support local charities, as Live 5 News explains.

Here in the Lowcountry you are encouraged to donate to the new Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital.  It’s a wonderful place being built in downtown Charleston which will provide world-class care to women and children.

This is the 14th Annual National Pancake Day.  Since they began the celebration in 2006, they’ve raised over $30 million for charities across the U.S.

Read more from Count on 2.  Here’s a link to iHop locations.

If you’re here on the Isle of Palms, just cross the Connector.  There’s an iHop near Lowe’s and Towne Centre.  For your GPS, the address is 1787 N. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant, just “a short hop” from your beach house.


Be sure to check out a Top Beautiful Place near here


The Discoverer Blog recently named the 15 Most Beautiful Places in the United States.  They are places of natural beauty, like the Grand Tetons, Yosemite, the Na Pali Coast in Kauai and Sequoia National Park.

Not surprising to those of us who live here, one special spot in the Lowcountry made the list. It’s one of my favorite places and a real “must do” for folks coming here.

Remarkably, it’s a single tree.  And it’s totally worth the drive out to see it.

Of course I’m talking about Angel Oak.  In fact, it’s believed to be one of the oldest living things in the entire country.  It’s estimated to be twice as old as the United States.  It’s:

This is what they had to say about it:  “The South wouldn’t be complete without its stunning oaks, and this one takes the prize. The 500-year-old tree can be found just outside Charleston. Its knobby arms draped with moss make it a wonder to behold, and you’ll feel like you just stepped out of a southern romance novel.”

For your GPS or smartphone, the street address is 3688 Angel Oak Road, Johns Island.  

Read Discoverer’s whole list of beautiful places here.

So take an afternoon and check out this amazing top beautiful place.  And when you are looking for a Charleston beach house or other great things to do around here, be sure to give EP a call.  

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger





Well, peak season for our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is officially over, Labor Day is in the rear view mirror, and it’s time for the latest installment of Charleston Restaurant Week.  Also, the Isle’s own farmers market is cranking up once again.

Charleston Restaurant Week (CRW Fall Edition) is here again


First up, it’s the fall incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week.  It starts tomorrow (Wednesday, September 5th) and lasts through Sunday the 16th.

Sponsored by the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association, Charleston Restaurant Week hasbecome a very popular event that happens each January and September.  It’s a great choice for both local residents and out-of-towners.  It’s a perfect way to sample the cuisine for which Charleston has become famous.

Well over a hundred restaurants are participating in this incarnation of Charleston Restaurant Week.  Generally they offer their own chef-designed multi-course prix fixe menus, at prices lower than ordering a la carte.

Here is a link to the Greater Charleston Restaurant Association’s helpful webpage on the event.

You can find participating restaurants in these areas/categories:

Participating restaurants show up under each category or location. There are links to their menu, website and often where you can book a table, if possible.  It’s highly recommended to make a reservation.  Seats for CRW fill up notoriously FAST.

None of these locations is too far away.  Even Kiawah, the farthest option, is a scenic and pleasant drive from the Isle of Palms.  Plus, you could even factor in a stop along the way at a true Lowcountry treasure  –  Angel Oak.

Here’s more from Count on 2 News.


The return of a farmers’ market on the Isle of Palms!


Also this week marks the start of the second annual Isle of Palms Farmers Market.

You don’t even have to leave the Isle to get some of the freshest local produce and foodstuffs available.

You can get produce that was in the field or on the tree just a couple hours ago, often at better prices than the big chain stores.

Starting this Thursday, September 6th, walk, ride a bike or golf cart to the IOP Farmers’ Market!  Last year was its first year, and it proved so successful that they are making it an annual thing.

Here are the details:

So check out those great eating options like Charleston Restaurant Week starting this week.   And when you are looking for a great place to stay at the beach, be sure to call EP for the best.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger