If you were in one of our beach rentals Charleston (or heading to one this weekend), you probably already know this, but the coastal areas of South Carolina are under orders to evacuate, per Governor Haley’s orders based on the track of Hurricane Matthew.  It officially began Wednesday at 3:00 p.m., though people began heading up (and clogging up) I-26 on Tuesday.

By about 3:30 Wednesday, they completed the lane reversals on I-26, so all lanes are now heading away from the coast to aid in the evacuation.

Officials are asking that everyone gets to a safe place, they are recommending 100 miles from the coast.

Please monitor the news, take heed of the warnings, practice a little patience, stay calm, and pray that this storm stays far out to sea.

Instead of dwelling on the massive monster that is Matthew, I’m going to switch gears and blog about something more positive, to look forward to after all this clears.

Pumpkin Patch near our beach rentals Charleston

Pumpkin Patch near our beach rentals Charleston

You know that fall is definitely here when the pumpkins start showing up.

A great place to find them is at Boone Hall Plantation, conveniently located over the IOP Connector from our Isle of Palms vacation rentals, and not that far from our Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Boone Hall is one of the top sites to visit if you’re staying in a beach house Charleston.  It’s also the site of a lot of special events and seasonal happenings, and this is one of the annual favorites  –  not just for out-of-towners vacationing in a Charleston beach house, but for locals as well.

Boone Hall is hosting its annual Pumpkin Patch.  You can’t miss it, it’s just north up Highway 17 from the IOP Connector, over on your left.  There you will find everything pumpkin and an amazing array of fun fall things to do  –  hayride down Monster Alley, the biggest jump pillow in the state, Hay Mountain, a rock climbing wall, giant slide tower, playground, Tire Climb and Sand Pit lay area, Spider Web, corn hole toss, goat walk and rabbit enclosure, and lots of local produce and goodies for sale, including, OF COURSE, plenty of pumpkins, sold by the pound.

They also have the ever-popular corn maze, all eight acres of it.  This year’s design honors Ameris Bank, the sponsor.  Here’s more on the maze:  http://boonehallpumpkinpatch.com/corn-maze.php

The Pumpkin Patch closed at the moment due to weather, but will reopen as soon as possible.

For ticket info and all the details, check out their website: http://boonehallpumpkinpatch.com/

Boone Hall's corn maze near our beach rentals Charleston

Boone Hall’s corn maze near our beach rentals Charleston

October is one of the best times to book SC vacation rentals because the weather’s often perfect (hurricanes notwithstanding) and the rates drop.  October is a month with an ‘R’ in it, so you know what that means  –  it’s also a great time for an oyster roast.  If you’re staying in one of our luxury beach house rentals SC, you can host your own.  Give us a call and we can hook you up with someone local to help cater it.  Nothing like eating fresh oysters on the deck of one of our beach rentals Charleston.

If you feel like going out for dinner instead, there’s a cool option on the weekends.  Generally on Saturdays in the fall through December, there’s an oyster roast at Morgan Creek Grill on the Isle of Palms.  MCG has one of the best views on the island and is a stone’s throw from all our Isle of Palms luxury rentals.

Their oysters are caught locally and are super fresh.  They’ll also serve up Chef Paul’s famous chili, live music and drink specials.  It takes place from 4:00 till 8:00 pm.  Morgan Creek Grill is located at the IOP Marina, at 80 41st Avenue for you GPSers.  (Better yet, just walk from your luxury house on Isle of Palms).   Again, they are closed at the moment due to the storm, but you can get the latest on their website: http://www.morgancreekgrill.com/

Please be safe, y’all.  And remember to call EP for the very best rental homes South Carolina, namely beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger

photo credit: Boone Hall Pumpkin Patch website