mardi gras

The numbers are in.  Tourism in South Carolina is now an $18 billion per year industry, and this year is predicted to continue the upward trend.  Lower gas prices, an increased number of airline flights to the state, and an improved economy are all combining to bring more folks than ever to the Palmetto State.

As I covered in recent blogs, the improvements to Charleston International Airport factor right into the equation.  Interestingly, 20% of people who visit South Carolina arrive here by air.

All of this means that rental homes South Carolina will be in higher demand than ever  –  particularly luxury beach house rentals SC.  A Charleston beach house is an ideal way to see and experience the Lowcountry, like a local.  Your luxury house on Isle of Palms provides a home base from which to visit historic the downtown Charleston peninsula, area beaches, parks, plantations and gardens.

Speaking of parks  –  state and county parks have experienced an 11% increase in attendance.  Palmetto Island County Park in Mount Pleasant is well worth a visit, as is Charles Towne Landing in West Ashley.  PICP is just over the IOP Connector and a short drive from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

A couple good deals are happening on area parks/sites.  Historic Fort Moultrie on Sullivan’s Island is having a Fee Free Day this coming Sunday, February 15th, from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. in honor of Presidents Day, which falls on Monday.  The fort played a role in all the big wars from the Revolutionary War (as site of the first decisive victory by Patriot forces) all the way through World War II.

Also Presidents Day itself, Monday February 16th, will be a Fee Free Day at area national forests.  In the Francis Marion National Forest, there will be no day-use fees charged at the Buck Hall Recreation Area or the Wambaw Cycle Trail.  In the Sumter National Forest, fees will be waived at the Buncombe Horse Trail and at Fell Camp.

Then coming up this Tuesday is Mardi Gras.  If you happen to be staying in one of our SC vacation rentals, especially a Folly Beach house Charleston, you might want to check out this… it’s


Folly Beach is hosting several days of Mardi Gras-themed parties and celebrations.  Here’s a breakdown:

Monday February 16th (“LundiGras”) —  an oyster roast & concert at the Island Grill & Bar

Tuesday  —  Fat Tuesday Block Party with oyster roast and concert at Jack of Cups, Drop In Deli and Planet Follywood

Wednesday  —  Cochon de Lait, a Cajun-style whole hog roast at Rita’s Seaside Grille

Thursday  —  another Cochon de Lait, this one at Loggerhead’s Beach Grill

Friday  —  Masquerade Ball at –   the Tides Hotel from 7-11 p.m. Tickets $25; there’ll be a cash bar and hors d’oeuvres.  Dress in your best Mardi Gras finery  –  awards will be given for best guy, best gal & best costume.

Saturday  –  the main event, the FollyGras Parade & Street Party… on Center Street, which will be closed off for the revelry from noon-5 p.m. Count on a parade, live music by Gaslight Street, Hollow Point, Hungry Monks, Shakin’ Martinis and Soul Fish; local food vendors; kids’ activities, etc. and it’s free.


Here’s the whole schedule:

All this Mardi Gras fun is most convenient to Folly Beach rentals Charleston, of course, but it’s not that far from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, either.  That’s one of the many nice things about the Lowcountry  –  nothing is too far from anything else.

So enjoy the coming days (SEWE, Valentine’s, President’s Day, Mardi Gras), and be sure to call EP for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC.


All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger