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One of the many reasons people flock to the Lowcountry is to try the top-notch cuisine in the best restaurants in Charleston.

Charleston chefs are strutting their stuff like never before, garnering international attention.  The CHS food scene seems to grow at an exponential pace, as does the number of new dining options opening up downtown and beyond.  It can be difficult to choose from among the best restaurants in Charleston.


Goodbye to Winter Restaurant Week 2019, Hello to the Best Restaurants in Charleston


This past Sunday officially ended Charleston Restaurant Week – Winter Edition 2019.  By all accounts, it was a success.  Well over 100 establishments participated.  Countless diners got to experience some of what the foodies are raving about.

There is such an abundance of wonderful places within easy driving distance of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  The main challenge becomes picking which one to patronize.


Resy to the Rescue


There are many helpful apps and best of lists to help you out.  Recently Resy released their Charleston Hit List with the top ten best restaurants in Charleston.

Here’s the list, along with the neighborhood in which each one is located:

  1. Hall’s Chophouse – Harleston Village;
  2. FIG –  Ansonborough;
  3. Stella’s – Radcliffborough;
  4. Revival –  French Quarter;
  5. Renzo –  North-Central;
  6. Edmund’s Oast –  Wagener Terrace;
  7. Balao –  Ansonborough;
  8. Purlieu –  Westside;
  9. Juliet –  Cannonborough/Elliotborough;
  10. Leon’s Oyster Shop –  North-Central.

Charleston has so many interesting neighborhoods, each with its own vibe.  All those “boroughs”  –  it’s almost like New York.

Here’s a link to the whole list, with what they have to say about each one and recommendations of what to order.  They also link you to Resy to make a reservation, which is often a must to secure a seat.

All of these fine places are an easy drive or Uber from the Isle of Palms.  Just head through Mount Pleasant, over the Ravenel Bridge across the Cooper River to the downtown peninsula.

So call us to book your home away from home at the beach, and get ready for some mighty fine eatin’ while you’re here.

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




As I covered in that last blog, Charleston Restaurant Week has kicked off, meaning lots of Isle of Palms food options.

It’s going on now through a week from Sunday (January 20th).  It’s a fun way to feed the folks in your Charleston beach house with a vast array of Isle of Palms food.

The cuisine of the Lowcountry has become world famous, and the restaurant business around here is a fast-moving competition that columnists report on like sports scores.  Restaurants open and close with shocking speed.  Thus taking part in Charleston Restaurant Week could also be seen as an activity while you’re here.  It’s dual purpose in that sense – adventure and nourishment all at once, for all ages in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.  Plus, it’s one less meal you have to cook.


Participating restaurants at CRW


As I mentioned, well over 100 restaurants are taking part in CRW this time around. The following restaurants are taking part for the very first time and might be especially interesting to check out:

There are both dinner and lunch options among the many different restaurants taking part.  Offerings and special prix fixe menus have gotten much more creative with each passing year.

You can get the whole scoop on the official website, with links to the special event menus, websites and reservations.  When possible, you should definitely make a reservation, as they tend to fill up very fast.


Another oyster option for Isle of Palms food fun


As I covered in a previous blog, an oyster roast is a longstanding, beloved Lowcountry tradition.  It’s a way to enjoy a delectable gem of the ocean while having fun with friends and family around the shucking table.

You really have to experience one to understand the allure.

This weekend is your chance to try one in a pretty fun way.   It’s Shuckin’ on the Cooper, a winter sister event to the ever-popular “Shaggin’ on the Cooper” summer dance series at scenic Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant.  It’s organized by the good folks of Charleston County Parks, who put on an array of terrific events like the Holiday Festival of Lights.

This was originally scheduled for December but was postponed due to weather.

Here are the details:

It’s happening at the Mount Pleasant Pier in Memorial Waterfont Park in Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge.  It’s an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.

So check out a local restaurant or a classic Lowcountry oyster roast.  And when you are looking for a perfect Charleston beach house, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credit: Charleston County Parks and Rec

One of the more popular recurring events in the Lowcountry – Charleston Restaurant Week – is kicking off once again.

It involves one of Charleston’s most prominent charms: its world-famous cuisine.  A visit here just isn’t complete without checking out at least one of the city’s countless great restaurants.

Charleston Restaurant Week starts tomorrow.  CRW has fast become one of the most popular culinary events in the Holy City.  This time around, it runs from Wednesday, January 9th through Sunday, January 20th.

When you come to stay in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, you’ve gotta eat.  Of course we’ve made sure that our homes are outfitted with gourmet kitchens, making mealtime prep a fun family bonding time.  But it’s also nice to eat out, especially in a city that’s fast become known as a foodie destination.

There is such a vast array of restaurant choices, all within a convenient distance.  Some of the best eating spots in America are just a twenty minute or so drive from the Isle of Palms.


How Charleston Restaurant Week works 


The Greater Charleston Restaurant Association started this event which takes place twice a year, in January and September.  These are traditionally the “slower” seasons for restaurants.  It also means you can score some deals, like you can on our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

Not surprisingly, it’s become a big hit with locals and visitors alike.

Originally, Lowcountry restaurants offered special prix fixe menus of three courses for either $20, $30 or $40.  Over the years they’ve made some tweaks and improvements.  It now has a new entity at the helm  –  the South Carolina Restaurant & Lodging Association.  Organizers encourage restaurants to be creative and come up with their own special event menus, not necessarily adhering to the original price tiering.  They’ve also expanded to include lunch options in addition to dinner.

Places fill up fast (Halls Chophouse, I’m talking about you), so reservations are highly recommended, where accepted.  This event has proven to be very popular among locals, many of whom strategize and chart out their Charleston Restaurant Week schedule to hit as many places as possible.  After all, well over a hundred local establishments are participating.

Another bonus  –  rates at this time of year are offseason and very reasonable on all our luxury beach house rentals SC.  So you can take the money you save on our beach house rentals Charleston SC and put it toward some fine dining.

Here’s help in planning your CRW eating adventures


Here’s the official website.  It’s quite comprehensive.  You can either search by name or by area, e.g. downtown, Isle of Palms, Mount Pleasant, James Island/Folly, etc.  There are links to the menus and prices along with their websites and reservations where applicable.

You can book many of the restaurants through Open Table.  Here’s a link to their page that’s tailored just for Charleston Restaurant Week.

Just call us at EP.  We’ll help you find the perfect beach house and will be happy to suggest some of our favorite restaurants while we’re at it.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger



Technically we’re past the summer season, but there’s a very summery-tasting event going on starting today: Charleston Beer Week.

As a matter of fact it’s the sixth annual Charleston Beer Week.

This event has proven so popular  –  and the Charleston beer scene is growing so fast  –  that the festival is, too.  They’ve added an extra day.

This time around, it’ll go on from today, September 7th through Saturday September 15th.  Get set for 64 different events happening over the course of the nine days that now make up Charleston Beer “Week.”  This is up from 40 events just a couple years ago.

As I’ve mentioned in that last blog, Charleston Restaurant Week is already going on and will run through next Sunday the 16th.  You have the your pick of well over a hundred area restaurants offering special menus.  In fact, some may even be within walking/biking/golf cart range if you’re here on the Isle of Palms.

Charleston Restaurant Week, Meet Charleston Beer Week!


It makes sense that Charleston’s Restaurant and Charleston Beer Weeks overlap. After all, beer and food go hand in hand.  So do beer and a beach house Charleston.

Fairly recently, there were just a few microbreweries in the entire state of South Carolina.  Now there are 24 production breweries and three brewpubs in Charleston and environs alone.  Two more breweries and a brewpub are scheduled to open within a year.  Many of the existing ones are expanding, adding more brewing capacity, staff and canning lines.

According to Steve Warner, economic developer at CRDA: “Charleston’s rapid increase in craft brewing reflects what’s happening across our region – a growing, youthful population attracted to Charleston’s unique character and strong economy, a thirst for innovation and inspiration, and a desire for community. Charleston Beer Week celebrates that growth, these artisans and their passion, and is one of my favorite times of the year.”

Events take place all over the Charleston area.  Some events require tickets, others are free or pay-as-you-go.  Here’s the official website.

In related good news, many of the events benefit local charities.  They include:


Last Call for Shaggin’ on the Cooper


Tomorrow (Saturday) night, September 8th, is the last of what’s proven to be a perennially popular event, Shaggin’ on the Cooper.  While staying in the Lowcountry, why not dance the official dance of the Carolinas?

It takes place on the pier in lovely Waterfront Memorial Park in Mount Pleasant, under the Ravenel Bridge.  Gates will open at 7:00 p.m. Live music by Recollections starts at 8:00.

Tickets are $10 when purchased at the gate or in advance for $8.  This event usually sells out early, so definitely try to get them in advance.

Waterfront Park is a pleasant drive from the Isle of Palms.   The street address is 99 Harry Hallman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.   Here’s a link for more info and to buy tickets online.

And as always, when you’re looking for the best place to stay on the beach near Charleston, start your search with Exclusive Properties.

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