Considering this is the so-called “off season” for beach rentals Charleston, there’s a surprising amount of things going on.  You can score some great deals  –  just like you can on a Charleston beach house.

The weather this last week has been a bit – um – memorable, as it has all up and down the eastern seaboard.  Folks here staying in one of our Isle of Palms vacation rentals were treated to an extraordinary sight  –  snow on the sand dunes and beaches, stretching all the way into the ocean.

For many people here, it was their first time ever experiencing snow, which was pretty cool.  Since Lowcountry residents don’t tend to have a lot of sleds and toboggans sitting around in their garages, they got pretty creative.  People used golf carts to tow boogie boards, surfboards, pool toys and kayaks through the snow.  One guy even rode a Christmas tree (!) down the street near the Market downtown.  You can read all about it and see the videos here.

Good news is, temps are supposed to be back up to 60 degrees by early next week.

The Yorktown is permanently docked near our beach rentals Charleston

The Yorktown is permanently docked near our beach rentals Charleston

Check out some heroic history near our beach rentals Charleston

If you’ve been to one of our beach house rentals Charleston SC before, no doubt you have seen the massive aircraft carrier parked in Charleston’s harbor.

The USS Yorktown is a beloved institution, both locally and nationally.  No visit to our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston is complete without a stop at the Patriot’s Point Naval & Maritime Museum, as it’s officially known.

The Yorktown was one of only two dozen Essex-class aircraft carriers built during World War II.  Also known as the “Fighting Lady,” she earned 11 battle stars while serving in the Pacific from 1943-45.  She was later modernized and went on to earn five battle stars during the Vietnam War, then later served as the recovery craft for the space mission Apollo 8.  She also made an appearance on the silver screen in the famous Pearl Harbor movie, “Tora! Tora! Tora!”

The museum encompasses more than “just” the aircraft carrier.  There are other military vessels to tour – the Cold War submarine Clamagore, and the WWII destroyer, Laffey, as well as numerous aircraft.  The National Medal of Honor Museum is now located on board the Yorktown.  And on the Patriot’s Point museum grounds is the Vietnam Experience, the only Vietnam support base camp in the United States.

When Patriot’s Point opened on January 3, 1976 to an excited crowd of 2,601 people, it was the very first time an aircraft carrier was opened as a museum.  It spawned a trend that’s spread to many other cities across the globe.  Over the years, well over 10 million people have visited the Yorktown.

If you are staying in a beach house Charleston on IOP or one of our other luxury beach house rentals SC, you’d be wise to visit the Yorktown this weekend.

Pay what you can this weekend near our beach rentals Charleston

Patriots Point is offering something they only do once a year.  It’s their seventh annual  “Pay What You Can Weekend,” going on this Saturday and Sunday, January 6th and 7th.  They will waive the normal admission fees ($22 per adult) and parking fee ($5), and instead you may make a voluntary donation, if you so wish.  In other words you can name your own price.

Executive Director Mac Burdette put it this way:  “After the holidays, many families want to get out and spend time with each other but may have spent too much at Christmas and funds are tight.  We want to give those folks a way to enjoy our wonderful museum without having to worry about the price and their own financial situation.  No matter what they want to pay for parking and admission, it will be enough for us. This is a small way we can give back to the community that supports us throughout the year.”

Hours are 10:30 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. Saturday (due to the ice), and 9:00 a.m. till 6:30 p.m. Sunday, and every day.  As always, military in uniform and children under six are free.

All of this is located on the Mount Pleasant side of the harbor  –  a very convenient drive from your luxury house on Isle of Palms or from your SC vacation rentals on Folly.  Here’s their website:

Museum Mile

Or, snag Museum Mile Pass – this month only

During the month of January only, a group of downtown museums and sites is offering a cool deal.

It’s the Museum Mile Month pass.  It costs just $25 (adults) or $10 (kids 12 and under).  With this pass, you may visit eleven of the peninsula’s top draws.  They’re all a very easy drive from all our Isle of Palms vacation rentals.

Here’s a link to buy tickets:

According to their website, “Charleston’s Museum Mile features the richest concentration of cultural sites open to visitors in downtown Charleston. Stroll the one-mile section of Meeting Street and you will discover six museums, five nationally important historic houses, four scenic parks and a Revolutionary War powder magazine, as well as numerous historic houses of worship and public buildings including the Market and City Hall.”

These include:

  • The Charleston Museum
  • The Heyward-Washington House
  • The Joseph Manigault House
  • The Old Slave Mart Museum
  • The Aiken-Rhett House Museum
  • The Edmondston-Alston House
  • The Confederate Museum
  • The Nathaniel Russell House Museum
  • The Old Exchange & Provost Dungeon
  • The Children’s Museum of the Lowcountry
  • The Powder Magazine

So enjoy some of the fun and good deals this weekend.  And remember to call EP when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina, especially the best in beach rentals Charleston.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger