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Sister Hazel - The Hang at Hazelnut Isle on the IOP

Sister Hazel and friends are cranking up the musical fun this weekend.  No need to venture off the Isle of Palms for some festive fun.

While Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto are in full swing in downtown Charleston, there’s a lot going on during the next couple weekends right near the beach.

Considering this past holiday weekend kicked off peak season, along with beach traffic, it’s nice not to go far for entertainment.  Couple this with the Wando Bridge issue I covered in this blog, and a mini- “staycation” in your Charleston beach house makes perfect sense.

13th annual Hazelnut Hang 

 

If you happen to be in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC on the IOP this weekend, there’s a fun annual music event going on.  Get set for the 13th annual Hazelnut Hang.   This year they’ve coined it “The Hang at Hazelnut Isle.”

Sister Hazel is a hard-to-pigeonhole but beloved platinum-selling, fan-oriented band who knows how to have fun.  Their single “All For You” reached No. 11 on the Billboard charts.  They’ll be in residence this weekend, June 1st – June 3rd at The Windjammer.

The Windjammer is a local entertainment hotspot for summer fun and is located at 1008 Ocean Boulevard (Front Beach) on the Isle of Palms.

They’ve planned a whole weekend of fun and games, with fan favorites as well as new songs like “Roll on Bye” and “You Won’t See Me Again.”  The whole weekend will be filled with casual but fun summertime events, food and beach parties.

For the first time ever, they’ll be setting up a new outdoor concert stage on the beach itself.  They’ll have a sunset beach concert Saturday night, June 2nd.  Tickets are general admission and just $25 each.

 

Diehard Sister Hazel fans can go all out and get The VIP Hang at Hazelnut Isle Package, which includes:

 

Basically, it’s a whole weekend of Hazelnut happiness, right here on the Isle of Palms.

Here’s the band’s website with more on the weekend and ticket info/purchase.

Or you can check out The Windjammer’s site.

Then, the following weekend Piccolo Spoleto comes to the beach, literally, with fun and sun and sandcastles here on IOP’s Front Beach.   I’ll cover more about that in a later blog.

So when you’re in the market for a great vacation, call EP for the best beach houses near Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

This holiday weekend officially kicks off peak season for our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  Of course staying in one of our beach rentals Charleston is great any time of the year, but right now they’re super hot.  Hopefully you booked your luxury house on Isle of Palms far enough in advance to get your top choice.

Today is also the official kickoff for Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, as I’ve covered in several previous blogs.  A beach house Charleston makes a perfect home base for a Spoleto stay.

The festivals bring 17 days of music, opera, theater and dance to the Holy City.  The Spoleto opening ceremonies are taking place at noon today for this, its 42nd year. (Note: this is Piccolo’s 39th year.)

Some highlights near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals…

Friday, May 25, noon  

Spoleto USA Opening Ceremonies at Charleston City Hall

At the corner of Meeting and Broad Streets downtown.  Musical prelude begins at 11:30 before the ceremony itself starts at 12:00 p.m.  Join the mayor and festival folk as they officially declare the festival open.  Included is a performance excerpt from a surprise guest.

FYI if you’re here in a Charleston beach house and are driving downtown on Friday, take note of the following street closures in and around the opening ceremonies:

Spoleto fun near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals…

Although tickets go fast for the festival, there are still some available.  You can purchase them online at spoletousa.org, over the phone at (843) 579-3100, and in person at the Charleston Gaillard Center.   Here’s more on that.

Most of the events are on the downtown peninsula, which is convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina.

Here’s the full schedule.  The Post & Courier provides daily comprehensive coverage of the festivals and what’s going on all over the Lowcountry.  Read more here.

 

There are also a number of events near our isle of Palms luxury rentals that are free and require no tickets.  They include:

Friday, May 25, 8:00pm

Sunset Serenade

Head to the US Custom House for Piccolo Spoleto’s annual festive curtain raiser. This free outdoor concert features the Charleston Symphony Orchestra directed by Principal Pops Conductor Yuriy Becker.  “This year’s program features Lowcountry Voices and Pursuit of the Podium conductor, Paul Stoney, and includes popular selections from Bernstein, Copland, and John Williams, along with classical favorites in what promises to be a night to remember.”  Arrive early to get the best seat and enjoy the festivities and libations available for sale. This is a fun concert with music that appeals to all ages staying in our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

 

Saturday, May 26, 10:00am-3:00pm

Family Day at Marion Square

March to the beat of your own drum at this year’s Family Day celebration in Marion Square with performances and workshops. The youngest Piccolo fans will enjoy arts and craft activities, hands on workshops, and live performances as they await the cacophonous arrival of The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable.

Marion Square is also the location of the Piccolo Spoleto Outdoor Art Exhibition, with over 80 artists displaying their creations.  The Charleston Farmer’s Market will also be going on, so Marion Square will be abuzz with fun.

Also, Sunday and Monday there are numerous events connected to Memorial Day.  Some of the Piccolo events are free and convenient to all our SC vacation rentals.  Check out the schedule here.

 

This one looks fun….

Sunday, May 27, Noon-1:00pm—-Patriotic Concert

Patriotic Parade w/ Seed & Feed Marching Abominable

US Custom House

Concord & East Bay Sts.

“Thrilling audiences since 1974, The Seed & Feed Marching Abominable is Atlanta’s wildest community band. Explosive sound and colorful street theater electrify the audiences of this all-volunteer organization. The performers are famous for their high-energy music and fancifully costumed players. Piccolo Spoleto will host this group at two memorable performances at the US Custom House, in addition to their early afternoon performance at Family Day at Marion Square.”

Here’s more about Piccolo from Count on 2 News.

 

So enjoy all the marvels Spoleto has to offer.  And remember to call EP when you are looking for beach house rentals Charleston SC, especially Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  Our luxury beach house rentals SC are the best in the Charleston area and downright festival-worthy.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

We’re coming up on Memorial Day weekend, the start of the prime season to be in a Charleston beach house.

It’s also the kickoff weekend of Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto, so expect the roads to be busier than usual.

If you’re flying in or out of Charleston International Airport en route to one of our SC vacation rentals, be sure to leave plenty of time.  And also pack a little patience.  2017 saw record numbers of people flying in and out of CHS.  During all of April, TSA broke records in the number of screenings for departures.  During the week of May 13th alone, over 52,000 left on a flight out of Charleston.

Paul Campbell, Charleston County Aviation Authority CEO, had this to say:  “People always ask why they need to get here two to three hours early.  We now have eight airlines flying nonstop to 28 airports. This is why we are no longer a sleepy small-town airport.”

Read more about it here.

 

The Wando Bridge Project and getting to your Charleston beach house

There’s one thing you need to know about if you are heading to a Charleston beach house in the next month or so.  Last week, bridge inspectors discovered a cable had broken underneath the Wando Bridge on I-526 West.  As a result, they shut down that direction of the bridge completely.  It caused traffic nightmares last week as they detoured traffic.  What used to head west on I-526 was rerouted on Highway 17 and Johnnie Dodds Blvd. toward downtown, or Hwy 17 North to Highway 41 and Clements Ferry.

Luckily this past Sunday, they came up with a workaround.  The eastbound Wando Bridge has been converted to two directions, one lane each.  So at least there is traffic going both ways.  Expect delays, though, as traffic remains congested in the area as it slows to 45 MPH and merges to one lane.

If you are heading to one of our luxury beach house rentals SC from the airport, you might want to come down I-26 and through Charleston rather than taking I-526.

Here’s advice on how to plan your drive and navigate around the bridge issue, from Live 5 News.

 

Cameras near your Charleston beach house

There are other nifty tools available to help you navigate area roads.

If you’re headed to a Charleston beach house, keep an eye peeled for cameras.  There are a slew of them along Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.  Thankfully they are NOT for giving tickets but instead to improve the traffic flow and the timing of stoplights.

There are a couple other high tech cameras that will enhance your stay in our beach rentals Charleston, namely our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

The good folks at the South Carolina Department of Transportation have installed traffic cameras at key points around the Charleston area that stream live video, showing current traffic conditions.  They are on the main highways and intersections and en route to the beaches, as well.

For a long time, the only beach camera they had was at the island’s one traffic light/intersection on the IOP showing the traffic coming on and off the Isle of Palms Connector.  This has been a tremendous help in planning your trips on or off the island, to or from your luxury house on Isle of Palms. It’s especially helpful during peak season weekends for beach house rentals Charleston SC.  This is when the beach traffic becomes an issue on and off the Connector.

SCDOT has since added several more beach cams, going on and off Sullivan’s Island, Folly Beach and where Rifle Range crosses the IOP Connector.  They’re a tremendous help when you’re navigating to one of the other islands from your beach house Charleston.

To help plan your drive to/from your Charleston beach house…

Here’s how you check the IOP Connector traffic cam:

Option 1:

Option 2:

This 511 app/website is a terrific resource for checking roads all over the state, where you can check out live streaming video on a number of roads, intersections and bridges.  Here’s a breakdown of where they have cameras, and how many are in each place:

They are adding cameras all the time, so stay tuned for even more options.  They just added the ones in and around the Wando Bridge (and Highway 41 and Clements Ferry Road, the detour routes).  The relatively new ones near the Ben Sawyer Bridge are particularly helpful to see whether or not the drawbridge is open.  That helps with planning your drive to or from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals should you wish to avoid the Connector.

So keep your cool in traffic and check out those helpful cams.  And remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in rental homes South Carolina.  We can connect you and your friends & family with the perfect Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

 

Before we get to how beer and beach rentals Charleston go hand in hand, just a quick reminder.  Spoleto and Piccolo Spoleto are just one week away.

The 42nd annual Spoleto Festival USA will bring artistic talent from all over the globe, to the vicinity of our luxury beach house rentals SC.  It’s a chance to entertain all ages in your beach house Charleston.  This is particularly true of Piccolo Spoleto, with many events geared toward kids.

Basically, all of the Lowcountry will be abuzz with performing arts of all kinds  –  music, dance, theater, opera, comedy, you name it.

One of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals makes a perfect home base.  Most of the events are downtown Charleston, although they are spread around the Lowcountry.  There are performances at Mepkin Abbey in Monck’s Corner.  One of our favorite recurring events, is the sand castle building competition on the IOP Front Beach, just a stone’s throw from your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

The Spoleto folks recently announced this year’s official poster, which you’ll be seeing all around town.  Entitled, “Hither and Dither,” it’s by the famous artist David Hockney.  This is the third time he’s designed a poster for the festival.  He also did the one for the original 1976 “Festival of Two Worlds” in Spoleto, Italy  as well as the 1997 poster for Spoleto Festival USA.

Spoleto starts next week near our beach rentals Charleston

Spoleto starts next week near our beach rentals Charleston

More about the artist, from the folks at Spoleto…

David Hockney is one of the world’s most recognizable artists, widely known for his iconic images of backyards, shimmering pools, bright landscapes, and large portraits of friends and relatives. At 80 years old, the artist continues to create new work from his home and studio in the Hollywood Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, often combining the distortions of perspectives of Cubism with the bright colors and thick brushworks of Fauvism.

Since his first one-man show in 1963, Hockney has received countless major retrospectives, recently at The Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met Fifth Avenue) in New York. Hither and Dither received its first public showing at the Pace Gallery in New York during an exhibition this spring.

Here’s the Spoleto website where you can buy tickets and read more about upcoming events.

Check out a Beer Garden near our beach rentals Charleston

You don’t have to be in Germany in October to experience the fun of a giant beer garden.

If you’re in one of EP’s beach house rentals Charleston SC this weekend, you’ll get your chance.

Tomorrow is the annual Charleston Beer Garden at the Grove.  It’s a beer extravaganza, with 30 different breweries pouring over 60 different kinds of beer, many produced locally.   There will also be a good bit of live music, food and activities thrown in for good measure.

Here’s some of what’s in store:

It’s going on tomorrow –  Saturday, May 19th, from noon – 7:00 p.m. at the Grove at Patriot’s Point in Mount Pleasant.  It’s a convenient distance from all our SC vacation rentals.

Proceeds go to charity.  In this case, it’s Palmetto Community Care, formerly known as Lowcountry AIDS Services.

Tickets are $25 advance, $25 the day of, $15 for designated drivers.  VIP tickets are sold out.  You can get the discount online on their website until midnight tonight, so why not save $10 bucks?  Here’s the link.

 

So grab a brew and nab some Spoleto tickets while they’re still available.  And remember to call EP when you’re looking for the very best in rental homes South Carolina, namely Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  We’ll find the perfect Charleston beach house for you.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

One of the most beloved creatures near your Charleston beach house is the loggerhead sea turtle.  It has become a mascot of sorts for the Lowcountry.

These gentle giants have faced many threats to their survival.  But now, with the new and improved, state-of-the-art turtle hospital at the SC Aquarium, as well as initiatives and laws to protect their nests, they’re doing better than they have in years.

This past Thursday, the good folks at the Turtle Hospital released two sea turtles back into the wild after having been nursed back to health.  One, a 55-pound loggerhead named Rhaegal, was rescued in Virginia last November after being found cold-stunned and almost dead.  The second turtle, a Kemp’s Ridley named Coral, was found last July near Edisto.  He had been struck by a boat and was also in grave danger.

This was the first turtle release of the year.  It took place near on the IOP near the county park, where hundreds of well-wishers cheered them on.  I’ve been to these releases before, and they are a triumphant, joyous event.

Read all about it in the coverage by the Post & Courier.

Lights Out in your Charleston beach house

Lights Out in your Charleston beach house

In a Charleston beach house?  Lights out for Loggerheads

Word to the wise: there is a very important rule if you’re staying in a Charleston beach house during the summer months.

May means many things… warm weather, the end of school, graduations, Mother’s Day, weddings, Memorial Day, which will mark the beginning of peak season for beach rentals Charleston.

May also marks the start of something else –  loggerhead turtle nesting season near all our luxury beach house rentals SC!  The season officially began on May 1st and lasts through the end of October.

As the name suggests, a beach house Charleston is a great way to experience the beach, the city of Charleston  –  and also these giants of the sea who use our fair barrier islands to birth their young.

Populations of loggerhead turtles were seriously declining for several years.  Thank goodness both public and private sectors woke up to the dire situation.  Due to the work of the Department of Natural Resources and many dedicated staff and volunteers, their numbers are starting to rebound.  As a matter of fact, recent years have shown record numbers of nests.

In a typical year, a thousand or more turtle nests are laid along the 190 miles of South Carolina beaches, not far from SC vacation rentals.  This makes the state of South Carolina second only to Florida in the number of sea turtle nests.

Last Tuesday, May 8th, the first nest of the season was laid.  It was a loggerhead nest on Daufuskie Island.  Read more here.

 

Laws about Loggerheads and your Charleston beach house

If you have stayed in one of our rental homes South Carolina –  namely one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals  –  during the summer months, you very well have seen a turtle nest cordoned off in the dunes.

If you’re staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms, you need to be aware of certain laws.  Several ordinances of the City of Isle of Palms are written to offer protection to these magnificent creatures.  They include:

No personal property shall be located within 25 feet of any emergency beach access or any turtle nest.

In addition to any other applicable State or Federal laws, no person shall physically harm, harass, or otherwise disturb any sea turtle (including eggs and hatchlings) or any sea bird (including eggs and young). Beached or stranded sea turtles, whales, or dolphins shall be reported immediately to the City Police Department.

It shall be unlawful for any person to allow a dog to disturb nesting sea turtlesturtle nests or turtle hatchlings.

Most of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are oceanfront, or very close to the beach.  The main ordinance requires that all exterior lights of our beach house rentals Charleston SC be turned off from sunset to sunrise during turtle nesting season.  That’s because artificial lighting confuses the baby hatchlings and the mamas as well, since they mistake it for the reflection of the moon and stars off the ocean, which they use to navigate.  Even flashlights and any small lighting visible from the water or beach can spell disaster for the turtles.  I’ve pasted in the entire IOP lighting ordinance below.

Other Turtle Resources near your Charleston beach house

The Turtle Team

The Island Turtle Team is made up of volunteers who work tirelessly.  They mark and protect nests, count eggs, relocate them when necessary.  They keep an eye peeled for injured or distressed turtles who need hospitalization at the Aquarium.  Volunteers also keep accurate records, all in an effort to ensure successful survival of the species.  The team keeps a website with the latest photos and info on their progress, as well as records of past nesting seasons.  And here’s the turtle page on the City of IOP’s website.

SCDNR

Here is the DNR official website, with much more information on the turtles.

 

So keep an eye peeled for turtles when you’re staying near the beach.  Be sure to turn out those lights.  And as always, contact EP for the best possible Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

Sec. 5-4-17. Sea turtle protection; outdoor lighting regulations.

(a) Definitions. The following words, terms and phrases, when used in this section, shall have the meanings ascribed to them in this subsection.  This is true except where the context clearly indicates a different meaning:

(1) Artificial light means any source of light emanating from a manmade device, including, but not limited to, incandescent, mercury vapor, metal halide, or sodium lamps, flashlights, spotlights, streetlights, vehicular lights, construction or security lights.

(2) Floodlight means reflector-type light fixture which is attached directly to a building and which is unshielded.

(3) Low profile luminary means a light fixture set on a base which raises the source of the light no higher than forty-eight inches (48″) off the ground, and designed in such a way that light is directed downward from a hooded light source.

(4) Development means any existing structure for which a building permit has been duly issued and any new construction or remodeling of existing structures when such remodeling includes alteration of exterior lighting.

(5) Person means any individual, firm, association, joint venture, partnership, estate, trust, syndicate, fiduciary, corporation, group or unit, or Federal, State, County or municipal government.

(6) Pole lighting means a light fixture set on a base or pole which raises the source of the light higher than forty-eight inches (48″) off the ground.

(b) Development. 

No artificial light shall illuminate any area of the beach other than in compliance with this section. Building and electrical plans for construction of single-family or multifamily dwellings, commercial or other structures, including electrical plans associated with parking lots, dune walkovers or other outdoor lighting for real property if lighting associated with such construction or development can be seen from the beach, shall be in compliance with the following:

(1) Floodlights shall be prohibited. Wall-mounted light fixtures shall be fitted with hoods so that no light illuminates the beach.

(2) Pole lighting shall be shielded in such a way that the point sources of light will not be visible from the beach. Outdoor lighting shall be held to the minimum necessary for security and convenience.

(3) Low-profile luminaries shall be used in parking lots and such lighting shall be positioned so that no light illuminates the beach.

(4) Dune crosswalks shall utilize low-profile shielded luminaries which shall be turned off from sunset to sunrise during the period of May 1 to October 31 of each year.

(5) Temporary security lights at construction sites shall not be mounted more than fifteen feet (15′) above the ground. Illumination from the lights shall not spread beyond the boundary of the property being developed.  In no case shall those lights illuminate the beach.

(c) Use of lighting. 

It is the policy of the City for both new and existing development to minimize artificial light illuminating any area of the beach. To adhere to this policy, lighting of structures which can be seen from the beach shall be in compliance with the following:

(1) Lights illuminating buildings or associate grounds for decorative or recreational purposes shall be shielded or screened such that they are not visible from the beach, or turned off from sunset to sunrise during the period of May 1 to October 31 of each year.

(2) Lights illuminating dune crosswalks of any area oceanward of the primary dune line shall be turned off from sunset to sunrise during the period of May 1 to October 31 of each year.

(3) Security lights shall be permitted throughout the night so long as low-profile luminaries are used and screened in such a way that those lights do not illuminate the beach.

(d) Publicly owned lighting. 

Streetlights and lighting at parks and other publicly owned beach areas shall be subject to the following:

(1) Streetlights shall be located so that most of their illumination will be directed away from the beach. These lights shall be equipped with low-pressure sodium bulbs and shades or shields that will prevent backlighting and render them not visible from the beach.

(2) Lights at parks or other public beach access points shall be shielded or shaded or shall not be utilized during the period of May 1 to October 31 of each year.

(e) Enforcement and penalty. 

Violation of any provision is hereby declared to be a misdemeanor.  It is punishable and enforceable pursuant to the provisions of section 1-3-66.

Heads up: this coming Sunday, May 13th is Mother’s Day, a perfect time to be in one of our SC vacation rentals.  You’ve probably already surmised this from the myriad of Mom gift references flooding your inbox… from Groupon, Bouqs, Proflowers, FTD, you name it.

Word to the wise, honor your mother and thank her for all she’s done for lo, these many years.  Although you may not be headed to one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals this year, why not consider a giving her a gift certificate for a future stay in a Charleston beach house?  Most moms like nothing more than family spending time together, and a beach house Charleston is the perfect place to all assemble and spend quality time across the generations.

Believe it or not, Mother’s Day is second only to Christmas as far as the amount spent on a holiday.  According to the National Retail Federation, Americans will spend $23.1 billion this year on their moms.  Whew, that’s a lot of flowers, jewelry, dinners, cards, spa visits, or stays in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals!  Apparently people between the ages of 35 and 44 tend to spend the most on Mom.

Read more about it and other business news in the Post & Courier.

 

Dance the night away tonight or tomorrow near our SC vacation rentals

As I’ve mentioned in previous blogs, the Mount Pleasant Pier under the Ravenel Bridge hosts some great outdoor series during the summer.  Both tonight and tomorrow are such events.

Tonight (Friday, May 11th) it’s a dance party called the Friday Night Boogie with DJ Jim Bowers.  It will happen from 7:00 till 11:00 p.m. and is only for those aged 21 and over in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

Then, tomorrow night (Saturday, May 12th) it’s the latest installment of Shaggin’ on the Cooper with live music from the Shem Creek Boogie Band.  Gates for that open at 7:00 p.m. with the music starting at 8:00.

Tickets are $8 advance or $10 at the gate, if there are any left.  These events often sell out.  Read more about it here, where you can also purchase tickets in advance.

The Mount Pleasant Pier at Waterfront Memorial Park is a super pleasant drive from all our beach house rentals Charleston SC.

You can be in one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend and Go Greek

You can be in one of our SC vacation rentals this weekend and Go Greek

Go Greek near our SC vacation rentals

Opa!  The festivals keep coming on down the pike.

This weekend is one of Charleston’s oldest, not to mention most exuberant and delicious.  It’s the 48th annual Charleston Greek Festival, and it’s going on today through Sunday (May 11th through the 13th).

Think gyros (veggie, lamb, chicken or shrimp)… spanakopita… dolmades… Greek salad… pastichio… moussaka… Greek chicken… keftedes… and don’t forget the pastries!  They include: baklava, finikia, koulourakia, kataife, kourabiedes, paximadia, bougatsa, and loukoumades.  Thankfully there are translations and descriptions here.

There will be all things Greek  –  Greek food of course, Greek music, dancing and performances by The Athens Trio,  Icarus,  Asterakia, Kyklonakia and Pegasus.  Also keep an eye peeled for vendors selling Greek clothes, jewelry, art and Greek music CDs, as well as Greek wine tastings, Hellenic cultural events and tours of the historic Greek Orthodox Church of the Holy Trinity.  Sunday morning you can also take part in a Liturgy, or Greek Orthodox service, in the church.

Admission is $5 general, $3 for seniors & students.  It’s FREE for kids 12 and under, active military, and all moms on Mother’s Day.

Hours are 5:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m. Friday, 11:00 a.m. till 10:00 p.m. Saturday, then noon till 6:00 p.m. on Sunday (Mother’s Day).

It takes place at the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church at 30 Race Street in downtown Charleston.  It’s convenient to all our beach rentals Charleston.

There’s free parking and a free shuttle leaving from Harborview Office Tower at 19 Hagood Avenue.  Buses will run every 10 minutes.  That is also very convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, and saves you the hassle of finding parking downtown.

Here’s the official website.  And here’s their fun Facebook page.

So even though you may be here in one of our SC vacation rentals, you can take a nice daytrip to Greece!  And remember to contact EP when you are looking for the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

When you’re here staying in a Charleston beach house, food is a big part of the equation.

Lucky for you and the friends and family staying in your beach house Charleston, you have quite a choice in that department.

You’ll find an abundance of grocery shopping options near our beach house rentals Charleston SC.   Our Isle of Palms vacation rentals are located near a ridiculous array of great places to stock your fridge and pantry.  Between your luxury house on Isle of Palms and downtown Charleston, you’ll pass multiple Harris-Teeters, Publix, Bi-Los, Wal-Mart, Trader Joe’s, Aldi and Whole Foods.  Later this summer, they’ll also be adding a brand new Costco east of the Cooper River (whoooo hoooo!).

Stocking your Charleston beach house for the week is quite a pastime.  We locals can pick out vacation renters from a distance in the grocery store.  Just look for the grocery cart piled high with thick steaks, adult beverages, sunscreen, breakfast cereals.  Keep an eye peeled for multiple family members throwing things in to the growing heap destined to make its way into the kitchen of one of our SC vacation rentals.

Sometimes the eyes are bigger than the stomach.  This coming Saturday, May 12th, is your chance to redeem the surplus.  It’s the date of the 26th annual food drive sponsored by the United States Postal Service, which takes place the second Saturday each May.  It’s part of their STAMP OUT HUNGER food drive benefiting local food banks.

When you are checking out of one of our beach rentals Charleston, if you find that you have any unopened nonperishable food, just put it in a bag next to the mailbox of your Charleston beach house.  The postal carrier will pick it up and help deliver it to those in need.

Help Stamp Out Hunger near your Charleston beach house

Help Stamp Out Hunger near your Charleston beach house

Or, you and the folks in your Charleston beach house could just eat out

When the folks in your Charleston beach house are hungry and no one feels like cooking, then eat out.  Fortunately all our luxury beach house rentals SC are near some of the best restaurants in the country.

As I covered in a couple previous blogs (this one and this one), a couple Charleston foodies were up for prestigious James Beard Awards.’

Well, they just had the awards ceremony and Chicago, and guess what.  They both won.  Congratulations Rodney Scott for being named Best Chef: Southeast, and rare accolade for barbecue purveyors.  And congrats to Mike Lata’s FIG for having the best wine program.

Here’s more from the Post and Courier.  And this from Live 5 News.

So if you have any food left over at  the end of your week in a Charleston beach house, please donate it for a good cause.  And when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely Isle of Palms luxury rentals, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

As I’ve blogged about a lot recently, we’re cruising into the prime part of festival season near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  Spoleto is on the near horizon, and every weekend seems to bring another festival or two.  Or three, or four.

This weekend is the North Charleston Arts Fest, which believe it or not has been going on for 36 years now.  It’s a cultural extravaganza of all things art, and it runs now through Sunday.  All events are free.  They include the Arts Fest Expo, the Marsh Jam, the Arty Block Party, and the Children’s Festival Luau for the little ones staying in your beach house Charleston.  Events take place all around North Charleston, with the main expo being at the Convention Center near the airport.   It’s a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

Here’s the official website with times and details.  And this is their Facebook page.

Going on this weekend near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

Going on this weekend near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

But if you’re coming to stay in one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals this weekend, you don’t even have to leave the island for a fun kickback time.

Tomorrow is the latest installment of a relatively new open air live music event taking place on the Isle itself, right near all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

It’s called Music in the Park.  Here are the details:

There’s nothing like a little live music plus some good southern food to get a week at one of our beach rentals Charleston off to a great start.  Here’s the full scoop from the official IOP website.    And this, from the Moultrie News.

 

By the way, if you have kids staying in your Charleston beach house, the IOP Rec Center is a real find.  It boasts an awesome playground right near the pavilion, as well as soccer and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, so the kids can play while you enjoy the music.

        

Then, grab some BBQ right near our Isle of Palms luxury rentals

Right as the live music ends at the Rec Center at 4:00, you can cruise on over to the Isle of Palms Methodist Church to pick up dinner.  Their Men’s Club is hosting one of its very popular BBQ dinner days.  It’s also right near all of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  You can dine in, or better yet carry out or even drive through to pick up delicious southern BBQ to take back to your beach house.  Plus, it’s for a good cause.  Several, actually.

It’s in the dogleg of Palm Boulevard, where it meets 21st Avenue.  12 21st Avenue for your GPS.

 

BBQ

Men’s Club BBQ

Saturday, May 5, 4:00-7:00

Tickets are $10.00 per meal or per pound for bulk BBQ

Menu :

BBQ on bun, Cole Slaw,  Baked Beans, and Pickles

*Desserts available for purchase

Proceeds to benefit:

HALOS, BSA Troop 502, ECCO, My Sister’s House,

East Cooper Faith Network,

Meals on Wheels, One 80 Place,

Water Missions International,

Epworth Children’s Home, 

and the Charleston Wesley Foundation

Dine In,

Carry Out, or

Drive Thru

Cash or Check only

Here’s their website.

So enjoy some live music on the Isle, and pick up some great local que.  And when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, namely beach house rentals Charleston SC, call EP.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are awesome, and you don’t have to leave the Isle for food and fun if you don’t want to.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

If you were in a beach house Charleston this past weekend, my goodness you had a wide choice of fun things to do.  Whether it was the Party at the Point Friday, Shaggin’ on the Cooper Saturday, the Blessing of the Fleet Sunday, or the Rice Festival, there was a myriad of ways to entertain the folks in your luxury house on Isle of Palms.

The neat thing about all of these events, is that they reflect a unique quality or facet of the culture of the Carolina Lowcountry.  The economy was founded on rice centuries ago.  The Shag is the official state dance of South Carolina.  Our local shrimpers and fisherman help bring in some of the sea’s bounty.  You can’t spend a week in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals without eating some fresh seafood at least once.  And the Party at the Point offers one of the best views of historic Charleston Harbor and the beloved Yorktown.

There’s another festival coming up that in many ways is the major one of the year, at least in terms of quality, duration, influence and global reach.

For the first time ever, the readers of Southern Living magazine have ranked the best festivals in the South.

Interesting, Charleston boasts numbers one and two on the list of five.

“South’s Best Festival” according to the readers of Southern Living magazine are:

Here’s a link with the scoop.

 

Speaking of Spoleto… it’s ticket time near your beach house Charleston

If you’re staying in one of our beach rentals Charleston, today marks an important one on the festival calendar.  Spoleto tickets have been available online for some time, as I covered in this blog.  But starting today, May 1st, you may now buy tickets in person at the Spoleto box office.  .

There are three ways to purchase tickets: in person, on the phone or online.  Read on for the particulars.

How to buy Spoleto tickets near your beach house Charleston:

The Spoleto box office is located at the beautiful renovated Gaillard Center, at 95 Calhoun Street downtown.  It’s centrally located on the historic peninsula, not far from all of our rental homes South Carolina.   Box office hours are daily from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and from 9:00 a.m. till 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 10th (the last day of the festivals).

Tickets are also available online at https://spoletousa.org/ and over the phone at (843) 579-3100.

Don’t forget Piccolo, also happening later this month near your beach house Charleston

Piccolo Spoleto has also just announced its festival lineup.  As usual they announce their performers and schedules much later than their big sister Spoleto does, no doubt because they have so many more events to coordinate and finalize.  Their guide for Piccolo Spoleto 2018 is a whopping 76 pages long.

The schedule is available online, and there’s a myriad of great things to choose from.  As usual, it’s a bit of over-choice, but there’s sure to be something for all ages in your Charleston beach house.   Here’s a link to the new Piccolo Festival schedule.

Piccolo runs concurrently with Spoleto, and this year it’s Friday, May 25th through Sunday, June 10th.  The City of Charleston runs Piccolo through its Office of Cultural Affairs, located at 75 Calhoun Street, Suite 3800.  It’s open Monday through Friday from 9:00 – 5:00.

If you’re here in one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC, you can pick up a printed version of the program guide in their office, at the Gaillard, the Charleston Visitor’s Center, City Gallery, and the main branch of the Charleston County Public Library.  You can also call them at (843) 724-7305 or email them at culturalaffairs@charleston-sc.gov and they’ll snail mail you one.

Here’s the official website with access to all the events:  http://www.piccolospoleto.com/

You can search by date or by category –  festival traditions, literary & ideas, music, theatre & dance, or visual arts.

 

How to buy Piccolo Spoleto tickets near our beach house rentals Charleston SC:

IN PERSON: Piccolo Spoleto Festival Box Office (Up to 2 hours before performance)

Charleston Gaillard Center
95 Calhoun Street
Open 9:00am-5:00pm daily from Monday, May 1.
Payments accepted: major credit cards, cash, check

BY PHONE: Ticket Hotline (866) 811-4111 to speak with a salesperson.
Major credit cards accepted. Subject to additional fees.

ONLINE: 24 Hours a Day at www.piccolospoleto.com. Major

credit cards accepted. Subject to additional fee.

AT THE EVENT: 30 minutes prior to performance, if tickets remain.
Payments accepted: Visa, Discover, MasterCard, cash, check.
Spoleto season is a very popular time for our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.  A beach house Charleston is an easy drive from Spoleto or Piccolo events  –  most of which take place on the downtown peninsula  –  while also providing you with a beach vacation at the same time.  If you are interested in one of our SC vacation rentals, you’d best call as far in advance as you can for the best selection from our portfolio.  As always, remember that when you are looking for luxury beach house rentals SC, especially a beach house Charleston, just give EP a call.

 

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger