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This week, known as Holy Week, is spring break for many, as we gear up for Easter weekend and a huge choice in Easter services coming up on Sunday.

Before I get to those, there are also a couple fun egg hunts happening tomorrow (Saturday, April 20th), especially fun if you’re here with kids.

An Eggcellent Hunt on the IOP


First up, the Isle of Palms is having its annual Easter Egg Hunt at 10:00 a.m. sharp Saturday morning at the Rec Center.

In addition to filling their baskets with eggs, kids can visit with the Easter Bunny and pose for photos with the big guy.  Egg hunts will be grouped by age.  There will also be jump castles, photo booth, face painting, snow cones, cotton candy, and copious amounts of candy in general.  This is Easter, after all.  Here’s more from the IOP website.

The Rec Center is located at #24 18th Avenue on the Isle of Palms, more or less in the middle of the island.

Hunt Eggs or Attend Special Easter Services at Charleston Plantations


Area plantations are having special Easter events  – both egg hunts and Easter services.  Easter services are free, and the egg hunts are at no additional charge to regular admission.

Magnolia Plantation is having their 10th annual mambo Great Easter Egg Hunt, with a record 20,000 eggs stuffed with candy and neat prizes.  Hunts are grouped based on children’s ages, and there are both morning and afternoon hunts for all.  Here’s a breakdown:

3 years and under  – 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  (parents may accompany their child)

4 to 5 years   –  10:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

6 to 8 years  –  11:00 a.m.  and 1:30 p.m.

9 to 12 years   –  11:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

This is a very popular event and space is limited, so you should plan to arrive an hour before your egg hunt.  Eggbert Hopps, Magnolia’s mascot, will be on hand for pictures.  Here’s the plantation website with more details.

Magnolia will also be having an Easter sunrise service Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m., sponsored by Old St. Andrews Parish Church, St. Andrews Mission Church, and Church of the Good Shepherd.  Everyone’s welcome.  Parking is free, and you’re welcome to stay and enjoy the grounds of the plantation at no charge.  Just show the church bulletin for free admission.

Middleton Plantation is also having their Easter Eggstravaganza – an egg hunt (with genuine old fashioned dyed eggs) , visits with the Easter Bunny, egg decoration, Colonial games, egg games like egg toss and egg rolls, crafts, story time and live animals.  It happens from 10:30 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Saturday.

They’ll also have a special Easter weekend brunch available Saturday and Sunday.  Read more about it all on their website and make a reservation, which is recommended.


Sunday Easter Services, including the Biggie at Boone Hall


There’s an abundance of great Easter services to choose from near the beach.

First, if you are an early riser, there will be an Ecumenical Easter Sunrise Service taking place on the beach itself, at Breach Inlet.  It’s put on by the churches of Sullivan’s Island and the Isle of Palms.  It starts at 6:30 a.m.  You are encouraged to bring a flashlight to make your way safely before the sun rises, and a chair if you’d like.  It’s always a very popular event so you are encouraged to get there early.  This is on Sullivan’s Island, just over the Breach Inlet bridge from the Isle of Palms.  For more information, contact Sunrise Presbyterian Church at 883-3888.

Then there’s the gigantic open air service on the lush grounds of Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.  St. Andrews Church invites everyone to this, their annual Easter Service of Celebration.  It takes place under the giant white tent behind the main house.  In fact, the tent is the largest one in the state of South Carolina.  The service itself starts at 9:00 a.m., but the music begins even earlier, at about 8:30.

This is also very popular.  They expect about 5,000 people, so get there early if possible.  The grounds are gorgeous, and you are free to tour them at no charge after the service is over.


Here’s a list of Island Easter services, as compiled by the Island Eye News:  


Sunrise Presbyterian

Sunday Easter Services:

Sunrise Presbyterian Church is located at 3222 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3888 or visit www.sunrisepcusa.org.


IOP Methodist Church

Sunday Easter Services:

First United Methodist Church located at 21st Avenue at Palm Blvd, Isle of Palms. For additional information call the Church Office at 886-6610 or www.iopmethodist.com. *Nursery will be provided at all services.


Isle of Palms Baptist

Easter Sunday: 10:30 a.m. Worship service

Isle of Palms Baptist is located at 14th-24th Avenue, Isle of Palms. Evening services are held at 6:30 p.m. on the first and third Sunday of the month, and a Men’s Breakfast is held at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month. For additional information, call 886-6762.


St. Marks Lutheran

Sunday Easter Services:

*Flowering of the Cross between services

St. Marks Lutheran is located at 300 Palm Blvd., Isle of Palms. For more information, call 886-8557.

Here are more Easter services on Sullivan’s Island:


Stella Maris Catholic

Sunday Easter Services:

Stella Maris Catholic is located at 1204 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3108.


Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal

Sunday Easter Services:

Church of the Holy Cross Episcopal is located at 2520 Middle Street, Sullivan’s Island. Nursery is available during the Maundy Thursday and Easter Day services. For additional information, call 883-3586 or visit www.HolyCross.net.


Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church

Easter Sunday: 11 a.m.  Easter Service

Sullivan’s Island Baptist Church is located at 1753 Central Avenue, Sullivan’s Island. For more information, call 883-3601. www.sibc.us.


So enjoy this most special and holy time of the year.  And when you are searching for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC, be sure to call Exclusive Properties.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Hopefully, you rang in the new year well and are set for all the fun doings on New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms.

Of course there’s plenty of football and bowl games to watch on the big screens in our homes.  Although as I covered in that last blog, Saturday had the big games, especially considering we are in South Carolina.

South Carolina split its games.  The Gamecocks got clobbered, but Clemson won handily and is headed to the national title game.  That’s coming up next Monday, January 7th.

One of our homes is a great place to watch Clemson take on Alabama They are mostly beachfront, have large gourmet kitchens to whip up game day snacks, and plenty of screens and space to watch the game.  It’s like your own private sports bar.


New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms: Take the plunge 


There are a couple fun ways to kick off 2019, and they involve the water… namely, jumping into it.

New Year’s Day at the Isle of Palms and around the beaches of Charleston means polar plunges.  It’s a longstanding Lowcountry tradition, and you have a couple options.

If you’re on the Isle of Palms, head on over to Sullivan’s for the annual Dunleavy’s Pub Polar Plunge benefiting the Special Olympics.

This has grown tremendously over the years and is quite the spectacle.  Thousands of folks dress in all kinds of kooky costumes to head into the water.  Dogs are allowed but must be leashed.

Some years it’s positively polar.  This year, however, the weather looks pretty balmy, with temps approaching 70.

All the “Freezin’ for a Reason” action centers at Dunleavy’s Pub, located at 2213 Middle Street. The pre-plunge fun starts at 9:00 a.m.  The actual plunge happens around 1:00 p.m.  There’s a $35 charitable donation to participate in the plunge.

From the IOP, just head over Breach Inlet toward “downtown” Sullivan’s.  You might want to go early to find parking since this is a very popular event.  Here’s the website with details.


Or check out Folly’s unique twist on the polar plunge 


Folly Beach has its own unique spin on the idea of a polar bear plunge.  It’s the 6th annual Bill Murray Look-A-Like Polar Plunge, where you’re encouraged to “Freeze Your Bills off.”  Participants are encouraged to dress like local resident Bill Murray or one of his many movie characters.  There will be judging and prizes.

Here are the deets:

The fun centers around the Tides Hotel on Folly.

Happy New Year!  Hard to believe it’s already 2019.  A flip of the calendar is the perfect time to book one of our beach house rentals Charleston SCCall as far ahead as possible to get the best selection from among our portfolio.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

When you are staying in a Charleston beach house, food’s a big component of a successful vacation.

Speaking of which  –  Happy National Fried Chicken Day!  Yes, that is really a thing, and it’s today.  In honor of this momentous occasion, Harris-Teeter near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals is offering a whole bucket for just $4.99.  Talk about a great way to feed the folks in your beach house Charleston.

Here’s a link outlining all the specials at chicken places across the country, from the folks at Fortune Magazine.

Plenty of shopping options near your Charleston beach house

There’s nothing like gathering in the kitchen of your luxury house on Isle of Palms, family and friends all cooperating together to put a home-cooked meal on the table.  Luckily our luxury beach house rentals SC are conveniently outfitted with gourmet kitchens to do just that.

Thankfully, the Isle of Palms has its own full-service grocery store once again, as Harris-Teeter is in the spot that housed the old Red & White for decades.  There’s also an unbelievable abundance of grocery shopping options just over the IOP Connector in Mount Pleasant.   Just about every chain around is represented, and they are all a short drive from our beach house rentals Charleston SC.

With the acquisition of Piggly Wiggly Carolina, Mount Pleasant now boasts six large Harris-Teeters in Mount Pleasant alone (not counting those downtown or in West Ashley)… not to mention multiple Publix, Wal-Marts, BiLo,Trader Joe’s, Aldi and a Whole Foods.  And last but certainly not least – a brand new Costco (!) will be opening later this summer in Mount Pleasant.  It’s just up Highway 17 North, near Wando High School and an east drive from our SC vacation rentals.

So in other words, you’ll have plenty of convenient options when stocking one of our beach rentals Charleston.

Help the needy after your stay in a Charleston beach house

So there you are in your Charleston beach house.  You’ve had a glorious week full of sun, fun and merriment, and Saturday morning is here  –  time to check out.  Even though everyone seemed to eat to their heart’s content, there’s still a bunch of food left in the fridge, freezers and pantry.  You don’t really feel like schlepping it home in the car or heaven forbid, try to take it with you on the plane.

Well, a wonderful charitable option is available, thanks to the Isle of Palms Methodist Church.  It’s the pretty white church in the dog leg of the road, where 21st Avenue comes into Palm Boulevard… close to most of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  Their address is 12  21st Avenue.

Each Saturday morning until Labor Day, they collect any unopened food items you might have and distribute it to the local non-profit food bank, East Cooper Community Outreach (aka ECCO).  They call it Loaves and Fishes, named after Jesus’ famous miracle of feeding thousands of people with just five loaves and two fish.  

Not only do they take typical dry pantry items, they also take fruit, vegetables, bread and frozen foods.  Collection takes place in front of the church from 9:00 a.m. till 11:30 a.m. every Saturday till the end of the summer season.

Here’s a link to the church’s website:  http://iopmethodist.com/

So feel free to stock those rental homes South Carolina with groceries galore… and know that any extra won’t have to go to waste.  And remember to call EP and we’ll help you find the perfect Charleston beach house for your friends and family.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger






If you’re headed here to stay in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, you are not alone.  This is considered the peak of peak weeks for beach rentals Charleston.

If you’re driving to or around our SC vacation rentals, you are also enjoying the lowest gas prices in the nation, as I covered in this blog.

There is no shortage of nice ways to celebrate the July 4th holiday, officially happening tomorrow.  Most are within a convenient distance from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.  In fact, you’ll probably be able to see pyrotechnics from the decks and porches of your Charleston beach house.

Before we get to the fireworks, first up is a really neat way to show your patriotism and colors on July 4th, right on the sand of the shore.

This year marks the 9th anniversary of Salute from the Shore  –  where you can show your love of country while also being on the beach itself, just steps from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

Salute from the Shore is a cool flyover of the South Carolina coastline by current and vintage U.S. military planes.   As always, the flyover will start at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 4th at Cherry Point, SC, just north of Myrtle Beach.  It’ll be led by two F-16s from the 20th Fighter Wing at Shaw Air Force Base.  Vintage planes include privately owned aircraft.  This year, the lineup includes:

The planes will head down the coast and circle around Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant before continuing south past Hilton Head.  They’ll travel at different speeds, since the vintage aircraft tend to lag behind the F-16s.   But they will be visible along the coast between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m.  You should be able to see them from all our rental homes South Carolina.

You’re encouraged to show your colors and share your photos and videos.  Just email them to salute@salutefromtheshore.org  and tag images with #SalutefromtheShore.

Here’s the full scoop at the official website.


Fireworks near our Isle of Palms vacation rentals

Fireworks displays will take place all over the area, so you’ll have an overchoice, really.

Charleston/Mount Pleasant  – 

Fireworks will be shot off a barge in the harbor after the sun sets, in what’s officially known as the “4th of July Fireworks Blast.”  Great views abound on both sides of the harbor.

Patriot’s Point will again open the flight decks of the USS Yorktown, which is probably the best view of all.  You can watch for free from the land (parking $10), or if you want to be on deck, there are two options including VIP tickets, but as of this blog onboard spots are all sold out.

Over at the Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, there’s a special “Uncle Sam Jam” happening out on the pier  –  also a great location to watch the fireworks.  There will be live music by Ellen Drive, hand-spun milkshakes and fresh sandwiches at the Riverwatch Café.  Gates open at 7:00 and the music starts at 8:00.  Advanced ticket purchase is recommended as it will no doubt sell out fast, and tickets are limited.  $8 advance, $10 at the door, if any are left.  Kids three and under are free.  See details here.

