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Football schedule for Labor Day weekend

Well, Monday is Labor Day.  That means this weekend is the last of peak summer season for our luxury beach house rentals SC.  Folks will be hitting the beach for one last hurrah before throwing themselves back into school and work routines.

As I blogged about last time, this week marked the annual seasonal reappearance of Pumpkin Spice Lattes at Starbucks.  Hard to believe they’ve been around for 15 years.

If you’re on Facebook, you may know about the funny folks who make the “It’s a Southern Thing” videos.  They are hilarious takes on life in general but more specifically, on life in the South.  You don’t have to be a southerner to get the joke.  The one about a woman’s purse is a stitch.  So is the one about Chick-Fil-A.

Just saw one on the appearance of fall/pumpkin spice below the Mason-Dixon Line, that generally kicks in around Labor Day.  Watch it here.

So even though they might be selling PSLs at the local Starbucks, it doesn’t mean it feels like fall in the Lowcountry.  Water temps near our Isle of Palms are balmy, and the sky is Carolina blue.  The coming months are actually an ideal time to be in Charleston.  Less crowds, better rates.

 

Labor Day means Football Season

 

One sure sign that fall is on the horizon is the start of football season, which kicks off tomorrow.  And boy is it a big thing in the South.

Saturday is the first game of the season for Clemson, Carolina, and just about everybody else in college football.  Check out the graphic for all the games going on this weekend.

A beach house actually makes a great place to watch the big game.  Plenty of flat screen TVs throughout the home, and large open gourmet kitchens to whip up snacks galore.

 

Last Day at Wet, Wonderful Waterparks 

 

Monday, Labor Day, is the last day to enjoy the waterparks around Charleston.  Let me clarify that  –  it’s the last day for two-legged ones to use the parks.  Splash Island and Whirlin’ Waters will be open next weekend for dogs only.

Read more about their Dog Day Afternoon here.  Adults are free with their dog’s admission.

 

 

Speaking of Dogs, Monday is Dog Day Afternoon at the Joe 

 

The Charleston RiverDogs have a fun afternoon planned for Labor Day itself, and you’re encouraged to bring along your dog.

It’s Dog Day Afternoon at the Joe.  Get set for:

So enjoy the dog days of summer with your favorite canine.  And remember to call EP when you’re looking for the perfect place to stay at the beach.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

starting today get your pumpkin spice latte

Well, you know for a fact that peak season for Isle of Palms vacation rentals is just about over when PSLs start showing up…. i.e., Pumpkin Spice Lattes, of course.

The weather near Charleston may still say summer.  After all, this week the temps look to be at or near 90 degrees.  The ocean waters around here are about as warm as it gets.

But this coming Monday is Labor Day.  It marks the official end of the peak summer season.  For the Isle of Palms, it means the end of bi-weekly trash pickup and weekly recycling pickup.  Starting next week, it’s back to once a week for garbage pickup and every other week for recycling.

It also means you can start getting some great deals on beach homes.  Call EP to book one for the coming months at a lower rate.

Then there’s one of the main harbingers of autumnal things to come.

Today  –  Tuesday, August 28th  –  marks the official annual return of the beloved Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks beverage rotation.  The reappearance of Halloween candy and decorations can’t be far off.

Talk about a fan favorite.  It’s the beverage that launched a gazillion pumpkin-flavored products.

Believe it or not, this is the 15th anniversary of Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Also showing up now at Starbucks: the also-loved Salted Caramel Mocha, plus new items:  maple pecan muffins, blueberry muffins, and wise Owl Sugar cookies.

Top things to know about Pumpkin Spice Lattes, aka PSLs, according to Starbucks…

 

You can read more about the pumpkin spice latte phenomenon here, and head over to Starbucks for an early taste of fall.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

It's a reggae weekend in the Lowcountry

If you’re around Charleston this weekend, get set to get in an island mood, mon, and get your reggae on.  We might not be in Jamaica, but it sure will sound and taste like it.

As I blogged about earlier this summer, reggae is in air.  The Reggae Nights Summer Concert Series has been entertaining folks during the peak summer months.  Concerts take place in the big meadow at James Island County Park.  The venue is at 871 Riverland Drive across the Ashley River.

The August 3rd Reggae Nights Summer Concert with Mystic Vibrations was supposed to be the last of the season.  However, it got cancelled.  They are making up for it tonight  –  Friday, August 24th.  Come hear the music of Amani Smith and the Give Thanks Band.

You’re encouraged to bring chairs or blankets but not coolers.  There will be plenty of food and beverages to satisfy all the folks from your beach house Charleston.

Gates open at 7:30 and will remain open until 10:30.  Each concert lasts from 8:30 p.m. till 11 p.m.  Admission is just $10, or free for Gold Pass members and kids 12 and under.  Here’s more about it.

 

Then there’s the REGGAE, JERK & WINE FESTIVAL

 

Then, jump to Sunday, and it’s the fifth annual installment of a spirited combo festival taking place at Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  This fun festival celebrates all things Jamaican, benefits some good causes, and should be perfect for all ages.

Here are the details:

Magnolia is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston.

So get your reggae on.  And when you are searching for a great beach house getaway near Charleston, be sure to call EP for the best.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

The Wienermobile is here this week

The Wienermobile and beer make appearances in the next few days.

As I blogged about last time, this past Saturday was a ballpark brewfest at the Joe.

Asheville, NC may be known as Beer City USA, but Charleston isn’t far behind.  Breweries are popping up everywhere in the Lowcountry.  Since we’re in the peak season, a cold beer is a logical addition to the fridge in your beach house.

If you’re here right now, there’s a kinda kooky (but fun) beer-related event happening today.

It’s called Biscuit and Brews, and it’s located at Commonhouse Aleworks.  Basically you are encouraged to use the spent grains from Low Tide and make your very best biscuit.  DOG biscuit, that is.  It’s a fundraiser for the fine folks at Pet Helpers, a local no kill animal rescue shelter.

The competition kicks off at 5:00 p.m.

The fun stretches all afternoon though, from 3:00 till 6:00.  There will be plenty of beer, food trucks a’plenty, and raffles to boot.

Commonhouse is located at 4831 O’Hear Avenue in North Charleston.  The beer part of the event’s best for those folks 21 and over, but the rest is family friendly. Since Pet Helpers is involved, chances are there will be some adorable four-legged friends on site.  

Here’s more from their Facebook event page.

 

Keep an eye peeled for the Wienermobile!

 

What’s summer without hot dogs?  And what is America without over-the-top, oversized tacky marketing gimmicks?

Well, one of the best is making an appearance near Charleston.  It’s making several appearances, actually, and it will be hard to miss.

It’s the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile, a gigantic hot dog on wheels that travels the country spreading joy and hot dog love.

The Wienermobile has been around for quite some time.  In fact, the first one was built in 1936!  It’s 27 feet long  –  roughly the length of 60 hot dogs.

It will be appearing in all its glory at area Publix grocery stores.  Publix is a great place to buy groceries to fill your fridge, freezer and pantry. So while grocery shopping, why not take a selfie with a true American icon?

The Wienermobile will be hosting games and giveaways like coupons Wiener Whistles, and hot dogs.

Here is the schedule for the Wienermobile’s stops:

 

Read more about the Wienermobile and its appearances in the Lowcountry at Live 5 News.

So make some biscuits to go with your brew, and don’t miss the one-and-only Wienermobile.  And when you are looking for beach rentals Charleston, be sure to call us.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

 

grape stomping time near Charleston

If you’re here this weekend, your Saturday can be filled with festive fun, including a genuine grape stomping.

Two popular day festivals are happening tomorrow, August 18th.  They offer the chance to cool off or at least seriously quench your thirst.

Grape stomping on an Island

 

Tomorrow from 10:00 a.m. till 5:00 is the 15th annual Grape Stomping Festival at Deep Water Vineyard.  You may recall this was formerly known as Irvin-House Vineyards.  They produce a nice selection of local wines that with names like Low Tide, Lowcountry Red, Magnolia, High Tide, and Deep Water Blend.

It’s also the location of Firefly Distillery, famous for its Sweet Tea Vodka (This makes a great souvenir from your Lowcountry stay, by the way.)

The fun takes place at 6775 Bears Bluff Road on Wadmalaw Island.  It’s a 30 minute drive south of Charleston, so figure about an hour or so from the Isle of Palms. The cost is $10 per car advance or $20 at the gate, and part of the proceeds will be given to local charities.

There will be plenty of food as well as tastings available for purchase.  Food trucks will include El Pincho Taco, Coast Crust Pizza, Home Team BBQ, Dave ‘n’ Dub Hot Dogs, The Immortal Lobster, and Rebel Taqueria.  Tastings are $6 or $7 and include a souvenir wine or shot glass.  They’ll also have their refreshing frozen Wine-a-Ritas ready to sip, as well as beer from Low Tide Brewing.  Bootless (local Southern rock/country) and Dall Baker & Friends (beachy Lowcountry roots-grass) will provide live music.

It’s also appropriate for the kids, as there will be fun activities for them.

Make like Lucy and Ethel

 

But the main attraction is the grape stomping contest, inspired by the famous 1956 episode of I Love Lucy.  For fans of the show, it was the episode entitled “Lucy’s Italian Movie” from Season 5 of the iconic show.

Teams of two people each (the Stomper and the Swabber) will have three minutes to stomp 20 pounds of fresh grapes with bare feet.  The one that produces the most juice, wins.  And of course, you are encouraged to dress like Lucille Ball from the iconic TV scene.  In fact, concurrent to the stomping contest will be a Lucy Look-A-Like Contest.

See above pic for costume and hair ideas.

There will be three adult stomps and one kids’ stomp.  Here’s the schedule:

10:00 – Gates Open
11:00 – 12:00 – Dallas Baker and Friends (Set #1)
12:00 – Kids’ Grape Stomping
12:25 – 1:15 – Dallas Baker and Friends (Set #2)
1:15 – 1st Adult Grape Stomping
1:45 – 2:30 – Bootless (Set #1)
2:30 – 2nd Adult Grape Stomping
2:50 – 3:45 – Bootless (Set #2)
3:45 – 3rd Adult Grape Stomping
4:00 – Lucy Look-a-Like Contest
4:15 – 5:00 Bootless (Set #3)
5:00 – Contest Winners Announced

You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, but not coolers.  Here are more details, including the rules and parameters and ticket sales.  

Wadmalaw Island is actually quite a nice and scenic drive from the Isle of Palms.  It’s an island known for farms and fresh produce, so while there you can stock up on local, healthy food to bring back home.

 

Brewskis galore 

 

Also Saturday evening, from 7:00-10:00 p.m. is the 16th annual Ballpark Festival of Beers It’s a 21-and over only event, so leave the kids and teens at home.

This takes place at The Joe, Charleston’s beloved baseball park, and it’s a wildly popular event.  A $30 ticket/wristband allows you to sample some of approximately 100 beers, everything from stouts, pilsners, lagers, you name it, from this country and abroad.  There will also be $15 designated driver wristbands.  It’s sponsored by The Kickin’ Chicken, which will also provide food, along with Semilla, Towin’ the Dough, Big Daddy Pork Skins and more.

Here are some of the beers that will be available:

There will be live music by The Blue Plantation Band and Ben Fagan & The Holy City Hooligans.  Oh  –  and in case this is your first time around here, you’ll get to experience one of the Lowcountry’s favorite pastimes: the joy that is cornhole.

VIP tickets sell for $60 and allows early admission at 6:00 p.m.  Here’s a link with more info.

The Joe is located at 360 Fishburne Street on the downtown peninsula.

So have fun, stay hydrated, and be safe.  And when you’re searching for a luxurious Charleston beach house, be sure to call EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

 

The beach needs you!

There’s no question about it, one of the main draws of a beach house Charleston is the beach.

Or course then you can add in the charms of Charleston.  Throw in the natural beauty of the Lowcountry, the courtesy of the locals.  Add in great food and fascinating culture around these parts.  No wonder the beach near Charleston are so popular.

But back to the beach.  It’s in everyone’s interest to keep it clean, safe and in good condition.  The same is true of the wildlife in the waters nearby.

Inside your IOP beach house, you’ve probably seen the notices about Lights Out for Loggerheads.  Many of our luxury beach homes are oceanfront.  As a guest, you are asked an important thing.  Please do not to have any exterior lights on at night during the turtle nesting season.  That’s because loggerhead and other turtle hatchlings get turned around and think they are heading out to sea, under the moon’s reflection.

For the same reason, you also shouldn’t use flashlights on the beach at night, including those on cell phones.

 

More ways to help the beach 

 

You are also asked not to dig large holes in the sand.  If you do, you should fill them in before heading back to your beach house for the night.  Large holes pose hazards not only to sea turtles but to human beings walking the beach after dark.  This is especially true if they’re obeying the nighttime beach rules and not carrying a flashlight!

Littering has become an issue on the beach here on the Isle of Palms, particularly during peak season (aka NOW).  As a result, a band of dedicated locals has organized a weekly beach cleanup on Mondays this summer.  It involves 30 minutes to an hour of cleaning up the IOP beach.  This is followed by a fun social time – discounts and specials at a nearby establishment for those who participate.   I wrote about it in this blog.

Well, it’s proven to be quite popular.  Not only that, it’s also having a positive ripple effect on area people and businesses.

Coconut Joe’s, a fun and festive food fixture on Front Beach, has taken the lead in a plastic straw ban.  These are notorious for causing a problem for sea life.  Check out that viral video of people trying to extract a large plastic straw from a poor suffering loggerhead turtle.  It’s heartbreaking and will make you never choose a plastic straw again.

Susan Hill Smith, a key member of the IOP cleanup crew, posted the following on social media a couple weeks ago.  It’s really worth a read…

Cool news about the IOP beach…

 

Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew is teaming up with partners for a July 30 Front Beach “super sweep” that will also celebrate Coconut Joe’s decision to phase out plastic straws in its oceanside restaurant.

Charleston Surfrider Foundation and Coastal Conservation League will join Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew, which has been staging a weekly Front Beach trash cleanup with a social component Monday evenings during the summer. The public is invited, and anyone who wants to join in can help. Sign-in for the hour-long sweep will be on the beach starting at 5:30 p.m. at the public walkover by Coconut Joe’s, which will host this week’s gathering with discounts. Volunteers only need to clean up for half an hour before joining the after-party.

With guidance from Surfrider, Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew kicked off its sweeps June 25, with plans to continue the sweeps through Labor Day. Around 50 to 100 volunteers have shown up each Monday, and crew organizers expect a boost in participation July 30 with Surfrider and CCL pulling in their supporters. The South Carolina Aquarium will also be on hand to encourage volunteers to track trash collection, which they can do with a special app or old-fashioned pen and paper.

“This sweep is about bringing people together to share information and, ultimately, change habits to create and sustain cleaner beaches here on Isle of Palms and worldwide,” says Isle of Palms Cleanup Crew Co-organizer Katrina Limbach.

Surfrider is an an international non-profit working to protect and preserve the world’s oceans, waves and beaches. Charleston Surfrider Vice Chair Olivia Bueno is excited about the group’s involvement in the July 30 sweep and the added help from CCL.

“Collaborating with different organizations allows us to reach beyond our normal capacity and come together as a community to raise awareness on the marine debris issue we are facing in the Lowcountry,” Bueno says. “When volunteers see firsthand the abundance of plastic litter on our beaches, it helps reiterate the importance of rising against plastics and instills a behavior change to refuse single-use plastics, especially plastic straws.”

Coconut Joe’s steps up…

 

Coconut Joe’s decided to join the wave of businesses ditching plastic straws with encouragement from Charleston Surfrider.  Surfrider is in the second year of a local “Strawless Summer” push that also encourages consumers to go without. For Coconut Joe’s, the transition started in mid-July and will be permanent, not just a summer thing, according to Caitlin West, chief of operations for the main restaurant as well as Joe’s To Go and Island Joe’s next door.

“We are not offering any straws voluntarily. They have to be requested. If someone needs a straw, we will provide a paper straw for a nickel.  A portion of all of our straw sales is going to Surfrider,” explains West, daughter of Coconut Joe’s owner, Joe Petro.

While there have been some complaints, she says, most of the feedback so far has been positive. She intends to press further in making Coconut Joe’s more eco-friendly, for example, eliminating all plastic cutlery. After all, the Coconut Joe’s family considers the ocean to be their home, too. “Any little bit to keep it clean, to get it cleaner than it already is, and reduce our impact is very important to us.”

So please do your part to help preserve the beach and wildlife in South Carolina.  And when you are looking for the perfect beach house, be sure to give Exclusive Properties a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Check out Memorial Waterfront Park this weekend

This weekend has a bunch of fun events, and Waterfront Park plays a big part.

In that last blog, I talked about the Ravenel Bridge that spans the water between Mount Pleasant and the downtown Charleston.  Well, this weekend there’s a neat thing going on on each side.  Friday, it’s at the base of the bridge on the Mount Pleasant side.  Sunday, it’s running down the spine of the downtown peninsula.  More about them in a minute.

Charleston County is blessed with one of the best park systems I’ve ever seen.  It’s a real benefit whether you are a local or here visiting.

These include beach parks.  There’s one on the Isle of Palms, right at the base of the Connector.  There’s also Beachwalker on Kiawah and one on Folly.  One of my favorites is Palmetto Island County Park in Mount Pleasant.  PICP is a great place to take your kids, with its super cool playground and water park.  It’s also a great place to take your dog, with its terrific off-leash dog agility park.  There are miles of walking or running trails, and you can rent a bike or a paddleboat.  It’s convenient to the Isle of Palms.  Just head over the IOP Connector, turn right on 17, turn left on Long Point, pass Boone Hall Plantation, cross the creek and turn right.

Well, one of the most popular area parks is the Memorial Waterfront Park in Mount Pleasant It’s located under the Ravenel Bridge and includes a 1,250-foot pier that offers great views and fishing, to boot.

It’s also become a popular venue for special events.  Cases in point: the very popular Shaggin’ on the Cooper dance parties, the Sweetgrass Festival, and the Blessing of the Fleet.  Then there’s the annual Party in the Park, put on by the fun folks at radio station WEZL 103.5 FM.  It’s a summer series of concerts and vendors that takes place every Tuesday evening in June.

 

Friday Fun for all ages at Waterfront Park

 

Get set for yet another fun mini-festival at Waterfront Park.  It’s Waterfront Music & Movies, taking place Fridays during August.

Basically, these are free outdoor movie screenings at Mount Pleasant Memorial Waterfront Park, with live music and food thrown in for good measure.  Here are the specs:

Other movies showing there on Fridays this August include “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle” and “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2.”

 

Second Sunday on King 

 

Then this Sunday is the monthly fun-day, Second Sunday on King.

A big chunk of King Street downtown is blocked off to pedestrian and canine traffic only from 1:00 till 5:00 in the afternoon.  Restaurants have tables set up on the street, there are musicians and food vendors galore.  This event has grown bigger and better since in cranked up several years ago.

Here’s a link to the website; you can read more about the music lineup and print out a voucher for free garage parking.  (BTW – they also have some free parking vouchers available while they last at the official Second Sunday booth).

King Street has been voted one of the ten best shopping streets in America.  If you do go this weekend, please be sure to stay hydrated.  It’s hot out there.

So have a fun weekend that’s bookended with good options.  And when you are looking for SC vacation rentals, call Exclusive Properties.  We’ll put you in the perfect one at the beach near Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

The Ravenel Bridge spans Charleston Harbor

If you’re coming to Charleston, chances are you’ll cross the Ravenel Bridge.

If you head downtown from the Isle of Palms, it’s pretty much a given.  You’ll cross the Cooper River via this lovely structure.

The Ravenel Bridge a local landmark that, thanks to visionaries like America’s Best Mayor Joe Riley, has become a beloved landmark.

The planners did it right.  (Thank you, Joe.)  They added a pedestrian and bike lane facing the Atlantic Ocean.

Walking, running or biking the Ravenel Bridge is a wonderful way to take in Lowcountry vistas and get some great exercise, to boot.  It’s a perfect outing for all ages staying in a luxury house on Isle of Palms.  Plus you get all those lovely harbor breezes.

If you do so, you’ll notice two of the preeminent sights to visit during a visit to Charleston.

On the Mount Pleasant side, you’ll see the WWII aircraft carrier USS Yorktown and the Patriot’s Point Museum.  On the Charleston side, you can spot the SC Aquarium, the  premier aquarium in the state of South Carolina.

 

Charleston Waterfront Pass makes it easy to see what’s on both sides of the Ravenel Bridge

 

Well, these two institutions and must-see entities have teamed up to create a duo pass.  This special ticket will allow you entry to both places, as well as a super-cool harbor boat ride connecting the two.  It’s a great way to see two great sights and have a harbor trip while you’re at it.

It’s called the Charleston Waterfront Pass, and it’s available through the Charleston Area Convention and Visitors Bureau.  By the way, they’re a great resource for folks visiting Charleston.

You may start at either Patriot’s Point or the Aquarium, then travel to the other via the Charleston Water Taxi for a super fun full day.  If you prefer, you may also opt to visit them on separate days instead.

You can purchase the pass at any of these four locations:

The pass costs: $52.95 for ages 13 and above, $38.95 for kids 6 to 12, and $26.95 for children 3 to 5.  Read more about it here.

So span the harbor and see great things on both sides, and on the way over to boot, either by water taxi or on the Ravenel Bridge.  And remember to call EP when you need a great place to stay at the beach.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

Charleston Margarita Festival downtown Charleston

Ah, margarita.

So here you are in luxury house on Isle of Palms, kicking back on the deck overlooking the ocean.  You’re relaxing in a lounge chair with a good book, working on your tan.  The only thing missing is a liquid libation on the table next to you.

Have no fear, there’s a festival for that!

Get set for the 3rd annual Charleston Margarita Festival, going on tonight.  It takes place at Brittlebank Park downtown, an easy drive from the Isle of Palms.

Deets on the Margarita Festival

 

Admission ($45 general, $55 early) allows you to taste from among 20 different margaritas, whipped up by some of Charleston’s best.  Think: Mex 1 Coastal Cantina, SOL Southwest Kitchen, Tattooed Senorita Cantina, Yo Bo Cantina Fresca and Stems & Skins.

There will be plenty of other food and drinks available from the likes of Roti Rolls, Smoky Oak Taproom, The Shelter and Rebel Taqueria.  Also dance to great Latin music by DJ Luigi and Bryan the DJ – salsa, merengue, bachata, reggaeton – plus Top 40 and more.

They’ll be checking IDs at the door, and you must be 21 or over to enter.  So better leave the kiddos at home.

The Charleston Margarita Festival is a rain or shine event and goes on from 7:00 – 10:00 p.m. tonight – Friday, August 3rd.  Here’s the official festival website.

Word to the wise: call an Uber or Lyft back home to your beach house.

 

Surf Filmfest

 

If you feel like staying indoors this evening, you might want to check out a fun evening at Charleston Music Hall.  It’s the second annual surf film fest, entitled, “Surf in the City: A Night of Surf Films.”  Doors open at 7:00 and the films start at 8:00.  This is what’s on tap, according to the Post & Courier:

“Outer,” from teenage filmmaker Logan Marshall, is a look at surfing along the Outer Banks of North Carolina, starring the islands’ hometown heroes, teen pro Bo Raynor and former pro Jesse Hines.

“Rum Punch,” from Imperial Motion, is a short film and salute to summer, with lots of shredding and a vintage vibe to it.

“Find Refuge in the Sea,” from James Tull and the Salty Crew, is a surfing and fishing film that follows the fellas on “a wild search for waves and fish” down the Baja Coast.

“Scoring Skeleton Bay,” from Brett Barley, documents the fulfillment of a dream to surf the legendary Skeleton Bay, “the world’s longest barreling left point” break in Namibia in South Africa.

“Arctic January,” from Jonathan Stromberg, follows Danish surfer Oliver Hartkopp on his “strike mission” to a remote area of Norway in the middle of a winter storm after the Polar Night period, when there’s only around three hours of sunlight each day.

Like I mentioned a couple blogs ago, the surf scene is really happenin’ near Charleston.  This is a great chance to experience the surf life, even if the weather’s rainy outside.  Admission is just $10.  Here’s more.

 

Remember to shop tax free this weekend

 

As I covered in that last blog, be sure to take advantage of tax-free shopping this weekend.

Basically, from now through midnight Sunday, you’ll pay no sales tax on several basic items.  Examples are clothes, shoes, school supplies, computers and printers, linens, purses, and much more.

The list is immense.  The savings really adds up, since by shopping this weekend in the state of South Carolina, you’ll be saving 9%.  That’s 6% state tax plus 3% county tax near Charleston.

Here’s more from Live 5 News.  This is a helpful link to the official SC Department of Revenue document on what is and is not covered for tax-free purchase this weekend.

So sip a margarita or two (or fifteen), see some surfing, and save some $.  And remember, when you are looking for a beach house near Charleston, be sure to call Exclusive Properties.   We’ll put you in the perfect one.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger