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Thanksgiving dinner options

Exclusive Properties has arranged for a couple great options for Thanksgiving dinner in your Charleston beach house, if you’re interested.

Why not leave the cooking for someone else, and yet serve it in your vacation home?  Someone else does the work, you get the credit.  It’s a win-win.

Thanksgiving falls on November 26th this year, so if you haven’t already booked a beach house, you ought to get on that as soon as possible.  One of our vacation homes makes a perfect place to spend this particular holiday.  There’s plenty of space for your family to gather, and you can socially distance away from the rest of the world.  Walks on the beach are peaceful and uncrowded.  The weather is usually ideal, still temperate but with a nice nip in the air.

We’ve come up with two different great options for your Thanksgiving dinner in your beach home.

 

Thanksgiving Dinner Option #1 – Indigenius Cuisine

 

Indigenius Cuisine is a top-notch private chef company that offers full-service in-home cooking if you like, or drop-off if you prefer.  Read all about them in this blog.

They charge a per-person rate, and you can choose your particular menu among a huge list of gourmet options.  You can also note any food allergies, which they will be happy to accommodate and work around.

Pick an appetizer from among two dozen terrific options like Beef Tartare with White Truffle Oil Served with Warm Capers, Spices and Crostini; Citrus Marinated Shrimp with Olive Oil, Fennel, Cilantro and Sea Salt; Fat Fall Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage, Apple,Cream Cheese and Maple Glaze; Pork Belly Toast with Blood Orange BBQ Sauce, Mustard Caviar & Pickled Onion; or Lamb with Fennel, Olive and Mint Tapenade (gluten free).

The main course is classic golden roasted turkey with brown gravy, or/and maple glazed ham, served with cornbread or rolls.  You also can choose a soup or salad, four different sides, along with a dessert.

The options sound delectable.  Case in point: Devil Crack Pie (spiced sweet potato pie) with Chantilly Cream, or Bourbon Bacon Pecan Pie.  You can also opt for cupcakes instead.  Here are your choices:  Bill’s Cherry Pie Moonshine with Meringue + Maraschino; Striped Spiced Rumnog with White Chocolate Liqueur Buttercream; Mommy’s Mudslide with William Wolf Coffee Whiskey, Bailey’s, Chocolate and Marshmallow; or Evangeline’s Praline Sweet Potato Pie with Candied Pecan.  Whew!

Find the entire menu along with the order form here.

 

Option #2  –  Dockery’s

 

Dockery’s is a terrific option as well.  They’ll prepare a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with whatever fixin’s you’d like.  Just heat and serve to your guests, and let the raves roll right in.  You can either have it delivered right to the door of your beach house, or you can pick it up at their place if you’d prefer.

Menu options include a small or large wood oven roasted turkey, stuffing, whipped potatoes, sweet potato casserole, green bean casserole, mac ‘n cheese, redeye gravy, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, apple pie and pecan pie.  Side dishes come in either small (serves 4 to 6) or large (serves 8 to 12) portions.

Be sure to use the promo code “EP Turkey” when you check out.  Here’s the full menu.

 

Halloween This Weekend

 

Before we get to Thanksgiving, there’s another holiday to get through first.  Halloween is tomorrow (Saturday) night.  It also happens to be a full moon, so get ready.  There’s also an extra hour as we “fall back.”  Don’t forget to set clocks back one hour at 3:00 a.m. Sunday morning, or Saturday night before you go to bed.

Click on this blog or this one for Halloween events going on around the Lowcountry and on the Isle of Palms.  The IOP is hosting a special Halloween golf cart parade this year, so you might want to check that out.

And be sure to call EP to get you on the calendar for the holidays!

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

 

 

Go batty for bats

Last week it was owls, this week it’s bats.  It must be fall, and almost Halloween!

As I covered in that last blog, the Center for Birds of Prey offered a special program all about owls.  They have a large facility onsite that houses only owls, 14 different species of them.  The Center is located up Highway 17 North in Awendaw and is well worth a visit.

Although their Special Focus Program about owls has passed, fear not.  You can learn more about a different spooky creature this week… bats.   And this time, you can do it virtually.

 

SCDNR Bringing the Outside In Series

 

The South Carolina Department of Natural Resources is all about protecting the natural beauty of our state as well as educating folks about it.

To that end, they offer numerous mini-courses that are either free or cost a nominal fee.  In more normal times, these courses would be in person.  But due to the pandemic, they have had to get creative with the rest of the world, pivot and go virtual.  They even came up with a whole series of virtual summer camps for kids earlier this summer.

By the way, SCDNR also offered extremely popular saltwater fishing clinics earlier this summer.  For that one, they even had an option of borrowing fishing tackle, for those who were local.

Well, SCDNR didn’t stop there.  They also created a new series, Bringing the Outside In … Ways to connect with the outdoors while staying indoors!  They’ve featured a myriad of subjects, including freshwater trout, monarch butterflies, red drum, beach erosion and renourishment, sea turtle nesting, clean water and the coast, artificial reefs, surf fishing, native gardening, the ACE Basin, fishing knots, composting, horseshoe crabs, and reptiles in South Carolina.

Webinars happen live each Thursday afternoon at 3:00 p.m., and they last about an hour.  They are interactive, with live chat options with the people leading the webinars.  Taking part live is absolutely free, but you must register ahead of time.

As an added bonus, you can also watch the webinars after they air live and are archived here.

 

Bats in South Carolina

 

Well, this week they’re at it again.  SCDNR is offering another installment of Bringing the Outside In, and this one is all about bats.

It’s this Thursday, October 29th from 3:00 till 4:00 p.m.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Why should we care about bats?  Sure, they give us tequila and are the fastest flying animals on the planet.  They also provide economic benefits and play an important ecological role.  But what happens when you’re a scapegoat for fear?  Join us to learn how bats are threatened by COVID-19 and what you can do to help these imperiled species.

Click here to register.

 

So learn all about bats, just in time for Halloween.  And when you’re ready to book a beach house Charleston SC, be sure to give us a call.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

 

All about owls at Birds of Prey

This is shaping up to be an ideal October weekend, complete with Ghostly Tide Tales, Ghostbusters at the drive in and a special program all about owls.  It’s a perfect way to get in a Halloween mood, one week early.

 

Friday evening  –  Ghostly Tide Tales

 

First up, tonight  – Friday, October 23rd  –  it’s time for Ghostly Tide Tales on the Isle of Palms.  This is an annual pre-Halloween event put on by the City of IOP and its Rec Center.

Get set for spooky (but family-friendly) stories told by the talented actors of Crabpot Players, around a campfire on the beach.  This year they’ve switched the location, and it’s now at Front Beach.

Check out this blog for all the details.

 

Saturday morning  –  All About Owls at Birds of Prey

 

The Center for Birds of Prey, located in Awendaw, is a Lowcountry treasure.  These fine folks are passionate about saving and teaching people about some of the most majestic creatures on earth.  You may have seen them giving flight demos during events like SEWE in downtown Charleston.

The Center, at 4719 Highway 17 north of Mount Pleasant, includes a medical facility for injured birds.  They also have a large number of full time avian residents, including a host of owls.  On weekends the center is open to the public for both morning and afternoon tours.  It’s well worth a visit  –  especially this Saturday morning, October 24th.

It’s a Special Focus Program, All About Owls.  Here’s some of what you can expect:

This special owl program will take place from 10:30 till 12:30 Saturday morning.  These programs often sell out, so purchase tickets in advance if possible.  Attendance is limited to just 250.  Go to the Center for Birds of Prey website for ticket info and all the details.

 

Saturday evening  –  Ghostbusters at the Drive In

 

As I covered in this blog, drive in movies are making a roaring comeback due to the pandemic.  One of the options is hosted by the Post & Courier, Charleston’s newspaper.   They host movie evenings in their parking lot located at 134 Columbus Street in downtown Charleston.

This Saturday evening is their latest one, and it’s a goodie.  Load up your family and friends and head on over to watch the original Ghostbusters from 1984.  You’re encouraged to wear costumes if you’re in the mood to dress up.

Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and the fun lasts till about 10:00.  Admission tickets are $25 per car (limit six people).  Once you arrive, they’ll let you know where to tune your FM radio to pick up the sound for the movie.  They’ll direct big trucks and SUVs to park toward the back and smaller ones in front so all can see.  Dogs are welcome, too!

They have a limited number of spots, so book in advance if you can.  Click here for more info and to buy tickets.

They do have some rules.  Headlights must be off (or covered) for the movie.  You must arrive and park before the movie starts.  Please social distance.  There will be restrooms available.

 

So listen to some eerie tales on the beach, watch Charleston resident Bill Murray battle some ghosts, and learn all about owls.  October is a great time to be in Charleston and staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  Just give us a call at EP and we’ll put you in one ASAP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Take a virtual field trip

If COVID still has you a bit confined, why not go on a virtual field trip?  I have just the perfect one for you.  It’s the next best thing to being on a gorgeous barrier island right here in the Lowcountry.

Barrier Island EcoTours is a beloved local group that’s been based out of the Isle of Palms Marina for many years.  They offer fun and educational boat tours among the various barrier islands around Charleston.  Tours are led by trained, entertaining and enthusiastic naturalists like Shane Ziegler.  They love the Lowcountry and are gifted with sharing their knowledge with all age levels.  Grandparents all the way down through great grandchildren can all take part, have fun and learn something.

Shane and company will narrate as they captain the boat through local waters, pointing out dolphins and other fauna and flora along the way.  Preserved specimens of various sea life are onboard to examine up close.  They have EcoTours to catch blue crabs, enjoy a cookout on the beach, or even take a Marine Biology day camp. Barrier Island EcoTours also offer private charters or tours, school trips, family reunions, fishing outings and more.

Since so many have been sidelined by COVID and are not able to travel, they decided to make a series of videos narrating a virtual field trip to Capers Island.  Capers is a barrier island off the Isle of Palms that is inhabited by wildlife only  –  no humans.  It’s a perfect place to study the ecology of the Lowcountry in its pristine state.

Shane Ziegler narrates six different virtual field trip episodes, and all of them are worth watching.

 

Virtual Field Trip Options from Barrier Island EcoTours

 

 

Click here to access all of the virtual field trip options from the good folks at Barrier Island EcoTours.

 

Gaillard Virtual Education

 

Speaking of virtual learning….

As I covered in that last blog, the Gaillard Center has a whole slew of free virtual education programs.  They’re great not only for kids but also for people of all ages.  They skew toward arts and culture.  Areas include music, poetry, dance, theater, guidance, art, English language arts, social studies, and technical team science.

You can access all the Gaillard’s great virtual learning options here.

So take a virtual field trip to a Lowcountry barrier island, from the comfort of your own home.  And when you’re ready to set your feet down here in person, give EP a call for the best in beach house rentals Charleston SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Gaillard Virtual Education Free

The Gaillard Center has stepped up once again with its programming, offering young people a whole slate of Gaillard virtual education at no charge.

Gaillard has been quick to jump on the virtual bandwagon, as COVID wreaked havoc with public performances.  In response, it created Lowcountry Listens, a weekly series of concerts featuring some of the best musical talent around.  They initially started these Wednesday evening concerts earlier this summer.  Lowcountry Listens proved to be such a success that they ended up extending the series even further through the end of September.  You can watch the whole series remotely here.

 

The Gaillard’s Community Engagement

 

The Gaillard is a nonprofit.  One vital part of their mission has been an expansive educational program for area young people.  Organizers believe strongly in the importance of the arts and cultural enrichment in the education of students.

During pre-COVID times, the Gaillard has hosted thousands of youth from neighboring schools.  Over 30,000 kids from Charleston, Dorchester and Berkeley County come to the Gaillard to see live theater performances each year.  For many, it’s the first time to ever see a professional production.

Now that COVID is here, organizers have pivoted to Gaillard virtual education.

Here’s what they say about it…  “While we are sad we cannot accommodate students in our building this year, our education team has worked throughout the summer to create meaningful materials for students. Our Director of Education, Sterling deVries, M.Ed., creates lesson plans purposefully and carefully to correlate with the South Carolina Department of Education Standards, highlighting arts-enhanced curriculum. The Gaillard Center also works with community partners, such as Theatre TeacherDance Conservatory of Charleston, and Just Be You, to share educational resources with the Lowcountry.  We have activities and resources for ALL ages.

Each of these free, standards-based lessons can easily be inserted in the classroom, a hybrid schedule, or distance learning.”

 

Here are the Gaillard virtual education resources available:

 

MUSIC

POETRY

DANCE

THEATER

GUIDANCE

ART

ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

And coming soon in SCIENCE…

 

Setting the Stage will be a virtual learning series featuring behind-the-scenes videos made by the Gaillard Center’s technical team. Each video is accompanied by a detailed lesson plan, including experiments that students can do from home, assessments and rubrics. Specific grade level science standards are covered in these lessons. 

You can access all of the Gaillard virtual education resources here, where you can also sigh up for email reminders.

 

Gaillard 5th Anniversary Celebration

 

Also, don’t forget that this weekend is the grand celebration for the Gaillard’s 5th birthday.  It was back in October of 2015 that the newly redesigned and renovated (actually, completely redone) Gaillard Center had its big opening.

The massive project had been in the works for years, and it didn’t disappoint.  What resulted was a major world-class facility.   It has hosted countless events, performances, meetings, festivals and the like ever since, including Spoleto and SEWE.

The 5th year celebration happens this Sunday, October 18th at 7:00 p.m.  You can either attend in person, or virtually if you’d prefer.  Performing are members of the Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Charleston’s first Poet Laureate and Gaillard Artist-in-Residence Marcus Amaker, and Grammy winning musician Charlton Singleton.

Read more about it in this blog.

 

So check out the vibrant offerings of Gaillard virtual education, great for kids wherever they may live.  And as always, when you’re ready to come to the beach, be sure to call us at EP for the best in a beach house Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Charleston #1 city in the U.S.

The votes have been tabulated, and the results are in  –  Charleston is the #1 city in the U.S., again!

This latest accolade is according to the globe-trotting readers of Condé Nast Traveler.  The voting was part of their 33rd annual Readers’ Choice Awards.

2020 marks the tenth year in a row that Charleston has been named the #1 city in the U.S.

Condé Nast’s readers responded with such enthusiasm to the category of Best City in the U.S., that editors decided to split it in two according to population.  Small cities are those under 250,000, large cities are above that benchmark.  So technically Charleston is the Best Small City in the U.S.

Explore Charleston’s Board of Governors Executive Committee member Linn Lesesne had this to say:  “Everybody loves to share our city, so it’s our friendliness.  Our history.  We have great history here.  And this year being our 350th anniversary of the founding of Charleston makes this an even more special award.”

 

Here’s what Condé Nast had to say about Charleston:

 

“Charleston may be a small town, but this city punches well above its weight. When you consider everything it has to offer—history, culture, food, charm—it’s no wonder the so-called Holy City has topped our list of the best small cities in the U.S. for ten years running. While its robust F&B scene, which includes a steady annual circuit of nationally recognized food and culture festivals, continues to be a draw, visitors are rarely prepared for the city’s good looks. Stately homes, cobblestone streets, waterfront views, and an abundance of flowering window boxes only add to its welcoming vibe. Find a seat among its many outdoor terraces for a drink and some fresh oysters (we recommend hitting the Ordinary), and try to resist the urge to up and move here.”

This year’s Best Small Cities category saw 715,000 votes tabulated.

 

Here’s the #1 City in the U.S. (small), along with the next nine…

 

  1. Charleston, SC
  2. Santa Fe, NM
  3. Carmel-by-the-Sea, CA
  4. Laguna Beach, CA
  5. Alexandria, VA
  6. Greenville, SC
  7. Aspen, CO
  8. Savannah, GA
  9. Jackson Hole, WY
  10. Key West, FL

Interestingly, South Carolina and California are the only states with two cities in the top ten.

Read more about this latest superlative from ABC News 4 and Count on 2 News.  Or, check out Condé Nast Traveler’s whole gallery list of best cities in the U.S.

So check out the #1 city in the U.S. (small), and while you’re at it, why not stay at the beach.  Just give us a call at EP, and we’ll put you in a perfect Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Autumn on the Ashley at Magnolia

Magnolia Plantation and Gardens is back with another great event, this one called Autumn on the Ashley.

One of the good things about Magnolia Plantation  –  and there are many  –  is that it has ample outdoor space, with plenty of room to spread out.

In these COVID days, that makes a huge difference.  It’s possible to hold special events and maintain a good level of health/safety.

A couple months ago, Magnolia Plantation went ahead with its beloved annual ladybug release, as I covered in this blog.  By all accounts it was a success.  More recently, they also hosted a huge pet adoption event, which drew large, well distanced crowds of dog lovers like yours truly.  It was a well-run afternoon, with lots of booths, vendors, rescue groups and live music.  Many tails were wagging as plenty of deserving dogs found new homes.

Well, they are hosting an event coming up that has fall written all over it.

 

It’s Autumn on the Ashley next weekend!

 

Magnolia Plantation is located right along the banks of the beautiful Ashley River.  A brief side note  –  as all good Charlestonians know, the Holy City is where the Ashley and Cooper Rivers come together to form the Atlantic Ocean.

Further inland up the Ashley River is where Magnolia sits.  It’s located on scenic Highway 61, the Plantation Highway, aka Ashley River Road, along with its neighbors Middleton Plantation and Drayton Hall.

About a dozen years ago, they thought an event centered around local artisans and craftspeople on the scenic ground s of Magnolia might be something that people would enjoy.  Voila!  Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Crafts Fair was born.

This will be the 13th annual incarnation of the event.  This time around, they’re also combining it with their annual Gilliard Garden Center Plant Sale.  After all, fall is a terrific time to plant.

It was supposed to be this weekend (Oct. 10-11th), but after a check of the weather they switched it to next weekend (Oct. 17-18th).

 

Here are the details:

 

Admission to Autumn on the Ashley Arts and Crafts Fair and Plant Sale is absolutely free.  The area where it will be held is just outside the admission gates to Magnolia.  Should you wish to also tour Magnolia and/or its gardens, you can do so with an admission ticket.  Those cost $20 per adult, $10 for kids aged 6 to 12, and free for children 5 and under.

Magnolia Plantation is located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston.  Check them out in their newsletter or Facebook.  You can also reach them at (843) 571-1266 for more information.

So head out to Magnolia next weekend and check out Autumn on the Ashley.  And when you’re ready to book a great beach house Charleston, just give us a call here at EP.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Image credit: Magnolia Plantation and Gardens

 

Halloween happenings on the IOP

October is here, and Halloween happenings abound.   All things orange and black are filling the stores and decorating front porches.

Charleston in general and the Isle of Palms in particular are a great place to be at this time of year.  Temperatures are pleasantly warm but not hot during the day, while nights have a nice coolness to them.  The beaches are beautiful and not as crowded as peak summer months.  You can get some great deals on vacation rentals, well discounted off peak summer rates.

The Isle of Palms is a terrific vacation destination, but it’s also a wonderful place to live year-round.  It’s quite community-minded, with events on holidays and throughout the year.  They’re open to residents and visitors alike.  Many are centered at the Rec Center, located more or less in the middle of the island.

You don’t have to wait until the end of the month to enjoy Halloween happenings on or near the Isle of Palms.  They’re going on all month long.

Halloween happenings on/near the IOP…

Ghostly Tide Tales

 

First up is a fun annual event sponsored by the City of Isle of Palms and the IOP Rec Department.   It’s spooky stories told around a campfire, right on the beach.

Ghostly Tide Tales is described as an eerie but family-friendly telling of ghost stories that are related to the Lowcountry.  Talented storytellers and members of Crabpot Players will regale the crowd with tales that are just scary enough to keep you alert.

You’re encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets, along with a flashlight and a friend or two, and stake out a spot around the fire barrels.  It will take place on Friday, October 23rd, 2020, starting at 6:00 p.m. at Front Beach.  You can enter at the IOP beach access next to the Sea Cabins.  The fun will last about an hour.  It’s a free event that’s open to all ages, and no registration is required.  There’s parking available nearby in Municipal Lot B on Pavilion Drive.  Call (843) 886-8294 for more information.

 

Sunrise Trunk or Treat

 

Sunrise Church is located just over the Breach Inlet from Isle of Palms, on Sullivan’s Island.  Every year they host a popular event that offers plenty treats of Halloween in one safe place.

It’s Sunrise Church Trunk or Treat.  You’re encouraged to dress up the kids, pile in the car or golf cart, and head on over.  It’ll take place in Saturday, October 24th, 2020, from 4:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m.  You can make a whole wholesome Halloween weekend of it.  Listen to Ghostly Tide Tales Friday night, then Trunk or Treat the following afternoon!

They’ll have directional arrows and signage laying out the route to go, as you travel from trunk to trunk.  Organizers will individually wrap treats and/or trinkets so they’re ready to go in goodie bags for the kids.  They’ll place them on tables next to each car trunk for stress-free pickup.  One family at a time will be at each car.

Sunrise is located at 3222 Middle Street on Sullivan’s Island.  The event is absolutely free, and no registration is necessary.  All ages are welcome.  You can reach Sunrise at (843) 883-3888 for more details.

 

Halloween Golf Cart Parade & Drive-Thru Haunted House at the Rec

 

This is the Isle of Palms’ main Halloween celebration, and it takes place on the day itself  –  Saturday, October 31st, 2020, at the IOP’s Rec Center.

They’ve redesigned this from years past, and it looks to be a lot of fun.  First up, they’re hosting a Halloween Costume Golf Cart Parade.  Organizers will award prizes for the top three best decorated golf carts.

Golf cart decorating around these parts can get pretty over-the-top, especially on holidays like July 4th and Christmas.  So this Halloween Costume Golf Cart Parade should be worth checking out, whether you are taking part or just spectating.

Golf carts will line up at 3:30 p.m. on 27th Avenue, near the Rec Center.  The parade will begin at 4:00 p.m. sharp.  Here’s the route: 27th Avenue toward Hartnett Boulevard, right on Hartnett, then right on 22nd Avenue, right on Waterway Boulevard, right on 29th Avenue, right on Hartnett, and then right on 28th.  All golf carts must register in advance by October 28th in order to take part.

A drive-thru haunted house awaits at the end of the parade route, along with food trucks for those who want a bite.  There will also be trick-or-treat goodie bags for all the kids.

There’s no charge to take part.  Call (843) 886-8294 for more info.

 

Haunted Trail at the Aquarium

 

The South Carolina Aquarium is hosting a special new Haunted Trail for Halloween.  Come and “get your fill of gills, chills and thrills!”

Once you’re inside the Aquarium, make your way through eight different eerily themed rooms.  Spooky surprises, creepy crawling things and macabre mysteries await you all along the way.  If you’d like to take things to the next level, check out the Scare Control Sensors.  Special bright LED lights mark them.  Just wave your hand in front of the sensors for an extra scary thrill.

Minimum age is eight years old, and kids under the age of 13 must be accompanied by an adult.

The Haunted Trail takes place every day in October.  Regular admission to the SC Aquarium covers the Haunted Trail, too.  The Aquarium is open seven days a week, Mondays through Sundays from 9:00 a.m. till 5:00 p.m. and is located at 100 Aquarium Wharf in downtown Charleston.  Ring them at (843) 720-1990 for more info.

 

Fright Nights at Boone Hall

 

Boone Hall Plantation is again hosting its annual Fright Nights, on Friday and Saturday nights in October until Halloween.  These are pretty scary.  It’s best if kids under the age of 12, and people who don’t like to be frightened sit this one out.

There are three different attractions this year: Maximum Security, Tiny’s Toy Factory and Scary Tales: The Final Chapter.  Admission varies depending on the number of attractions you attend.

You access Fright Nights at Boone Hall along Highway 17 North in Mount Pleasant, about a half mile north of Long Point Road.  Call (843) 884-4371 or check their website for more details.

Happy Halloween, stay safe, and enjoy some of the many Halloween happenings around the Lowcountry.  And give us a call at EP if you’d like to make one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals your Halloween home base.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

Pumpkin patch time

Fall is here, and it’s time to find a great pumpkin patch!  The temps are cooler, there’s a hint of spice in the air.   We’re heading toward a fun season of holidays, cooking and celebrating.

With the change of the calendar, the color scheme changes to a palette of browns, reds, yellows, and oranges.  And what’s a better autumnal orange symbol than the pumpkin?

Pumpkins make ideal porch décor for the month of October and beyond.  It can instantly transform a mantle or tabletop into a festive scene.   It can also form the basis of terrific baked goods like pies, muffins, and pumpkin bread.  And don’t forget those pumpkin spice lattes… although buying one at Starbucks seems much preferable to trying to make one from scratch.

There are some terrific places to pick the perfect pumpkin around the Lowcountry.  Some are farms, while others are churches whose parking lots area filled with them, with the proceeds going to very worthy causes.  Whichever you choose, you can have your pick of the prettiest pumpkin around.

 

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch

 

Boone Hall Plantation in Mount Pleasant is one of the most visited locations in the Charleston area.  Its plantation and gardens are popular for daily tours, countless weddings, special events, and even the filming of movies.

Boone Hall also is a working farm, producing many delicious crops it sells to the public at the Boone Hall Farms Roadside Produce Stand.  They sponsor u-pick areas for strawberries in late spring, along with a festival to go with it.

Well, October means pumpkin time at Boone Hall, and the opening of the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch.

The Pumpkin Patch experience comes with several parts.  First, there’s the Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch Family Friendly Monster Hayride.  For just $10 per carload, you and your group can drive through an extensive haunted and decorated hayride trail, with several themed displays along the way.   After that, you’re invited to walk your way through the popular annual corn maze.  This year’s design honors Willie McRae, Boone Hall’s beloved owner who passed away earlier this year.

Then, pick out your favorite pumpkin from a huge display near the produce stand.  There will be several great photo ops for your family, along with fun festival food for sale.

Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch operates from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through the end of October.  It’s located at 2434 N. Highway 17 in Mount Pleasant.  Call (843) 884-4371 for more information.

 

Pumpkin Patch at Legare Farms

 

Legare Farms is likely the oldest working farm in continual existence in the Lowcountry, having been established way back in 1725.

They produce, raise and sell a myriad of all-natural products on their 300-acre farm on the Stono River, west of Charleston.  These include CSA boxes, fresh produce, jams and jellies, pickles, salsas and fresh locally raised and chemical-free beef, pork and lamb.

Weekends during October, they run a “Pumpkin Patch & More.”  Yes, they’ll have a myriad of pumpkins to choose from.  They’ll also have a farm animal barnyard, playground, hayrides to feed the cows, horseback rides, a scarecrow factory (you get a scarecrow package that you can take home to build your very own), a gem mine where you can pan through buckets for treasures, and the popular corn cannon.

Gate admission, playground and the farm animal barnyard are all free; there are fees for the other activities.  They also have plenty of food and drinks for sale.

Pumpkin Patch hours are Fridays from 1:00 – 6:00, Saturdays from 10:00 – 6:00, and Sundays from noon – 6:00.

Legare Farms is located at 2620 Hanscombe Point Road on Johns Island.  Call them at (843) 559-0788 for more information.

 

Hibben United Methodist Church’s Pumpkin Patch

 

Hibben Methodist is commonly known as one of the best places to get your pumpkin.  It’s located east of the Ashley River, along Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

You know fall is here when you see the sea of orange fill their parking lot each year.  It’s been a Lowcountry tradition ever since they started it in 2001.

Purchasing your pumpkin here has added benefits.  Their pumpkins are raised on Navajo land in New Mexico, then harvested by Native Americans.  Approximately 60% of proceeds are returned back to the farmers, who supply the pumpkins on a consignment basis.

The remaining proceeds go to some of the very worthy causes which the church supports, including Water Mission and Windwood Farm.  Hibben also operates a much-needed warming shelter for the homeless during cold nights in winter.

Another bonus to buying at Hibben  –  it is open seven days a week.  Hours are Monday through Friday from 11:00 – 7:00, Saturdays from 10:00 – 7:00, and Sundays from noon – 7:00, all through the month of October.

Call (843) 884-9761 for more information.  It’s located at 690 Coleman Boulevard in Mount Pleasant.

 

John Wesley UMC

 

A couple other UMC churches are also involved in the pumpkin patch project.

John Wesley United Methodist Church is hosting their pumpkin patch at 626 Savannah Highway in West Ashley.   Their youth group is sponsoring the patch, and photo ops abound onsite.   Proceeds go toward funding youth mission trips to help those in need.

This pumpkin patch is also open all week long during October.  Their hours are Monday through Friday from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm, Saturdays from 9:00 am – 7:00 pm, and Sundays from noon – 8:00 pm.

For more information, you can reach them at (843) 766-5596.

 

James UMC

 

St. James United Methodist is another church hosting a pumpkin patch.  They’ve kept up the tradition for more than twenty years.  Pumpkin purchases help support both local and global missions, including Helping Hands of Goose Creek, Water Mission, RISE Against Hunger, and Healing Guatemala.

They, too, are open seven days a week, from 11:00 am till 7:00 p.m. through the end of October.  St. James UMC is located at 512 St. James Avenue in Goose Creek.  You can reach them at (843) 553-3117 with any questions or for more information.

So pick a perfect pumpkin from a photogenic pumpkin patch.  And when you’re ready to pick a great Charleston beach house, just give us a call at Exclusive Properties.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger