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Salute from the Shore this Saturday

Independence Day will soon be upon us, which means it’s time once again for the ever-patriotic Salute from the Shore.

This is the eleventh year of this celebratory flyover of the South Carolina coast.  It’s a fun way to honor service members and to show your pride in the red, white and blue on July 4th.

Taking part in the flyover will be both military and private vintage aircraft.  They’ll basically travel from one border of South Carolina to the other, all the way down the coastline.


Salute from the Shore details


Participating:  Two F-16s from Shaw Air Force Base, flown by military personnel; a C-17 from Joint Base Charleston, also flown by military personnel; and a vintage P51, flown by a civilian.

Flights will begin from Cherry Point north of Myrtle Beach starting at 1:00 p.m. this Saturday, July 4th and make their way down to Bluffton and Beaufort.

Organizers estimate the F-16s will fly over the Isle of Palms around 1:15 p.m.  The C-17 should be over the IOP around 1:29 p.m.  Times are approximate, and the vintage plane will of course fly slower than the others.  Basically, keep an eye to the sky between 1:00 and 2:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon.

The planes will then circle through Charleston Harbor before heading down the coast.

They’ll be shooting video all along the way.  You’re encouraged to make giant flags on the beach, show your patriotic colors, and share your own photos and videos.  Just tag images with #SalutefromtheShore or email them to salute@salutefromtheshore.org.

Find out more on the Salute from the Shore from Count on 2 News.  You can also check out the official Salute from the Shore website, which will post the official video after it’s over.  They’re a nonprofit group, and you can watch a video that tells the story of how this neat effort to honor our military came about.


Movie Night at Patriots Point


Alas, due to COVID-19, numerous fireworks displays around the Lowcountry have been cancelled this year.

This includes those on the Isle of Palms as well as the biggie, the “Fourth of July Fireworks Blast” in Charleston Harbor.  Patriots Point and the Yorktown have traditionally been the prime viewing spot for these July 4th pyrotechnics.

Well, to try and make up for it, Patriots Point is offering a fun, socially distanced alternative on Friday night.

It’s a drive-in movie night, complete with what is arguably the best date movie ever  –  The Notebook.  This is how they put it:  “The fireworks may be cancelled but now we can watch sparks fly all over again between Allie & Noah! Make plans to join us on July 3rd for the ULTIMATE MOVIE DATE NIGHT!”

Those in the know, know that much of the movie was filmed right here in the Lowcountry.

Some favorite Notebook scenes and their filming locations include:

The fun takes place starting at 7:30 p.m. this Friday night, July 3rd at Patriots Point  –  40 Patriots Point Road in Mount Pleasant.  Click here for all the details.

So check out the Salute from the Shore, or a fun drive-in movie this holiday weekend.  And when you’re ready to book one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just give EP a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credit: Salute from the Shore


Happy Carolina Day!

Carolina Day might just be the biggest holiday you’ve never heard of.

It’s kind of a big deal amongst the locals, who celebrate it this weekend.  Carolina Day is June 28th, although tomorrow  – Saturday, June 27th  –  is when area doings take place.  More about that in a minute.


What is Carolina Day All About?


It commemorates the Battle of Sullivan’s Island    –  the first time that American colonists decisively defeated the British in their fight for independence. This shocking victory happened on June 28, 1776  –  about a week before the Declaration of Independence was signed.  The momentum helped sweep the Colonies toward freedom.

British warships were swarming in off the coastline.  The Royal Navy and the British Army under Cornwallis were trying to take the Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island, and thus Charleston, in an attempt to gain a foothold in the American colonies.

A brave group of patriots from the Carolinas and Virginia turned back the British forces, even though they were outnumbered ten to one. The 2nd South Carolina Regiment under command of Colonel William Moultrie positioned themselves at Fort Sullivan on Sullivan’s Island and lead the fight.

Official commemorations of the holiday began all the way back in 1777.  So in reality, Carolina Day is one of America’s original holidays.  Fort Sullivan was renamed Fort Moultrie in the Colonel’s honor, and he went on to become a two-time governor of South Carolina.

You can visit Fort Moultrie today.  It’s part of the National Park Service, as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument and is located at 1214 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island.


This Year’s Commemoration During COVID


Traditionally, the Palmetto Society plans and sponsors several doings in downtown Charleston to commemorate the holiday.  They include a special church service at St. Michael’s Church at 71 Broad Street, followed by a procession down to White Point Gardens at The Battery.  There they lay a wreath at Jasper Monument.   Sergeant William Jasper was a hero in the Battle of Sullivan’s Island.  When the fort’s flag was shot down, he hoisted another and held it in place amidst raging gun and cannon fire.

However, this year, due to the coronavirus, downtown activities have been cancelled.  Thankfully, they are still planning to celebrate on Sullivan’s Island itself, sponsored by the Town and the Battery Gadsden Cultural Center.

Here are the details…

Find out more about the Carolina Day doings in the Island Eye News.  Or, you can read more about the story behind the holiday from the South Carolina Historical Society.

So celebrate Carolina Day, one of the first real victories of the Revolution.  And when you’re ready to book a getaway in a beach house Charleston, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credit: SC Historical Society


Virtual events this week

A couple new installments of Lowcountry virtual events are taking place this week, and they’re worth a look.

As I covered in previous blogs, people and entities have gotten downright creative in bringing their performances, events and information from a distance to folks still hunkered at home or off someplace.

Virtual events have become a genuine phenomenon, one that very well may survive and thrive post-COVID.

What a great concept, by the way… “Post-COVID.”  May that be a reality soon.

Experts predict one of the lasting aftereffects of the coronavirus crisis will be more people working from home.  Looks like Zoom is here to stay.


Virtual Events  –  Wednesday, June 24th


Lowcountry Listens is a cool series of live performances at the beloved Gaillard Center in downtown Charleston.  Sponsored by PNC Bank, they’re taking place each Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m. for the next few weeks.

Read all about the series in this blog.

Due to recent events, they did a little shuffling of the schedule.  The performance originally scheduled for last week has been moved to tomorrow  –  Wednesday, June 24th.

It’s the group She Returns From War, featuring Charleston’s own Hunter Park. Here’s more about Hunter:

With two full-length albums under her belt and another one coming together in the studio, it’s easy to say she has established herself as one of the strongest songwriters coming out of the modern south. Dazzling imagery and word play keep her listeners on their toes waiting for what turn her tune will take.

She has shared the stage with bands like St. Paul and the Broken Bones, Shovels and Rope, and recently completed a west coast tour as the opening act for Band of Horses. She was asked to open for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders as a part of his rally in Charleston.

There is no arguing with the fact that Park works hard in this ever changing industry, and with an underlying message of hope, we can see her magic hard at work as well. You can follow her on Instagram at @shereturnsfromwar…. or watch a sneak preview here.

Check out the live concert Wednesday night at 6:00 p.m., which you can watch on YouTube or Facebook.


Virtual Events  –  Thursday, June 25th


Another fun ongoing series is sponsored by the SCDNR, or the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources.  One of their primary aims is to help educate us all about things having to do with the value, beauty and richness of the natural world here in the state.

Their summer series called “Outside In” happens Thursday afternoons from 3:00 to 4:00.

This week’s installment is a particularly practical one  –  “Boating in SC, The Safe & Eco-Friendly Way.”  After all, boating is one of the top fun things to do while visiting the Lowcountry.  We have no shortage of water and waterways in these parts, and it’s an ideal way to see and experience the area.

Here’s how they describe it:

Learn from SCDNR Law Enforcement officers about how to boat safely, lawfully and smart in different South Carolina waterways! We will go over everything from how to be an eco-friendly boater to boating regulations and even provide proper boating etiquette tips. This webinar will cover everything you need to know on how to boat in SC.

If you can’t attend the live broadcast this Thursday, June 25th, you can also view a recording after the presentation using the registration link. Check out all of the past webinars here.

Click Here To Register

So check out one of these cool virtual events  –  a Gaillard concert Wednesday evening, or a handy boating seminar this Thursday afternoon.

And if you’re looking to book one of our SC vacation rentals, just give us a call at EP and we’ll hook you up.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger




Charleston City Market open once again

This week saw another mini milestone: area waterparks and the Charleston City Market open once again.

With the COVID crisis, pretty much everything experienced a shutdown of sorts.  The last couple months have seen a gradual reopening, as government authorities announce new phases in effect.

The weather has been wonderfully mild so far this year.  As we approach the official start of summer this weekend, the mercury is on the rise.   Temps look to be climbing into the 80’s in time for Father’s Day and the summer equinox.

With the hot weather comes the desire to get in the water.

Charleston County runs some very popular waterparks in the Lowcountry.  They include Splash Zone Waterpark at James Island County Park, Whirlin’ Waters Adventure Waterpark, and Splash Island Waterpark in Palmetto Islands County Park.  The latter is the closest to our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, just past Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant.

All waterparks officially reopened this past Monday, June 15th.  Although they are now open, they do have some new parameters in place to ensure everyone’s health and safety.


New Waterpark Guidelines



Charleston City Market Open


One of the area’s must-sees is the Charleston City Market downtown, located between East Bay and Meeting Streets.  There you can purchase quintessential Lowcountry items like the iconic sweetgrass basket, direct from the maker.

The City Market has been closed for months due to COVID  –  ever since March 19th, to be exact.  On that date, all City of Charleston special facilities closed, including the City Market, Angel Oak, Dock Street Theatre, Maritime Center, Old Exchange Building, Old Slave Mart Museum, and the Cannon Street Arts Center.

But as of this Thursday (June 18th), that finally changed.  Now the status is  –   Charleston City Market open for business.

Organizers are taking measures to ensure everyone’s health while visiting the City Market.  All vendors will be required to wear a face mask.  They will practice safe six-foot social distancing throughout.  Signage and stickers will help in the effort.

Although shoppers are not required to wear masks, they are encouraged to do so.

For the time being, the Night Market remains closed.  Read more about it from Channel 2 News.

So check out the waterparks and Charleston City Market open once again.  And be sure to give us a call at EP when you’re ready to book a great place to stay and stay socially distant at the beach.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger



SCDNR's "Bringing the Outdoors In"

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, better known as SCDNR, is sponsoring a fun webinar series called, “Bringing the Outside In.”  In their words, it provides “ways to connect to the outdoors while staying indoors!”  What a perfect idea for these COVID days.

As I mentioned in that last blog, SCDNR is sponsoring a fun series of virtual summer camps geared especially for kids, which focus on marine life.  Kids (and their parents, if they’d like) can log on each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m. from now through the end of July for these virtual summer camps.

Each one spotlights a different marine life topic, and they involve a fun craft activity.  They’re also live and interactive, so you’re welcome to ask questions during the session.  Be sure to register first.  You can find more about that here.

This morning’s virtual summer camp topic was horseshoe crabs.  It concluded with making paper plate versions of these popular Lowcountry residents.  And the timing is no fluke.  June 20th is International Horseshoe Crab Day!


“Bringing the Outside In” Webinars


Well, SCDNR is also sponsoring a webinar series geared more toward adults.

Entitled, “Bringing the Outside In,” these take place on Thursday afternoons at 3:00 p.m. and are led by SCDNR educators and biologists.  Each one lasts about 45-60 minutes with live chat options for an interactive participant experience.

This Thursday’s topic:  Horseshoe Crabs, of course!  Here’s how they put it: “Join us for an opportunity to learn about the critical role horseshoe crabs play in both our coastal environment and human health. We’ll hear from our horseshoe crab scientists as they share their research with us. Learn why we are celebrating these amazing arthropods on June 20th for International Horseshoe Crab Day!”

You’ll need to register first, which you can do here.

You can also access recordings after they air live.  In fact, they already have quite a library of ones you can watch at your leisure.  Here are some of the past webinars available for viewing now:


So check out these fun and educational webinars that are a great way of “Bringing the Outside In.”  And if you’re ready to venture out and stay here in the Lowcountry, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties, and we’ll help you select from among our portfolio of luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Photo credit: SCDNR
Virtual Summer Camp from the Lowcountry

If you’re looking for something fun for kids to do  –  or folks of any age, for that matter  –  you might want to check out SCDNR’s virtual summer camp program.  It’s a great way to learn more about nature, from the safety and comfort of home.

Because of the COVID crisis, many camps have cancelled or severely curtailed their planned activities for the summer.  In-person group activities are frowned upon since it’s hard to maintain the recommended social distancing.  Thus, as is the case with many entities (like museums, zoos, concerts, live music and such), virtual alternatives have sprung up in their place.

SCDNR, the acronym for the South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, has put together a fun virtual summer camp program tailored around marine life.  It’s going on now through the end of July.

Virtual summer camp classes takes place each Tuesday morning at 10:00 a.m.  They might be virtual, but they are definitely interactive!  They’re organized and led by members of the marine education team.

Here’s what each class will look like.  First, they kick off with a short discussion about that particular week’s topic.  Then, team members will lead you in a hands-on activity using simple craft supplies you likely have at home.  During the course of the class, feel free to ask questions live!


Virtual Summer Camp Schedule for 2020


June 16th: Horseshoe Crabs – Paper plate Horseshoe crabs

          23rd: Discover Fish – Burrfish art

          30th: What is an Estuary? – Edible estuary

July 7th: Super Squid – Dissection and squid propulsion experiment

         14th: Shark Senses – How to sense like a shark

         21st: Diamondback Terrapins – Design a terrapin

         28th: Shorebirds – Build a shorebird


Just click on the title to register for any or all of the ones you’re interested in.  When you do, you’ll get a confirmation email that will include detailed instructions and a full list of any supplies you’ll need to gather before your virtual summer camp class.   Supplies are just suggestions.  Members of the marine education team will be glad to help choose alternatives if need be.

Programs start each Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.  You can access recordings after they air live.

Your kids can take part in these classes from home, or from one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  It’s a great way to learn more about the natural world and aquatic life you’ll see firsthand here in the Lowcountry.

And when you’re ready to book a beach house amidst all that natural beauty, just give us a call at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Charleston trivia quiz

If you need something fun to pass the time and stimulate the brain, try your hand at some Charleston trivia.

Trivia nights at area bars and restaurants are a fun and popular craze.  At least they were before the coronavirus quarantine hit.  It’s rather amazing how much arcane info we store in the recesses of our minds.  Trivia quizzes are a neat way to tap into those storehouses of useless factoids.

The whole trivia phenomenon has its roots in the board game Trivial Pursuit, which first hit store shelves back in 1981 and took America and the world by storm.  Believe it or not, it began in Canada.  By 2014, they had sold more than 100 million units of the game.

Over the years, they’ve produced over a hundred different variations and themed editions of Trivial Pursuit, in 26 countries and 17 different languages.  Versions include Junior, All-Star Sports, 1980’s, 1990’s, Baby Boomers, Star Wars, Lord of the Rings and Saturday Night Live.

Well, there’s a fun local twist on the trivia craze.  You don’t have to gather a bunch of people to take part.

Get set for Charleston Trivia!

It’s a giant trivia quiz that’s been pulled together by a great team at Charleston’s main newspaper, the Post & Courier.  Kalyn Oyer, Adam Parker, Lauren Sausser and Alex Peeples, who write for Charleston Scene, Arts and Features, and the like, have assembled 100 Charleston Trivia questions sure to challenge even the most diehard Charlestonian.

You just might end up learning a lot about the Holy City.


Here’s a sampling of some of the Charleston Trivia questions….


HINT  –   for clues to the above, I’ve linked to previous blogs that mention the answers.

There are 90 more trivia questions where those came from!

You can find the whole list of Charleston trivia questions here, on the Post & Courier website.  And yes, all the answers are there, too.


So try your hand at some Charleston trivia, and without even having to leave the comfort of your own home.  And when you’d like to visit these places in person, just give EP a call, and we’ll find you the perfect luxury house on Isle of Palms as a home base.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Fort Sumter now open

Today marks the official reopening of Fort Sumter.  This comes as national parks across the nation undergo a gradual reopening process.

Of course, Fort Sumter is where the Civil War began.  It’s a standard must-do on the classic Charleston visitor’s list.  A trip to Fort Sumter also involves a lovely harbor cruise to get there, so you can easily cross off two things at once from your to-do list.

Fort Sumter and other national park sites in South Carolina have been closed since March 18th due to the coronavirus pandemic.  Thus, this comes as welcome news.


Fort Sumter Reopening Guidelines


Read more about Fort Sumter’s reopening here.


A Takeout/Delivery Guide for CHS Restaurants


Restaurants during COVID have had to adapt to a constantly shifting landscape.  Many are gradually opening outdoor dining areas when possible.  But the most convenient and perhaps all-around best option for getting their food is takeout and delivery.

The Post and Courier has pulled together a handy guide for Charleston restaurants, covering just this very thing.  It’s huge.  They’ve grouped restaurants by these geographic areas:  Downtown Charleston, Charleston/Wando, Daniel Island, Folly Beach, Goose Creek, Isle of Palms, James Island, Johns Island, Kiawah Island, Ladson, McClellanville, Monck’s Corner, Mount Pleasant, North Charleston, Sullivan’s Island, Summerville, and West Ashley.

You can access the whole guide here.

By the way, the Post & Courier is offering free access to news coverage about anything having to do with the coronavirus crisis, as a public service.  You just have to sign up with an email for access.

So head out into Charleston Harbor to see Fort Sumter, where the War Between the States started.  And while you’re here in one of our beach rentals Charleston, check out the handy guide for a myriad of takeout or delivery options.  And give us a call at EP if you need anything while here, or if you’re ready to schedule a stay down the road.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Businesses Reopening in the Lowcountry

It’s been a spring like no other, but fortunately things are looking up, with more businesses reopening each day.

It’s now officially peak season.  Our Isle of Palms luxury rentals are fully open.  Similarly, more and more local entities are opening their doors, including restaurants, shops, sites and activities.

The weather at the beach is gorgeous, with blue skies and warm but not hot temps.

The good folks at Hulafrog are a great resource of fun things to do, especially if you have children in the mix.

They’ve pulled together a helpful list of businesses reopening in the Lowcountry.  They offer ideas for a wholesome outing for your family while visiting the Charleston area.  Many are ways to get physical exercise safely, which is just the ticket after kids have been cooped up inside during the COVID quarantine.


Hulafrog’s List of Businesses Reopening


The following Lowcountry family-friendly businesses are now reopened after COVID-19, or will be very soon…

  1. Indoor Play Place – Skip & Sully
  2. Trampoline Park – Sky Zone Charleston
  3. Indoor Play Center – Bizzy Bee Indoor Play Center
  4. Trampoline Park –  Summit Adventure Park
  5. Ropes Course –  Wild Blue Ropes Adventure Park
  6. Water Park –  Charleston Aqua Park
  7. Zipline Course –  Charleston Zip Line Adventures
  8. Mini Golf, Go-Karts, Arcade –  Charleston Fun Park
  9. Treasure Hunt Tour –  Charleston Pirate Tours
  10. Aquarium –  South Carolina Aquarium
  11. Zoo –  Bee City
  12. Kayak Rentals & More –  Coastal Expeditions
  13. Boat Tours & More –  Charleston Outdoor Adventures
  14. County Parks –  Charleston County Parks & Recreation Commission
  15. Kayak Rentals & More –  Charleston Kayak Company
  16. Boat Ride –  Charleston Water Taxi
  17. Kayak & SUP Rentals –  Nature Adventures
  18. Tours of Charleston –  Bulldog Tours
  19. Museum –  The Charleston Museum
  20. Plantation Tours –  Boone Hall Plantation
  21. Museum –  Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum
  22. DIY Crafts & Projects –  AR Workshop Mount Pleasant
  23. DIY Crafts & Projects –  Nailed It DIY Studio Mount Pleasant
  24. Drop-In Art –  The ART Place Studio
  25. Libraries: Curbside Pick-Up –  Charleston County Public Library Branches (curbside pick-up beginning June 8th)

Those sure are some great options for active family fun and burning off some of that pent-up youthful energy.  You can read the whole list here, along with links for each one along with any special guidelines in place.

As is the case in most places right now, visitors are encouraged to maintain safe social distancing of six feet, as well as wearing a mask if possible.


Lowcountry Listens at the Gaillard


Also, a quick reminder that Lowcountry Listens kicks off tomorrow  –  Wednesday, June 3rd.  This summer series features different local performers for the next five weeks, streaming live from the Gaillard.

Concerts begin live streaming at 6:00 p.m. on each of the next five Wednesdays.  First up is Contemporary Violinist Daniel D., Featuring DJ Calculations Of and Keyboardist Beatman Fresh (Shelton Desaussure).

Read all about the series, including who’ll be performing when, in this blog.

So check out some of the family-friendly options on the businesses reopening list, and listen live to Lowcountry performers.  And just call EP to find the perfect Charleston beach house to stay in while here.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger