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If you’re driving to the Lowcountry, the news continues to be good as far as Charleston gas prices are concerned.

As I’ve blogged about it a bit already, as I did hereCharleston gas prices continue to be quite a hot topic.

If you’ve been driving around the Lowcountry lately, no doubt you noticed a much less painful experience at the pump.  And depending where you were driving from, chances are you were pleasantly surprised.  The Palmetto State consistently has among the lowest  – and often THE lowest – gas prices in the entire country.  It is yet another reason to visit South Carolina!

This past Friday, I found gas nearby for just $1.78 a gallon.  That’s a sizable drop from what we’ve seen earlier in the year, and in previous years as well.

Gasbuddy is a good resource to help you find the best gas price near you.  They have an app, or you can search via their website.

You Know What Means Yet More Good News for Charleston Gas Prices?  Costco.


When you’re here on vacation, you’re best bet for gas is also a great place to stock up on supplies for your stay.  To the delight of countless locals, a second Costco has opened in the Charleston area.  And thankfully, this one of east of the Cooper, a super easy drive from the Isle of Palms.  Just cross the IOP Connector, travel north on Highway 17, and look for the sign on your left.  It’s near the Mount Pleasant airport.


It’s (almost) Spoleto ticket time again


Also in the news  –  this week, tickets go on sale to the public for the Spoleto Festival.

This year is the 43rd annual installment of the famous arts festival.  As usual, it promises to be an exceptional one.  Here’s a listing of the performances, over 150 of them.

Spoleto Festival USA 2019 will run from May 24th through June 9th.   Tickets go on sale tomorrow morning – Wednesday, January 16, beginning at 10:00 a.m.   You can order tickets through the official festival website.  If you prefer, you can also place your order by phone at (843) 579-3100.

Spoleto had this tip regarding tickets orders: Please keep in mind that online and call volume is highest between 10:00am and 1:00pm. Waiting until after 1:00pm may result in faster service. If online traffic is high, you may encounter a virtual waiting room. 

FYI, presale tickets are available now for donors who give $100 or more to the festival.

Of course a beach house Charleston makes the perfect home base for a festival experience.   Now is a great time to book for the end of May and beginning of June.  Not only do you have Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto going on, but you’re also entering the height of wedding season in one of the top nuptial destinations in the U.S.

So be sure to call Exclusive Properties as soon as possible to secure the perfect one.  And happy pumping with low Charleston gas prices!

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger




Just in time for the holidays, there is some happy news coming down the pike: low gas prices in the Lowcountry.

Gas prices around Charleston, and across the nation in general, have been on a roller coaster in recent years.  Up, down, down, then up again. It’s hard to track, keep up or really make much sense of it.

So when they do happen to come down, it’s a pleasant treat.

As a general rule of thumb, South Carolina tends to have some of the lowest  –  and often the lowest – gas prices in the country.  Yet another reason to stay here!  Charleston has many draws, and proximity to cheap gas is a minor but nice little perk.

Gas prices in the state of South Carolina are averaging around $2 per gallon.  That’s the lowest price all year, which saw it go up to 60 cents per gallon higher.

In fact, this is the lowest price since August of LAST year.

They are expecting prices to drop a couple more cents by Christmas Day.  Ho ho ho!

The average in the whole nation sits at $2.37 per gallon, which is also the lowest national average in December since 2016.

I was at Costco in Mount Pleasant the other day, and gas was selling for $1.97 a gallon.  The lady at the pump across from me exclaimed that she had been having an awful day, but no more!  Gas under $2 had turned her day around.  She sounded downright giddy.


Holiday travel to the Isle of Palms eased by low gas prices


It’s no surprise that these low gas prices are proving to be a boost for holiday travel.

The official ten-day holiday travel period begins this Saturday and runs through New Year’s Day.

AAA estimates there will be a record number of folks traveling during that time… 112.5 million Americans.  That’s a 4.4% increase over 2017 and is the highest since they’ve been keeping track.

There were some fascinating facts about travel within the state of South Carolina.  AAA Carolinas predicts that about a third of people in the state will travel.  By far the majority will drive  –  1.35 million of them.  Around 90,000 will travel by air.  That’s a lot of folks travelling to these parts.

Here’s the full story from the Post and Courier.


Quick reminder: Christmas shipping deadlines fast approaching


You still have time to get those packages and cards to their destinations by Christmas.

The USPS released their shipping deadline.  Here they are, for domestic mail:

This current week, December 17th – 23rd, is going to be the busiest in terms of mailing, shipping and delivery.

Here’s more on the story from Live 5 News.

If you’re here on the Isle of Palms, we have a wonderful post office right on the island.  It is so much less crowded – and friendlier – than the one in Mount Pleasant.  Plus it’s super convenient to our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  In fact, it’s just past Exclusive Properties’ office, on the same side of Palm Boulevard.  It’s the ideal place to mail postcards, Christmas cards or packages.

So get behind the wheel and take advantage of low gas prices.  Just call EP and we’ll help you find the perfect place to stay, whatever the season.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger