Magnolia bridge

There are many things that draw people to the Charleston area…the culture, the natural beauty, the history… and all these come together beautifully at area plantations.

One of the best known and most beloved is Magnolia Plantation and Gardens.  This Lowcountry treasure has been around for 300 years and was named by Travel and Leisure Magazine as one of the 17 most beautiful gardens in America  –  the only one in South Carolina to make the list.

It’s convenient to all our rental homes South Carolina, be it a luxury house on Isle of Palms or a Folly Beach house Charleston.

And if you’re here this week, they’re celebrating Halloween in a special way this coming Friday night, October 30th.  It’s the 7th annual installment of Family Fright Nights… a not-too-scary way to celebrate the holiday, all amidst the beauty of Magnolia.  It takes place from 6:00 p.m. till 10:00 p.m..  Admission is $10 per person, and kids six and under are free.

Get set for:

Big hay mountain

Haunted train rides

Mad scientist’s lab

Costume contest


Games for kids

Pony rides

Pirate tales

Face painting and more.

Also at Magnolia, from now through February, their world-famous camellias are in bloom.  It’s the oldest and largest collection of camellias in United States… and has been named an International Garden of Excellence by the International Camellia Society  –  one of only a handful of gardens in the world to be so honored.

So while much of the country is mired in winter weather and pelted with ice and snow, you can be strolling through one of the world’s best collections of a gorgeous southern flowers  –  yet another reason to come to a Charleston beach house in the so-called “off-season.”

Matter of fact, a whole lot is blooming in the gardens right now.  During the month of October, you can see:

Aucuba Japonica
Beauty Berry
Bedding Plants
Canna Lilies
Herb Garden
Pampas Grass

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 luxury beach house rentals SC.

Here’s their website with more about the gardens, the house, and their schedule of events:

Here’s a link to their Facebook page:


Then coming up next weekend is what is fast becoming a must-do (and must see-and-be-seen-at) event… the Charleston Cup Steeplechase.

It takes place next Sunday, November 8th, at the Plantation at Stono Ferry.  It’s on Highway 162 in Hollywood (South Carolina, not California) and is a scenic drive from all our SC vacation rentals, either our Isle of Palms vacation rentals or Folly Beach rentals Charleston.

This will be the 22nd running of the event.  It’s a mile-long track with five four-foot tall jumps, and it’s part of the national circuit.  Gates open at 9:00 a.m., and paddock call happens around noon.  There will be both flat and steeplechase races, along with a vendor village and some serious Lowcountry tailgating.

Well-behaved, leashed dogs are welcome as well.  Admission is $25 general (and a special bonus for the young folks in your Charleston beach house   –  kids 10 and under don’t need a ticket).  The cost is $200 to $300 for reserved spaces, although be advised that those sell out fast.

It’s quite a popular event, and this year they’re expecting 15,000 folks.  Look for lots of big hats on the ladies and bowties on the gents.  At last check, the home stretch is already sold out, but they still have front row inside and infield reserved parking spaces available.

Also, the Friday before Sunday’s race (Friday, November 6th) is the grand Race Ball, a black tie affair that kicks off the Charleston Cup weekend.  It takes place in downtown Charleston at Hibernian Hall, which is located at 105 Meeting Street.  Tickets are $100 each.  There will be live music, food and drinks and a special race preview, and this elegant event lasts from 7:00 p.m. till 11:00 p.m.

Here’s the official site with all the details as well as online ticket sales:


As always, remember to call EP when you are in the market for beach house rentals Charleston SC.  Our collection of Isle of Palms luxury rentals is without peer.

All best,
Lowcountry Lisa
your Isle of Palms vacation blogger