A Charleston beach house is a perfect place to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends.  Our gourmet kitchens are ideal for prepping the feast.  Plus, our SC vacation rentals have large, open dining areas so everyone can sit together and give thanks.

No wonder all of our beach rentals Charleston are booked up this week.  If you missed out snagging a Charleston beach house this Thanksgiving, it’s not too early to book for next year.

So here’s a rather sobering statistic:  according to USA Today, the average American consumes 4,500 calories on Thanksgiving Day.  That’s the equivalent of 15 Dairy Queen small hot fudge sundaes!  Get the whole “scoop” here.


Word to the wise in a Charleston beach house: “Wobble before you Gobble this Thanksgiving!”

It seems only fitting that the holiday best known for feasting would also be the perfect day for a 5K.  Nothing like a brisk run or walk to counteract any holiday food guilt.

Sure enough, Thanksgiving Day is now the number one day in America for running events “Turkey trots” are a phenomenon that’s been picking up steam of late.  In 2008 there were 290 Thanksgiving Day races across the country.  By 2012, there were a whopping 490 of them.

By the way, the second most popular holiday for running is the Fourth of July.  And the third: New Year’s Eve/New Year’s Day.

USA Today has an interesting take on the Thanksgiving Day/running phenomenon here.

If you are here in one of our rental homes South Carolina for Thanksgiving  –  either one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals or Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC  –  you are in luck.  Not only is a Charleston beach house the perfect setting for an ideal holiday meal, your luxury house on Isle of Palms (or Folly Beach house Charleston) is the perfect launching pad for a morning run or fun walk.

Yes, you could do that on the beach… or, you could venture out downtown for a beloved local event that draws thousands to the historic city, with everyone in an especially festive holiday mood.

Thursday morning is the Turkey Day Run and Gobble Wobble 5K.

The Gobble Wobble is for those who’d prefer a walk to a run.

The race is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus and has a history that dates back almost 100 years.  It has been run in various venues and formats (including relay and high school track team competition), and at one point even ran from Charleston to Summerville.  Now it is a true 3.1 mile/5K run and walk. This year is the 40th one in a row, and they’re pulling out all the stops.

It is popular, indeed.  Attracting over 7,500 registrants from all over North America, it’s second in size only to the Cooper River Bridge Run.  In fact, it’s the 28th largest 5K in the United States and is a U. S. Track & Field certified event.

The course itself is ideal for seeing the sights downtown.

Here is how the official website describes the course:

The race starts at Marion Square in historic downtown Charleston – at the intersection of Meeting and Calhoun Streets.

Heading south on Meeting Street, runners pass Citadel Square Baptist Church, Historic Market, Gibbes Museum of ArtThe Mills House Hotel and Fireproof Building. Runners reach the “Four Corners of Law” at the intersection of Meeting and Broad Streets, named because Charleston City Hall, Federal Courthouse and Post Office, County Courthouse (formerly the South Carolina statehouse) and St. Michael’s Episcopal Church adorn its corners. Before turning left onto South Battery, registrants will get their fill of authentic historic homes, including Calhoun Mansion.

After skirting White Point Gardens, the course turns right onto Murray Blvd. and to the west, passing Fort Sumter House and turning back onto South Battery before making a left on King Street.

King Street offers more of Charleston’s southern charm, including the Miles Brewton House and the William Aiken House as well as numerous antique shops and boutiques in the heart of the business district. The Finish Line is located on the west side of Marion Square, in front of Francis Marion Hotel.

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It’s not too late to register! 

Online registration is no longer available, but you can register tomorrow (Wednesday, Nov. 22nd ) in person and pick up race packets from 8:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m..  You can also register on race day, Thursday morning from 7:00 a.m. till 8:30.  Head to the Registration/packet pickup in the expo tent near the Embassy Suites at Marion Square downtown.  It’s a convenient drive from all our luxury beach house rentals SC.

The run kicks off promptly at 9:00 Thursday morning.  There are also shorter length runs for the kids starting at 10:00 a.m.  So there’s plenty of time to get in some good exercise and sightseeing before you head back to your luxury house on Isle of Palms in time for the big meal  –  sans guilt.

Before you do cross back over the bridge, check out the post-race party with free food and beverages (beer for those 21 and over), live music and the awards ceremony.

As is the case with many of these turkey trots, proceeds go to charity.

Last year’s race supported a slew of local charities…

Here’s the official site with all the details: http://turkeydayrun.com/

So get out there, run or walk through charming Charleston, and stave off the holiday guilt.  And as always, remember to call EP when you are looking for the best in Isle of Palms vacation rentals.  We’ll connect you with the perfect Charleston beach house.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger