candy corn

As I mentioned last time, Magnolia Plantation is a great place to visit at any time of the year, when there’s always something happening and something blooming.  Tonight is their last Family Fright Night before Halloween.  Check out the last BLOG for all the details.

But there’s good news if you’re coming to one of our beach rentals Charleston in November or December.  If you bring a healthy non-perishable food item to Magnolia (which will be donated to the Lowcountry Food Bank), you will get one free admission with a paid admission.  That’s buy-one-get-one-free (and a $15 value!), plus you are helping out a very worthy cause.

Magnolia Plantation is open 365 days of the year, and it’s located at 3550 Ashley River Road in Charleston, a pleasant drive from all our beach rentals Charleston.  Here’s their website with more about the gardens, the house, and their schedule of events:


Come Ye to the Fair!

Talk about a long-standing Lowcountry tradition… it’s time again for the 59th annual (!) Coastal Carolina Fair.  It’s a pretty big deal around these parts, and 250,000 are expected to attend over the course of its run.

Who knows  –  maybe you could have your own “The Notebook” Noah-meets-Allie moment.

The fair is going on now through November 8th.   A bunch of big musical acts will be performing, including Smash Mouth (tonight), Outshyne, Restless Heart, The Willis Clan, Old Dominion, Tenth Avenue North, Dustin Lynch, Atlanta Rhythm Section, Starship (with roots in Jefferson Starship), and Cassadee Pope from The Voice.  All concerts are at the Lakefront Stage, and admission is free with entrance to the fair.

As for things to see and do, you have an overchoice:

American BullRiders Tour

African Acrobats

Mark Yuzuick, Hypnotist

Talent Search

Fashion Shows

Coastal Carolina Fair Pageants in several age divisions

Creative, Fine Arts, Photography and Youth Arts Shows

Flower Show

LEARN Horse Rescue Show

Petting Zoo

Countless Vendors

Numerous 4-H Competitions and Events


…and of course the Midway Rides and Kiddieland Rides!  There are several dozen carnival rides this year, including 33 for children.

Then of course, there will be the requisite bad-for-you deep-fried or rather exotic/extreme fair food.  This year’s offerings include:

Gator mac-n-cheese

Apple dumplings

pig butt-on-a-stick

pork chop-on-a-stick

beef ribs

bread pudding

Bayou Billy  –  with jambalaya and andouille sausage platters

Bubba’s Bacon – with bacon-on-a-stick, chocolate-covered bacon, bacon popcorn, and a burger made of half ground beef/half bacon!


The Coastal Carolina Fair is located at the Exchange Park in Ladson, a pretty convenient drive from all our SC vacation rentals, both Isle of Palms vacation rentals and Folly Beach house rentals Charleston SC.  For your GPS, it’s at 9850 U.S. Highway 78, Ladson.  From a Folly Beach house Charleston, just head over to the peninsula and catch I-26, then head up to the Ladson exit.  From a luxury house on Isle of Palms, the easiest would be to head over the Connector to Mount Pleasant, get on I-526 till you reach I-26, then head north (well, technically west, I-26 West) till you reach the Ladson exit.

Here’s the official website with all the scoop, including ticket prices, hours, schedules, and parking info:


Oh, by the way, Happy Halloween!  If you’re choosing to spend it in a Charleston beach house, especially one of our Isle of Palms luxury rentals, keep an eye peeled for those little trick-or-treaters  –  though many of them head to the IOP Rec Center for the island Halloween Carnival, which takes place there Saturday evening.


What’s your favorite Halloween treat?

In one of those silly but kind of funny polls, recently surveyed people in all fifty states (40,000 of them) to find out their favorite Halloween candy.

Here’s a link to the article:

Voila, the results for the fave from each state:

Alabama – AirHeads

Alaska – Snickers

Arizona – Toblerone

Arkansas – Skittles

California – Lifesavers

Colorado – Milky Way

Connecticut – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

Delaware – 3 Musketeers

Florida – Nestlé Crunch Bar

Georgia – Pixy Stix

Hawaii – 100 Grand Bar

Idaho – Butterfinger

Illinois – Snickers

Indiana – Reese’s Pieces

Iowa – Twix

Kansas – Twizzlers

Kentucky – Whoppers

Louisiana – Swedish Fish

Maine – Starburst

Maryland – Almond Joy

Massachusetts – Starburst

Michigan – M&M’s

Minnesota – 100 Grand Bar

Mississippi – Hershey’s Kisses

Missouri – Hershey’s Kisses

Montana – Kit Kat Bar

Nebraska – Skittles

Nevada – Jolly Ranchers

New Hampshire – Tootsie Rolls

New Jersey – Sour Patch Kids

New Mexico – 3 Musketeers

New York – Sweet Tarts

North Carolina – Butterfinger

North Dakota – Sour Patch Kids

Ohio – Milky Way

Oklahoma – M&M’s

Oregon – Candy corn

Pennsylvania – Swedish Fish

Rhode Island – Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups

South Carolina – Candy corn

South Dakota – Laffy Taffy

Tennessee – Candy corn

Texas – Candy corn

Utah – Nerds

Vermont – Almond Joy

Virginia – Reese’s Pieces

Washington – AirHeads

West Virginia – Oreos

Wisconsin – Laffy Taffy

Wyoming – Candy corn

District of Columbia – Twix


An interesting tidbit  –  Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups pulled in the highest number of total votes.  It and two other – Kit Kats and Butterfingers – were the only candies voted in by every single state.

The favorite candy by being #1 in the most states is… candy corn.  It’s tops in Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Wyoming, and YES ————–  South Carolina!


So stay safe, and may you have more treats than tricks come your way.  And when you are looking for rental homes South Carolina  –  namely beach rentals Charleston  –  call EP.  Our portfolio has the best in luxury beach house rentals SC.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger