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If you’re in the Lowcountry this weekend, you may be taking part in the Charleston Wine + Food Festival going on through Sunday.  Weekend Culinary Village tickets have been sold out for quite some time now, although they occasionally pop up on neighborhood sites.

As I mentioned in that last blog, NBC’s Today Show will be broadcasting live from the Festival this morning.  Catch it on Channel 2 from the warm comfort of your beach house.  They’ll be in Marion Square at 8:00 a.m., and Waterfront Park at 10:00 a.m.

Festival events take place all over the downtown peninsula.

See the whole schedule and any remaining tickets here.


Sunset n’ S’mores on the Isle


This weekend you don’t even have to leave the island for some delicious and festive fun.

First up is an event this evening, where you can mix with some locals while you’re at it.

It’s called Sunset n’ S’mores and is a free community event hosted by the IOP Exchange Club.  Here are some specs:

It takes place at the Exchange Club, located at 201 Palm Boulevard.   Read more about it here.



Front Beach Fest, also during Charleston Wine + Food


Then tomorrow  –  Saturday, March 9th  –  it’s yet another event on the IOP.

The City of Isle of Palms is hosting its annual Front Beach Fest at  –  you guessed it – Front Beach.  The celebration lasts from noon till 4:00 p.m.

Here on the Isle of Palms, just head toward the Isle’s “downtown” where the hotels and most restaurants are.  Unlike the Charleston Wine + Food Festival, where Culinary Village tickets run $135 per person per day, this event is FREE.  It promises fun for all ages.

Here’s what to expect:


Don’t forget to spring forward Saturday night


This weekend is also when we switch to Daylight Saving Time.  Before you go to bed Saturday night, be sure to move the clocks ahead an hour so you start Sunday morning on the right foot, and hour.

Of course most cell phones and tablets will make the change for you automatically.

They say the key to adjusting well to the change in time, is to start beforehand.  You can even prepare this evening to help lessen the effects of the loss of an hour.  Read more about the strategy from NBC News.

So have a great time at Charleston Wine + Food or on the IOP this weekend.  And when you are looking for a great beach house near Charleston, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger





Wine + Food are a delicious combination, especially right now in the Holy City.

It’s time once again for the Charleston Wine + Food Festival.  The foodie fest officially kicks off tomorrow and lasts through the weekend.

This is yet another one of those Charlestonian festivals that gets bigger, better and more popular each year.  It really pays to plan way ahead for this one, since tickets sell out very fast, often within hours.  Hopefully you’ve scored your tickets way in advance, and are securely settled in Charleston or one of the islands.

The action centers around Marion Square downtown, the locale of the Culinary Village.  Various venues around the peninsula host individual events, intimate dinners, special guest chef culinary creations, and the like.  All events are an easy drive from our beach house rentals Charleston SC.   From our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, just cross through Mount Pleasant, head over the Ravenel Bridge and you’re downtown.

Here’s the official festival website, where you can snag any tickets that are still available.


The Today Show broadcasting live from Wine + Food


In a sign of the festival’s growing popularity, NBC’s morning Today Show will be broadcasting live from Charleston Wine + Food.  So you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your luxury house on Isle of Palms to enjoy the festival sights.  Just tune in this Friday morning, March 8th to NBC, which airs on Channel 2 in our beach rentals Charleston.

Kathie Lee Gifford and Al Roker will start the 8:00 a.m. broadcast from the Culinary Village.  Then, they’ll do the 10:00 a.m. show from Waterfront Park.

Kathie Lee has this to say about Charleston: it’s “one of the most enchanting, adorable towns I’ve ever been in America.”

Gillian Zettler, Executive Director of the festival, had this to say: “In line with the NYC plaza experience, guests are encouraged to bring signs for wide crowd shots… guests can expect food samplings, coffee, water and a cooking demo.” 

Tickets are free but must be reserved in advance.  Each session is ticketed separately.  Both locations are a convenient drive from the IOP, although you may want to factor in rush hour traffic.

Read more in the Post & Courier.

So enjoy the festival, and maybe land yourself on national TV.  And when you are in the market for Isle of Palms vacation rentals, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger