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Asheville, NC may be known as Beer City USA, but Charleston is giving them a run for their money with the 8th annual Charleston Beer Fest.

The brews will be pouring and the suds flying this Saturday, May 18th from noon till 7:00 p.m., and it looks to be a frosty good time.

In fact, they’ve seriously upped the ante and cranked up the action from last year’s event.  They’ve changed the name (from Charleston Beer Garden to Charleston Beer Fest) as well as the venue.

This year, organizers have booked five times the live music offerings.

A dozen different bands will play Charleston Beer Fest.  The Dubplates’ own Dave “Big Hair” Brisacher curated the cool lineup.  It includes:

As for the beer, 41 different breweries from both Carolinas will be serving over 80 different brews.

The venue is a much better one this year – Riverfront Park in North Charleston, which has been hosting some very successful (and LARGE) music and beverage events lately.

Never fear, it’s not just music and beer.  Charleston Beer Fest also boasts Beer Games.  I’m talking “pony hops” (races for adults on inflatable horses), beer stein hoisting, arm wrestling, and a pizza-eating contest  –  hands-free, to make it more entertaining.

There will also be a slew of food trucks for your noshing pleasure.

 

Here’s the scoop on ticket prices for Charleston Beer Fest…

 

General admission  –  $25, includes 5 beer tickets and a commemorative mug;

VIP (limited number)  –  $50, includes 15 beer tickets, a swag bar, seating in the shade, special activities and snacks;

Designated driver ticket  –  $15;

Parking is free.

You can read more about it at the official Charleston Beer Fest website.

So celebrate all things beer and check out Charleston Beer Fest this Saturday.  And when you are searching for the best in beach rentals Charleston, be sure to give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

The weather is spring-like, the buds are popping, and it’s a great weekend to venture out from the beach for all kinds of cultured fun – antiques, art and anything Irish.

Take home a historical treasure from Charleston

 

One of Charleston’s many charms is its history, and it’s on full display this weekend.

It’s time again for the Charleston Antiques Show.  This beloved event brings together fine vintage furniture, silver, decorative items and jewelry from the 17th century on, with a myriad of experts in one place.  It’s centered at The Gaillard downtown, convenient to all our beach rentals Charleston.  From our beach rentals Charleston, just head through Mount Pleasant, over the Ravenel and take the first exit onto East Bay.  Turn right on Calhoun, you can’t miss it on your left.

The show runs today – Friday, March 15th – through Sunday, March 17th.  Tickets are just $20 for unlimited admission all three days.

Show Hours:
Friday, March 15: 10 am – 6 pm
Saturday, March 16: 10 am – 6 pm
Sunday, March 17: 11 am – 5 pm* 

(*Enjoy a complimentary Bloody Mary on Sunday, March 17th.)

The chairman for this year’s event is the Right Honourable Nicholas E. A. Ashley-Cooper.  He is the 12th Earl of Shaftesbury, a descendant of one of the original eight Lords Proprietors of Carolina.  He’ll give a presentation on his life and work in restoring St. Giles House.

One of the themes of this year’s event is mixing antiques with modern design elements in home décor.  That’s become a hallmark for grand homes in the Lowcountry, whether they are downtown or at the beach.

You can watch a video about the CAS from the local NBC affiliate. Here’s the official site where you can learn more and purchase tickets.

ART FEST tomorrow 

 

Also going on tomorrow (Saturday, March 16th) from 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., it’s the 23rd annual Art Fest at the Mount Pleasant Towne Centre.  It’s a showcase for the visual arts, music and dance.

Regional and local artists will display their creations.  There will also be live performances by local music and dance studios along with plenty of exhibits and vendors.  It’s a great place to pick up a souvenir.

A centerpiece is the juried art show by the Mount Pleasant Artists Guild.  The event is free, parking is free, and there will be food and drinks available for purchase.

It’ll take place in “The Oaks” among the many shopping options (both big chain and local) at Towne Centre.  Just look for Barnes & Noble, which is right across from The Oaks.

All this is just over the IOP Connector at 1218 Belk Drive in Mount Pleasant.

Read more about it here.

Time to go green

 

It’s always a good thing to be environmentally friendly, but that’s not what I’m talking about.  It’s that time of year when we’re all just a wee bit Irish.  You’d better be wearing green or beware the consequences!

Seems you can’t throw a stone without hitting a shamrock, a leprechaun, some cabbage and corned beef, or that charmingly disgusting green beer.

St. Patrick’s Day itself is this Sunday, March 17th.  But like Mardi Gras, the parties don’t seem to be confined by the calendar.

Tomorrow, Saturday, is the official St. Patrick’s Day Parade in downtown Charleston.

The celebration starts with 8:00 a.m. mass at St. Patrick’s Church, 134 St. Philip Street.  The parade begins nearby at 10:00 a.m. sharp, at the corner of Radcliffe and King.  It will travel south down King to Broad, turning right before ending at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist (120 Broad Street).

Afterwards, at approximately 11:30 a.m., they’ll raise the Irish flag above City Hall.  Then, head to any number of restaurants and pubs that will be filled with food and entertainment honoring St. Patty’s.  Here’s a list of the many pub crawls going on this weekend.

And here’s a breakdown of St. Patrick’s events going on all around the Lowcountry.

An Irish Block Party just over Breach Inlet

 

You don’t have to go far to get your Irish on.  Just hop over Breach Inlet to the islands’ favorite Irish pub, Dunleavy’s on Sullivan’s.  The block party starts Saturday morning at 9:00 and goes all day.  They’ll have live music, bagpipers and Irish dancers.  Dunleavy’s is at 2213-A Middle Street.

Read more here.

So, you have plenty of options this weekend to get cultured, or get your Irish on.  And remember, when you are looking for beach rentals Charleston, be sure to call EP first.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

It comes as no surprise that Charleston and art are a match made in heaven.  In fact, according to one list, Charleston is THE best city for art lovers in the U.S.

So sayeth the folks at Apartment Guide.  They based their assessment on the per capita number of artistic entities and galleries in the city.  Charleston comes in at one for every 1,775 residents, which is the highest concentration in America.

They referenced 56 Charleston art galleries/dealers, special events like Spoleto, Piccolo Spoleto, MOJA, and institutions like the Gibbes Museum of Art and the Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art.

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

“In addition to the yearly offerings, dozens of galleries and exhibition spaces have sprung up across Charleston… But the heart of the city’s art community lies in the studios of Gallery Row on historic Broad Street and along the avenues of the nearby French Quarter… If you take a tour of the Lowcountry’s historic antebellum homes, you’ll be privy to some of the finest private art collections in the South.”

It’s yet another reason to come stay in the Lowcountry, not that you really needed it.

Read more about it here.

 

SEWE means Charleston and Art go hand in hand all weekend long 

 

Speaking of art, one of those special art events is going on this weekend, and it’s a biggie.  As I blogged recently, you can see some of the very best wildlife artists on earth, here in the Holy City.

It’s SEWE, and it’s taking place in five main venues on the Charleston peninsula.  They include:

They’re convenient to all our vacation rentals.  Figure about a 30 minute drive or so, factoring in traffic.

 

Check out Charleston and art.. or Party with a Purpose this weekend

 

Mardi Gras is still a couple weeks away (March 5th), but the celebrating’s already cranking up in these parts.

This Saturday (February 16th) is the Parrothead Mardi Crawl It’s the 15th annual one, to be exact.

This movable, Jimmy-Buffet themed party takes place in various venues around Shem Creek.  Shem Creek is where the shrimp boats (and several other boats) dock.  There’re plenty of restaurants and bars with outdoor seating, great views, pretty people, dogs, dolphins, SUPers, pelicans, you name it.  From the Isle of Palms, just head over to Sullivan’s, then cross over to Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant and go about halfway to the Ravenel Bridge.  You can’t miss it.

The Parrothead Mardi Crawl is sponsored by the Lowcountry Parrot Head Club, which encourages you to come “party with a purpose.” 

If you sign up for the event, you’ll play various games like trivia, enjoy food and drink specials, festive beads and prizes, and migrate from one place to the next at your own pace.  You can either walk, take a limo or even a water taxi among the venues.

Participating restaurants/locales include: Red’s Ice House, The Mill Street Tavern, Saltwater Cowboys, RB’s, Vickery’s, and The Wreck of the Richard and Charlene.

It’s all for a good cause  –  several, actually.  They include the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, the Ronald McDonald House, Pet Helpers and others.

There will be plenty of live music.  Here’s a breakdown of what’s going on:

 

It’s always a raucous good time, with Buffet beachy tunes and libations that pair perfectly together, like Charleston and art.

So check out some greatCharleston and art happenings.   And when you are looking for beach rentals Charleston, be sure to call EP for the very best.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

It’s time for yet another weekend in the new year, and there’s plenty of fun on tap including a reopened Fort Sumter.

First off, a little national news, which affects the Lowcountry and those coming to visit.  As pretty much everyone knows by now, the U.S. government is in the midst of a shutdown.  It’s officially the longest one ever.  Nonessential government employees are having to stay home from work.  Others, like TSA agents, are required to show up without receiving a paycheck.

Sadly, one of the casualties has been national parks and monuments.  Park service employees who maintain and run the facilities are not at work.

This includes Charleston’s own Fort Sumter, where the Civil War began.  Fort Sumter is a big draw and a standard on the to-do list for folks visiting the Charleston area.

Good News on the Fort Sumter Front

 

Well, there’s good news if you’re here in a Charleston beach house right now.  Fort Sumter Tours has come to an agreement with the National Park Service to fund daily operating costs at Fort Sumter.

That means Fort Sumter is open once again to the public.  Yay!  Regular tours officially resumed this week (on January 15th).  A giant shout-out to Fort Sumter Tours for covering the costs of park operations.

A similar thing happened recently in Yellowstone National Park.  Xanterra, which runs much of the lodging and hospitality within Yellowstone, agreed to fund basic park operating costs.  This includes necessary tasks like cleaning the bathrooms and plowing the roads for snow so visitors could get through.

We’re just glad that if you’re coming to visit, you won’t have to miss out on seeing a national historic treasure.

 

Go Get a Taste of Folly

 

This weekend is the annual Taste of Folly, where you can sample some of the best that Folly Beach has to offer.

These “Taste of…” festivals have become a reliably fun way to experience local cuisine in towns and cities across America.

The Folly food fun kicks off tonight with the Taste of Folly Craft Cocktail Competition.  Local Folly establishments will mix up concoctions using products from Cannon Distillery.  It’ll kick off at 7:00 p.m. at the Tides Hotel, at 1 Center Street.  Tasting tickets are $20-25 for those 21 and over.

Then tomorrow (Saturday, January 19th) is the big Taste of Folly Street Festival on Center Street.  They’ll close it off to vehicular traffic, so restaurants and bars can take over and strut their stuff.  The event will take place from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00 p.m.  In addition to local culinary & beverage offerings there will also be a hot dog eating contest, a chili cook-off, the Server-lympics, giant inflatables and fun for the kids, culinary-inspired arts and crafts, pots & pans percussion and local vendors. There will also be great live music on three separate stages by Thomas Champagne and Friends, The Joint Chiefs, Tres Matones, and Deadwin.  General admission is $5, free for Folly residents and folks 12 and under.

Read more here.

 

Last chance for CHS Restaurant Week: Winter Edition

 

As I’ve blogged about multiple times, Charleston Restaurant Week is going on now.

Sunday’s the last day of the popular twice-yearly event.  It’s a fun way to sample some of the cuisine culture Charleston is famous for.  There are well over a hundred restaurants taking part, and all are within a decent driving distance from the beach.  Actually I ate out this week at a restaurant that wasn’t even on the official list, and they too had a special Restaurant Week menu option.  So in other words, there are a lot of choices out there.

Restaurants on the IOP are participating.  So you don’t even need to leave the island to take advantage of Charleston Restaurant Week.

Here’s the scoop.

So have some Charleston Fort Sumter and foodie fun this weekend.  And be sure to call us at EP when you are looking for beach rentals Charleston for your corporate retreat or just a private gathering.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

Another December weekend, another weekend filled with your pick of holiday market plus other holiday happenings near Charleston!

The weather these past couple weekends has wreaked a bit of havoc on events in the Lowcountry.  Although we didn’t get the snow that blanketed parts north, we did get a lot of rain.

Alas the Parade of Boats in Charleston Harbor, a local tradition and fun annual event for all ages, was cancelled by the Coast Guard due to rough chop.

The downtown Charleston Holiday Parade, which was supposed to take place the first Sunday in December, luckily just got postponed.  It’s due to take place this Sunday, December 16th.

The time is the same  –  it starts at 3:00 p.m.  –  but they’ve tweaked the parade route a bit.  The revised route will now head up Meeting Street.

Here’s the scoop from the official city website, and it includes info about related street closings.

The parade is always a lot of fun, with floats, lots of marching bands and holiday music, local celebrities and the big guy himself, Santa.  It’s an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.  Just head through Mount Pleasant, over the Ravenel Bridge and take the Meeting Street exit.

A holiday market or two in Charleston

 

Another casualty of the rainy weekends has been the downtown Holiday Market This weekend is the last chance to check it out.  Thankfully the rain should be gone by mid-morning tomorrow.

The Holiday Market is scheduled to take place this Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 15th and 16th from 9:00 a.m. till 3:00.  It’s the holiday version of the Charleston Farmers Market, which has been named one of the best in the country.   The market is centered around Marion Square and is an ideal place to grab a bite or pick up something to prepare dinner with in one of our beach rentals Charleston.  It’s also a perfect place to do some Christmas shopping or pick up a uniquely Lowcountry souvenir from your stay in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC.

Here’s the market’s official website.

 

Also going on tomorrow is a relatively new holiday market.  It’s the Cigar Bazaar Holiday Market happening at the Cigar Factory, also downtown.

Here are some deets:

 

Brunch with Santa right on the IOP

 

If you’re on the Isle of Palms this weekend or next, you’ll have a great chance to have brunch with Santa.

That’s right  –  On December 15th and 22nd, Santa himself will be right here on the IOP.  He’ll be at The Refuge, the popular island restaurant in the Harris-Teeter shopping center, between 9 -11:00 a.m.

This will be especially fun for any kids in your clan.  They can have their picture taken with Santa, check out the hot chocolate and ornament decorating stations.  Oh  –  and kids 6 and under eat free!  Can’t beat that.

So have a hopefully rain-free weekend enjoying holiday fun.  And when you are looking for the best beach house near Charleston, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

On the heels of last month’s Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble, get set for another holiday-themed fun run happening this weekend, the ever-popular Reindeer Run.  More about that in a minute.

As I covered in that last blog, this past weekend was filled with tree lightings and parades.  They were set for various venues around the Lowcountry, all within easy driving (or even walking) distance of the Isle of Palms.

 

Weather and schedules

 

Alas, the weather was a bit uncooperative, as rains put a damper on certain events.

Saturday’s Isle of Palms Street Festival and Tree Lighting went on as scheduled.  The free carnival rides were spinning, including a big Ferris wheel on Ocean Boulevard near Front Beach.

Sunday’s events didn’t fare quite as well.  Out of an abundance of caution, the powers-that-be decided to postpone the downtown Charleston Christmas Parade It’s been rescheduled for Sunday, December 16th.

The parade specs will stay the same.  It will start at 3:00 p.m. near Colonial Lake, travel up Broad Street to King Street, then on up to Marion Square.  If you’re in one of our beach rentals Charleston that weekend, it’s worth a trip to the peninsula.  After all, Santa will be there.

The tree lighting ceremony was skipped due to the weather.  But fear not, they lighted the tree and Marion Square anyway, just without the official hoopla.

 

Free parking when heading downtown 

 

I’ve covered this before, and I’ll cover it again.  The City of Charleston is offering a nice holiday gift of two hours of free parking in one of several downtown parking garages.  Of course a visit to the Isle of Palms isn’t complete without a trip to the historic peninsula.  This helps out.

You can print out a voucher here.  Or if you’d rather just show your device, here’s a link to a mobile voucher.

 

Run, Run Rudolph!

 

This coming Saturday morning, December 8th, is the 28th annual Reindeer Run and Walk.

There will be cash prizes, creative costumes, kids and dogs.  Unlike the Turkey Day Run Gobble Wobble, strollers and dogs are not only allowed, but actually encouraged.  It tends to relax the scene a bit when you throw babies and canines into the mix.  It also ups the cuteness factor, bigtime.  There’s also free beer and a big afterparty for those 21 and over.

The Reindeer Run is a 5K (3.1 miles) through the streets of the lower peninsula of downtown Charleston.  It’s quite a scenic route.  It’s just the thing to get you in the mood for Christmas and is well suited for all fitness levels.

They give awards for kids 6 & under and adults up to 99 and beyond. You are encouraged to dress in your best holiday costumes to win fabulous prizes.  Categories include: Adult Individual, Child Individual, Group and Dog.

 

More specs on the Reindeer Run 

 

Runners start at 9:00 a.m., walkers at 9:05 a.m.  The race/walk begins and also ends at the corner of East Bay and Queen Streets.

The Reindeer Run also happens to be a terrific fundraiser for MUSC Shawn Jenkins Children’s Hospital and is sponsored by Half-Moon Outfitters.  Over the years they’ve raised over $1,000,000 for the hospital.  Last year alone it was $50,000.  Here’s more about the event from Count on 2.

Here’s the official website, with registration info:  http://www.reindeerrun.org/

So check it out if you’re so inclined.   And when you are looking for beach houses near Charleston, just call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

If you’re going to be in Charleston this coming week, there are some fun fallish events going on, and Halloween candy is involved.  After all, Halloween falls smack in the middle of the week.

As I shared in that last blog, there are plenty of places to snag a cute pumpkin for your front stoop.  You can even pick one out of the patch at Boone Hall nearby.  They also have a fun corn maze to explore as well as spooky Fright Nights in the evenings.  I would not recommend that last one for the young ones, however.  And maybe not for the older ones either; it sounds downright creepy.

You can check out Boone Hall’s special events page for all the goings on.

 

Fall Festival tomorrow 

 

Tomorrow – Saturday, October 27th – there’s a neat event at Towne Centre in Mount Pleasant.   That’s the great outdoor shopping center just over the IOP Connector.  The merchants there are cranking up their 9th annual Fall Festival, from noon till 3:00.

Kids are invited to dress up and trick or treat at the various stores.  There will be arts and crafts, face painting, bounce house, balloon animals, bubbles by Good Clean Fun, tons of exhibitors, music, food vendors and crafts.

And what is likely the highlight of the festival, be sure to check out the Pet Costume Contest at 2:00 sponsored by Hairy Winston Pet Boutique.

Categories include:

The festival is centered in the new park area, The Oaks, across from Barnes and Noble.  Admission is free.  It’s $10 to enter the pet costume contest, with proceeds going to PetHelpers.

For your GPS, it’s located at 1218 Belk Drive in Mount Pleasant.  From the Isle of Palms, just take the IOP Connector, turn left onto Highway 17, then left at the next traffic light into Towne Centre.  Here’s more from their website.

 

Halloween Carnival on the IOP

 

Then, on Halloween itself, the Isle of Palms will sponsor its annual Halloween Carnival and Costume Contest It’ll have all sorts of fun activities and takes place the Rec Center at 24 28th Avenue.

Here are the deets:

Costume contest at 5:30, in several age divisions:

Read more on the IOP website.

 

Sweet treats for sweet folks: Top Halloween candy in SC

 

With October 31st comes candy.  Approximately 179 million folks in this country will celebrate Halloween.  The average each one will spend on candy: $27.  That’s a lot of potential biz for the dental industry.

The folks at CandyStore.com have crunched the numbers, and they have come up with the favorite Halloween candy by state.  The results are in  –  and folks in the Palmetto State have a new favorite Halloween candy.

South Carolina’s favorite Halloween candy:

  1. Skittles! 119,000 pounds of this candy created in 1982 will be consumed in SC around Halloween 2018.
  2. Candy Corn – last year’s top candy, this confection that dates bay back to the 1800’s finished second this year at 97,610 pounds.
  3. Hot Tamales, the cinnamon-flavored candy by Just Born (makers of Peeps) came in third at 39,738 pounds.

Check out their cool interactive national candy map that’s colorful and fun.

They also came up with a so-called definitive list of the Top Ten Worst Halloween Candy and Top Ten Best Halloween Candy to give out to those trick-or-treaters.  This comes in handy if you’d rather avoid your house getting egged on Halloween.  Here they are.

So have fun, dress up those pets, and be sure to buy the good Halloween candy.   And remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in oceanfront beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

Fall is here, the weather is wonderful, and it’s time for another very popular local 5K and 10K: the IOP Connector Run.

This weekend is the 26th incarnation of a well-loved local island event.  Not only is it healthy fun, it also benefits a worthy cause.  Whether you’re a local or here visiting, you’re welcome to take part or just spectate and enjoy the after party.

If you’ve been to the Isle of Palms before, you probably drove over the IOP Connector while you were here.  You may have noticed folks walking, running or biking over it.  It offers great views of the marsh and tidal creeks, and there’s usually a nice breeze.  It’s the easiest way to get between the Isle of Palms and Mount Pleasant.

If you’ve been here lately, you may have noticed an unusually large number of people running on the IOP Connector.  Chances are they’re training for this weekend’s big event, the official Connector Run.

It’s the 26th annual Isle of Palms Run and Walk for the Child  –  a yearly 5K and 10K race that draws runners and walkers of all levels to the island.

The race is subtitled “…For the Prevention of Child Abuse & Healing those Affected in Charleston.”  As the name indicates, proceeds go toward advocacy programs for children in the area.  It’s done a lot of good over the years while also proving to be a fun fall and island event.

This is how organizers have described the race:

“This Run/Walk is the most scenic on the East Coast, providing panoramic early morning views of the Intracoastal Waterway as you walk and run from the Isle of Palms over the marsh towards Mount Pleasant. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the sunrise, and a wide variety of coastal birds and passing boats with thousands of other walkers and runners as well as a fabulous After Party with fun & games, kids’ activities, snacks, beer garden, and Live Music.  All of this while helping the Exchange Club of Isle of Palms raise money for the prevention of child abuse!”

All the deets of the Run/Walk

 

It takes place this Saturday, October 6th  –  that’s tomorrow!  The race itself begins at 8:00 a.m.  The start line is on Palm Boulevard near J. C. Long Boulevard, right next to our office.  If you are taking part, you could literally jog from one of our beach homes to the start line.  Not a bad way to warm up before the race.

For the 5K, runners or walkers go halfway over the Connector, then loop back.  10K-ers go all the way over to Mount Pleasant, near the entrance to Seaside Farms), before looping back.

Early and online registrations are over, but you can still enter the race.  You can register in person for $35 at the packet pickup today (Friday, October 5th) between 10:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. at East Cooper Hospital.  You can also register tomorrow, the morning of the race, between 6:00-7:30 a.m. at the IOP Public Safety Building, 30 J.C. Long Boulevard, right down the street from our office, for $40.  You can also give more that the required amount.  It will count as a donation to the truly worthy cause.

The race is organized by the City of Isle of Palms and the Town of Mount Pleasant as well as the Exchange Clubs of both towns.  It has a slew of big sponsors including East Cooper Medical Center, presenting sponsor Mahle, Harris-Teeter, Dick’s Sporting Goods, The Windjammer, Mercedez-Benz, Dockery’s, Rivers Kids, UPS, Sullivan Law Office, Isle of Palms Family Dentistry, and many more.

Get set for #Oktoberkest tomorrow morning after the Connector Run

 

This year’s theme is #Oktoberfest, and you’re encouraged to dress for the part.  Unlike many area runs, strollers are welcome.

The post-race party has evolved into quite a bash, especially with this year’s Oktoberfest theme.  There is a complimentary beer garden for those participants 21 and over (bring ID), live music featuring the ever-popular PLANE JANE and awards as well as a special kids’ entertainment area.  There will also be brats!  (Sausages, not kids).

There’s an important note to those staying on the Isle of Palms.  If you’re coming to or leaving the Isle tomorrow morning, the IOP Connector will be closed to vehicular traffic starting at 7:00 a.m. due to the Connector Run.  They will reopen the Connector around 10:30 a.m. when the last runners and walkers and all the course markings are cleared. Between those hours, you will need to access or leave the island via Breach Inlet and Sullivan’s Island.

Here’s the official website with all the info.  And here’s the race’s very helpful and comprehensive Facebook page.

So have some healthy Oktoberfest fun and a Connector Run on the Isle.  And remember to contact Exclusive Properties for the best beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

The Wienermobile and beer make appearances in the next few days.

As I blogged about last time, this past Saturday was a ballpark brewfest at the Joe.

Asheville, NC may be known as Beer City USA, but Charleston isn’t far behind.  Breweries are popping up everywhere in the Lowcountry.  Since we’re in the peak season, a cold beer is a logical addition to the fridge in your beach house.

If you’re here right now, there’s a kinda kooky (but fun) beer-related event happening today.

It’s called Biscuit and Brews, and it’s located at Commonhouse Aleworks.  Basically you are encouraged to use the spent grains from Low Tide and make your very best biscuit.  DOG biscuit, that is.  It’s a fundraiser for the fine folks at Pet Helpers, a local no kill animal rescue shelter.

The competition kicks off at 5:00 p.m.

The fun stretches all afternoon though, from 3:00 till 6:00.  There will be plenty of beer, food trucks a’plenty, and raffles to boot.

Commonhouse is located at 4831 O’Hear Avenue in North Charleston.  The beer part of the event’s best for those folks 21 and over, but the rest is family friendly. Since Pet Helpers is involved, chances are there will be some adorable four-legged friends on site.  

Here’s more from their Facebook event page.

 

Keep an eye peeled for the Wienermobile!

 

What’s summer without hot dogs?  And what is America without over-the-top, oversized tacky marketing gimmicks?

Well, one of the best is making an appearance near Charleston.  It’s making several appearances, actually, and it will be hard to miss.

It’s the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a gigantic hot dog on wheels that travels the country spreading joy and hot dog love.

The Wienermobile has been around for quite some time.  In fact, the first one was built in 1936!  It’s 27 feet long  –  roughly the length of 60 hot dogs.

It will be appearing in all its glory at area Publix grocery stores.  Publix is a great place to buy groceries to fill your fridge, freezer and pantry. So while grocery shopping, why not take a selfie with a true American icon?

The Wienermobile will be hosting games and giveaways like coupons Wiener Whistles, and hot dogs.

Here is the schedule for the Wienermobile’s stops:

 

Read more about the Wienermobile and its appearances in the Lowcountry at Live 5 News.

So make some biscuits to go with your brew, and don’t miss the one-and-only Wienermobile.  And when you are looking for beach rentals Charleston, be sure to call us.

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