Also, July 4th is a home game for the Charleston Riverdogs.   A great option is to head out to the Joe to take in America’s favorite pastime while munching on an all-American hot dog.  There will be a fireworks display after the game.  The Joe is a beautiful stadium located at 360 Fishburne Street downtown, an easy drive from your beach house Charleston.  Here’s more on the schedule.


Fireworks on the beaches…

Isle of Palms

The fun starts around 8:00 p.m. near Front Beach.  The City will launch fireworks from the Isle of Palms pier after dark.

Just a quick reminder  –  individual fireworks are prohibited on the Isle of Palms.  So if you are in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, leave the hassle to others and just watch the official town show.

Sullivan’s Island

They celebrate the 4th all day, starting with the annual bike and golf cart parade from 8:30 – 9:00 a.m., a community cookout and picnic at 6:00 p.m.  It’s at Stith Park playground next to the firehouse in “downtown” Sullivan’s.  There will be live music by Permanent Vacation (beach music and classic rock) with a fireworks display when it gets dark.

Folly Beach

They’ll shoot off fireworks from the beach at Third Block West, beginning about 9:30.


So happy birthday, America.  And remember to call Exclusive for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC, namely Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


We’re fast approaching the peakest of the peak week for SC vacation rentals.  Fourth of July is prime time to be in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  There will be plenty of fireworks displays and patriotic fun near your Charleston beach house on the day itself, Wednesday.  I’ll cover that in the next blog.

But the weekend before has a lot going on as well.  More about that in a minute.

First up, there is a bit of good news on the gas front.

Gas prices near our rental homes South Carolina are often in the news.  And the reason is a good one.  They are among the lowest in the country.


Yet another reason to choose one of our SC vacation rentals

Gas prices have been on quite a ride these past few years.  Check out the average prices per gallon of regular unleaded in South Carolina for the week of June 25th of the last five years:

So far this year, prices at the pump have taken a rise again.  However, nationally the average price dropped six cents during the last two weeks, landing at $2.95.  That’s the first price drop in four months.

Here in South Carolina, the price per gallon fell four cents from just last week.

Where is the lowest gas price in the contiguous 48 states?  Charleston, SC.  The average here is $2.44 a gallon.

The highest is in the Bay Area around San Francisco, coming in at a whopping $3.79 per gallon.

Even if you fly to your luxury house on Isle of Palms, chances are you’ll still be driving around the Lowcountry in a rental or maybe a friend’s or family member’s car.  Lowest gas prices in the country – yet another great reason to choose beach rentals Charleston for your summer vacay.

To track down the lowest price near your beach house Charleston, check out the handy app by Live 5 News.  It shows the latest local news and weather as well as the lowest gas prices in the Lowcountry, available for iPhone and Android.  They also have a gas price feature on their website.

And here’s more on the story from Live 5 News.


Pre Fourth events near our SC vacation rentals

There are a couple fun things going on this weekend near our luxury beach house rentals SC.

Friday (tonight):  Party at the Point –  the official season finale featuring live music by Sol Driven Train and Fusion Jonez (jazz/funk fusion).


Sunday:  Fourth Annual Stars & Guitars concert  –  Boone Hall Plantation

Read more in the Post & Courier about these two events and others going on this weekend.


So remember, when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC  –  namely Isle of Palms vacation rentals, contact EP.  We have the best ones around.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger





Of course when you and your loved ones come to stay in one of our beach rentals Charleston, like a luxury house on Isle of Palms, one of the main draws is the BEACH itself.

Most of our luxury beach house rentals SC are either oceanfront or right close to it.  You can enjoy the beach just by sitting on your porch or looking out the window, or by heading out the door and sticking your toes in the sand.

Having a clean beach is vital to both visitors and locals alike, not to mention perhaps most of all, the many species of wildlife that call it home.  Our beaches are one of the most valuable resources near SC vacation rentals.

Unfortunately it’s usually we two-legged critters who are the ones who mess it up with litter and pollution of all sorts.  Paper, plastic bags, glass bottles, beach furniture, beach toys, tires, cigarette butts, food wrappers, cans, pieces of Styrofoam coolers can all wreak havoc on wildlife and detract from the natural beauty of our beaches and waterways.

IOP takes a bold step to help keep the beaches clean 

In an effort to combat that, the Isle of Palms took a major step forward when it became the first municipality in the state to ban the use of plastic bags in local businesses.  They vote was unanimous (8-0) a couple years back.  So when you go into Harris-Teeter for groceries to stock your beach house Charleston, you won’t be asked the question, “Paper or plastic?”  You’ll be taking the groceries back to your Charleston beach house in a paper bag  –  unless you did one step better for the planet, and brought your own reusable shopping bag.

Other cities have followed suit, including Folly Beach and most recently Mount Pleasant.  The state legislature is trying to ban such bans, but IOP, Folly, Hilton Head and Surfside Beach are all grandfathered in.


Sweep the Beach near our beach rentals Charleston…

In an effort to combat the problem of litter on the beaches and waterways, the Sea Grant Consortium created a statewide event in 1988 called the Beach Sweep/River Sweep South Carolina.  It’s taken place every year since, on the third Saturday of September, and is coming up again this fall.

But the problem of litter on the beach is an ongoing one, especially during the peak season for Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  One beach clean up a year is just not enough.


July 5th Morning Beach Clean Up

As a result, two different summertime sweeps are happening.  One is a one-time event sponsored by the IOP Police Department.  It’s set to happen on July 5th, the day after the biggest single day on the beach, people-wise.

There will be free parking at the IOP County Park, as well as supplies and water.  You’re encouraged to bring a reusable water bottle.  It’ll happen from 6:00 a.m. till 10:00 a.m.  You can stay as long as you like, or drop by as time permits to lend a hand.

Find out more at the IOPPD Facebook page.


Weekly Monday Evening Beach Clean Ups

A group of local citizens has banded together to form a weekly beach clean up during the prime summer months for rental homes South Carolina, when the beaches are the most visited.

It’s called the Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew.  They just had their first clean up yesterday  –  Monday, June 25th.

Here are the details.

Here’s a report from Live 5 News, with a video of some of the participants and what trash they found.

Here’s more on the story, “A Twist on Trash Pickup,”  from the Island Eye News.

So consider taking part in a beach cleanup, either with one of those groups or on your own.  And when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC, namely Isle of Palms luxury rentals, call EP.  We’ll find the perfect Charleston beach house for you.  On a clean beach.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger





“That Summer Book Sale” is an ideal way to fill your luxury house on Isle of Palms with great summer reading for all ages.  It kicked off this morning and goes through the weekend.  More about that in a minute.

This is a great weekend to be in a beach house Charleston.  There’s a lot going on, including a relatively new event happening tomorrow.  It’s proven to be so popular that tickets sell out fast.  VIP tickets are already gone.  So if you’re interested, you’d better act fast  –  just like if you’re interested in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.

It’s called RumFest, and is quite the celebration of all things rum.  Shiver me timbers!  Get set for:

It’ll happen tomorrow  –  Saturday, June 23rd – from 7:00 till 11:00 p.m. at Memminger Auditorium, 56 Beaufain Street in downtown Charleston.  That’s an easy drive from all our SC vacation rentals.  Figure about 30 minutes from our Isle of Palms luxury  rentals.

Read all about it and get tickets at the official website.


Fill your luxury house on Isle of Palms with good books at great prices

One of the most popular things to do while staying in a Charleston beach house is to a read a book.  Sure, there are more high-tech ways to enjoy a novel  –  kindle, smartphone, iPad, tablets of all sorts  –  but sand and electronics don’t usually mix very well.

When it comes right down to it, it’s hard to beat flipping the paper pages of a really engrossing story while taking in the sunshine and all its good vitamin D… either on the beach or while lounging on the deck of a luxury house on Isle of Palms.

If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals this weekend, there’s a great opportunity to stock up your summer reading material  –  at a great price, and for a great cause.  It’s the Charleston County Library’s annual summer book sale.

“That Summer Book Sale,” as it’s known, boasts a huge assortment  –  as in, 20,000 titles.  Included are fiction and nonfiction, paper and hardback, children’s books, CDs, DVDs and audio books, with prices starting at just $1.00 (and only 50 cents for children’s books).  They accept cash, checks or credit cards, and proceeds go toward helping the public library do its good work for the community.

The sale takes place at the main, massive library branch downtown.  It’s located at 68 Calhoun Street, a pleasant drive from all our rental homes South Carolina.

It’s going on today until 5:30 p.m., tomorrow (Saturday, June 23rd) from 9:00 a.m. till 5:30 p.m., then again on Sunday afternoon from 2:00 till 4:00.  There will be special pricing on Sunday, when you can really score some deals.   Admission is free.

Here’s a link with more info.


Celebrate Carolina Day near your luxury house on Isle of Palms

June 28th is a big day in South Carolina history… actually, in “American” history, even though the source of the celebration pre-dates the Declaration of Independence by several days.

On June 28, 1776, patriots from the Carolinas and Virginia  —  even though they were outmanned 10 to one — turned back the British forces (the Royal Navy and the British Army under Cornwallis) who were trying to take the Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and thus Charleston.   It was the first time that American colonists decisively defeated the British in their fight for independence.   It gave a gigantic boost to the whole push for independence and ended up keeping Britain from gaining a stronghold in South Carolina for another four years.

This victory is officially celebrated as CAROLINA DAY.  Thursday will mark the 242nd year since this incredibly important battle in our nation’s past.  Official commemorations of the holiday began all the way back in 1777.  So Carolina Day was one of America’s original holidays, even though many folks (visitors and locals alike) still don’t know all that much about it.

Leave it to Carolinians to make United States history even before we were officially a country!

How Carolina Day became a thing

It was June 28th, 1776.  Nine British warships were swarming in off the coastline, trying to gain a foothold in the American colonies.

But the 2nd South Carolina Regiment under command of Colonel William Moultrie had other ideas.  They positioned themselves at Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and they didn’t want to give up their precious turf.  Though ridiculously outnumbered and outgunned, they battled the Royal Navy and British Army and heroically turned back the assault from ocean, mainland and the Isle of Palms.

Moultrie’s victory was the first in the patriots’ fight for independence, and it gave a major boost the idea that these little upstart colonists had a chance against the mighty land of England and their powerful military forces.

No wonder Carolina Day became a holiday.  Colonel Moultrie became the namesake for the fort on Sullivan’s Island, which is now well known as Fort Moultrie, and later went on to become a two-time governor of South Carolina.  Fort Moultrie is now part of the National Park Service, as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument.

This weekend’s commemorations

So this weekend  –  both Saturday, June 23rd and Sunday the 24th  –  is the official local celebration, based at Fort Moultrie (1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island).  It’s just over Breach Inlet from all our beach rentals Charleston.   Admission will be free to Fort Moultrie, along with programs of events and activities from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m. Saturday and 10:00 a.m. till 1:00 p.m. Sunday.  Events include reenactments by the 2nd South Carolina regiment, medical demonstrations, demos on weapons, every day camp life and living conditions of the patriot soldiers, and musket drills.  Activities are kid friendly and appropriate for all ages staying in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

So grab a book, some rum and celebrate Carolina Day just over Breach Inlet from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  And when you are shopping for beach house rentals Charleston SC, begin and end your search by calling EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

The City Market “Night Market” is in full swing near our SC vacation rentals, and this week’s is a special one.  More about that in a minute.

First up, a quick reminder that tonight is yet another installment of the popular Party in the Park free concert.  This is the 8th annual series, of really terrific live music every Tuesday in June.

The venue is awesome  –  Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant, located under the Ravenel Bridge.  It’s an easy drive from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  It’s also family friendly fun for all ages in your beach house Charleston.

Each concert features three different musical acts.  Tonight’s lineup:

It’s sponsored by 103.5 WEZL Radio, a great station to listen to while in one of our beach rentals Charleston.

Read more here, or in this blog.


Special Night Market back again near our SC vacation rentals

Also going on this Thursday, June 21st is a special evening installment of a Charleston icon, the historic City Market.

Located between East Bay and Meeting Street, it’s a great place to find the perfect souvenir from your stay in a Charleston beach house.  There’s a plethora of unusual local products, handmade Lowcountry items (including the ever-popular sweetgrass basket), lovely jewelry, you name it.  It really is one of the Charleston must-dos for folks who come and stay in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.

City Market underwent a major renovation a while back, and now it’s better than ever.  The lower two buildings are still open-air.  They completely enclosed and climate-controlled the building closest to Meeting Street and upped the quality of the permanent vendors there.

Well, now that warm weather is here, the Night Market is officially back in season, on Friday and Saturday nights from 6:30 till 10:30 p.m. every weekend.  It’s a festive atmosphere with live music and an evening vibe, in the buildings between Church Street and East Bay.  It’s a pleasant drive from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals and a great place to visit before or after dinner out at one of downtown’s many terrific restaurants.

An extra long weekend market this weekend…

This weekend, though, they’re adding a couple extra nights of Night Market fun.  They’re calling it June 21st – June 24th (Thursday through Sunday): A Four Night Weekend Celebrating Local Artisans.  There will be live music and plenty of entertainment sprinkled throughout.

It kicks off at 7:00 p.m. this Thursday evening with a special ceremony hosted by Mayor John Tecklenburg.  There will be an awards presentation at 8:30.  He’ll be handing out special tiles with the City Market seal, to recognize honorees, artisans and merchants selling certified local products that are 100% made in the Lowcountry.  When you’re shopping the market, be sure to look for these tiles to make sure you are purchasing authentic Lowcountry items.

At the end of the ceremony, Mayor Tecklenburg will tickle the ivories along with The TenCap Jazz Band.  David Calhoun will also provide live entertainment.

By the way, you can feel especially good about the things you purchase there.  In a past survey, almost 94% of night vendors and 72% of day vendors make goods with material that is either natural (for example: sweetgrass, shells or wood), reclaimed or recycled.  They really make a unique gift option that is unique to the region and a wonderful reminder of your stay in one of our rental homes South Carolina.

Read all about it at their official site.


So check out some great live music and shop for local items at City Market near your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  And when you are in the market for SC vacation rentals, namely luxury beach house rentals SC, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger


Photo credit: Charleston City Market




Word to the wise: book one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC as far in advance as possible.

First off, we’re in the prime time of the year, when luxury beach house rentals SC are bustling with folks flocking to the coast.

Hopefully you reserved your Charleston beach house well in advance.  As word spreads about how fantastic Charleston and the beaches of the Lowcountry are, our SC vacation rentals —  namely, Isle of Palms vacation rentals  — book up sooner and sooner.

If you’re looking for a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you’ve really got to act fast.

Second, you can add this to the mix.  Charleston just landed atop another “best of” list.

The travel gurus at Expedia made a list of “The 55 Most Breathtaking Destinations in the World.”  It was part of their via their Viewfinder travel blog.

Although they claim the destinations are in no particular order, guess who is listed first?

You got it.  Charleston.

This is what they had to say about the Holy City:

From its peaceful waterfront parks and pineapple-shaped fountains to jaw-dropping manor houses, Charleston has charm to spare. Built in 1676, Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is just one of Charleston’s enchanting estates, where the white columns of the plantation house offer elegant contrast to Spanish moss growing wild in the trees. When the ocean calls your name, walk to the waterfront at Battery Park, named for the cannons lined up at attention looking out to sea.

You can see the whole list here.

The Holy City of Hospitality

Book one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  It’ll take your breath away!

Due to all the positive press lately, beach rentals Charleston are more popular than ever.  If you are interested in rental homes South Carolina, there are a lot of companies out there.  It pays to look around and do your homework about the right beach house Charleston.  Exclusive Properties has been in the biz a good while, and we know the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

So check out one of the most breathtaking destinations on earth.  And there’s nowhere better to stay than one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Just call EP and we’ll put you in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals – as long as you call early enough ahead of time.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger




What vacation in a Charleston beach house is complete without a meal of those cute curled crustaceans?

Shrimp is one of those foods that makes people happy and really rounds out the beach experience.  When you come to the coast to stay in one of our beach rentals Charleston, you can’t help but crave some seafood.

Great seafood options near your Charleston beach house

Seems like you can’t throw a rock nowadays without hitting a restaurant that sells great seafood.  Countless options exist near all our beach house rentals Charleston SC.  If you’re in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, you don’t even have to leave the island.  Long Island Café, next to Harris-Teeter, has been around for decades and has some really delicious shrimp and other fruits of the sea.  Other good choices are The Boathouse at Breach Inlet (great views), Acme Lowcountry Kitchen, Coda del Pesce, and Morgan Creek Grill (more great views at the marina).  They’re sure to please all ages staying in your beach house Charleston.

This year’s shrimp season has been delayed this year due to the cold winter.  Normally it would have begun about a month ago near our SC vacation rentals, around the time of the Blessing of the Fleet.  Recreational shrimpers eagerly await the go-ahead to fill their coolers with some of the most delicious crustaceans known to man (or woman).  Local catch is prized by restaurant chefs and Lowcountry home cooks alike.

According to this article in the Post & Courier, they are hoping to get the green light as soon as tomorrow.  Read more about it here.

Most recreational shrimping is done from an open flat boat at night, since that’s when shrimp move in to feed in shallow, murky water.  The most common technique involves setting poles to mark a spot, throwing bait balls made of fish meal mixed with mud or clay, waiting a short while for the word to get out, then casting nets into the area to catch the shrimp as they feed.

About a half million pounds of shrimp are caught each year by this baiting technique.

Other options to get seafood near your Charleston beach house

If catching them yourself is not your cup of tea, you can still experience shrimp season.  Head to Shem Creek in Mount Pleasant (on Coleman Boulevard, along the way from Isle of Palms to Charleston).   There you can see commercial shrimp trawlers and the dolphins that often follow them.  Several seafood restaurants line the creek, including Red’s Ice House, where you can even dine al fresco on the deck with your canine friend.

Buy fresh caught shrimp at Wando Shrimp Company, a tucked-away favorite of locals, at 102 Haddrell Street.  The shrimp is excellent, as are the prices.

While there, be sure to cross the creek to experience one of the best new parks in the area, the incredibly beautiful Shem Creek Park.  Piers, boardwalks and docks stretch across the marsh and extend all the way towards Charleston harbor, offering great views previously only seen by boaters or birds.  The park cost almost $9 million to develop and opened a few years back to rave reviews.

Again, you don’t even have to leave the IOP to purchase fresh seafood.  Simmons Seafood is located just down the street from your luxury house on Isle of Palms, at 1400 Palm Boulevard.  They are family owned and have been around since 1947.  Harris-Teeter also has a perfectly respectable seafood market.

Once you get back to your luxury rental home at the beach, why not prepare your fresh shrimp by trying out one of the Lowcountry’s classic signature dishes  –  Shrimp & Grits.

Here is chef Robert Stehling’s recipe from Hominy Grill, the popular restaurant on Rutledge Avenue in downtown Charleston.  FYI, if you are heading downtown from one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, Hominy Grill is a great breakfast/lunch/brunch option.  They even serve breakfast all day.  Portions are large and luscious.  Think sweet potato waffles, pimento cheese biscuits, and pork belly grit bowls.

Shrimp & Grits recipe to make in your Charleston beach house

Prepare the creamy grits “base” first.  While they are simmering, you can prepare the shrimp topping.

4 c water

¾ t salt

1 T butter  –  Mix together and bring to boil in a heavy saucepan.  Stir in:

1 c coarse white stone-ground grits

Reduce heat and simmer, covered, stirring frequently till thick, about 15 minutes.

½ c whole milk  –  Stir into the above.  Simmer on low, stirring occasionally, 10 minutes.

½ c whole milk  –  Stir in and continue to simmer, stirring occasionally, about 35 minutes till thick.

¼ t pepper

1 T butter  –  stir in and keep on the stove, warm, till ready to serve.

The Shrimp Part:

3 slices bacon – Fry till crisp.  Remove from pan; pour off all but 1 T of fat.

1 lb. fresh shrimp  –  peeled & deveined.

2 T flour  –  Toss raw shrimp in flour till lightly coated.

2 T peanut oil – Add to bacon pan & heat to medium-high.  Add shrimp and sauté till half-cooked.

1 ¼ cups sliced mushrooms  –  Add & toss into the above.  When they begin to cook, add in:

1 large garlic clove, chopped  –  add, but don’t let it brown.  Stir in crumbled bacon.  Then quickly add in:

Tabasco to taste

2 t fresh lemon juice  –  Stir in quickly.  Cook till shrimp are pink on both sides and mushrooms are golden brown.  Add water to make a light gravy.  Season with salt, then add:

½ c sliced green onions

Remove from heat.  Spoon shrimp mixture over prepared grits.  Serve immediately.

So enjoy shrimp in your Charleston beach house  –  local shrimp if possible.  And remember, when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely Isle of Palms luxury rentals, to call EP.  We can put you in the perfect Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger